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SIM50 now supports Sage 50 Accounts 2016


With Sage 50 Accounts 2016 now available we have likewise made our SIM50 Integration solution for Sage 50 Accounts and Sage CRM available with the newest version of Sage 50 Accounts.

SIM50 2016

This means that if you are a user of Sage 50 Accounts 2014, 2015, 2016 and Sage CRM 7.1, 7.2 or 7.3 you are fully supported with our SIM50 solution. If you are using an earlier version of either program, earlier versions may still be supported in the interim period; alternatively an upgrade may be required. Contact for the definitive answer. Continue reading

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Sage 50 Accounts and Sage CRM 7.3 Integration now available


Oakley Software is pleased to announce that we have just released a new update to our SIM50 Integration solution. We now facilitate integration’s with the latest version of Sage CRM 7.3 and Sage 50 Accounts 2015.

With Sage CRM 7.3 recently launched by Sage, we have been busy working on our own update to our SIM50 solution and are delighted to now be able to support the latest 3 versions of Sage 50 Accounts and Sage CRM respectively.

Unsure what SIM50 is?

SIM50 is our real time integration solution for Sage CRM and Sage 50 Accounts; it significantly reduces the need for data duplication across the two systems by replicating and updating information across both applications.

Seeing is believing and when it comes to SIM50 integration module, you really need to see it in action to understand the many ways it can benefit your business.

Sim50 Screenshot video

New to SIM50?

If you are new to SIM50 and would like to discuss how the solution can help, contact Oakley on 01268 724005.

Already using SIM50?

If you are planning on upgrading your existing Sage 50 Accounts and/or Sage CRM, you will require an update to your SIM50 Integration solution. In order to get an update to the latest version please contact your current business partner. If Oakley is your business partner contact us on 01268 724005 or email

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2014 the recap of a Sage Developer

This year has been a busy year for our Sage Developer division Oakley Software. One of our leading products SIM50 has been popular as always with those businesses looking for integration between Sage 50 Accounts and Sage CRM.

This year with the release of Sage 50 Accounts 2015, our team has been ensuring our SIM50 solution is compatible with the latest version of Sage 50 Accounts. Our SIM50 solution follows the standard Sage support model, in that we support the latest 3 versions of Sage CRM and Sage 50 Accounts with our SIM50 Integration solution.

Oakley Software 2014

We have also seen our VATpac and Ratepac solutions, which are both add-on products for Sage 300 ERP, in popular demand. VATpac automates your VAT submissions to the UK Government and Ratepac automates the import of the latest currency rates for your global transactions out of Sage 300 ERP.

Our team of developers have been continuing working on integrating a number of industry applications to Sage CRM, Sage 200 and Sage 300 ERP throughout the year. While Sage solutions can be the successful building blocks for your business, we understand the need to integrate your own industry specific processes and applications with the core Sage products and we are able to carry out this development work on a project basis.

With the close of 2014 in sight, we would like to wish you all a wonderful Festive Period and look forward to bringing in the New Year.

The team at Oakley Software

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Top 5 reasons to purchase SIM50


SIM50 for Sage CRM and Sage 50 Accounts is an integration module that sits in the background between your accounts software and CRM solution and enables data to be transferred in real time across the platforms.

Integration between your accounting software and CRM solution supports your business by increasing the flow of information across your business units and increasing your overall customer management capabilities.

Top 5 Reasons to purchase SIM50

Top 5 reasons to purchase SIM50

  1. Reduce data duplication
  2. Increase data accuracy
  3. Open up real time access to key accounts data through Sage CRM
  4. View Real time stock levels and manage customer expectations
  5. Maximise your ROI from Sage 50 Accounts

Reduce data duplication

Enter information into Sage CRM and fields can automatically update in real time to Sage 50 Accounts. For example add a new customer, edit existing customer information.

Increase data accuracy

Entering information into Sage CRM and replicating this across to Sage 50 Accounts increases overall data accuracy by reducing the need to duplicate data entry with an increased chance of making costly errors. Finding access to key information can aide in the sales cycle and further ensure accuracy of the information disseminated.

Open up real time access to key accounts data through Sage CRM

The integration between Sage CRM and Sage 50 Accounts enables vital customer accounts information to be viewed in real time including customer details, credit limits, available balance, payment terms, accounts status, previously posted invoices, details of the payments made and stock levels from the Sage 50 stock list. This allows sales teams to work around this vital information and accounts to support the sales process without the need to directly pull out the information for sales teams.

Build stronger customer relationships

SIM50 enables you to access real time stock levels and see if an account is on hold. This is particularly useful when selling to your customers and making the sales process smoother. By keeping a close check on stock levels you can ensure your customer expectations are managed and be confident in knowing your customers account is

Maximise your ROI from Sage 50 Accounts

There comes a time when your business growth will lead you to have to step up from Sage 50 Accounts to a better suited product such as Sage 200. However if Sage 50 Accounts is still fulfilling your accounting requirements, keep your business competing by bringing in SIM50 to integrate Sage CRM and Sage 50 Accounts and you will have a small business solution that can help you progress and maximise your ROI until you are ready to take the next step up.

If you would like to find out more about SIM50, contact Ashley Miller on 01268 724005 or email

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SIM50 now supports the latest update to Sage CRM 7.2b

Sage has recently released an update to Sage CRM 7.2 called patch ‘b’, which includes a few changes to the screens in Sage CRM. This has caused a slight issue to the way custom screens are displayed in our SIM50 solution.

We are pleased to announce we have updated our SIM50 integration solution to ensure it is compatible with the latest revisions made by Sage and the screens display correctly in our update. If you require a copy of our update to SIM50 please contact us on

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Screenshot showing the issue that was occurring in SIM50 due to Sage CRM 7.2 Patch b.

Sim50_Fix for Sage CRM 7.2 Patch B

Screenshot showing the fix applied to our SIM50 solution with the CRM menu bar on the right now displaying.

SIM50 is our integration solution for Sage CRM and Sage 50 Accounts respectively; it reduces the need for data duplication across the two systems by allowing for information to be replicated between both applications.

SIM50 supports the latest 3 versions of Sage CRM and Sage 50 Accounts. If you are running an older version contact us to find out if we can help you or if you may need to upgrade to a later version to use our integration module.

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SIM50: Integrate Sage CRM with Sage 50 Accounts 2014

We are pleased to announce our SIM50 product for integrating Sage CRM and Sage 50 Accounts is now available for Sage 50 Accounts 2014

Sage 50 Accounts 2014 is the latest version of Sage 50 available from Sage and is now supported with our SIM50 add on module.

SIM50: Sage 50 Accounts 2014 and Sage CRM Integration

So how does our SIM50 solution help your business?

The key to running a successful business doesn’t always lie in your ability to work hard, sometimes you need to work smart and find ways of reducing tasks that involve data duplication.

In running a separate Sage 50 Accounts and Sage CRM solution you are likely to find that you will spend a lot of time entering data in both systems. This could include tasks such as having to create customers in your accounts software and also in your CRM software. Our SIM50 Integration solution enables you to save on data duplication tasks by linking data between Sage 50 Accounts and Sage CRM.

Furthermore for better interaction between sales and accounts, SIM50 enables sales people  access to key accounts data without using the Sage 50 Accounts software. Ensure your sales teams have access to credit information on the client, whether it is to find out who has paid bills or help identify key accounts to target further sales.

We support the latest versions of Sage 50 Accounts and Sage CRM with our SIM50 solution including; Sage 50 Accounts 2014, 2013, 2012 and Sage CRM 7.2, 7.1 and 7.0. However if you are running an older version we will try our best to provide a solution or guidance on the way forward.

If you would like to request more information or book a free demo of SIM50, contact Oakley on 01268 724005.

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Introducing VATpac our new UK VAT Reporting module for Sage 300 ERP

Our VATpac add-on module for Sage 300 ERP brings the multi-national Sage 300 solution in line with UK Vat reporting by making the process both simpler and more efficient.

Developed by our Oakley Software division, the development arm of Oakley Global Business Solutions Ltd (a Sage Approved Developer), the solution integrates with Sage 300 ERP to provide enhanced VAT reporting for the UK market place.

VATpac for Sage 300 ERP

VATpac Premium supports online submissions

VATpac for Sage 300 ERP is fully comprehensive including all statutory report formats required by the HMRC, and with the addition of an online submission facility, provides the tools needed to keep on top of Reporting to the UK Government.

Ashley Miller, ERP Business Development Manager at Oakley Global, says: “Sage 300 ERP is an international product for businesses operating across multi-national markets. For those businesses with offices in the UK, who are required to comply with local UK legislation, we are pleased to announce our simplified and familiar solution which will enable standard VAT reporting in VATpac Standard edition and also automated submissions to the HMRC with our Premium edition.”

The VATpac solution is available in two editions of either VATpac Standard or VATpac Premium with the later edition including an online submission direct to the HMRC.

VATpac has been developed with the end user in mind as it is built around Microsoft Excel, a familiar tool to the majority of the office workforce and Sage 300 user community. With easy to use tables and charts that map out the VAT reporting process including HMRC VAT Return, VAT Detail Report, EC Sales List Report, ECSL Detail Report and Intrastat Report.

Ashley added: “We have already started rolling out the VATpac solution across the Sage 300 ERP community and have so far received positive feedback from organisations using the solution.”

The solution has achieved HMRC Internet Recognition and can be found here and is also featured through the HMRC website, contact Oakley on 01268 724005 for more information on VATpac for Sage 300 ERP.

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Integrating Sage CRM with Sage 50 Accounts Software

The key to successful businesses in 2013 is integration.

Businesses operate best when everyone, every process, every procedure and every department is pulling in the same direction. It is vital for marketing to be able to link up with sales on lead generation and accounts to be able to provide information on payment histories for customers and suppliers.

If you are running a small business accounting package such as Sage 50 accounts, then it is likely that you will be familiar with the process of linking your sales team and accounts. Sales people are on the road and will be taking orders, but without access to credit information on the client, whether they have paid their bills for credit control,  etc, the sales team needs to contact accounts and it slows down the process and takes accounts resources away from their regular workload.

How beneficial would it be to your organisation if you could integrate Sage 50 accounts with Sage CRM?

Sales teams will be able to raise orders and invoices to customers and suppliers, enter in new companies and find out whether customers and suppliers are on hold etc based upon credit control.

SIM50: Sage 50 to Sage CRM Integration

SIM50: Sage 50 to Sage CRM Integration

Oakley has developed a linking module for Sage 50 and Sage CRM, called SIM50, which links up key accounts data with the Sage CRM system. This reduces the needs of data duplication between the two systems and empowers sales teams with access to key accounts data.

If you would like to request a demo on SIM50, contact Oakley on 01268 724005.

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E-commerce more popular in the UK than any other major country

A new report highlights that E-Commerce is more popular in the UK than any other major country.

E-commerce Shopping

British consumers spend an average of £1000 online, a figure much higher than consumers spend from the other countries measured in Ofcom’s seventh International Communications Market Report. It found that UK shoppers spent £1,083 per head, 14% more than the £950 spent in 2010. Australians were second, with £842, and Sweden third at £747.

A further sign of the shift in consumer behaviour was the news that more than a fifth (23.1%) of UK adults used their smartphones to visit retail websites. Within Europe, Britain was followed by Germany at 22.6%. And it also found that UK consumers used laptops, smartphones and other connected devices to access the internet more often than in other countries.

A sixth (16%) of all UK website traffic was via a mobile, tablet or other connected device. Four in 10 (40%) UK adults use their mobile phones to visit social networking sites, with 62% of 18-24-year-olds doing so.

Mark Haviland, managing director of Rakuten LinkShare, said: “The fact that Brits are spending more online compared to the rest of the globe shows our huge appetite for internet shopping and brands can clearly see the value of the online and mobile channels as a result. The huge amount of mobile web traffic reveals that consumers are taking advantage of their connected devices to browse and buy.

“While it is important to have a mobile strategy in place, marketers and brands should also remember that the mobile purchase journey does not exist in isolation. A consumer will often go on a non-linear journey while making a decision to buy, which could touch the online, in-store and mobile worlds multiple times. Brands must keep this purchase journey in mind and ensure the consumer receives a seamless shopping experience.”

If you are looking at ways of integrating an e-commerce solution, Oakley Software can help devise a solid strategy with our team of experienced developers.

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Best-in-Class Companies Integrating Marketing and CRM Achieved 31.6% Annual Revenue Growth According to Sage-Sponsored Aberdeen Research Brief

Sage Customers Contributing to Best-in-Class Results, Exceeding Industry Averages for Key Sales and Marketing Performance Indicators



SCOTTSDALE, AZ, Jun 29, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) — Sage North America today announced availability of a research brief analyzing how Best-in-Class companies surveyed by Aberdeen Group align sales and marketing management practices. Aberdeen’s primary research found Best-in-Class companies achieved 31.6% year-over-year revenue growth by integrating sales and marketing activities with technology enablers including CRM and email campaign systems.

“The most important foundation for marketing enablers is their integration with CRM, which is traditionally seen as a sales centric system but increasingly shared with other customer-facing functions such as customer service, contact center and especially marketing,” said Peter Ostrow, Aberdeen Group vice president and research group director, customer management and sales effectiveness.

Sage ACT!, Sage CRM and Sage SalesLogix customers are among Best-in-Class companies surveyed by Aberdeen Group and also are exceeding industry averages measured for lead acceptance, sales pipeline generation and lead conversion rates.

True Choice Benefits, a Chandler, Arizona, health care solutions advisory, developed over 4,500 contacts in three years by integrating the Sage E-marketing connected service for email campaigns with its Sage ACT! contact and customer management system. “I built this agency from scratch without buying an existing book of business, so it was really important to generate business ASAP,” said Shelly Winson, True Choice Benefits, LLC founder. “Sage technology helps me reach contacts, create brand recognition and drive growth right away.”

Additional Aberdeen sales and marketing alignment findings include:

        --  Respondents listed marketing and sales collaboration, marketing-led
            lead nurturing and shared access to CRM data as the most valuable
            activities for converting leads to sales.
        --  Database management users outperformed other companies in customer
            retention (66% vs. 52%), lead acceptance (36% vs. 21%) and lead
            conversion (15% vs. 11%).
        --  Best-in-Class companies prefer revenue growth and revenue from net-new
            customers as marketing performance metrics over raw number of
            campaigns, clicks or leads.
        --  Sixty percent of Best-in-Class companies use social media monitoring
            (compared with 47% of Industry Average and 35% Laggards).
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