SData is a technology protocol based on the same standards used by major web-based companies like Google, Yahoo, and Amazon. SData is significant because it defines a set of standards for web-based applications to integrate and synchronize with each other. That means everything you use to run your business, whether it’s a Sage product or some other industry-specific or third party application, will talk the same language, share data, and synchronize with each other. It’s important to note that SData also makes it easier to push data out to your mobile device so that you have access to Sage Accpac (or any other Sage product like HR, Fixed Assets, or CRM) anywhere and anytime.
SData and Microsoft Office
Here are just a couple of very simple examples of how SData provides a bridge between your business information and the Microsoft Office productivity tools you probably use everyday. We all know that Excel is a widely-used business tool. But you need to get the data into Excel before you can slice, dice and analyze … and that’s where SData comes in. Using the SData standard, you can pull information from accounting, operations, CRM, and HR straight into Excel and analyze data from across your entire business. In fact, you can download the Excel Add-in and try it for yourself. You’ll find other useful tools and plug-ins at http://sdata.sage.com/sdata11/sdatacore_showcases.html
SData On the Go
As we’ve mentioned, SData also simplifies mobile access to your business data (with full security of course!). Let’s say you’re a salesperson onsite with a customer and you want to review the details of the products supplied by your company. You can break out your laptop, mobile device, or iPhone, type a URL into your browser, and the details are retrieved from your company’s Accpac inventory and accounting system.
Give it a Try - If you’re running Internet Explorer 7, you can try this for yourself by simply clicking on this URL: https://interop.sage.com/sdata/accounts50/SDO/-/Products. You’ll be directed to a live copy of Sage Accounts 50 hosted on the web. The Login is Manager with no password.
You can interact with the information because it’s live data coming from the accounting system. You can also replace “…/Products” at the end of the URL with “.../Customers” and “…/Salesorders” to see other live examples of SData at work.
The Future is Now
Hopefully you’re starting to see just how significant SData is going to be to the future of your Sage ERP Accpac system. You’ll find a wealth of additional information at http://sdata.sage.com.
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