Why is the Product Being Retired?
But for the most part, product retirement was somewhat forced with the 2015 announcement by Microsoft that they were ending support for Visual FoxPro - the underlying technology architecture that runs Sage Abra Suite. At that point, it was only a matter of time before applications running on FoxPro (like Abra) would either no longer work or have to be totally redeveloped on different technology.
How Long Will Sage Abra Keep Working?
The final product update for Sage Abra Suite will be the Q3 2020 update, which will be available in September 2020. In addition, access to the support center for assistance will be available until December 28, 2020, and then no longer accessible after that date.
What’s the Next Step?
Beyond the underlying technology, there are functional benefits of migrating to Sage HRMS as well. It’s packed with advanced features that streamline every aspect of human resource management from hire to retire - including recruiting and onboarding, benefits management, time and attendance, workforce analytics, and the popular employee self service module.
Sage HRMS Payroll is where Abra Suite customers see the most significant changes. In particular because of the SQL database, there’s no need to have users exit the system while running payroll. There’s also a wide range of payroll features in Sage HRMS that simply don’t exist in Abra Suite.
See Also: What's New in Sage HRMS 2019
The Sage HRMS Migration Process
The best course of action is to contact your Sage partner who can help guide the process, migrate your historical data, and provide training as needed to ensure a smooth transition.
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