Sage Abra Suite End of Life Announced
Updates, Security Fixes, Tax and Legislative Updates End After September 2020
What does End of Life mean for you?
Customers will not be able to receive updates, security fixes, tax and legislative updates after the September 2020 release. Additionally, access to the support center for assistance will no longer be available as of December 28, 2020.
What are my options?
Sage’s announcement requires you to shift to a new system. We recommend migrating to Sage HRMS. In many cases, we can get your up and running on Sage HRMS in as little as 90 days.
What Should I Do Next?
Attend our Migration Process Webinar to learn how easily you can migrate from Sage Abra Suite to Sage HRMS.
Sage Abra Suite End of Life FAQ
If you currently use Sage Abra Suite for HR and/or Payroll then you will be impacted.
We recommend you start to build your migration plan. A great way to start is by contacting us to discuss how you can migrate to Sage HRMS utilizing the Sage HRMS Automated SQL Migration tool. Another option is to signup for a webinar to learn more about the migration to Sage HRMS process.
Sage Abra suite will continue to work even after December 28, 2020. However, customers will not be able to receive updates, security fixes, tax and legislative updates, or access the support center for assistance as of December 28, 2020. This is pertinent because the new tax tables would normally be available prior to yearend reporting.
Sage is committed to providing the highest quality products and services to our customers. We view product end of life as a part of the life cycle that drives new technology and product innovation. All technology products eventually reach the end of their life requiring a business decision to discontinue availability and maintenance.
The final compliance and maintenance update for Sage Abra Suite will be released in September of 2020. We recommend that you connect with your partner or account manager to review the migration path from Sage Abra Suite to Sage HRMS.
The final date for Sage to support Abra is December 28, 2020. Sage Abra Suite customers that are up for M&S renewal beginning in December 2019 will receive prorated renewal quotes reflecting the shorter support period.
Your M&S will be prorated to December 28, 2020, we advise you consider a migration from Sage Abra Suite to Sage HRMS prior to December 28, 2020.
Want to signup for both webinars? Signup for one of the webinars on this page and once you’re registration has been submitted, you’ll be able to signup for the other webinar on the next page.
Make The Leap
The benefits of Automated SQL Migration
No Duplicate Data Entry
Enter your data into Abra Suite as usual and then migrate it to Sage HRMS Payroll during parallel testing with just a few mouse clicks.
Simplified Parallel Testing
Save time with an interface that shows payroll discrepancies which eliminates the need to visually compare reports from Abra Suite with reports from Sage HRMS.
Take advantage of your existing investment in Abra Suite and use a streamlined methodology to lower overall project costs with ASM.
Go Live Sooner
Migrate from Abra Suite to Sage HRMS in as little as 90 days.
Reduce the effort to plan your migration and simplify the setup of Sage HRMS Payroll.
Carryover Check History
Migrate all your check history into Sage HRMS with ASM.
Upsize your Abra Suite to Sage HRMS database, one time.
Setup your Sage HRMS Payroll database(s).
Use Automated SQL Migration for Abra Suite (ASM) to refresh all HR and Payroll employee data.
Run a parallel test payroll calculation.
Use ASM to immediately identify all discrepancies found between the Sage HRMS Payroll calculation and your Abra Suite actual results.
Repeat the “Refresh” process as often as desired.
Why Move From FoxPro to a SQL Database?
Abra Suite, now nearly 30 years old, is built on the Microsoft® Visual FoxPro® database platform. Microsoft announced the end of life for FoxPro in 2010 and ended support January 2015. Sage HRMS is built on Microsoft SQL Server, considered the “biggest leap forward” in the 27-year evolution of the SQL Server database. Sage isn’t adding any new features to Abra Suite and is focusing its development efforts on continually enhancing Sage HRMS.
Your data is protected from unauthorized access by integrating network security with server security. Since there is user level security, users can have restricted access to the data records.
SQL Server processes requests from users and sends only the requested results. This minimizes information transmitted over a network.
Maintenance is easy on SQL Server. Both changes to the data structure and system back up are allowed while the server is active.
Sage HRMS on a SQL server is scalable, designed for organizations with anywhere from 50 to over 10,000 employees.