Sage launches cloud ERP system for small businesses

Enterprise software maker Sage has launched its Sage 200 ERP system on the Microsoft Azure cloud platform.

Enterprise software vendor Sage has launched a cloud ERP system targeted at small and medium sized businesses.

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The 2013 version of Sage 200, Sage's ERP system for businesses with up to 200 employees, is available as an online version hosted on Microsoft's Azure platform.

The suite of software — which includes business intelligence (BI), customer relationship management (CRM) and financial management software — is also available to run on-premise.

Customers can choose between paying for the software up front for on-premise or via a monthly subscription model for the hosted service.

Businesses can license the software for a single employee and scale the number of users to suit demand.

Sage 200 Online marks a further move into the software-as-a-service world for the enterprise software vendor, adding to a stable of online services that includes SageOne and SagePay.

The company says more than 40 of its business partners and 18 development partners are planning to use the hosted Sage 200 service.