At a high level, here are 4 things to consider as you begin closing the books on 2020 and start fresh in the new year.
1. Backup Your Data
Executing a complete backup of your database is one of the most important things you can do before starting any closing process. You should also test the backup to ensure it was performed successfully and the data is readable. If you make a mistake, the only way to “reverse” year end processing is to restore data from a backup.
2. Follow the Module Closing Order
A year end process in one module often writes data to another related module. Therefore, closing modules in the proper sequence is important in order to avoid unexpected results or damage to your data. For more detail and guidance, refer to the Module Closing article on page 3 of this newsletter.
3. Follow the Module Closing Checklists
Step-by-step checklists are available for most modules. These checklists provide guidance on the sequence of detailed tasks and procedures that should be performed within each module. Detailed checklists for each module can be accessed right from within the Sage 100 Help system.
4. Preview The Process
A video is posted on the Sage Customer Support and Training channel on YouTube that walks you through an overview of period and year-end processes. It provides a nice refresher before starting your live closing process.