If you are upgrading your ACE software to the latest CASS N certified version 8.00c.05.00, you will want to ensure you read the documentation which specifically states that you must own SuiteLink prior to using this release. Why? If you do not, and you choose to install and then later realize you do not yet own SuiteLink, you will not be able to process your ACE jobs in CASS mode, period.
You should already be aware by now, but if not, as of August 1, 2011 USPS has mandated the use of SuiteLink for CASS cycle N. ACE 8.00c.05.00 is the CASS N certified version of the ACE software, so if you upgrade now without first owning SuiteLink you will not be able to process in CASS mode until you purchase the SuiteLink option and are able to download the directories.
So do yourself a huge favor, and I cannot stress this enough, always read your documentation prior to installing any new software. You do not want to find yourself in between a rock and a hard place, i.e. installing ACE 8.00c.05.00 and not yet owning SuiteLink. I would hate to be the person who has to try and explain to the boss why I cannot process in CASS mode and produce necessary reports for postal discounts all because I did not read the documentation.
Lastly, if you already know you do not yet own SuiteLink, do yourself another favor and contact your SAP BusinessObjects salesperson. He/she will set you up and get you going in the correct direction so you will meet that August 1st deadline.