Last week, in Part I of our ERP Software Solution Comparison Series, we took a look at how NetSuite compared with Acumatica. If you’re interested in which true cloud ERP software system came out on top, be sure to check it out.
Continuing in this series, this week, we are going to stack Acumatica up against Sage. We know that one of the most critical steps in selecting an ERP software solution for your business is establishing your criteria. After you know what you need, want and can live without, you can start assessing and comparing your options to figure out which solution aligns best with your needs.
If you haven’t decided on your must-haves for your enterprise software solution, head to our Comprehensive ERP Evaluation Checklist. This is a great tool to help you figure out what features are most important to you and decide if Acumatica is the best for your business!
At Aqurus Solutions, we have been in the business of customizing, implementing and delivering business-changing software for almost a decade. Here, we are comparing Acumatica vs. Sage. Both are feature-rich ERPs, but which one comes out on top? We hope this article helps you find the best ERP for your business.
How does Sage Compare with Acumatica?
The comparison between Sage and Acumatica is fundamentally a comparison between a legacy system and a cloud-based ERP solution. For years, Sage was a leader in the SMB ERP market. However, with the tide turning towards mobile-friendly, cloud ERPs, Acumatica is in an excellent position to lead the pack.
Interested in learning more about why a cloud-based ERP solution is the best software system for your growing business? Check out Why Acumatica Cloud ERP.
Sage is a traditional legacy ERP provider for SMBs. Their product offerings include three versions (Sage 100, Sage 300 and Sage 500), each with their own feature set targeted to specific market segments. The system delivers a comprehensive financial and operation functionality, which includes manufacturing and inventory features right out of the box.
Some benefits to Sage’s systems are, users have access to easily changeable dashboard widgets and customizable, ribbon-based navigation menus. Some shortcomings with the software include limited expansion modules and functionality as well as less drill-down and customization features than other ERP vendors. Also, Sage products were built using much older system architecture. This can be an issue in scenarios designed for the latest technologies, including cloud deployment options, customizations using current development tools and integration with CRM.
- Both Acumatica and Sage are feature-rich ERPs
- Both support for multiple verticals/industries
- Both have strong third-party software extensions (ISVs)
- Both have a sizeable reselling partner channel (VARs)
- True cloud: The bulk of the Sage product line uses older software development practices and platform architecture. These products were built for on-premise deployments and then reconstructed for the cloud. Moreover, these products suffer from being unable to match the level of speed, functionality and usability offered by a true cloud platform. Acumatica was designed to leverage the capabilities of cloud computing and can run equally on-premise or in the cloud.
- Scale as you grow: Sage allows licensing based on user count, using either concurrent or named user licenses depending on the specific product. Acumatica also offers perpetual licensing and charges based on the resources needed – not by user – so your business is not penalized for growth.
- TCO: Acumatica charges by computing power used, not by user. Sage charges per user. These costs increase as your company grows.
Success Stories – Making the Switch to Acumatica
Throughout the years, OFSi grew, acquiring several companies, which resulted in three subsidiaries. Trying to incorporate the new business units into Sage 100 was difficult due to problems with the software. OFSi couldn’t effectively do business without a primary system of accounting, and the need for a modern, integrated ERP became obvious. The team chose Acumatica because of the unlimited user licensing model. Acumatica’s licensing model would save the company roughly $175,000 in user-fees over Sage. They also chose Acumatica because it had an open, adaptable platform for easy integration with third-party systems.
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Boulder Creek Stone
For years, Boulder Creek Stone relied on a combination of systems to run its business. An outdated version of Sage ran inventory, sales order processing and accounts receivable while Microsoft Dynamics handled the general ledger, payroll, and accounts payable functions. Acumatica provided an affordable ERP that could control multiple facets of its business, including CRM, while also automating and centralizing many of its manual paper-based processes.
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Ultimately, the decision of which ERP system you choose is yours. We want you to get the ERP system that is right for you – whether or not you choose Acumatica.
Need more information on the software? Check out the overview of Acumatica Cloud ERP Software.
Remember, the company you choose to implement your software dictates the success or failure of your software investment. At Aqurus, we’re passionate about providing superior ERP solutions and support.