Comparing Acumatica vs Sage

Sage is a traditional (legacy) ERP provider for small- to mid-sized companies. Sage 100, Sage 300, and Sage 500 each have its own feature set and each is targeted for a specific market segment.

However, there are commonalities between these Sage products and Acumatica:

  • Feature rich ERP
  • Support for multiple verticals/industries
  • Strong third-party software extension (ISVs)
  • Large reselling partner channel (VARs)

Take a closer look at how Acumatica compares with Sage:

Functionality Acumatica Sage
True cloud (built for cloud)
True mobility (supports all devices/no special apps)
Full function ERP
Full relational database export
Upgrade on your schedule
Flexible licensing options (subscription and perpetual)
Multiple deployment options (cloud, on premise, hybrid)
Scale as you grow
Lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)

Significant differentiators between Acumatica and Sage

True cloud: “True cloud” means all functionality is accessible through the internet using a standard browser without the need for any software installation on the user’s device and no additional software licensing required. The bulk of the Sage product line uses older software development practices and platform architecture. These products were built for on premise deployments and retrofitted for the cloud. Moreover, these products suffer from being unable to match the level of speed, functionality, and ease of use 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. You can even switch between the deployment models as well.

True mobility: Out-of-the-box, the entire Acumatica suite can be accessed on the device of your choice. Acumatica is built to resize every page and every screen to whatever device you are using. Every screen has the same information and flow, whether it is on a PC, tablet, or phone. Sage online products support browser access on multiple devices, but the web pages do not automatically resize to accommodate mobile devices.

TCO: Acumatica charges by computing power used, not by user. Sage charges per user. These costs increase as your company grows.

Full function ERP: The Sage product line being compared here is scaled to various business sizes and needs, so not every product offers the same ERP functionality. However, because the bulk of the Sage product line was built on older client-server technology from the 1990s, not all of their products offer full functionality when deployed in the cloud as their on premise counterparts. Acumatica offers a fully integrated financial and ERP solution that can scale with your business in the cloud or on premise.

Flexible licensing options: Every company is different, and some prefer a depreciable capital expense versus an ongoing operating expense. Both products are available through subscription licensing. 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.

Multiple deployment options (cloud, on premise, hybrid): Deployment options include public cloud (like Amazon Web Services), on your premise, and hybrid configurations (private cloud). Both products support deployments on premise, in the cloud, or a hybrid. Note that Sage products are not true cloud, however, which affects their speed and functionality.

About Sage

The Sage products (100, 300, and 500) have a long history and can offer adequate functionality for small- to mid-sized businesses. However:

  • These products are priced per user, which penalizes growing companies.
  • These products were built using much older system architecture, which is an issue in scenarios designed for the latest technologies, including cloud deployment options, customizations using current development tools, and integration with CRM.
  • These products were developed independently, so there is no direct migration path from one product to another.

Acumatica offers a completely integrated ERP and CRM solution built on a true cloud architecture. Plus, you are only charged by system resources, not per user, whether Acumatica is deployed on premise or in the cloud. We believe Acumatica provides the best price/value, performance, functionality, and ease of use of any ERP product available for small- and medium-sized businesses.

Buying a new ERP system is a major decision that will affect your business for many years. We believe your next ERP system should be Acumatica. However, we encourage you to perform due diligence when considering the purchase of any ERP system. Ask questions. Listen to the answers. Know your business requirements over the next three to five years. Make sure you choose the ERP system that is right for your company now and in the future.