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Likelihood to Recommend

Ascentis

In working with Ascentis in payroll, the program makes my job so much easier. I am new to this position and the learning process has been so much easier with this product than those in the past. I appreciate the patience I am given when I call in for assistance as well.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sage 50cloud Accounting

Sage is great for portability and exchange with external accountants as it is widely used and people will be able to read your data in. It's a very good and complete solution for a little business where one person can handle all of the accounting. I doubt that it scales well to large companies with several in-house accountants working at the same time.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Human Resource Management

Ascentis
7.5
Sage 50cloud Accounting
Employee demographic data
Ascentis
8.0
Sage 50cloud Accounting
Employment history
Ascentis
7.9
Sage 50cloud Accounting
Job profiles and administration
Ascentis
7.7
Sage 50cloud Accounting
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.
Ascentis
7.3
Sage 50cloud Accounting
Organizational charting
Ascentis
6.5
Sage 50cloud Accounting
Organization and location management
Ascentis
7.6
Sage 50cloud Accounting
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)
Ascentis
7.7
Sage 50cloud Accounting

Payroll Management

Ascentis
8.3
Sage 50cloud Accounting
6.0
Pay calculation
Ascentis
8.5
Sage 50cloud Accounting
7.0
Support for external payroll vendors
Ascentis
7.7
Sage 50cloud Accounting
Off-cycle/On-Demand payment
Ascentis
8.3
Sage 50cloud Accounting
Benefit plan administration
Ascentis
7.7
Sage 50cloud Accounting
7.1
Direct deposit files
Ascentis
9.0
Sage 50cloud Accounting
5.1
Salary revision and increment management
Ascentis
8.1
Sage 50cloud Accounting
5.6
Reimbursement management
Ascentis
8.4
Sage 50cloud Accounting
5.2

Leave and Attendance Management

Ascentis
8.0
Sage 50cloud Accounting
Approval workflow
Ascentis
8.4
Sage 50cloud Accounting
Balance details
Ascentis
7.9
Sage 50cloud Accounting
Annual carry-forward and encashment
Ascentis
7.7
Sage 50cloud Accounting

Employee Self Service

Ascentis
8.2
Sage 50cloud Accounting
View and generate pay and benefit information
Ascentis
8.2
Sage 50cloud Accounting
Update personal information
Ascentis
8.6
Sage 50cloud Accounting
View company policy documentation
Ascentis
7.7
Sage 50cloud Accounting
Employee recognition
Ascentis
7.7
Sage 50cloud Accounting
View job history
Ascentis
8.6
Sage 50cloud Accounting

Asset Management

Ascentis
6.1
Sage 50cloud Accounting
Tracking of all physical assets
Ascentis
6.1
Sage 50cloud Accounting

HR Reporting

Ascentis
6.5
Sage 50cloud Accounting
Report builder
Ascentis
6.2
Sage 50cloud Accounting
Pre-built reports
Ascentis
7.0
Sage 50cloud Accounting
Ability to combine HR data with external data
Ascentis
6.4
Sage 50cloud Accounting

Onboarding

Ascentis
6.6
Sage 50cloud Accounting
New hire portal
Ascentis
6.8
Sage 50cloud Accounting
Manager tracking tools
Ascentis
6.4
Sage 50cloud Accounting

Performance and Goals

Ascentis
7.1
Sage 50cloud Accounting
Corporate goal setting
Ascentis
6.6
Sage 50cloud Accounting
Individual goal setting
Ascentis
7.4
Sage 50cloud Accounting
Line-of sight-visibility
Ascentis
7.3
Sage 50cloud Accounting
Performance tracking
Ascentis
6.9
Sage 50cloud Accounting

Performance Management

Ascentis
6.6
Sage 50cloud Accounting
Performance plans
Ascentis
6.6
Sage 50cloud Accounting
Performance improvement plans
Ascentis
6.7
Sage 50cloud Accounting
Review status tracking
Ascentis
7.1
Sage 50cloud Accounting
Review reminders
Ascentis
6.9
Sage 50cloud Accounting
Multiple review frequency
Ascentis
5.7
Sage 50cloud Accounting

Succession Planning

Ascentis
6.3
Sage 50cloud Accounting
Create succession plans/pools
Ascentis
6.3
Sage 50cloud Accounting
Candidate ranking
Ascentis
6.5
Sage 50cloud Accounting
Candidate search
Ascentis
6.1
Sage 50cloud Accounting
Candidate development
Ascentis
6.4
Sage 50cloud Accounting

Recruiting / ATS

Ascentis
6.6
Sage 50cloud Accounting
Job Requisition Management
Ascentis
7.0
Sage 50cloud Accounting
Company Website Posting
Ascentis
7.0
Sage 50cloud Accounting
Publish to Social Media
Ascentis
6.9
Sage 50cloud Accounting
Job Search Site Posting
Ascentis
6.6
Sage 50cloud Accounting
Duplicate Candidate Prevention
Ascentis
6.7
Sage 50cloud Accounting
Applicant Tracking
Ascentis
6.5
Sage 50cloud Accounting
Notifications and Alerts
Ascentis
5.8
Sage 50cloud Accounting

Customization

Ascentis
Sage 50cloud Accounting
7.2
API for custom integration
Ascentis
Sage 50cloud Accounting
9.5
Plug-ins
Ascentis
Sage 50cloud Accounting
5.0

Security

Ascentis
Sage 50cloud Accounting
8.9
Single sign-on capability
Ascentis
Sage 50cloud Accounting
8.8
Role-based user permissions
Ascentis
Sage 50cloud Accounting
9.0

Reporting & Analytics

Ascentis
Sage 50cloud Accounting
7.7
Dashboards
Ascentis
Sage 50cloud Accounting
8.3
Standard reports
Ascentis
Sage 50cloud Accounting
8.2
Custom reports
Ascentis
Sage 50cloud Accounting
6.6

General Ledger and Configurable Accounting

Ascentis
Sage 50cloud Accounting
7.0
Accounts payable
Ascentis
Sage 50cloud Accounting
8.8
Accounts receivable
Ascentis
Sage 50cloud Accounting
8.6
Cash management
Ascentis
Sage 50cloud Accounting
8.8
Bank reconciliation
Ascentis
Sage 50cloud Accounting
8.5
Expense management
Ascentis
Sage 50cloud Accounting
8.3
Time tracking
Ascentis
Sage 50cloud Accounting
6.7
Fixed asset management
Ascentis
Sage 50cloud Accounting
8.0
Multi-currency support
Ascentis
Sage 50cloud Accounting
4.9
Multi-division support
Ascentis
Sage 50cloud Accounting
6.0
Regulations compliance
Ascentis
Sage 50cloud Accounting
7.2
Electronic tax filing
Ascentis
Sage 50cloud Accounting
6.3
Self-service portal
Ascentis
Sage 50cloud Accounting
3.1
Global Financial Support
Ascentis
Sage 50cloud Accounting
3.1
Primary and Secondary Ledgers
Ascentis
Sage 50cloud Accounting
4.2
Intercompany Accounting
Ascentis
Sage 50cloud Accounting
7.0
Localizations
Ascentis
Sage 50cloud Accounting
7.4
Journals and Reconciliations
Ascentis
Sage 50cloud Accounting
8.3
Enterprise Accounting
Ascentis
Sage 50cloud Accounting
7.2
Configurable Accounting
Ascentis
Sage 50cloud Accounting
8.1
Centralized Rules Framework
Ascentis
Sage 50cloud Accounting
7.5
Standardized Processes
Ascentis
Sage 50cloud Accounting
8.9

Inventory Management

Ascentis
Sage 50cloud Accounting
6.5
Inventory tracking
Ascentis
Sage 50cloud Accounting
7.1
Automatic reordering
Ascentis
Sage 50cloud Accounting
6.8
Location management
Ascentis
Sage 50cloud Accounting
6.9
Manufacturing module
Ascentis
Sage 50cloud Accounting
5.1

Order Management

Ascentis
Sage 50cloud Accounting
5.7
Pricing
Ascentis
Sage 50cloud Accounting
6.9
Order entry
Ascentis
Sage 50cloud Accounting
7.9
Credit card processing
Ascentis
Sage 50cloud Accounting
8.0
Cost of goods sold
Ascentis
Sage 50cloud Accounting
6.6
Order Orchestration
Ascentis
Sage 50cloud Accounting
3.6
End-to-end order visibility
Ascentis
Sage 50cloud Accounting
3.6
Order exception Resolution
Ascentis
Sage 50cloud Accounting
3.6

Pros

Ascentis

  • Easy to use software. I have had several new HR employees comment on how easy the system is to learn!
  • Problem Solving- Ascentis is always problem solving! When we were in the process of selecting a new payroll company, we needed unemployment claims management assistance for our locations, something Ascentis did not currently offer. The sales rep went out of his way to find a unemployment claims management company that would work with Ascentis and us. That company has helped us keep an 80% win rate for our claims!
  • User conference- Engage is an awesome way to learn more about the products Ascentis has available as well and meet up with the staff you work with every day!
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sage 50cloud Accounting

  • It has the capability of "Single Click" processes that allows you to turn Quotes into orders, instant invoicing and track A/R in the Order Screen
  • I can email Sales Orders directly to my Customer and also remind them of past due from a single screen. I can track Project, Closeouts, Over Seas order by setting up Jobs and clicking the job name in Order Entry.
  • You can use recurring entries and copy and paste on the P&L, using masking for department reporting and budgeting
  • You can use the BI feature and export into Excel in Pivot format and utilize Timeline and Slicer to see the company overall performance by months, day or years
Karen Rollins | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Ascentis

  • Updating the system so it is one platform and not two.
  • Create changes to the benefit enrollment process and upgrade the system so hire dates do not need to be changed to trigger benefits for status changes.
  • Focus updates on HR Admin, mobile application, ATS and transitioning to one platform. Larger areas of focus have been on the payroll portion of the system with a few updates to other areas.
  • When something is broken, quicker turn time on fixing the issue.
  • System needs updates to support AAP reporting.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sage 50cloud Accounting

  • Sage 50 could use some improvement in the Invoicing Module to allow for more flexibility in the design of the Invoice fields. The report customization tools could use some upgrading for easier use.
  • Fixed assets management module needs to be included with unlimited number of fixed assets.
Reno M. Borgognoni, CPA, CIA, CGMA | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Ascentis

Ascentis 6.3
Based on 13 answers
This rating would be a 10 if it were not for some issues we have been having recently with the benefit carrier connections. The carrier connections are critical for us so how these issues are resolved will be key in our renewal decision.
Kelly C. Neill, SPHR | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sage 50cloud Accounting

Sage 50cloud Accounting 9.6
Based on 12 answers
I use this rating simply because I have a thriving Sage 50 consulting practice and will continue to keep my expertise in the product. I have consulted on both Sage 50 and QuickBooks for over 25 years so I have to maintain expertise in the solution as well as accounting and verticals.
Christine Steele | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Ascentis

Ascentis 7.5
Based on 45 answers
I'd give it a 7.5. If the modules were easier to access and not so buried (or placed in left field to find), I would give it a higher rating. As I said, as the potential to be great if ACCESS to other modules was easier.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sage 50cloud Accounting

Sage 50cloud Accounting 9.0
Based on 6 answers
Its pretty stable and doesn't have changes very frequently. Upgrades are good, but not the ones that need a user manual when done every time
Priya Sadasivam | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Ascentis

Ascentis 6.3
Based on 5 answers
They normally give you notice when an update will affect the use of the system. Otherwise, when we have an error , we send a message to the support team. Sometimes someone will get right back with you and sometimes it takes a while.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sage 50cloud Accounting

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Performance

Ascentis

Ascentis 6.7
Based on 4 answers
Yes, this pages do load pretty good but there are times when things are slow and I believe that's because they are sometimes trying to do updates.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sage 50cloud Accounting

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Ascentis

Ascentis 8.0
Based on 157 answers
Support is attentive and quick to answer the call and get the answer for you. If they for any reason cannot answer right then, they are back to you within a day and always seem to have a sense of urgency. You truly get the impression that they are aiming to make you happy.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sage 50cloud Accounting

Sage 50cloud Accounting 7.0
Based on 5 answers
Although I have only needed to call tech support on three occasions through out the entire time of usage, each time my problem was quickly resolved by people who were obviously well trained and easy to understand. Sage 50 Premium Accounting is a reliable and "bug-free" product that is regularly improved upon.
Emily Dykema | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

Ascentis

Ascentis 8.0
Based on 1 answer
First, to clarify our "in-person" training was done mainly through Web-X meetings and conference calls. It was the closest thing we got to as far as an "in-person" training for this software. However, for the large majority of it, this type of training worked out well. We were able to share our screens and the trainer was able to share his/her screen. We could follow along with what we were doing in our database in real time and see how different functions worked and how manipulating our information could produce different results. It was also nice in that it provided for real-time results if something hadn't been coded correctly or we were having issues as to why something wasn't working the way we thought it should be. However, it did have some downsides in that we often had to rely on a conference phone and that made it difficult to hear people on both sides. Also, sometimes the trainers had internet difficulties when working from home and that caused issues with the WebX meetings.
Jennifer Steffens | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sage 50cloud Accounting

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Online Training

Ascentis

Ascentis 8.0
Based on 4 answers
Ascentis HR has a number of online training videos to watch on a number of different topics. I gave it a lower rating because there is not much interactivity with the videos and it seems to cater to really only one or two learning styles. Plus, one has to be pretty motivated to go to a separate area to access the videos and then pull up a specific one to watch it and then learn. From my experience, people know that they are there, many just don't take the time and effort to go find them and actually watch them - especially since the username and password are different from their normal username and password.
Jennifer Steffens | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sage 50cloud Accounting

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Implementation Rating

Ascentis

Ascentis 8.0
Based on 6 answers
It was very easy to implement, but the customization pieces should really be fleshed out in order to determine the full need of an organization at the time of implementation. I believe if a little more time was spent on the requirements, the recruiting module would not have to be customized again at a cost at a later date.
Mary Meadows | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sage 50cloud Accounting

Sage 50cloud Accounting 9.0
Based on 4 answers
Sage 50 is a strong accounting software package. It will work efficiently if it is installed correctly. If one puts garbage in, one will get garbage out. Also it is important to train the staff to use Sage 50 properly. It is also important to set up security for each user.
Art Stumpp | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Ascentis

Ascentis has far better customer service and the implementation experience was also better. The ability to do a lot of customization is also easier with Ascentis as it's smaller organization. The payroll has positive and negatives compared to ADP but the accuracy is the same in both. Ascentis just started their community site which doesn't have a lot of traffic but hopefully can become more like ADP's community site, which was extremely helpful to me as an administrator.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sage 50cloud Accounting

As we did the conversion almost 10 years ago it is hard to answer this question. At the time it was the ease of being able to produce both cash and accrual financial statements and reporting that led us to pick Sage
Michelle M. Martin | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Ascentis

Ascentis 6.0
Based on 4 answers
Large acquisition would be very complicated, seems more appropriate for companies under 100
Christina Miyamoto, PHR® | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sage 50cloud Accounting

Sage 50cloud Accounting 9.1
Based on 1 answer
I define scalable from two perspectives; 1) the scalability to handle more bookkeepers/accountants using the product, and 2) the scalability to handle increasing customer/vendor/employee and transactional data. Sage 50 does a good job on both fronts. From the single users operating a micro-business accounting for customer invoices and bill payments only, to the multi-staff, multi-location, multi-departmental complex transactional operation. Although Sage 50 is quite expensive for that smallest user, it is quite inexpensive for the larger business entity. So, for the new enterprise expecting rapid growth, Sage 50 is the application of choice.
Reno M. Borgognoni, CPA, CIA, CGMA | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Ascentis

  • HR DPT. is much more effective, as we can assess any employee information no matter where we are, etc. This helps to provide information immediately when requested!
  • Employees have access to Ascentis, and therefore to their timecard, open enrollment, etc., from anywhere at any time!
  • Time, PTO requests, employee goals, and evaluations can be approved from anywhere at any time!
  • Recruiting can be accessed any where at any time, and this helps with hiring, internal communication, etc.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sage 50cloud Accounting

  • Sage definitely needs to do a better job with customer service. I have had to use them only a handful of times and it was not a great experience but not the worse I've seen. They didn't make us a priority and I felt that they didn't have a sense of urgency. They did address my lack of satisfaction and I can see that they are at least aware of the issues and they are trying to correct them.
  • Sage is exactly what we need in my current organization and I wouldn't change it for another system. I have used quite a few in my lifetime and I would say that it fits our needs.
Nellie Jones (MBA) | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

Ascentis

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Ascentis Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Sage 50cloud Accounting

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Sage 50cloud Accounting Editions & Modules

Edition
Sage 50 Pro Accounting$2991
Sage 50 Premium Accounting$4492
Sage 50 Quantum Accounting 3 UserStarting at $1,4993
  1. Per year
  2. Per Year
  3. Per year
Additional Pricing Details
Annual traditional plan with license, monthly, and annual subscription plans available.

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Ascentis
7.5
Sage 50cloud Accounting
8.1

Likelihood to Renew

Ascentis
6.3
Sage 50cloud Accounting
9.6

Usability

Ascentis
7.5
Sage 50cloud Accounting
9.0

Reliability and Availability

Ascentis
6.3
Sage 50cloud Accounting

Performance

Ascentis
6.7
Sage 50cloud Accounting

Support Rating

Ascentis
8.0
Sage 50cloud Accounting
7.0

In-Person Training

Ascentis
8.0
Sage 50cloud Accounting

Online Training

Ascentis
8.0
Sage 50cloud Accounting

Implementation Rating

Ascentis
8.0
Sage 50cloud Accounting
9.0

Scalability

Ascentis
6.0
Sage 50cloud Accounting
9.1

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