Epicor Eclipse vs. Sage 500 ERP

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Epicor Eclipse
Score 8.3 out of 10
N/A
Epicor Eclipse is an end-to-end business system for wholesale distributors, as well as electrical, HVAC, plumbing and PVF businesses.N/A
Sage 500
Score 6.8 out of 10
N/A
Sage 500 ERP includes accounting and finance, distribution and supply chain, and manufacturing operations support modules. The latest Sage 500 release includes accounts payable enhancements, credit card processing, and general updates, as well as updates to the solution's modules.N/A
Pricing
Epicor EclipseSage 500 ERP
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Epicor EclipseSage 500
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
Epicor EclipseSage 500 ERP
Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
Epicor EclipseSage 500 ERP
Payroll Management
Comparison of Payroll Management features of Product A and Product B
Epicor Eclipse
8.5
3 Ratings
14% above category average
Sage 500 ERP
7.4
1 Ratings
1% above category average
Pay calculation10.01 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Benefit plan administration9.01 Ratings6.01 Ratings
Direct deposit files8.73 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Customization
Comparison of Customization features of Product A and Product B
Epicor Eclipse
7.2
9 Ratings
1% below category average
Sage 500 ERP
4.5
2 Ratings
48% below category average
API for custom integration7.87 Ratings7.02 Ratings
Plug-ins6.79 Ratings2.02 Ratings
Security
Comparison of Security features of Product A and Product B
Epicor Eclipse
7.8
14 Ratings
5% below category average
Sage 500 ERP
5.0
2 Ratings
49% below category average
Single sign-on capability8.09 Ratings2.02 Ratings
Role-based user permissions7.514 Ratings8.02 Ratings
Reporting & Analytics
Comparison of Reporting & Analytics features of Product A and Product B
Epicor Eclipse
6.6
16 Ratings
10% below category average
Sage 500 ERP
8.3
2 Ratings
13% above category average
Dashboards6.711 Ratings8.02 Ratings
Standard reports6.416 Ratings7.02 Ratings
Custom reports6.916 Ratings10.02 Ratings
General Ledger and Configurable Accounting
Comparison of General Ledger and Configurable Accounting features of Product A and Product B
Epicor Eclipse
7.2
15 Ratings
6% below category average
Sage 500 ERP
6.6
2 Ratings
15% below category average
Accounts payable6.915 Ratings7.02 Ratings
Accounts receivable6.813 Ratings7.02 Ratings
Global Financial Support7.17 Ratings2.01 Ratings
Primary and Secondary Ledgers7.26 Ratings00 Ratings
Journals and Reconciliations7.310 Ratings6.01 Ratings
Configurable Accounting8.38 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Standardized Processes6.710 Ratings6.01 Ratings
Inventory Management
Comparison of Inventory Management features of Product A and Product B
Epicor Eclipse
7.1
17 Ratings
11% below category average
Sage 500 ERP
6.5
2 Ratings
20% below category average
Inventory tracking7.417 Ratings9.02 Ratings
Automatic reordering6.715 Ratings3.02 Ratings
Location management7.717 Ratings8.02 Ratings
Order Management
Comparison of Order Management features of Product A and Product B
Epicor Eclipse
7.4
17 Ratings
5% below category average
Sage 500 ERP
8.2
1 Ratings
5% above category average
Pricing7.317 Ratings8.21 Ratings
Order entry7.717 Ratings8.21 Ratings
Credit card processing8.014 Ratings8.21 Ratings
Cost of goods sold7.816 Ratings8.21 Ratings
Order Orchestration7.413 Ratings00 Ratings
Subledger and Financial Process
Comparison of Subledger and Financial Process features of Product A and Product B
Epicor Eclipse
7.2
13 Ratings
3% below category average
Sage 500 ERP
5.4
1 Ratings
32% below category average
Billing Management6.911 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Revenue Recognition7.96 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Cash and Asset Management7.48 Ratings6.01 Ratings
Travel & Expense Management7.36 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Budgetary Control & Encumbrance Accounting6.15 Ratings2.01 Ratings
Period Close7.511 Ratings5.01 Ratings
Project Financial Management
Comparison of Project Financial Management features of Product A and Product B
Epicor Eclipse
5.7
9 Ratings
28% below category average
Sage 500 ERP
6.9
1 Ratings
9% below category average
Budgeting and Forecasting6.86 Ratings1.01 Ratings
Project Costing7.26 Ratings3.01 Ratings
Cost Capture6.26 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Capital Project Management6.05 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Customer Contract Compliance7.75 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Project Revenue Recognition7.04 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Project Execution Management
Comparison of Project Execution Management features of Product A and Product B
Epicor Eclipse
6.4
6 Ratings
5% below category average
Sage 500 ERP
4.5
1 Ratings
40% below category average
Project Planning and Scheduling6.63 Ratings00 Ratings
Task Insight for Project Managers5.73 Ratings7.01 Ratings
Project Mobile Functionality6.42 Ratings5.01 Ratings
Project Candidate Search00 Ratings4.01 Ratings
Absence Management00 Ratings4.01 Ratings
Grants Management
Comparison of Grants Management features of Product A and Product B
Epicor Eclipse
8.0
2 Ratings
8% above category average
Sage 500 ERP
7.5
1 Ratings
1% above category average
Award Lifecycle Management8.01 Ratings6.01 Ratings
Spending Control7.92 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Indirect Cost Management7.92 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Procurement
Comparison of Procurement features of Product A and Product B
Epicor Eclipse
6.1
9 Ratings
12% below category average
Sage 500 ERP
6.0
1 Ratings
14% below category average
Bids Analyzed and Compared5.16 Ratings00 Ratings
Catalog Shopping E-Commerce for Employees5.35 Ratings2.01 Ratings
Contract Authoring6.82 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Contract Renewal Automation5.52 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Contract Repository4.83 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Requisitions-to-Purchase Orders Integrated6.94 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Supplier Management6.84 Ratings4.01 Ratings
Risk Management
Comparison of Risk Management features of Product A and Product B
Epicor Eclipse
4.5
4 Ratings
34% below category average
Sage 500 ERP
4.3
1 Ratings
38% below category average
Risk Repository2.72 Ratings3.01 Ratings
Control Management6.22 Ratings7.01 Ratings
Control Efficiency Assessments4.51 Ratings4.01 Ratings
Issue Detection4.12 Ratings00 Ratings
Remediation and Certification3.82 Ratings3.01 Ratings
Logistics
Comparison of Logistics features of Product A and Product B
Epicor Eclipse
4.9
11 Ratings
34% below category average
Sage 500 ERP
-
Ratings
Transportation Planning and Optimization4.36 Ratings00 Ratings
Transportation Execution Management4.26 Ratings00 Ratings
Trade and Customs Management4.12 Ratings00 Ratings
Fulfillment Management6.32 Ratings00 Ratings
Warehouse Workforce Management6.34 Ratings00 Ratings
Manufacturing
Comparison of Manufacturing features of Product A and Product B
Epicor Eclipse
5.0
3 Ratings
41% below category average
Sage 500 ERP
-
Ratings
Production Process Design4.52 Ratings00 Ratings
Production Management5.73 Ratings00 Ratings
Configuration Management6.41 Ratings00 Ratings
Work Execution5.43 Ratings00 Ratings
Manufacturing Costs4.83 Ratings00 Ratings
Supply Chain
Comparison of Supply Chain features of Product A and Product B
Epicor Eclipse
5.7
13 Ratings
27% below category average
Sage 500 ERP
1.3
1 Ratings
141% below category average
Forecasting6.112 Ratings1.01 Ratings
Inventory Planning6.611 Ratings2.01 Ratings
Performance Monitoring5.69 Ratings1.01 Ratings
Product Lifecycle Management
Comparison of Product Lifecycle Management features of Product A and Product B
Epicor Eclipse
6.2
7 Ratings
17% below category average
Sage 500 ERP
5.3
1 Ratings
32% below category average
Proposal Management5.93 Ratings7.01 Ratings
Product Master Data Management6.43 Ratings4.01 Ratings
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User Ratings
Epicor EclipseSage 500 ERP
Likelihood to Recommend
4.7
(17 ratings)
2.0
(4 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
4.3
(3 ratings)
6.3
(2 ratings)
Usability
7.3
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Availability
9.1
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Performance
9.1
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
5.5
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
In-Person Training
9.1
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Online Training
8.2
(1 ratings)
6.0
(1 ratings)
Implementation Rating
4.5
(2 ratings)
8.0
(2 ratings)
Configurability
4.5
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Ease of integration
4.5
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Product Scalability
4.5
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
8.2
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
7.3
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
Epicor EclipseSage 500 ERP
Likelihood to Recommend
Epicor Software
Eclipse is well suited for quick order entry where the source is a formal purchase order document or a phone call with a known customer. In these scenarios the order entry process is quick, and order processing is smooth even if the customer has a lot of "special" requests like shipping part today and holding the rest or shipping some of the order to other addresses. Eclipse also works well if you have a good database of products, especially in searching for products where only partial information is known or finding existing orders where all you know for sure is the customer. It is not particularly well suited for Point of Sale where a walk-in customer who doesn't have an account wants products for which part numbers are not known, due to the requirements to release an order for a customer with no credit.
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Sage
Sage 500 ERP is great for companies with core accounting needs, distributors, and discrete manufacturers. Some areas, such as process manufacturing, would require a companion product from an ISV for the software to be truly functional. Some areas, such as construction or retail apparel, may simply not be well-served.
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Pros
Epicor Software
  • Sales Order tracking, even returns are strengths of Epicor Eclipse. It can be set up to match returns to previous orders so that the correct credits are applied. It is capable of setting up contract pricing as well as matrix level pricing according to sales velocity or individual customer buyer programs.
  • Purchasing can be set up to work by full line buys or short buys while still maintaining a balanced inventory level of vendor line product.
  • Vendor Invoices and purchase orders are easily matched up for payment and the diverse reporting features are able to provide multi-faceted views of Product Sales, Items with No Sales, or Sales or Purchasing trends, just to name a few.
  • It is also tracking warehouse operation in both RF and non-RF environments, or a combination of the two.
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Sage
  • Sage is the one-stop-shop for all of our needs. We're able to control contracts, subcontracts, and field reports from the program.
  • Another strength is the ability to database all the information and export it to excel. This makes data-based investigations a breeze.
  • The ability for Timberscan to be imported to Sage is a huge help with invoice management. Prior to this it all had to be done manually and slowed the process to an essential halt as there are thousands of invoices per month.
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Cons
Epicor Software
  • The version we use is a non-windows based version, we chose this due to pricing since we are a small company.
  • Their Tier 1 level tech support leaves a little to be desired.
  • It would be nice to switch between open windows/screens.
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Sage
  • The biggest concern/complaint of Sage 500 users is speed. Some of the screen take a while to load.
  • The user interface needs some refreshing. Screens need to be updated to take advantage of shortcuts and to be more intuitive.
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Likelihood to Renew
Epicor Software
I use it every day and can't see a reason why I would stop unless I started a new job. If I were to leave my present position, the new job would be much more attractive if they were Eclipse users.
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Sage
It's too pricey for our size of company.
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Usability
Epicor Software
This is very easy to use for someone that hasn't ever used the system before. Despite any preconceived notions about how a system should function they can learn this and become efficient with really not a lot of effort. I have used many systems and this is probably one of the easiest I have ever had to learn to navigate and use.
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Sage
No answers on this topic
Reliability and Availability
Epicor Software
I haven't experienced any outages in the two years I have been using the system. It is always available as long as the computer is up. The only time I have seen it not be available was on occasions where we lost internet, or power and then we lost access to everything, not just Epicor Eclipse.
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Sage
No answers on this topic
Performance
Epicor Software
Everything in this system moves fairly quickly, that may be in part because we are a small company with only 21 users on the system at a time, or it may just be a the way the Epicor Eclipse works for any size company with any number of users. I can only speak for what I know and say that it is fast for our purposes.
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Sage
No answers on this topic
Support Rating
Epicor Software
The tier 1 support is trying, and sometimes they are successful. Sometimes they aren't. This topic isn't as black and white as the questions might suggest. Currently their Tier 1 support team is over seas, all items automatically go to Tier 1 and then when they can't help they either escalate it or tell me they need to check with someone else and they will get back to me. If they escalate me to Tier 2, then the issue comes back to the States and the support is usually at a higher knowledge/experience level and it can get resolved fairly quickly. If they don't escalate, then it might take weeks and multiple follow ups on my part before I either get a satisfactory resolution or finally get escalated.
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Sage
No answers on this topic
In-Person Training
Epicor Software
The training classes that I have attended have been top notch. The presenters are extremely knowledgeable on their subject matter, including real-world application of the system. They aren't just software techs training end users, they seem to be end users that have become experts in the over functionality and capabilities of the system.
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Sage
No answers on this topic
Online Training
Epicor Software
The on-line training is very good, and it is taught by the same people that do the live in-person training sessions. The difficult part of it is, asking questions about your specific company's nuances or special circumstances. I don't remember if you can access the on-line training sessions after you have taken them for reminders purposes, but if so that is a great asset.
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Sage
The online training courses are not up to date. We experienced technical issues with two of the classes.
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Implementation Rating
Epicor Software
I don't really know about the implementation, it was back in 1998 and I didn't start here until 2016. By the time I started here they had been running it for a number of years and most of the people that were here when it was implemented are no longer here, and the ones that are don't really have much to say about how the implementation went either bad or good.
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Sage
Keep your database and application in different servers.
Install Microsoft Office on your application server so you can use some of the data analysis tools in Sage.
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Alternatives Considered
Epicor Software
Most of my experience has been with Epicor's Prophet 21. For most distribution verticals, Prophet 21 is the only way to go. The comparison I've drawn is this: Prophet 21 is like a ferrari. Epicor Eclipse is like a reliable donkey. Both get you from point A to point B but Prophet 21 is going to get you there much quicker and with the kind of insight into your business that will help you thrive.
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Sage
500 seems much smoother at handling some of the basic accounting tasks, for example both issuing and later reconciling checks in Dynamics AX seems a little tedious.
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Scalability
Epicor Software
I don't really know about the scalability. It's the same as it was when I started, I do know that you can buy more user licenses, but I think they come in packs of 5, which can be a problem if you only need 1 and will never use the other 4. But, again I'm not sure on that.
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Sage
No answers on this topic
Return on Investment
Epicor Software
  • One of the main positive ROI impacts has been the constant upgrading and adding of new features to keep the software user friendly, relative, and robust.
  • Our credit manager has said it has made their job easier with daily reports to catch pricing discrepancies and straighten out before they go to invoice makes us look better.
  • With the addition of sale analytics it has given our sales force tools and new approaches to our customer base which has raised profitability.
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Sage
  • Positive: The program allows for a lot of data entry and splitting of information. It has the capability of replacing multiple programs and therefore saving cost.
  • Negative: The modules are cumbersome and not user friendly at all. As a result not many user are comfortable using it. This means that the program is not being used to its capacity.
  • Negative: Although the program has the capacity to be great, the user interface destroys that potential. Sage needs to seriously work on their program to simplify it. It's as if it still uses Command-line entries from 1995. Needs to be updated ASAP.
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