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Likelihood to Recommend

Microsoft Dynamics 365

All told, if it hadn't been for the fact that we were testing it with both employees who knew CRM lingo and those who were new, we wouldn't have found such an issue. The program itself can be very useful for people who already manage CRMs, who know how to use them, who know how to run and manage employees on them, namely because of the "one-stop-shop" concept in data visibility. When it came down to it though, if you have high-turnover, then this product will devolve into only being used for it's base components. Down the middle, we found that the people who'd been in marketing for 4-5 years fell into the product easily because of the way it was written. Everyone before that, with novice experience, thought it was written like a textbook for a graduate class - little to no leeway if you don't happen to know one specific term
Patrick Stephens | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sage CRM

Only having one primary contact can cause issues for companies who are more specialized and custom. We deal with many people throughout the company so this can cause issues on trying to figure out who to contact. Creating advanced custom screens are also rather complicated and many times would require outside work to complete.For retail it is much more simplistic and easy to use. Storing all customer information along with communication info is simple.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Sales Force Automation

Microsoft Dynamics 365
8.0
Sage CRM
9.5
Customer data management / contact management
Microsoft Dynamics 365
8.5
Sage CRM
10.0
Workflow management
Microsoft Dynamics 365
7.8
Sage CRM
10.0
Territory management
Microsoft Dynamics 365
8.0
Sage CRM
10.0
Opportunity management
Microsoft Dynamics 365
8.5
Sage CRM
10.0
Integration with email client (e.g., Outlook or Gmail)
Microsoft Dynamics 365
8.0
Sage CRM
10.0
Contract management
Microsoft Dynamics 365
7.5
Sage CRM
5.6
Quote & order management
Microsoft Dynamics 365
7.5
Sage CRM
10.0
Interaction tracking
Microsoft Dynamics 365
8.0
Sage CRM
10.0
Channel / partner relationship management
Microsoft Dynamics 365
7.9
Sage CRM
10.0

Customer Service & Support

Microsoft Dynamics 365
8.2
Sage CRM
10.0
Case management
Microsoft Dynamics 365
8.6
Sage CRM
10.0
Call center management
Microsoft Dynamics 365
7.8
Sage CRM
10.0
Help desk management
Microsoft Dynamics 365
8.3
Sage CRM
10.0

Marketing Automation

Microsoft Dynamics 365
8.0
Sage CRM
10.0
Lead management
Microsoft Dynamics 365
8.2
Sage CRM
10.0
Email marketing
Microsoft Dynamics 365
7.7
Sage CRM
10.0

CRM Project Management

Microsoft Dynamics 365
7.9
Sage CRM
10.0
Task management
Microsoft Dynamics 365
7.8
Sage CRM
10.0
Billing and invoicing management
Microsoft Dynamics 365
8.0
Sage CRM
10.0
Reporting
Microsoft Dynamics 365
7.9
Sage CRM
10.0

CRM Reporting & Analytics

Microsoft Dynamics 365
7.9
Sage CRM
10.0
Forecasting
Microsoft Dynamics 365
7.6
Sage CRM
10.0
Pipeline visualization
Microsoft Dynamics 365
8.5
Sage CRM
10.0
Customizable reports
Microsoft Dynamics 365
7.7
Sage CRM
10.0

Customization

Microsoft Dynamics 365
8.0
Sage CRM
10.0
Custom fields
Microsoft Dynamics 365
8.2
Sage CRM
10.0
Custom objects
Microsoft Dynamics 365
8.1
Sage CRM
10.0
Scripting environment
Microsoft Dynamics 365
7.9
Sage CRM
10.0
API for custom integration
Microsoft Dynamics 365
8.0
Sage CRM
10.0

Security

Microsoft Dynamics 365
8.8
Sage CRM
10.0
Single sign-on capability
Microsoft Dynamics 365
8.8
Sage CRM
10.0
Role-based user permissions
Microsoft Dynamics 365
8.7
Sage CRM
10.0

Social CRM

Microsoft Dynamics 365
7.6
Sage CRM
10.0
Social data
Microsoft Dynamics 365
7.6
Sage CRM
10.0
Social engagement
Microsoft Dynamics 365
7.7
Sage CRM
10.0

Integrations with 3rd-party Software

Microsoft Dynamics 365
8.0
Sage CRM
10.0
Marketing automation
Microsoft Dynamics 365
8.1
Sage CRM
10.0
Compensation management
Microsoft Dynamics 365
7.8
Sage CRM
10.0

Platform

Microsoft Dynamics 365
7.4
Sage CRM
10.0
Mobile access
Microsoft Dynamics 365
7.4
Sage CRM
10.0

Pros

Microsoft Dynamics 365

  • Some useful out-of-the-box features, like mass uploads of Leads from trade shows or when qualifying a Lead, CRM automatically creates the Opportunity, Contact, and Account for you, etc.
  • Really powerful customizations through the user interface to improve user experience. Things like Business Rules, for example, if Field A = 1, then Field B = 2 and Field C = 2, if Field A = 2, then Field B and Field C don't apply, so automatically hide them.
  • Or other functionality that improves user experience, like Business Process Flows. These walk users step by step through our business process, helping them know when certain actions should take place, and at what point other data is now required. We've used this extensively with our Lead to Opportunity to Quote to Order process, helping users understand the business process each step of the way.
  • Customizations built on top of the platform now called model-driven PowerApps. You can have connections to "typical" data, like Accounts, Contacts, or Opportunities, for example, but then connect that data to custom entities, records that only apply to your specific business. This is all done through the user interface and allows you to customize and automate specific line-of-business applications for your specific needs.
  • Behind the scenes, D365 CE is built on SQL. So the data conforms to industry standards and makes it much easier to interact with. Your developers and IT team will thank you.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sage CRM

  • SAGE CRM is a very clean and easy to use interface and easy to navigate around. Users seem to instantly understand with very little training where they are in the system, which is not always true of other system we have used in the past. The Key sometimes is removing 'clutter' for that user.
  • Sales and Sales Manager tend to find it is very intuitive and since it is flexibly with its design, we have created various extra option to improve sales peoples management of Contracts, Events and even Samples, saving and eliminating multiple spreadsheets.
  • Case Management and workflow capabilities together with the ability to offer Self Service and embed into your website has been very powerful and a number of client have found this can save them tremendous time. Adding in automatic notifications through a powerful workflow capability can save hours of time for the Users
  • Flexible Reporting using a wizard approach means that the system is easy to train on and for users we find that they embrace this even more since they feel an ownership for the CRM system, something that all CRM User aspire too.
  • Flexible licencing and Editions. Not always well known, but SAGE CRM has two editions (somewhat confusing) the Cloud or SAGE CRM.com doest use the same naming convention, but these are Standard And Advanced Editions. However, in particular, there is a Concurrent Licence option, albeit at a premium, but we once saved a client over £14000 on a 50 user system when they migrated to SAGE CRM Concurrent from their existing Named Licence CRM system, paying for the complete migration in year One
Gary Perkins | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Microsoft Dynamics 365

  • Microsoft Dynamics 365 storage & license cost can prohibit some large deployments or even cost-sensitive small projects from using the platform (although I'm certain most deployments would realize a positive ROI if implemented correctly with process automation).
  • The cost and licensing document for Dynamics 365 is 61 pages and will take a rocket scientist to understand it. It's better to just have your Microsoft help estimate the cost if they are willing to help you that.
  • The documentation on how to first fully understand the Out of the Box default solution and settings is lacking or even non-existing. This has the potential to derail Dynamic 365 launches and implementations from the gitgo. Want to use an out of the box entity?.. well it's probably related to 5 other entities that require configuration and full understanding of it to successful implement. And you ask where is the laymen guide or instructions?... User groups and forums. In Summary, Microsoft can up its game in deployment training and supporting documentation.
  • Microsoft needs to incentivize more external platforms to build app connectors for easy integration, such as ZenDesk, Slack, Tableau, etc. Even the current connector apps such as Salesforce, MailChimp, Docusign are useless or don't work at all.
  • Several limitations inhibit successful Dynamics 365 deployments such as: limited number of Rollup field calculations (summarizing fields on child/related records), limited number rows that can exported to Excel via advanced find, Dynamics 365 files, log and database storage size limit is extremely small and will always require purchasing additional storage (for Online deployments).
  • New user buy-in or acceptance or system platform changes can be difficult if a solid change management plan isn't enacted.
  • Don't expect much help from Microsoft on implementation or solutions unless it's a technical flaw with the platform. Microsoft relies on their MVP partner network to consult for implementations at a hefty cost. Hiring a knowledgeable and savvy Dynamics 365 System Administrator can reduce the need for consultant support; of course, this is dependant upon many many variables.
Justin Pink | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sage CRM

  • One of the areas that Sage CRM is different is the way that Appointments and Tasks are delivered to the user in the interface. This presents a challenge in the way that most people utilize a Calendar in their daily execution. Many companies want to see a color coded Calendar for multiple team members and this is provided through a 3rd party.
  • Executing workflow through the mobile device is another area that users have requested. With such a strong workflow and escalation engine extending to the mobile interface would be groundbreaking in the CRM industry.
  • The data loading tools also need some work. In today's world we often extend the platform for unique entities and today we use 3rd party tools for any data migration besides basic customer and contact information.
Danny Estrada | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Microsoft Dynamics 365

Microsoft Dynamics 365 7.9
Based on 19 answers
CRM has allowed us to keep all of our data in one place that is easy for all users within the company to view. I came into the company after they had been using CRM for about 4 years. They have all said that since we have used this it has helped us control work processes better, it has allowed us to be able to track things so much better, and has been something that has helped unite many processes that used to be all over the place.We are currently using CRM 4.0 and are planning on upgrading in the next 18 months to the 2011 version. Support for 4.0 is almost all but dried up. Understandably so. Some of the customization we have done, and a plugins we use, are now contained within the 2011 version so we are looking forward to that upgrade.We use an email marketing company as well, and they primarily support the 2011 version, but their product connects and is integrated within CRM. This is a great benefit as well so that all of our marketing information can be contained in one location.
Chris Jensen | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sage CRM

Sage CRM 5.1
Based on 11 answers
There are really no other words to say, it is a very easy to use application that is more straightforward and has provided better results with the bulk of features that appeal to a very broad amount of users. There may be other CRM platforms out there that are more prevalent, but I have found them to be much more clunky and less intuitive than Sage CRM.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Microsoft Dynamics 365

Microsoft Dynamics 365 9.0
Based on 8 answers
Things can always be better, but the recent improvements with the Unified Interface have improved both the mobile version and the web application. And effectively making D365 CE customization, formerly known as XRM, part of the Power Platform as a model-driven PowerApp says a lot about the focus for Microsoft. They've vastly modernized the interface for customizers even in the last six months, and with CRM data now being the Common Data Service, this only goes to show that Microsoft will continue to focus on D365 CE functionality and make more and more usability improvements. Microsoft only continues to connect D365 CE to other tools, obviously PowerApps but Flow, SharePoint, Office 365 Groups, OneNote, and Power BI as well, for example, making the tools even more powerful than they are alone. They become both easier to use and can make solving real business problems easier as well.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sage CRM

Sage CRM 8.3
Based on 3 answers
I think it is intuitive, easy to customize and easy to learn
Kari-Ann B. Ryan | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Microsoft Dynamics 365

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Sage CRM

Sage CRM 8.2
Based on 1 answer
Sage works very quickly based on the network you are using it on. It is internet based so if your network is slow, it will perform slowly. Reports seem to run reasonably fast, if there is too much information it is trying to populate that could slow it down a little. When Sage CRM is integrated with a Sage ERP product it doesn't tend to slow down either system at all
Kari-Ann B. Ryan | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Microsoft Dynamics 365

Microsoft Dynamics 365 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Our partner, Ledgeview Partners has been FANTASTIC to work with. They are always timely in their response and have taken time to understand our business and our specific needs. We've made a lot of advanced customizations and they have been a great help in making those updates.
Todd Jankowski | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sage CRM

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

In-Person Training

Microsoft Dynamics 365

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Sage CRM

Sage CRM 7.0
Based on 1 answer
Most training would come after a upgrade. Otherwise we would self teach new employees. Training was with a Sage Software partner SWK technologies.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Microsoft Dynamics 365

Microsoft Dynamics 365 9.2
Based on 4 answers
We used a data warehouse to house our data, and our IT team and implementation vendor worked diligently ahead of time to construct idea implementation plans. Out of millions of records- we had less than a dozen errors, which is remarkable. My major insight is simply having a group of completely devoted individuals working towards your goal who fully understand the desired outcome. Focused resources for implementation season are critical to success.
Sara Tsoodle | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sage CRM

Sage CRM 8.0
Based on 1 answer
The implementation and upgrades were rather quick and straight forward.Attempting to link Sage CRM with Sage 100 ERP however was a nightmare and will be avoided by us in the future due to numerous issues.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Microsoft Dynamics 365

Salesforce has more desirable functions than Microsoft Dynamics 365, at a competitive price. Its user interface is far more superior, it has more customization, easier customization, and out of the box it is more pleasing to the eye and to the end user. If the client doesn't have a deep-rooted connection with Microsoft I wouldn't leap to Dynamics 365.
Alexander Cooper | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sage CRM

I have evaluated and implemented MS Dynamics CRM from a business perspective, and more recently Salesforce.com CRM as an administarator. Sage was more intuitive than Salesforce, and also less expensice than both of them. At that time, I used Sage CRM because the company I was working with had purchased Sage ERP. However, they never implemented it, but I did implement Sage CRM almost by myself. It is a great tool to manage sales process and marketing campaigns.
Luis Brea | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Microsoft Dynamics 365

  • It is hard to say, the reason why we are using Microsoft Dynamics CRM is because it is provided to us for free.
  • It could be worthwhile to investigate whether an alternative CRM (even though paid) can be used to boost the ROI
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sage CRM

  • Allowed managers to have visibility into salesperson pipelines with far less communication and time spent by all.
  • Allowed more predicative information on where the business is from a pipeline perspective so we can predict future business and resource requirements.
  • Allowed us to manage our customer support more effectively with less staff and allows cases and information to be passed from one staff member to another easily.
Glen Mund | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Microsoft Dynamics 365

General

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

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Sage CRM

General

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

Sage CRM Editions & Modules

On-premise Edition
Sage CRM (on premise)1
  1. Lifetime License per Seat
SaaS Edition
Sage CRM (cloud)$451
  1. Per User per Month
Additional Pricing Details
Tiered pricing is available for multiple users.

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Microsoft Dynamics 365
8.3
Sage CRM
9.0

Likelihood to Renew

Microsoft Dynamics 365
7.9
Sage CRM
5.1

Usability

Microsoft Dynamics 365
9.0
Sage CRM
8.3

Performance

Microsoft Dynamics 365
Sage CRM
8.2

Support Rating

Microsoft Dynamics 365
10.0
Sage CRM

In-Person Training

Microsoft Dynamics 365
Sage CRM
7.0

Online Training

Microsoft Dynamics 365
7.5
Sage CRM

Implementation Rating

Microsoft Dynamics 365
9.2
Sage CRM
8.0

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