NetSuite ERP vs. Sage 50cloud Accounting

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
NetSuite ERP
Score 8.0 out of 10
N/A
NetSuite is a suite of ERP and accounting modules which is sold in various editions aimed at different size customers. The multi-country, multi-currency version is an additional module called OneWorld. Netsuite is a SaaS system and is not offered in an on-premise edition.N/A
Sage 50cloud Accounting
Score 8.1 out of 10
Small Businesses (1-50 employees)
Sage 50cloud Accounting (formerly Sage 50 Accounting) is accounting software designed for small businesses. Sage 50cloud Accounting (formerly Sage 50, and formerly Peachtree) lets businesses invoice customers, pay bills, manage inventory, control costs, and pay employees. The solution includes high-level dashboards and in-depth reports.
$299
per year
Pricing
NetSuite ERPSage 50cloud Accounting
Editions & Modules
No answers on this topic
Sage 50 Pro Accounting
$299
per year
Sage 50 Premium Accounting
$449
per year
Sage 50 Quantum Accounting 3 User
Starting at $1,499
per year
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
NetSuite ERPSage 50cloud Accounting
Free Trial
NoYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoYes
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional DetailsUsers subscribe to NetSuite for an annual license fee. The license is made up of three main components: core platform, optional modules and the number of users. There is also a one-time implementation fee for initial setup. New modules and users and can be added as a business grows.Annual traditional plan with license, monthly, and annual subscription plans available.
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Features
NetSuite ERPSage 50cloud Accounting
Payroll Management
Comparison of Payroll Management features of Product A and Product B
NetSuite ERP
1.1
15 Ratings
146% below category average
Sage 50cloud Accounting
9.1
16 Ratings
22% above category average
Pay calculation1.013 Ratings9.516 Ratings
Benefit plan administration1.010 Ratings9.012 Ratings
Direct deposit files1.39 Ratings8.912 Ratings
Salary revision and increment management00 Ratings9.013 Ratings
Reimbursement management00 Ratings9.013 Ratings
Customization
Comparison of Customization features of Product A and Product B
NetSuite ERP
9.2
74 Ratings
24% above category average
Sage 50cloud Accounting
9.7
12 Ratings
33% above category average
API for custom integration9.264 Ratings9.710 Ratings
Plug-ins9.747 Ratings9.711 Ratings
Security
Comparison of Security features of Product A and Product B
NetSuite ERP
9.4
81 Ratings
16% above category average
Sage 50cloud Accounting
9.7
23 Ratings
20% above category average
Single sign-on capability9.462 Ratings9.719 Ratings
Role-based user permissions9.480 Ratings9.721 Ratings
Reporting & Analytics
Comparison of Reporting & Analytics features of Product A and Product B
NetSuite ERP
9.5
72 Ratings
31% above category average
Sage 50cloud Accounting
9.7
25 Ratings
25% above category average
Dashboards9.571 Ratings9.724 Ratings
Standard reports9.570 Ratings9.725 Ratings
Custom reports9.570 Ratings9.724 Ratings
General Ledger and Configurable Accounting
Comparison of General Ledger and Configurable Accounting features of Product A and Product B
NetSuite ERP
7.8
272 Ratings
3% above category average
Sage 50cloud Accounting
9.3
28 Ratings
24% above category average
Accounts payable8.3266 Ratings9.727 Ratings
Accounts receivable8.2246 Ratings9.726 Ratings
Global Financial Support9.726 Ratings9.04 Ratings
Primary and Secondary Ledgers9.728 Ratings9.56 Ratings
Journals and Reconciliations9.241 Ratings9.315 Ratings
Configurable Accounting9.735 Ratings9.58 Ratings
Standardized Processes9.737 Ratings9.511 Ratings
Cash management00 Ratings9.326 Ratings
Bank reconciliation00 Ratings9.726 Ratings
Expense management00 Ratings9.524 Ratings
Time tracking00 Ratings9.013 Ratings
Fixed asset management00 Ratings9.516 Ratings
Multi-currency support00 Ratings8.910 Ratings
Multi-division support00 Ratings9.014 Ratings
Regulations compliance00 Ratings9.013 Ratings
Electronic tax filing00 Ratings9.312 Ratings
Self-service portal00 Ratings9.79 Ratings
Intercompany Accounting00 Ratings9.07 Ratings
Localizations00 Ratings9.56 Ratings
Enterprise Accounting00 Ratings9.57 Ratings
Centralized Rules Framework00 Ratings8.45 Ratings
Inventory Management
Comparison of Inventory Management features of Product A and Product B
NetSuite ERP
8.9
48 Ratings
14% above category average
Sage 50cloud Accounting
9.2
17 Ratings
30% above category average
Inventory tracking9.947 Ratings9.517 Ratings
Automatic reordering8.828 Ratings9.010 Ratings
Location management9.435 Ratings9.58 Ratings
Manufacturing module00 Ratings8.98 Ratings
Order Management
Comparison of Order Management features of Product A and Product B
NetSuite ERP
9.1
219 Ratings
17% above category average
Sage 50cloud Accounting
9.4
20 Ratings
26% above category average
Pricing9.553 Ratings9.517 Ratings
Order entry8.0215 Ratings9.519 Ratings
Credit card processing8.737 Ratings8.912 Ratings
Cost of goods sold9.148 Ratings9.517 Ratings
Order Orchestration9.721 Ratings9.56 Ratings
End-to-end order visibility00 Ratings9.57 Ratings
Order exception Resolution00 Ratings9.56 Ratings
Subledger and Financial Process
Comparison of Subledger and Financial Process features of Product A and Product B
NetSuite ERP
7.7
213 Ratings
4% above category average
Sage 50cloud Accounting
-
Ratings
Billing Management8.3202 Ratings00 Ratings
Cash and Asset Management9.727 Ratings00 Ratings
Travel & Expense Management9.131 Ratings00 Ratings
Budgetary Control & Encumbrance Accounting8.727 Ratings00 Ratings
Period Close9.735 Ratings00 Ratings
Project Financial Management
Comparison of Project Financial Management features of Product A and Product B
NetSuite ERP
6.5
32 Ratings
16% below category average
Sage 50cloud Accounting
-
Ratings
Budgeting and Forecasting5.926 Ratings00 Ratings
Project Costing5.923 Ratings00 Ratings
Cost Capture5.922 Ratings00 Ratings
Capital Project Management4.014 Ratings00 Ratings
Customer Contract Compliance9.713 Ratings00 Ratings
Project Revenue Recognition6.822 Ratings00 Ratings
Project Execution Management
Comparison of Project Execution Management features of Product A and Product B
NetSuite ERP
4.1
17 Ratings
49% below category average
Sage 50cloud Accounting
-
Ratings
Project Planning and Scheduling8.714 Ratings00 Ratings
Task Insight for Project Managers3.311 Ratings00 Ratings
Project Mobile Functionality3.010 Ratings00 Ratings
Definable Resource Pools3.68 Ratings00 Ratings
Grants Management
Comparison of Grants Management features of Product A and Product B
NetSuite ERP
3.1
12 Ratings
82% below category average
Sage 50cloud Accounting
-
Ratings
Award Lifecycle Management3.57 Ratings00 Ratings
Procurement
Comparison of Procurement features of Product A and Product B
NetSuite ERP
3.3
19 Ratings
70% below category average
Sage 50cloud Accounting
-
Ratings
Bids Analyzed and Compared3.58 Ratings00 Ratings
Contract Authoring1.910 Ratings00 Ratings
Contract Repository3.58 Ratings00 Ratings
Requisitions-to-Purchase Orders Integrated3.613 Ratings00 Ratings
Supplier Management9.713 Ratings00 Ratings
Risk Management
Comparison of Risk Management features of Product A and Product B
NetSuite ERP
3.1
11 Ratings
70% below category average
Sage 50cloud Accounting
-
Ratings
Risk Repository3.58 Ratings00 Ratings
Control Management1.911 Ratings00 Ratings
Control Efficiency Assessments3.57 Ratings00 Ratings
Issue Detection3.58 Ratings00 Ratings
Remediation and Certification3.58 Ratings00 Ratings
Logistics
Comparison of Logistics features of Product A and Product B
NetSuite ERP
3.1
17 Ratings
73% below category average
Sage 50cloud Accounting
-
Ratings
Transportation Planning and Optimization2.89 Ratings00 Ratings
Transportation Execution Management2.88 Ratings00 Ratings
Trade and Customs Management2.88 Ratings00 Ratings
Fulfillment Management9.714 Ratings00 Ratings
Warehouse Workforce Management2.511 Ratings00 Ratings
Manufacturing
Comparison of Manufacturing features of Product A and Product B
NetSuite ERP
9.2
16 Ratings
22% above category average
Sage 50cloud Accounting
-
Ratings
Production Process Design8.812 Ratings00 Ratings
Production Management8.814 Ratings00 Ratings
Configuration Management9.710 Ratings00 Ratings
Work Execution9.712 Ratings00 Ratings
Manufacturing Costs8.714 Ratings00 Ratings
Supply Chain
Comparison of Supply Chain features of Product A and Product B
NetSuite ERP
8.1
139 Ratings
14% above category average
Sage 50cloud Accounting
-
Ratings
Forecasting8.317 Ratings00 Ratings
Inventory Planning7.4136 Ratings00 Ratings
Performance Monitoring8.814 Ratings00 Ratings
Product Lifecycle Management
Comparison of Product Lifecycle Management features of Product A and Product B
NetSuite ERP
3.9
13 Ratings
58% below category average
Sage 50cloud Accounting
-
Ratings
Proposal Management2.610 Ratings00 Ratings
Product Master Data Management3.29 Ratings00 Ratings
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NetSuite ERPSage 50cloud Accounting
Small Businesses
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Score 8.8 out of 10
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Score 9.4 out of 10
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Score 8.4 out of 10
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Score 8.3 out of 10
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User Ratings
NetSuite ERPSage 50cloud Accounting
Likelihood to Recommend
8.4
(372 ratings)
9.3
(38 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.2
(49 ratings)
9.1
(14 ratings)
Usability
8.6
(232 ratings)
10.0
(9 ratings)
Availability
9.0
(16 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Performance
8.0
(15 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
7.1
(216 ratings)
10.0
(7 ratings)
In-Person Training
7.3
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Online Training
6.4
(10 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Implementation Rating
6.3
(17 ratings)
9.1
(5 ratings)
Configurability
8.7
(5 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Ease of integration
7.3
(3 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Product Scalability
9.0
(8 ratings)
9.1
(1 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
4.8
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
5.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
NetSuite ERPSage 50cloud Accounting
Likelihood to Recommend
NetSuite
If you are looking for customization and automation, NetSuite excels. It is really great for transactional accounting and business processes—reporting and visibility into your accounting and transactions are outstanding. However, I might not choose NetSuite if you run a business that uses process manufacturing or very complex products. It certainly would be able to handle it, but it is not ideally suited.
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Sage
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.
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Pros
NetSuite
  • Revenue recognition. We get information from Salesforce and we build the revenue recognition engine that I'm really pleased. We avoid a lot of manual work by doing this.
  • We send out invoices electronically from the system. We use it for the fixed asset now with the new lease opinion that we just adopted in January 2022. We leveraged technology, specifically the features in NetSuite to help us account for that.
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Sage
  • 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
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Cons
NetSuite
  • Certain exports out of the system. There are some pages that you can export to Excel and some pages you can't, I don't know why. So it seems like it should be all functionalities there.
  • Some of the bank feeds have broken quite a bit and I'm not sure why. So we have to constantly go in there and readjust that on the reconciliation tab. I know that's new and robust and it's going well. It's more of taking out GL data instead of what's remaining in that account. As far as if I'm looking at a rec for a particular asset, I know there's GL data that goes through there. What I want to know is what's the balance in that account made up of as far as what's remaining there. So that's the kind of stuff I would buy with advice.
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Sage
  • 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.
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Likelihood to Renew
NetSuite
NetSuite is able to cover all of our needs, spanning multiple departments and managerial levels. We use it daily for a multitude of functions, including creating promotions, estimating inventory, pulling historical reports, forecasting sales, and more. Overall, we're very satisfied with NetSuite as an ERP solution and recommend it to medium to large businesses.
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Sage
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.
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Usability
NetSuite
As a user, it is a steep learning curve with little to no guidance. Oracle relies pretty much only on their massive documentation library and does very little to guide users in context. As an Administrator, it's frustrating that field naming is totally different depending on your context.
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Sage
Sage delivers what it promises. The whole accounting package is user friendly and can be easily picked up by a novice. The support is second to none. They always keep us abreast of new technologies and/or changes to accounting that would impact us. The range of reports fits both small and large companies.,
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Reliability and Availability
NetSuite
It has been very reliable. I can only think of 1-2 times in 4.5 years that we have had issues getting in, and in each case were able to get back in within 1 hour. There has not been a major downtime
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Sage
No answers on this topic
Performance
NetSuite
Most of the time the performance is very good. Pages load in a few seconds; financial reports take less than 5 seconds; basic searches take a few seconds. But performance can be sporadic throughout the day and cause the run time to triple.
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Sage
No answers on this topic
Support Rating
NetSuite
I would like to give 8 rating for NetSuite support and reason for that is below: Whenever we faced any technical or functional issues we tried to reach out to NEtSuite support but response was not immediate. We told them about the urgency of the issue but still we were not getting response on time. Then, we have to reach out to AE to get things resolved.
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Sage
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.
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In-Person Training
NetSuite
I had in person training for a day when first got the software. The training was good. The challenge was that there was a large gap between training and when we went live so we forgot quite a lot
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Sage
No answers on this topic
Online Training
NetSuite
Online training is quite strong. I have used for specific pieces of functionality.However it is not sufficient in all areas.
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Sage
No answers on this topic
Implementation Rating
NetSuite
I felt NetSuite Professional Services did an excellent job of guiding us in the implementation. I also felt our internal teams were a little resistant to the change and engagement of new software. Had we performed better engaging and buying into the new software, I would be able to rate the implementation better. Therefore, the lower number should not be viewed as a deficiency with the software or the professional services teams, but as an reminder of how important complete buy-in from the local users is.
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Sage
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.
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Alternatives Considered
NetSuite
Well, the reason why I'm with NetSuite is because obviously it beats out those other options quite considerably. It gave us the whole ecosystem that gave us everything we needed. I didn't need a dedicated administrator whose full-time job is to deal with it like our current system would need to really be useful. I can find people or train people how to use it right away. So for us, that really beats it out compared to the Sage and QuickBooks where we were looking at it from a perspective of, yeah, we can find people who are experts in those fields. They don't scale up to the size that we need as we're going to really quickly go from R&D company into doing tens of millions of dollars a year in revenue and activities. So that's where it beats us out over say Sage or QuickBooks is it's got that complete scalability. We can go to multiple subsidiaries, foreign currency, not a problem. It's got that full functionality.
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Sage
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
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Scalability
NetSuite
We have been able to scale our business 25X without any major overhaul with Netsuite. Its dashboard setup makes onboarding new employees very easy and allows data to be shared across multiple offices. Its cloud setup does not put any pressure on IT to scale servers or other infrastructure. We have been able to become much more efficient in all aspects of the business.
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Sage
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.
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Return on Investment
NetSuite
  • Positive impact, again, it's our source of truth, so we are able to not have questions about how much money we have in the bank or do we have enough material to build this job. Being able to know those things immediately is super valuable.
  • I mean it's the grease that skids the wheels that gets us to accomplish the things that we do in our business.
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Sage
  • 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.
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