Sage 100cloud vs. Xero

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Sage 100cloud
Score 8.1 out of 10
Mid-Size Companies (51-1,000 employees)
Sage 100cloud (formerly Sage 100 ERP) business management software offers a broad range of modules designed to meet the many needs of virtually any business. It encompasses financial operations and accounting, payroll, business intelligence, CRM, eBusiness, manufacturing and distribution.
$0
Per Seat per Month
Xero
Score 8.7 out of 10
N/A
Xero is an online accounting software product for small businesses and personal finance. Its features beyond general ledger and double-bookkeeping include quotable invoicing, bank reconciliation, purchase order and expense management, and tax management. Third party apps can extend its features further.
$11
per month
Pricing
Sage 100cloudXero
Editions & Modules
Sage 100 ERP Standard
Per Seat per Month
Sage 100 ERP Advanced
Per Seat per Month
Sage 100 ERP Premium
Per Seat per Month
Sage 100 ERP Online
Per User per Month
Early
$11
per month
Growing
$32
per month
Established
$62
per month
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Sage 100cloudXero
Free Trial
NoYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
More Pricing Information
Features
Sage 100cloudXero
Payroll Management
Comparison of Payroll Management features of Product A and Product B
Sage 100cloud
8.4
7 Ratings
Xero
8.3
72 Ratings
Pay calculation8.67 Ratings8.064 Ratings
Benefit plan administration8.65 Ratings8.123 Ratings
Direct deposit files8.07 Ratings8.949 Ratings
Salary revision and increment management00 Ratings8.941 Ratings
Reimbursement management00 Ratings7.554 Ratings
Customization
Comparison of Customization features of Product A and Product B
Sage 100cloud
1.0
8 Ratings
Xero
7.7
97 Ratings
API for custom integration1.05 Ratings7.278 Ratings
Plug-ins1.08 Ratings8.285 Ratings
Security
Comparison of Security features of Product A and Product B
Sage 100cloud
10.0
14 Ratings
Xero
8.6
116 Ratings
Single sign-on capability10.014 Ratings8.972 Ratings
Role-based user permissions10.013 Ratings8.4114 Ratings
Reporting & Analytics
Comparison of Reporting & Analytics features of Product A and Product B
Sage 100cloud
7.4
16 Ratings
Xero
8.2
133 Ratings
Dashboards8.610 Ratings8.0129 Ratings
Standard reports8.615 Ratings8.8132 Ratings
Custom reports5.014 Ratings7.9121 Ratings
General Ledger and Configurable Accounting
Comparison of General Ledger and Configurable Accounting features of Product A and Product B
Sage 100cloud
7.6
16 Ratings
Xero
8.1
141 Ratings
Accounts payable9.016 Ratings8.8130 Ratings
Accounts receivable9.012 Ratings8.7131 Ratings
Global Financial Support6.73 Ratings8.336 Ratings
Primary and Secondary Ledgers8.25 Ratings7.734 Ratings
Journals and Reconciliations10.06 Ratings8.789 Ratings
Configurable Accounting8.24 Ratings8.359 Ratings
Standardized Processes8.24 Ratings8.659 Ratings
Cash management00 Ratings8.1121 Ratings
Bank reconciliation00 Ratings8.9137 Ratings
Expense management00 Ratings8.1125 Ratings
Time tracking00 Ratings6.842 Ratings
Fixed asset management00 Ratings7.386 Ratings
Multi-currency support00 Ratings8.382 Ratings
Multi-division support00 Ratings7.874 Ratings
Regulations compliance00 Ratings8.367 Ratings
Electronic tax filing00 Ratings8.265 Ratings
Self-service portal00 Ratings7.780 Ratings
Intercompany Accounting00 Ratings7.440 Ratings
Localizations00 Ratings8.240 Ratings
Enterprise Accounting00 Ratings7.433 Ratings
Centralized Rules Framework00 Ratings8.333 Ratings
Inventory Management
Comparison of Inventory Management features of Product A and Product B
Sage 100cloud
7.5
10 Ratings
Xero
7.0
64 Ratings
Inventory tracking8.010 Ratings6.160 Ratings
Automatic reordering6.78 Ratings7.624 Ratings
Location management6.75 Ratings7.829 Ratings
Manufacturing module00 Ratings6.416 Ratings
Order Management
Comparison of Order Management features of Product A and Product B
Sage 100cloud
9.1
9 Ratings
Xero
7.7
88 Ratings
Pricing10.09 Ratings7.261 Ratings
Order entry10.09 Ratings7.956 Ratings
Credit card processing10.09 Ratings8.657 Ratings
Cost of goods sold10.09 Ratings8.165 Ratings
Order Orchestration8.63 Ratings7.521 Ratings
End-to-end order visibility00 Ratings7.424 Ratings
Order exception Resolution00 Ratings7.617 Ratings
Subledger and Financial Process
Comparison of Subledger and Financial Process features of Product A and Product B
Sage 100cloud
8.2
6 Ratings
Xero
-
Ratings
Billing Management8.24 Ratings00 Ratings
Revenue Recognition8.24 Ratings00 Ratings
Cash and Asset Management8.25 Ratings00 Ratings
Travel & Expense Management8.24 Ratings00 Ratings
Budgetary Control & Encumbrance Accounting8.24 Ratings00 Ratings
Period Close10.05 Ratings00 Ratings
Project Financial Management
Comparison of Project Financial Management features of Product A and Product B
Sage 100cloud
8.0
5 Ratings
Xero
-
Ratings
Budgeting and Forecasting9.04 Ratings00 Ratings
Project Costing9.03 Ratings00 Ratings
Cost Capture8.04 Ratings00 Ratings
Capital Project Management8.63 Ratings00 Ratings
Customer Contract Compliance7.83 Ratings00 Ratings
Project Revenue Recognition7.83 Ratings00 Ratings
Project Execution Management
Comparison of Project Execution Management features of Product A and Product B
Sage 100cloud
5.0
1 Ratings
Xero
-
Ratings
Project Planning and Scheduling5.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Task Insight for Project Managers5.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Project Mobile Functionality5.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Project Candidate Search5.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Definable Resource Pools5.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Talent Profiles5.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Absence Management5.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Grants Management
Comparison of Grants Management features of Product A and Product B
Sage 100cloud
7.0
1 Ratings
Xero
-
Ratings
Award Lifecycle Management7.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Spending Control7.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Indirect Cost Management7.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Procurement
Comparison of Procurement features of Product A and Product B
Sage 100cloud
5.0
1 Ratings
Xero
-
Ratings
Bids Analyzed and Compared5.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Catalog Shopping E-Commerce for Employees5.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Contract Authoring5.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Contract Renewal Automation5.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Contract Repository5.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Requisitions-to-Purchase Orders Integrated5.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Supplier Management5.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Risk Management
Comparison of Risk Management features of Product A and Product B
Sage 100cloud
4.4
1 Ratings
Xero
-
Ratings
Risk Repository5.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Control Management5.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Control Efficiency Assessments5.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Issue Detection3.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Remediation and Certification4.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Logistics
Comparison of Logistics features of Product A and Product B
Sage 100cloud
7.1
3 Ratings
Xero
-
Ratings
Transportation Planning and Optimization7.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Transportation Execution Management7.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Trade and Customs Management7.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Fulfillment Management7.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Warehouse Workforce Management7.63 Ratings00 Ratings
Manufacturing
Comparison of Manufacturing features of Product A and Product B
Sage 100cloud
8.2
3 Ratings
Xero
-
Ratings
Production Process Design8.42 Ratings00 Ratings
Production Management8.43 Ratings00 Ratings
Configuration Management8.42 Ratings00 Ratings
Work Execution8.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Manufacturing Costs8.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Supply Chain
Comparison of Supply Chain features of Product A and Product B
Sage 100cloud
7.8
3 Ratings
Xero
-
Ratings
Forecasting8.03 Ratings00 Ratings
Inventory Planning8.03 Ratings00 Ratings
Performance Monitoring7.63 Ratings00 Ratings
Product Lifecycle Management
Comparison of Product Lifecycle Management features of Product A and Product B
Sage 100cloud
1.4
1 Ratings
Xero
-
Ratings
Proposal Management1.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Product Master Data Management2.01 Ratings00 Ratings
User Ratings
Sage 100cloudXero
Likelihood to Recommend
8.0
(20 ratings)
8.9
(155 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
7.6
(5 ratings)
9.4
(29 ratings)
Usability
9.0
(5 ratings)
8.9
(80 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(20 ratings)
Performance
9.1
(2 ratings)
10.0
(16 ratings)
Support Rating
9.0
(5 ratings)
7.6
(37 ratings)
In-Person Training
-
(0 ratings)
9.1
(1 ratings)
Online Training
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(5 ratings)
Implementation Rating
6.0
(2 ratings)
9.5
(18 ratings)
Configurability
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Ease of integration
-
(0 ratings)
7.8
(57 ratings)
Product Scalability
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(6 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(2 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(2 ratings)
User Testimonials
Sage 100cloudXero
Likelihood to Recommend
Sage
For small and medium business in the distribution and light manufacturing space, Sage 100 is probably the best bang for your buck. As a very scaleable system, you can modify the system to meet the needs of a growing business without making gross changes to the core of the system
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Xero
Xero is a 10-point software since it streamlines accounting and financial processes with great agility, generating immediate productivity. I recommend using all its features since, from creating reports to paying bills, the whole process is easy and does not require much knowledge. We can use it remotely with our phones and still build fluidity, plus it can be integrated with Salesforce, building even more power for short-term results.
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Pros
Sage
  • Simple to implement and use. Operation very intuitive so new employees are quickly trained.
  • It is very flexible with many modules and many features allows for easy customization to suit particular needs of any department or company.
  • Context sensitive help, training and support make it easy for a company to operate with out a lot of additional outside tech support.
  • Scalable plenty of room to grow as the business grows without being bloated.
  • Pricing is very reasonable.
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Xero
  • Reporting (customizing look and contents and the ability to add multiple comparative periods is brilliant and not found in many other competitors.
  • Bank feeds. The way they organize bank feed and subsequent matching or coding is very user-friendly for non-accountants and fast for accountants.
  • Can file VAT returns and is MTD compliant in UK.
  • Customer support has been helpful (at least in my experience).
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Cons
Sage
  • It's painfully slow even for mid-sized businesses like ours without millions of transactions.
  • It crashes very, very often and has numerous critical failures.
  • Unfortunately, it's a local program so that excludes it from being used remotely. You have to be on site for it to work.
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Xero
  • Overall it is a great platform and quite comprehensive for US based users.
  • However, if we focus on multinational companies that want to integrate the information of different companies in several countries within the same solution, we find the need to carry out reports outside the platform to provide the accounting structure and compliance necessary in countries outside the US.
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Likelihood to Renew
Sage
I would put this out to bid, if I were at the same organization. There have been a lot of improvements and changes in enterprise software and my preference would be to find a good web-based or cloud-based tool. Lower overall cost of ownership and improved efficiency would be my target criteria for a rebid of this.
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Xero
In addition to the matters covered in this review, my reason for renewing this product is that Xero's functionality and the constant updates that the company provides, makes the software even more business friendly. The software therefore builds a brand loyalty among customers.
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Usability
Sage
It is easy, flexible, user friendly and feature laden. Out of the box or easily customized to meet our "wish" list . Sage offers a variety of modules and bolt-ons, user defined fields etc., allowing us to conduct business "our way" without forcing us into a one-size- fits- none mold or having to purchase expensive and cumbersome programming modifications
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Xero
It has deep functionality, and it's easy to use for invoicing, quoting, financial reporting, and customer management. This product manages financial information for small business owners in a unique way. The phone interface is really good as well-meaning I can keep on top of the finances on my phone and feel confident about the financial decisions I'm making.
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Reliability and Availability
Sage
No answers on this topic
Xero
We have been actively using and 100% Xero based for our ecommerce accounting practice for over 4 years. There has on been one real outage for more than 5 minutes. Xero was open and transparent about the outage, what they were doing to resolve the issue, and provided 15 minute updates. Showing how they care about their customers and partners. Plus, showing that their customers care too, were understanding, and went surfing or in our case took a nap. Couldn't run our business without Xero as a partner.
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Performance
Sage
No answers on this topic
Xero
Pages generally load quickly, but it's a fairly common occurrence to have pages taking a bit longer than I'd like to load (as in, 4+ seconds). Occasionally I have to refresh a page to get it to work. Bank feed and integrations tend to be slow in general, but that could easily be due to API latency on the side of the other parties. Most of the time, though, the bank feeds refresh before I login so it's not a huge problem. Not necessarily good performance compared to a local app like QuickBooks desktop, but definitely good performance for a cloud application. Room for growth? yes.
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Support Rating
Sage
Sage Support is very good. I usually get a person on the phone in a short time frame and usually get my issues fixed in one called.
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Xero
Support has always been responsive and quickly resolved any questions I have. The only reason I don't give full points is because there's no way to call for immediate help. I'm fine with this because I don't need it badly enough to pay for it
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In-Person Training
Sage
No answers on this topic
Xero
The format was great; someone was there to ask questions or help if you were stuck.
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Online Training
Sage
No answers on this topic
Xero
All of Xero's training is online and available for anyone (business owner or accountants) to learn and become experts in their system. There is a range of content from product training to real world webinars from their partners. Xero is beautiful accounting software and their training is the same.
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Implementation Rating
Sage
We had an advantage in implementing the tool in that our director of Ops had been part of the team implementing the ERP for other users so we knew what to expect and were able to avoid a lot of the challenges people sometimes face with implementations. However, the process still took far longer than desired.
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Xero
If it can be done, time the implementation near a new fiscal year so you can start clean. Otherwise, you have to go back and do historical data from the beginning of the fiscal year, which can be brain draining.
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Alternatives Considered
Sage
I've reviewed Accpac, Syspro, SAP Business 1 and Platinum. Sage is far easier to use and setup than Syspro and SAP Business 1. Generally speaking, most accounting software does the same thing, at the end of the day, how easy is it to modify data inside the system and review to make sure that your system integrity is intact. I find that Sage 100 is excellent at these things.
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Xero
Solely the ease of use. This has saved me so much time on day-to-day tracking it is astonishing. Not only does it make it super easy to send invoices, but it also makes it easy to print invoices off, eases the process of partial payments, and keeps good track of all notes made to the account.
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Scalability
Sage
No answers on this topic
Xero
I have yet to fully stress test the product given the size of the company where I am using it. I am sure as we scale to more customers, more vendors and more reporting requirements, I will have a better understanding of what it is capable of in terms of bandwidth and processing
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Return on Investment
Sage
  • We have seen increased efficiencies for our team members processing orders and fulfillment as they are now integrated.
  • We have cut paper/printing/mail expenses by 500% of what we previously spent.
  • Our overall cash management has improved with the visibility from Bank Reconciliation and Financial Reporting.
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Xero
  • Xero helps to [minimize] payroll errors, saving the business money[.]
  • Tracking cost of goods is very easy which means that controlling expenses is easy[.]
  • It's extremely easy to pull up all key financial data to get both broad and specific snapshots of the business's financial health[.]
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