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Likelihood to Recommend

Sage 500

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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Feature Rating Comparison

Customization

Sage 500
8.2
API for custom integration
Sage 500
8.2
Plug-ins
Sage 500
8.2

Security

Sage 500
8.2
Single sign-on capability
Sage 500
8.2
Role-based user permissions
Sage 500
8.2

Reporting & Analytics

Sage 500
8.8
Dashboards
Sage 500
9.1
Standard reports
Sage 500
8.2
Custom reports
Sage 500
9.1

General Ledger and Configurable Accounting

Sage 500
7.4
Accounts payable
Sage 500
8.2
Accounts receivable
Sage 500
8.2

Inventory Management

Sage 500
7.7
Inventory tracking
Sage 500
8.2
Automatic reordering
Sage 500
8.2
Location management
Sage 500
8.2
Manufacturing module
Sage 500
6.4

Order Management

Sage 500
8.2
Pricing
Sage 500
8.2
Order entry
Sage 500
8.2
Credit card processing
Sage 500
8.2
Cost of goods sold
Sage 500
8.2

Pros

  • Multi-Company processing, including intercompany transactions within Accounts Payable, Purchasing and General Ledger.
  • Handles Multi-Currency transactions with ease.
  • Handles multiple business entities (warehouses, divisions, regions, locations, departments, etc.) with reporting at each level.
  • Inquiry screens (called Business Insights Explore/Analyzer tasks) are easy to personalize by the user, showing the data you want, in the order you want, with sorting, filtering and aggregation (Count, Average, sub-total, etc.) as you need. And all of the data from these tasks can be explorted to Excel if additional "slicing-and-dicing" is needed.
  • MANY options for importing data into the system, and the Customizer module allows you to personalize screens by adding/hiding fields, renaming fields, etc.
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Cons

  • 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

Sage 5006.3
Based on 2 answers
We will renew our investment in Sage 500, mostly because the competition is very expensive and are bloated with options that are not needed.
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Online Training

Sage 5006.0
Based on 1 answer
The online training courses are not up to date. We experienced technical issues with two of the classes.
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Implementation

Sage 5008.0
Based on 1 answer
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

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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Return on Investment

  • I have been involved in two conversions to Sage 500. One went very well, because the companies processed were very specific and detailed. The second did not go very well but this is not because of the software. There were too many things that they wanted to use the software for and it was not designed to handle that particular function.
  • Employee efficiency has increased by using the application. Information is at the employees fingertip, so whenever an employee needs an answer, the information is readily available in the application views.
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Pricing Details

Sage 500

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
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