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Feature Set Ratings

  • Sparkrock ranks higher in 11 feature sets: Payroll Management, Customization, Security, Reporting & Analytics, General Ledger and Configurable Accounting, Inventory Management, Subledger and Financial Process, Project Financial Management, Grants Management, Procurement, Supply Chain

Payroll Management

7.4

Sage 500

74%
9.4

Sparkrock

94%
Sparkrock ranks higher in 5/5 features

Pay calculation

9.0
90%
1 Rating
9.0
90%
3 Ratings

Benefit plan administration

6.0
60%
1 Rating
9.0
90%
2 Ratings

Direct deposit files

9.0
90%
1 Rating
10.0
100%
3 Ratings

Salary revision and increment management

8.0
80%
1 Rating
9.0
90%
3 Ratings

Reimbursement management

5.0
50%
1 Rating
10.0
100%
3 Ratings

Customization

4.5

Sage 500

45%
10.0

Sparkrock

100%
Sparkrock ranks higher in 2/2 features

API for custom integration

7.0
70%
2 Ratings
10.0
100%
2 Ratings

Plug-ins

2.0
20%
2 Ratings
10.0
100%
2 Ratings

Security

5.0

Sage 500

50%
9.5

Sparkrock

95%
Sparkrock ranks higher in 2/2 features

Single sign-on capability

2.0
20%
2 Ratings
10.0
100%
4 Ratings

Role-based user permissions

8.0
80%
2 Ratings
9.0
90%
5 Ratings

Reporting & Analytics

8.3

Sage 500

83%
9.0

Sparkrock

90%
Sparkrock ranks higher in 2/3 features

Dashboards

8.0
80%
2 Ratings
9.0
90%
3 Ratings

Standard reports

7.0
70%
2 Ratings
9.0
90%
4 Ratings

Custom reports

10.0
100%
2 Ratings
9.0
90%
3 Ratings

General Ledger and Configurable Accounting

6.6

Sage 500

66%
8.8

Sparkrock

88%
Sparkrock ranks higher in 11/11 features

Accounts payable

7.0
70%
2 Ratings
10.0
100%
5 Ratings

Accounts receivable

7.0
70%
2 Ratings
9.0
90%
5 Ratings

Global Financial Support

2.0
20%
1 Rating
10.0
100%
1 Rating

Intercompany Accounting

5.0
50%
1 Rating
10.0
100%
1 Rating

Journals and Reconciliations

6.0
60%
1 Rating
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Enterprise Accounting

5.0
50%
1 Rating
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Configurable Accounting

8.0
80%
1 Rating
10.0
100%
1 Rating

Standardized Processes

6.0
60%
1 Rating
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Primary and Secondary Ledgers

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0
100%
1 Rating

Localizations

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Centralized Rules Framework

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0
100%
1 Rating

Inventory Management

6.5

Sage 500

65%
9.3

Sparkrock

93%
Sparkrock ranks higher in 3/4 features

Inventory tracking

9.0
90%
2 Ratings
9.0
90%
2 Ratings

Automatic reordering

3.0
30%
2 Ratings
10.0
100%
1 Rating

Location management

8.0
80%
2 Ratings
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Manufacturing module

6.0
60%
2 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Order Management

8.2

Sage 500

82%

Sparkrock

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
Sage 500 ERP ranks higher in 4/4 features

Pricing

8.2
82%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Order entry

8.2
82%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Credit card processing

8.2
82%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Cost of goods sold

8.2
82%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Subledger and Financial Process

5.4

Sage 500

54%
9.6

Sparkrock

96%
Sparkrock ranks higher in 13/14 features

Automated Invoice Processing

6.0
60%
1 Rating
10.0
100%
1 Rating

Shared Services Payments

4.0
40%
1 Rating
10.0
100%
1 Rating

Billings Management

8.0
80%
1 Rating
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Customer Receipt Applications

4.0
40%
1 Rating
10.0
100%
1 Rating

Revenue Recognition

8.0
80%
1 Rating
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Cash Management

6.0
60%
1 Rating
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Asset Management

7.0
70%
1 Rating
10.0
100%
1 Rating

Travel & Expense Management

8.0
80%
1 Rating
10.0
100%
1 Rating

Budgetary Control & Encumbrance Accounting

2.0
20%
1 Rating
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Period Close

5.0
50%
1 Rating
10.0
100%
1 Rating

Transactions Tax

3.0
30%
1 Rating
10.0
100%
1 Rating

Subledger Reconciliations

2.0
20%
1 Rating
10.0
100%
1 Rating

3rd Party Accounting Systems

7.0
70%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Customer Collections

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Project Financial Management

6.9

Sage 500

69%
9.4

Sparkrock

94%
Sparkrock ranks higher in 12/12 features

Budgeting and Forecasting

1.0
10%
1 Rating
10.0
100%
1 Rating

Project Costing

3.0
30%
1 Rating
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Cost Capture

8.0
80%
1 Rating
10.0
100%
1 Rating

Capital Project Management

9.0
90%
1 Rating
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Customer Invoicing

8.0
80%
1 Rating
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Customer Contract Compliance

9.0
90%
1 Rating
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Project Revenue Recognition

9.0
90%
1 Rating
10.0
100%
1 Rating

Project Financial Performance Analysis

7.0
70%
1 Rating
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Project Financials Dashboard

8.0
80%
1 Rating
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Real-time Financial Reporting

7.0
70%
1 Rating
10.0
100%
1 Rating

Embedded Business Intelligence

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0
100%
1 Rating

Project Planning Collaboration

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Project Execution Management

4.5

Sage 500

45%

Sparkrock

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
Sage 500 ERP ranks higher in 11/11 features

Project Manager Dashboard

8.0
80%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Resource Manager Dashboard

7.0
70%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Task Insight for Project Managers

7.0
70%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Project Manager Mobile Functionality

5.0
50%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Team Member Task Collaboration

5.0
50%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Team Member Mobile Functionality

4.0
40%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Project Candidate Search

4.0
40%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Project Candidate Comparison and Analysis

2.0
20%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Real-Time Project Reporting

2.0
20%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Absence Management

4.0
40%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Product Lifecycle Management

2.0
20%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Grants Management

7.5

Sage 500

75%
9.3

Sparkrock

93%
Sparkrock ranks higher in 3/4 features

Award Lifecycle Management

6.0
60%
1 Rating
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Spending Control

8.0
80%
1 Rating
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Indirect Cost Management

8.0
80%
1 Rating
10.0
100%
1 Rating

Billing

8.0
80%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Procurement

6.0

Sage 500

60%
9.6

Sparkrock

96%
Sparkrock ranks higher in 19/19 features

Sourcing Team Collaboration

2.0
20%
1 Rating
10.0
100%
1 Rating

Sourcing Analysis

2.0
20%
1 Rating
10.0
100%
1 Rating

Catalog Shopping E-Commerce for Employees

2.0
20%
1 Rating
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Contract Authoring

8.0
80%
1 Rating
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Contract Compliance Management

4.0
40%
1 Rating
10.0
100%
1 Rating

Contract History

8.0
80%
1 Rating
10.0
100%
1 Rating

Contract Renewal Automation

8.0
80%
1 Rating
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Contract Repository

10.0
100%
1 Rating
10.0
100%
1 Rating

Contract Standardization and Enforcement

9.0
90%
1 Rating
10.0
100%
1 Rating

Electronic Signatures

9.0
90%
1 Rating
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Invoice Automated Matching

9.0
90%
1 Rating
10.0
100%
1 Rating

Purchasing Risk and Compliance Management

6.0
60%
1 Rating
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Requisitions-to-Purchase Orders Integrated

8.0
80%
1 Rating
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Spend Compliance Management

5.0
50%
1 Rating
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Supplier Assessment

3.0
30%
1 Rating
10.0
100%
1 Rating

Supplier Communication and Collaboration

5.0
50%
1 Rating
10.0
100%
1 Rating

Supplier Management

4.0
40%
1 Rating
10.0
100%
1 Rating

Bids Analyzed and Compared

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Supplier Portal

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0
100%
1 Rating

Risk Management

4.3

Sage 500

43%

Sparkrock

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
Sage 500 ERP ranks higher in 8/8 features

Risk Repository

3.0
30%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Control Management

7.0
70%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Control Mapping

2.0
20%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Control Efficiency Assessments

4.0
40%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Automated Control Assessments

6.0
60%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Assessment Capture

2.0
20%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Automatic Notification

7.0
70%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Remediation and Certification

3.0
30%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Supply Chain

1.3

Sage 500

13%
9.3

Sparkrock

93%
Sparkrock ranks higher in 4/4 features

Forecasting

1.0
10%
1 Rating
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Inventory Planning

2.0
20%
1 Rating
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Performance Monitoring

1.0
10%
1 Rating
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Multi-tier Supply Chain Planning

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0
100%
1 Rating

Product Lifecycle Management

5.3

Sage 500

53%

Sparkrock

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
Sage 500 ERP ranks higher in 6/6 features

Ideation Management

2.0
20%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Requirements Management

7.0
70%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Proposal Management

7.0
70%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Innovation Portfolio Management

4.0
40%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Product Master Data Management

4.0
40%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Project Portfolio Management

8.0
80%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • Sparkrock is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Likelihood to Renew

Likelihood to Recommend

2.0

Sage 500

20%
4 Ratings
9.0

Sparkrock

90%
9 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

6.3

Sage 500

63%
2 Ratings
9.1

Sparkrock

91%
1 Rating

Usability

Sage 500

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0

Sparkrock

90%
1 Rating

Support Rating

Sage 500

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0

Sparkrock

90%
1 Rating

Online Training

6.0

Sage 500

60%
1 Rating

Sparkrock

N/A
0 Ratings

Implementation Rating

8.0

Sage 500

80%
2 Ratings

Sparkrock

N/A
0 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

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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Sparkrock

For all companies that want to improve the performance of their employees and increase productivity, this software helps all daily business tasks to be executed on time efficiently and smoothly. A very useful program that's why we don't stop using it.
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Pros

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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Sparkrock

  • Data collection - the system is robust and we can tailor it to collect the information we need.
  • Easily configurable - the system is easy to configure to meet our specific business needs.
  • Reporting and data extraction - the system allows for easy access to information that helps inform business decisions.
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Cons

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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Sparkrock

  • Many of the improvements are being met with each upgrade. Altus Dynamics has an idea portal that customers can add ideas to and vote on other customer ideas. This means that most issues that come up are resolved with each new upgrade.
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Pricing Details

Sage 500

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

Sage 500 editions and modules pricing
EditionModules

Footnotes

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Sparkrock

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    Sparkrock editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules

    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      Required $50,000

      Additional Details

      Likelihood to Renew

      Sage

      It's too pricey for our size of company.
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      Sparkrock

      We are already scheduled for our upgrade to NAV 2016 beginning in May 2016.
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      Usability

      Sage

      No answers on this topic

      Sparkrock

      Complete workflow management to keep up to date and orderly the daily activities of employees. Allows for seamless cash flow, invoicing, general ledger, payroll, and inventory.
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      Support Rating

      Sage

      No answers on this topic

      Sparkrock

      Complete tracking of employee performance, hours worked, attendance and absences, vacations, and overtime.
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      Online Training

      Sage

      The online training courses are not up to date. We experienced technical issues with two of the classes.
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      Sparkrock

      No answers on this topic

      Implementation Rating

      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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      Sparkrock

      No answers on this topic

      Alternatives Considered

      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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      Sparkrock

      • Real-time data that is available at our fingertips
      • Flexibility of the system to address changing needs over time
      • Elimination of the huge administrative burdens that we were experiencing as a result of the previous system due to lack of integration
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      Return on Investment

      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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      Sparkrock

      • As a technician it's hard for me to say what effect the ROI has had on our organization, however our finance team seems satisfied on it. We look forward to deploying the staff dashboards for better financial tracking throughout our whole organization.
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