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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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sparkrock

Altus Dynamics CRM is a fabulous tool that meets our needs. Where we identify gaps, we can quickly and easily configure the system to meet those needs. Altus Dynamics as a partner were excellent at helping us get the system set up initially to meet our needs, though the lack of function specific training meant that we had to ensure resources on our end to learn through some trial and error at times. That said, Dynamics CRM resources are bountiful on the internet through community forums and groups and questions can often be solved within minutes of searching for the item.
Malcolm McAuley | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Payroll Management

Sage 500
7.4
Sparkrock
7.7
Pay calculation
Sage 500
9.0
Sparkrock
7.4
Benefit plan administration
Sage 500
6.0
Sparkrock
7.3
Direct deposit files
Sage 500
9.0
Sparkrock
8.9
Salary revision and increment management
Sage 500
8.0
Sparkrock
7.4
Reimbursement management
Sage 500
5.0
Sparkrock
7.4

Customization

Sage 500
4.5
Sparkrock
3.6
API for custom integration
Sage 500
7.0
Sparkrock
2.7
Plug-ins
Sage 500
2.0
Sparkrock
4.5

Security

Sage 500
5.0
Sparkrock
7.2
Single sign-on capability
Sage 500
2.0
Sparkrock
7.1
Role-based user permissions
Sage 500
8.0
Sparkrock
7.2

Reporting & Analytics

Sage 500
8.3
Sparkrock
7.1
Dashboards
Sage 500
8.0
Sparkrock
7.1
Standard reports
Sage 500
7.0
Sparkrock
6.6
Custom reports
Sage 500
10.0
Sparkrock
7.4

General Ledger and Configurable Accounting

Sage 500
6.6
Sparkrock
7.8
Accounts payable
Sage 500
7.0
Sparkrock
8.9
Accounts receivable
Sage 500
7.0
Sparkrock
7.8
Global Financial Support
Sage 500
2.0
Sparkrock
Intercompany Accounting
Sage 500
5.0
Sparkrock
Journals and Reconciliations
Sage 500
6.0
Sparkrock
Enterprise Accounting
Sage 500
5.0
Sparkrock
Configurable Accounting
Sage 500
8.0
Sparkrock
Standardized Processes
Sage 500
6.0
Sparkrock

Inventory Management

Sage 500
6.5
Sparkrock
7.3
Inventory tracking
Sage 500
9.0
Sparkrock
7.3
Automatic reordering
Sage 500
3.0
Sparkrock
Location management
Sage 500
8.0
Sparkrock
Manufacturing module
Sage 500
6.0
Sparkrock

Order Management

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

Subledger and Financial Process

Sage 500
5.4
Sparkrock
Automated Invoice Processing
Sage 500
6.0
Sparkrock
Shared Services Payments
Sage 500
4.0
Sparkrock
Billings Management
Sage 500
8.0
Sparkrock
Customer Receipt Applications
Sage 500
4.0
Sparkrock
Revenue Recognition
Sage 500
8.0
Sparkrock
Cash Management
Sage 500
6.0
Sparkrock
Asset Management
Sage 500
7.0
Sparkrock
Travel & Expense Management
Sage 500
8.0
Sparkrock
Budgetary Control & Encumbrance Accounting
Sage 500
2.0
Sparkrock
Period Close
Sage 500
5.0
Sparkrock
Transactions Tax
Sage 500
3.0
Sparkrock
Subledger Reconciliations
Sage 500
2.0
Sparkrock
3rd Party Accounting Systems
Sage 500
7.0
Sparkrock

Project Financial Management

Sage 500
6.9
Sparkrock
Budgeting and Forecasting
Sage 500
1.0
Sparkrock
Project Costing
Sage 500
3.0
Sparkrock
Cost Capture
Sage 500
8.0
Sparkrock
Capital Project Management
Sage 500
9.0
Sparkrock
Customer Invoicing
Sage 500
8.0
Sparkrock
Customer Contract Compliance
Sage 500
9.0
Sparkrock
Project Revenue Recognition
Sage 500
9.0
Sparkrock
Project Financial Performance Analysis
Sage 500
7.0
Sparkrock
Project Financials Dashboard
Sage 500
8.0
Sparkrock
Real-time Financial Reporting
Sage 500
7.0
Sparkrock

Project Execution Management

Sage 500
4.5
Sparkrock
Project Manager Dashboard
Sage 500
8.0
Sparkrock
Resource Manager Dashboard
Sage 500
7.0
Sparkrock
Task Insight for Project Managers
Sage 500
7.0
Sparkrock
Project Manager Mobile Functionality
Sage 500
5.0
Sparkrock
Team Member Task Collaboration
Sage 500
5.0
Sparkrock
Team Member Mobile Functionality
Sage 500
4.0
Sparkrock
Project Candidate Search
Sage 500
4.0
Sparkrock
Project Candidate Comparison and Analysis
Sage 500
2.0
Sparkrock
Real-Time Project Reporting
Sage 500
2.0
Sparkrock
Absence Management
Sage 500
4.0
Sparkrock
Product Lifecycle Management
Sage 500
2.0
Sparkrock

Grants Management

Sage 500
7.5
Sparkrock
Award Lifecycle Management
Sage 500
6.0
Sparkrock
Spending Control
Sage 500
8.0
Sparkrock
Indirect Cost Management
Sage 500
8.0
Sparkrock
Billing
Sage 500
8.0
Sparkrock

Procurement

Sage 500
6.0
Sparkrock
Sourcing Team Collaboration
Sage 500
2.0
Sparkrock
Sourcing Analysis
Sage 500
2.0
Sparkrock
Catalog Shopping E-Commerce for Employees
Sage 500
2.0
Sparkrock
Contract Authoring
Sage 500
8.0
Sparkrock
Contract Compliance Management
Sage 500
4.0
Sparkrock
Contract History
Sage 500
8.0
Sparkrock
Contract Renewal Automation
Sage 500
8.0
Sparkrock
Contract Repository
Sage 500
10.0
Sparkrock
Contract Standardization and Enforcement
Sage 500
9.0
Sparkrock
Electronic Signatures
Sage 500
9.0
Sparkrock
Invoice Automated Matching
Sage 500
9.0
Sparkrock
Purchasing Risk and Compliance Management
Sage 500
6.0
Sparkrock
Requisitions-to-Purchase Orders Integrated
Sage 500
8.0
Sparkrock
Spend Compliance Management
Sage 500
5.0
Sparkrock
Supplier Assessment
Sage 500
3.0
Sparkrock
Supplier Communication and Collaboration
Sage 500
5.0
Sparkrock
Supplier Management
Sage 500
4.0
Sparkrock

Risk Management

Sage 500
4.3
Sparkrock
Risk Repository
Sage 500
3.0
Sparkrock
Control Management
Sage 500
7.0
Sparkrock
Control Mapping
Sage 500
2.0
Sparkrock
Control Efficiency Assessments
Sage 500
4.0
Sparkrock
Automated Control Assessments
Sage 500
6.0
Sparkrock
Assessment Capture
Sage 500
2.0
Sparkrock
Automatic Notification
Sage 500
7.0
Sparkrock
Remediation and Certification
Sage 500
3.0
Sparkrock

Supply Chain

Sage 500
1.3
Sparkrock
Forecasting
Sage 500
1.0
Sparkrock
Inventory Planning
Sage 500
2.0
Sparkrock
Performance Monitoring
Sage 500
1.0
Sparkrock

Product Lifecycle Management

Sage 500
5.3
Sparkrock
Ideation Management
Sage 500
2.0
Sparkrock
Requirements Management
Sage 500
7.0
Sparkrock
Proposal Management
Sage 500
7.0
Sparkrock
Innovation Portfolio Management
Sage 500
4.0
Sparkrock
Product Master Data Management
Sage 500
4.0
Sparkrock
Project Portfolio Management
Sage 500
8.0
Sparkrock

Pros

Sage 500

  • 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.
J. Mickey Merguerian | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sparkrock

  • Integrates finance with payroll. Many solutions still run these as separate functions and this was one of the deciding factors for King's when purchasing Microsoft NAV in 2005.
  • Altus has added an employee web app that seamlessly connects the outside 'users' to the information they require.
  • HR position management has taken the many details of an employee in this environment and allowed each position to be tracked individually.
Phyllis Fidler | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Sage 500

  • 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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sparkrock

  • Building in additional training support for end users as part of an implementation or upgrade.
  • Sharing of best practices amongst like minded organizations and creating system and or reporting standardizations where possible.
  • It would be great to see a "cashless schools" module as part of the product which integrates into the financial system!
Alecia Lantz | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Sage 500

Sage 500 6.3
Based on 2 answers
It's too pricey for our size of company.
Lisa Kuta | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sparkrock

Sparkrock 9.1
Based on 1 answer
We are already scheduled for our upgrade to NAV 2016 beginning in May 2016.
Phyllis Fidler | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

Sage 500

Sage 500 6.0
Based on 1 answer
The online training courses are not up to date. We experienced technical issues with two of the classes.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sparkrock

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Implementation Rating

Sage 500

Sage 500 8.0
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sparkrock

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

Sage 500

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sparkrock

We came from a product that was specific to our industry. It was old, tired and did not do many of the things the Altus Dynamics solution does. The only other product that we seriously considered was Microsoft Dynamics GP, however our finance team felt that product was too light for our needs and growth
Shaun Sinden | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Sage 500

  • 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.
J. Mickey Merguerian | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sparkrock

  • In some cases the system has helped bring efficiencies to our world. The workflow capabilities of Dynamics CRM are extremely functional and helpful.
  • The learning curve can be challenging for some. Those that are overwhelmed by technology in general can struggle with understanding how the system works and where to find what they need.
Malcolm McAuley | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

Sage 500

General

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

Sparkrock

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
Required
$50,000

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Sage 500
2.0
Sparkrock
7.9

Likelihood to Renew

Sage 500
6.3
Sparkrock
9.1

Online Training

Sage 500
6.0
Sparkrock

Implementation Rating

Sage 500
8.0
Sparkrock

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