Sage 500 ERP vs. Unit4 Enterprise Resource Planning

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Sage 500
Score 5.9 out of 10
N/A
Sage 500 ERP includes accounting and finance, distribution and supply chain, and manufacturing operations support modules. The latest Sage 500 release includes accounts payable enhancements, credit card processing, and general updates, as well as updates to the solution's modules.N/A
Unit4 Enterprise Resource Planning
Score 7.1 out of 10
N/A
Unit4 Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), formerly Business World, and before that Aggresso, is described by the vendor as an ERP accounting software designed to deliver visibility and control over finances, projects, procurement, reporting, forecasting and payroll.N/A
Pricing
Sage 500 ERPUnit4 Enterprise Resource Planning
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Sage 500Unit4 Enterprise Resource Planning
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
Sage 500 ERPUnit4 Enterprise Resource Planning
Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
Sage 500 ERPUnit4 Enterprise Resource Planning
Payroll Management
Comparison of Payroll Management features of Product A and Product B
Sage 500 ERP
7.4
1 Ratings
1% above category average
Unit4 Enterprise Resource Planning
10.0
1 Ratings
31% above category average
Pay calculation9.01 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Benefit plan administration6.01 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Direct deposit files9.01 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Customization
Comparison of Customization features of Product A and Product B
Sage 500 ERP
4.5
2 Ratings
46% below category average
Unit4 Enterprise Resource Planning
6.0
1 Ratings
18% below category average
API for custom integration7.02 Ratings6.01 Ratings
Plug-ins2.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Security
Comparison of Security features of Product A and Product B
Sage 500 ERP
5.0
2 Ratings
47% below category average
Unit4 Enterprise Resource Planning
10.0
2 Ratings
21% above category average
Single sign-on capability2.02 Ratings10.02 Ratings
Role-based user permissions8.02 Ratings10.02 Ratings
Reporting & Analytics
Comparison of Reporting & Analytics features of Product A and Product B
Sage 500 ERP
8.3
2 Ratings
18% above category average
Unit4 Enterprise Resource Planning
10.0
3 Ratings
36% above category average
Dashboards8.02 Ratings10.02 Ratings
Standard reports7.02 Ratings10.03 Ratings
Custom reports10.02 Ratings10.03 Ratings
General Ledger and Configurable Accounting
Comparison of General Ledger and Configurable Accounting features of Product A and Product B
Sage 500 ERP
6.6
2 Ratings
14% below category average
Unit4 Enterprise Resource Planning
10.0
3 Ratings
27% above category average
Accounts payable7.02 Ratings10.03 Ratings
Accounts receivable7.02 Ratings10.03 Ratings
Global Financial Support2.01 Ratings10.02 Ratings
Journals and Reconciliations6.01 Ratings10.03 Ratings
Configurable Accounting8.01 Ratings10.02 Ratings
Standardized Processes6.01 Ratings10.03 Ratings
Primary and Secondary Ledgers00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Inventory Management
Comparison of Inventory Management features of Product A and Product B
Sage 500 ERP
6.5
2 Ratings
19% below category average
Unit4 Enterprise Resource Planning
10.0
1 Ratings
24% above category average
Inventory tracking9.02 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Automatic reordering3.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Location management8.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Order Management
Comparison of Order Management features of Product A and Product B
Sage 500 ERP
8.2
1 Ratings
5% above category average
Unit4 Enterprise Resource Planning
10.0
2 Ratings
25% above category average
Pricing8.21 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Order entry8.21 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Credit card processing8.21 Ratings10.02 Ratings
Cost of goods sold8.21 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Order Orchestration00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Subledger and Financial Process
Comparison of Subledger and Financial Process features of Product A and Product B
Sage 500 ERP
5.4
1 Ratings
32% below category average
Unit4 Enterprise Resource Planning
10.0
2 Ratings
29% above category average
Billing Management8.01 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Cash and Asset Management6.01 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Travel & Expense Management8.01 Ratings10.02 Ratings
Budgetary Control & Encumbrance Accounting2.01 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Period Close5.01 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Project Financial Management
Comparison of Project Financial Management features of Product A and Product B
Sage 500 ERP
6.9
1 Ratings
10% below category average
Unit4 Enterprise Resource Planning
-
Ratings
Budgeting and Forecasting1.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Project Costing3.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Cost Capture8.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Capital Project Management9.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Customer Contract Compliance9.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Project Revenue Recognition9.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Project Execution Management
Comparison of Project Execution Management features of Product A and Product B
Sage 500 ERP
4.5
1 Ratings
41% below category average
Unit4 Enterprise Resource Planning
-
Ratings
Task Insight for Project Managers7.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Project Mobile Functionality5.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Grants Management
Comparison of Grants Management features of Product A and Product B
Sage 500 ERP
7.5
1 Ratings
1% below category average
Unit4 Enterprise Resource Planning
-
Ratings
Award Lifecycle Management6.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Procurement
Comparison of Procurement features of Product A and Product B
Sage 500 ERP
6.0
1 Ratings
15% below category average
Unit4 Enterprise Resource Planning
-
Ratings
Contract Authoring8.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Contract Repository10.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Requisitions-to-Purchase Orders Integrated8.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Supplier Management4.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Risk Management
Comparison of Risk Management features of Product A and Product B
Sage 500 ERP
4.3
1 Ratings
41% below category average
Unit4 Enterprise Resource Planning
-
Ratings
Risk Repository3.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Control Management7.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Control Efficiency Assessments4.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Remediation and Certification3.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Supply Chain
Comparison of Supply Chain features of Product A and Product B
Sage 500 ERP
1.3
1 Ratings
140% below category average
Unit4 Enterprise Resource Planning
-
Ratings
Forecasting1.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Inventory Planning2.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Performance Monitoring1.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Product Lifecycle Management
Comparison of Product Lifecycle Management features of Product A and Product B
Sage 500 ERP
5.3
1 Ratings
32% below category average
Unit4 Enterprise Resource Planning
-
Ratings
Proposal Management7.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Product Master Data Management4.01 Ratings00 Ratings
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User Ratings
Sage 500 ERPUnit4 Enterprise Resource Planning
Likelihood to Recommend
2.0
(4 ratings)
10.0
(3 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
6.3
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Online Training
6.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Implementation Rating
8.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
Sage 500 ERPUnit4 Enterprise Resource Planning
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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Unit4
Unit4 is good for small and mid-level companies where they need a single platform to manage their functionality.
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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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Unit4
  • Since the software is built with your needs in mind, it can be tailored to your specific needs.
  • System security is also created with your specific needs in mind and can be extremely detailed for various roles within the organization.
  • The various modules integrate well, if thought through system processes when building.
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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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Unit4
  • Their layout and limited web capabilities are a turn-off
  • They lack basic functionality in their web [version]
  • The implementation phase is bumpy since their guides and process documents are not step by step and are usually confusing
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Likelihood to Renew
Sage
It's too pricey for our size of company.
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Unit4
No answers on this topic
Usability
Sage
No answers on this topic
Unit4
Unit4 is very easy to use. One can use it without much technical knowledge.
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Support Rating
Sage
No answers on this topic
Unit4
Their consultant and support service is also very responsive.
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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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Unit4
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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Unit4
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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Unit4
I have used Fund EZ and QuickBooks. Unit4 is for larger organizations and was needed for our scaling.
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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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Unit4
  • Our business processes were in flux when the initial build of our system was taking place - this made lives very difficult. Make sure processes are set!
  • Time - beyond what could have been imagined - this is a huge project, that needs proper resources assigned to it within a company when planning to install.
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