Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Sage 500
Score 6.8 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
Xero
Score 8.5 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.
$13
per month
Pricing
Sage 500 ERPXero
Editions & Modules
No answers on this topic
Early
$13
per month
Growing
$37
per month
Established
$70
per month
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Sage 500Xero
Free Trial
NoYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional DetailsPrices in table are in USD and just apply to the US - other markets & prices are listed below: Canada - Starter $18 CAD/month, Standard $45 CAD/month, Premium 5 $58 CAD/month UK - Starter £14/month, Standard £28/month, Premium £36/month AU - Starter $29 AUD/month, Standard $59 AUD/month, Premium 5 $76 AUD/month NZ - Starter $31 NZD/month, Standard $66 NZD/month, Premium $84 NZD/month
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Community Pulse
Sage 500 ERPXero
Considered Both Products
Sage 500

No answer on this topic

Xero
Chose Xero
Xero was chosen due to its simplicity and cost. The decision was as simple as that. There are no hidden costs.
Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
Sage 500 ERPXero
Payroll Management
Comparison of Payroll Management features of Product A and Product B
Sage 500 ERP
7.4
1 Ratings
4% above category average
Xero
7.6
73 Ratings
6% above category average
Pay calculation9.01 Ratings8.065 Ratings
Benefit plan administration6.01 Ratings8.123 Ratings
Direct deposit files9.01 Ratings7.549 Ratings
Salary revision and increment management00 Ratings7.441 Ratings
Reimbursement management00 Ratings7.154 Ratings
Customization
Comparison of Customization features of Product A and Product B
Sage 500 ERP
4.5
2 Ratings
46% below category average
Xero
7.7
132 Ratings
11% above category average
API for custom integration7.02 Ratings7.879 Ratings
Plug-ins2.02 Ratings7.5119 Ratings
Security
Comparison of Security features of Product A and Product B
Sage 500 ERP
5.0
2 Ratings
46% below category average
Xero
7.7
167 Ratings
1% below category average
Single sign-on capability2.02 Ratings6.572 Ratings
Role-based user permissions8.02 Ratings8.9165 Ratings
Reporting & Analytics
Comparison of Reporting & Analytics features of Product A and Product B
Sage 500 ERP
8.3
2 Ratings
17% above category average
Xero
8.2
188 Ratings
10% above category average
Dashboards8.02 Ratings8.1184 Ratings
Standard reports7.02 Ratings8.4187 Ratings
Custom reports10.02 Ratings8.2166 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
Xero
7.3
198 Ratings
1% above category average
Accounts payable7.02 Ratings8.8184 Ratings
Accounts receivable7.02 Ratings9.0185 Ratings
Global Financial Support2.01 Ratings6.757 Ratings
Journals and Reconciliations6.01 Ratings9.590 Ratings
Configurable Accounting8.01 Ratings4.259 Ratings
Standardized Processes6.01 Ratings4.759 Ratings
Cash management00 Ratings8.2168 Ratings
Bank reconciliation00 Ratings9.1192 Ratings
Expense management00 Ratings8.0175 Ratings
Time tracking00 Ratings8.264 Ratings
Fixed asset management00 Ratings8.1120 Ratings
Multi-currency support00 Ratings7.7115 Ratings
Multi-division support00 Ratings7.797 Ratings
Regulations compliance00 Ratings8.498 Ratings
Electronic tax filing00 Ratings9.0101 Ratings
Self-service portal00 Ratings7.8113 Ratings
Primary and Secondary Ledgers00 Ratings7.754 Ratings
Intercompany Accounting00 Ratings5.140 Ratings
Localizations00 Ratings8.039 Ratings
Enterprise Accounting00 Ratings3.233 Ratings
Centralized Rules Framework00 Ratings4.033 Ratings
Inventory Management
Comparison of Inventory Management features of Product A and Product B
Sage 500 ERP
6.5
2 Ratings
18% below category average
Xero
6.3
90 Ratings
6% below category average
Inventory tracking9.02 Ratings6.386 Ratings
Automatic reordering3.02 Ratings6.524 Ratings
Location management8.02 Ratings6.529 Ratings
Manufacturing module00 Ratings6.116 Ratings
Order Management
Comparison of Order Management features of Product A and Product B
Sage 500 ERP
8.2
1 Ratings
6% above category average
Xero
6.5
89 Ratings
10% below category average
Pricing8.21 Ratings6.462 Ratings
Order entry8.21 Ratings6.556 Ratings
Credit card processing8.21 Ratings6.858 Ratings
Cost of goods sold8.21 Ratings6.766 Ratings
Order Orchestration00 Ratings6.321 Ratings
End-to-end order visibility00 Ratings6.224 Ratings
Order exception Resolution00 Ratings6.317 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
31% below category average
Xero
-
Ratings
Billing Management8.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Cash and Asset Management6.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Travel & Expense Management8.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Budgetary Control & Encumbrance Accounting2.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Period Close5.01 Ratings00 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
Xero
-
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
40% below category average
Xero
-
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% above category average
Xero
-
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
14% below category average
Xero
-
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
39% below category average
Xero
-
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
138% below category average
Xero
-
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
29% below category average
Xero
-
Ratings
Proposal Management7.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Product Master Data Management4.01 Ratings00 Ratings
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User Ratings
Sage 500 ERPXero
Likelihood to Recommend
2.0
(4 ratings)
8.5
(213 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
6.3
(2 ratings)
10.0
(32 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
8.6
(138 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(10 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(8 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
9.3
(36 ratings)
In-Person Training
-
(0 ratings)
9.1
(1 ratings)
Online Training
6.0
(1 ratings)
10.0
(5 ratings)
Implementation Rating
8.0
(1 ratings)
7.3
(10 ratings)
Configurability
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Ease of integration
-
(0 ratings)
6.8
(97 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 500 ERPXero
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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Xero
I recently had to Capture a Curators account on Pastel. this account is only done once a year, it's extremely tedious and time consuming. We used Pastel for the capturing as the account is not automated at all in terms of bank statements and we would have had to capture them in Excel anyway before we could import them into Xero. Using Pastel made this an easier process since you capture the Cashbook directly and it gets posted to the correct account. With Xero I would have needed to capture the entire account into Excel, upload the CSV file and then Reconcile this account AGAIN, making it double work. However, where Xero would have served us better, when needing to make adjustments to the account, in Pastel each entry needs to be journaled. This leaves the GL looking terrible. With Xero you can edit each transaction without leaving the GL looking like a train wreck and still have an audit trail. it would be beneficial for Xero to allow companies to be able to export and print their audit trail.
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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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Xero
  • Their method of moving between screens was very logical and intuitive which is not a "given" attribute among software packages.
  • Finding transactions was relatively easy with just common sense.
  • The use of this software was generally well received in that the accountants did not discredit the software as cheap, poorly organized, or timely to learn. No one at Corporate had a vendetta against using Xero.
  • It does a good job of allowing the users to drill down to the final detail of an account balance - which is fundamental to the accounting department's needs.
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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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Xero
  • I would like to have the ability to sign up a holding company and all its trading entities under one subscription, in order to have amalgamated and separate accounting records and reports for each trading entity.
  • This is pertaining to my own Xero business clients: I would like to have a full featured, customizable practice client support /ticketing and task manager system, with reminders that can be sent to my clients and my team for various tasks due.
  • I would like Xero to have a cheaper option for their packages that include invoicing and related documents, as in my country we have options with an opposition accounting firm that offers a subscription where clients can create up to 2000 invoices per year for free.
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Likelihood to Renew
Sage
It's too pricey for our size of company.
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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
No answers on this topic
Xero
Xero has all the features that you need, basically. From chart of accounts, reconciling books, to making annual financial reports. What I'm currently looking for Xero right now is to provide more broader integration with the other apps so we can use it for customer-facing experience also. All in all, everything works well!
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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
No answers on this topic
Xero
Always respond and keep issues open until you are satisfied with the result. Generally good responses, in the past, I had some support responses that were really basic and really annoying. They type where "have your tried restarting your computer" style of answers. Well, of course, I went through all the basics before contacting them. Duh, but I suppose not everyone does. Otherwise, it would be a 10. The last year has shown a marked improvement in the support responses however.
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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
The online training courses are not up to date. We experienced technical issues with two of the classes.
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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
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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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
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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Xero
I've used a lot of different accounting systems. Many of them so big and powerful, but a hassle to get set up. Xero is light, inexpensive, and easy to use. When I originally selected them they seemed like they were developing new features at a quick rate as well. I was invited to be part of focus sessions to make the product better. That part has slowed down significantly though.
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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
  • 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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Xero
  • We have saved 1 hour per month on reporting on one of our not-for-profits, which is 12 hours a year at minimum from an investment of 30 minutes on initial setup.
  • On cleanup files, we are able to save at minimum half the time we would spend and be able to get them cleaned up and moved to a monthly file quicker
  • Using cash coding on one client as an example it would take us a week to do their bookkeeping last year it took me 8 hours from start to finish.
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