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Score 8.7 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • Sage 500 ERP ranks higher in 2 feature sets: Reporting & Analytics, Order Management
  • Xero ranks higher in 5 feature sets: Payroll Management, Customization, Security, General Ledger and Configurable Accounting, Inventory Management

Payroll Management

7.4

Sage 500

74%
8.3

Xero

83%
Xero ranks higher in 3/5 features

Pay calculation

9.0
90%
1 Rating
8.1
81%
64 Ratings

Benefit plan administration

6.0
60%
1 Rating
8.2
82%
23 Ratings

Direct deposit files

9.0
90%
1 Rating
8.9
89%
49 Ratings

Salary revision and increment management

8.0
80%
1 Rating
8.9
89%
41 Ratings

Reimbursement management

5.0
50%
1 Rating
7.5
75%
54 Ratings

Customization

4.5

Sage 500

45%
7.7

Xero

77%
Xero ranks higher in 2/2 features

API for custom integration

7.0
70%
2 Ratings
7.3
73%
78 Ratings

Plug-ins

2.0
20%
2 Ratings
8.2
82%
85 Ratings

Security

5.0

Sage 500

50%
8.6

Xero

86%
Xero ranks higher in 2/2 features

Single sign-on capability

2.0
20%
2 Ratings
8.9
89%
72 Ratings

Role-based user permissions

8.0
80%
2 Ratings
8.4
84%
114 Ratings

Reporting & Analytics

8.3

Sage 500

83%
8.2

Xero

82%
Sage 500 ERP ranks higher in 2/3 features

Dashboards

8.0
80%
2 Ratings
8.0
80%
129 Ratings

Standard reports

7.0
70%
2 Ratings
8.8
88%
132 Ratings

Custom reports

10.0
100%
2 Ratings
7.9
79%
121 Ratings

General Ledger and Configurable Accounting

6.6

Sage 500

66%
8.1

Xero

81%
Xero ranks higher in 21/21 features

Accounts payable

7.0
70%
2 Ratings
8.7
87%
130 Ratings

Accounts receivable

7.0
70%
2 Ratings
8.7
87%
131 Ratings

Global Financial Support

2.0
20%
1 Rating
8.2
82%
36 Ratings

Intercompany Accounting

5.0
50%
1 Rating
7.4
74%
40 Ratings

Journals and Reconciliations

6.0
60%
1 Rating
8.7
87%
89 Ratings

Enterprise Accounting

5.0
50%
1 Rating
7.4
74%
33 Ratings

Configurable Accounting

8.0
80%
1 Rating
8.3
83%
59 Ratings

Standardized Processes

6.0
60%
1 Rating
8.5
85%
59 Ratings

Cash management

N/A
0 Ratings
8.1
81%
121 Ratings

Bank reconciliation

N/A
0 Ratings
8.9
89%
137 Ratings

Expense management

N/A
0 Ratings
8.1
81%
125 Ratings

Time tracking

N/A
0 Ratings
6.9
69%
42 Ratings

Fixed asset management

N/A
0 Ratings
7.2
72%
86 Ratings

Multi-currency support

N/A
0 Ratings
8.2
82%
82 Ratings

Multi-division support

N/A
0 Ratings
7.7
77%
74 Ratings

Regulations compliance

N/A
0 Ratings
8.3
83%
67 Ratings

Electronic tax filing

N/A
0 Ratings
8.3
83%
65 Ratings

Self-service portal

N/A
0 Ratings
7.7
77%
80 Ratings

Primary and Secondary Ledgers

N/A
0 Ratings
7.7
77%
34 Ratings

Localizations

N/A
0 Ratings
8.2
82%
40 Ratings

Centralized Rules Framework

N/A
0 Ratings
8.2
82%
33 Ratings

Inventory Management

6.5

Sage 500

65%
6.9

Xero

69%
Sage 500 ERP ranks higher in 2/4 features

Inventory tracking

9.0
90%
2 Ratings
6.1
61%
60 Ratings

Automatic reordering

3.0
30%
2 Ratings
7.4
74%
24 Ratings

Location management

8.0
80%
2 Ratings
7.8
78%
29 Ratings

Manufacturing module

6.0
60%
2 Ratings
6.4
64%
16 Ratings

Order Management

8.2

Sage 500

82%
7.7

Xero

77%
Xero ranks higher in 4/7 features

Pricing

8.2
82%
1 Rating
7.2
72%
61 Ratings

Order entry

8.2
82%
1 Rating
7.9
79%
56 Ratings

Credit card processing

8.2
82%
1 Rating
8.6
86%
57 Ratings

Cost of goods sold

8.2
82%
1 Rating
8.1
81%
65 Ratings

Order Orchestration

N/A
0 Ratings
7.5
75%
21 Ratings

End-to-end order visibility

N/A
0 Ratings
7.4
74%
24 Ratings

Order exception Resolution

N/A
0 Ratings
7.6
76%
17 Ratings

Subledger and Financial Process

5.4

Sage 500

54%

Xero

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
Sage 500 ERP ranks higher in 13/13 features

Automated Invoice Processing

6.0
60%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Shared Services Payments

4.0
40%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Billings Management

8.0
80%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Customer Receipt Applications

4.0
40%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Revenue Recognition

8.0
80%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Cash Management

6.0
60%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Asset Management

7.0
70%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Travel & Expense Management

8.0
80%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Budgetary Control & Encumbrance Accounting

2.0
20%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Period Close

5.0
50%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Transactions Tax

3.0
30%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Subledger Reconciliations

2.0
20%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

3rd Party Accounting Systems

7.0
70%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Project Financial Management

6.9

Sage 500

69%

Xero

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
Sage 500 ERP ranks higher in 10/10 features

Budgeting and Forecasting

1.0
10%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Project Costing

3.0
30%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Cost Capture

8.0
80%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Capital Project Management

9.0
90%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Customer Invoicing

8.0
80%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Customer Contract Compliance

9.0
90%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Project Revenue Recognition

9.0
90%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Project Financial Performance Analysis

7.0
70%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Project Financials Dashboard

8.0
80%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Real-time Financial Reporting

7.0
70%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Project Execution Management

4.5

Sage 500

45%

Xero

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%

Xero

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

Award Lifecycle Management

6.0
60%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Spending Control

8.0
80%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Indirect Cost Management

8.0
80%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Billing

8.0
80%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Procurement

6.0

Sage 500

60%

Xero

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
Sage 500 ERP ranks higher in 17/17 features

Sourcing Team Collaboration

2.0
20%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Sourcing Analysis

2.0
20%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Catalog Shopping E-Commerce for Employees

2.0
20%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Contract Authoring

8.0
80%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Contract Compliance Management

4.0
40%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Contract History

8.0
80%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Contract Renewal Automation

8.0
80%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Contract Repository

10.0
100%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Contract Standardization and Enforcement

9.0
90%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Electronic Signatures

9.0
90%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Invoice Automated Matching

9.0
90%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Purchasing Risk and Compliance Management

6.0
60%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Requisitions-to-Purchase Orders Integrated

8.0
80%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Spend Compliance Management

5.0
50%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Supplier Assessment

3.0
30%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Supplier Communication and Collaboration

5.0
50%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Supplier Management

4.0
40%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Risk Management

4.3

Sage 500

43%

Xero

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%

Xero

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
Sage 500 ERP ranks higher in 3/3 features

Forecasting

1.0
10%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Inventory Planning

2.0
20%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Performance Monitoring

1.0
10%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Product Lifecycle Management

5.3

Sage 500

53%

Xero

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

  • Xero is rated higher in 4 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Likelihood to Renew, Online Training, Implementation Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

2.0

Sage 500

20%
4 Ratings
8.9

Xero

89%
155 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

6.3

Sage 500

63%
2 Ratings
9.4

Xero

94%
29 Ratings

Usability

Sage 500

N/A
0 Ratings
8.9

Xero

89%
80 Ratings

Availability

Sage 500

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0

Xero

90%
20 Ratings

Performance

Sage 500

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0

Xero

100%
16 Ratings

Support Rating

Sage 500

N/A
0 Ratings
7.5

Xero

75%
37 Ratings

In-Person Training

Sage 500

N/A
0 Ratings
9.1

Xero

91%
1 Rating

Online Training

6.0

Sage 500

60%
1 Rating
10.0

Xero

100%
5 Ratings

Implementation Rating

8.0

Sage 500

80%
2 Ratings
9.5

Xero

95%
18 Ratings

Configurability

Sage 500

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0

Xero

90%
1 Rating

Ease of integration

Sage 500

N/A
0 Ratings
7.9

Xero

79%
57 Ratings

Product Scalability

Sage 500

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0

Xero

100%
6 Ratings

Vendor post-sale

Sage 500

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0

Xero

90%
2 Ratings

Vendor pre-sale

Sage 500

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0

Xero

100%
2 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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Xero

Xero is a 10-point software since it streamlines accounting and financial processes with great agility, generating immediate productivity. I recommend using all its features since, from creating reports to paying bills, the whole process is easy and does not require much knowledge. We can use it remotely with our phones and still build fluidity, plus it can be integrated with Salesforce, building even more power for short-term results.
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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

  • Reporting (customizing look and contents and the ability to add multiple comparative periods is brilliant and not found in many other competitors.
  • Bank feeds. The way they organize bank feed and subsequent matching or coding is very user-friendly for non-accountants and fast for accountants.
  • Can file VAT returns and is MTD compliant in UK.
  • Customer support has been helpful (at least in my experience).
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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

  • Overall it is a great platform and quite comprehensive for US based users.
  • However, if we focus on multinational companies that want to integrate the information of different companies in several countries within the same solution, we find the need to carry out reports outside the platform to provide the accounting structure and compliance necessary in countries outside the US.
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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

    Xero

    Starting Price

    $11 per month

    Editions & Modules

    Xero editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules
    Early111
    Growing322
    Established623

    Footnotes

    1. per month
    2. per month
    3. per month

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    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

    It has deep functionality, and it's easy to use for invoicing, quoting, financial reporting, and customer management. This product manages financial information for small business owners in a unique way. The phone interface is really good as well-meaning I can keep on top of the finances on my phone and feel confident about the financial decisions I'm making.
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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

    Support has always been responsive and quickly resolved any questions I have. The only reason I don't give full points is because there's no way to call for immediate help. I'm fine with this because I don't need it badly enough to pay for it
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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

    Solely the ease of use. This has saved me so much time on day-to-day tracking it is astonishing. Not only does it make it super easy to send invoices, but it also makes it easy to print invoices off, eases the process of partial payments, and keeps good track of all notes made to the account.
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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

    • Xero helps to [minimize] payroll errors, saving the business money[.]
    • Tracking cost of goods is very easy which means that controlling expenses is easy[.]
    • It's extremely easy to pull up all key financial data to get both broad and specific snapshots of the business's financial health[.]
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