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Feature Set Ratings

  • ZipBooks ranks higher in 5 feature sets: Customization, Security, Reporting & Analytics, General Ledger and Configurable Accounting, Order Management

Payroll Management

7.4

Sage 500

74%

ZipBooks

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
Sage 500 ERP ranks higher in 5/5 features

Pay calculation

9.0
90%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Benefit plan administration

6.0
60%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Direct deposit files

9.0
90%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Salary revision and increment management

8.0
80%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Reimbursement management

5.0
50%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Customization

4.5

Sage 500

45%
9.1

ZipBooks

91%
ZipBooks ranks higher in 2/2 features

API for custom integration

7.0
70%
2 Ratings
9.1
91%
2 Ratings

Plug-ins

2.0
20%
2 Ratings
9.1
91%
1 Rating

Security

5.0

Sage 500

50%
9.5

ZipBooks

95%
ZipBooks ranks higher in 2/2 features

Single sign-on capability

2.0
20%
2 Ratings
9.7
97%
4 Ratings

Role-based user permissions

8.0
80%
2 Ratings
9.3
93%
4 Ratings

Reporting & Analytics

8.3

Sage 500

83%
10.0

ZipBooks

100%
ZipBooks ranks higher in 2/3 features

Dashboards

8.0
80%
2 Ratings
10.0
100%
6 Ratings

Standard reports

7.0
70%
2 Ratings
10.0
100%
6 Ratings

Custom reports

10.0
100%
2 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

General Ledger and Configurable Accounting

6.6

Sage 500

66%
8.8

ZipBooks

88%
Sage 500 ERP ranks higher in 7/12 features

Accounts payable

7.0
70%
2 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Accounts receivable

7.0
70%
2 Ratings
8.0
80%
5 Ratings

Global Financial Support

2.0
20%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Intercompany Accounting

5.0
50%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Journals and Reconciliations

6.0
60%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Enterprise Accounting

5.0
50%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Configurable Accounting

8.0
80%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Standardized Processes

6.0
60%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Bank reconciliation

N/A
0 Ratings
8.0
80%
1 Rating

Expense management

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0
100%
5 Ratings

Time tracking

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0
90%
6 Ratings

Multi-currency support

N/A
0 Ratings
9.1
91%
2 Ratings

Inventory Management

6.5

Sage 500

65%

ZipBooks

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

Inventory tracking

9.0
90%
2 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Automatic reordering

3.0
30%
2 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Location management

8.0
80%
2 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Manufacturing module

6.0
60%
2 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Order Management

8.2

Sage 500

82%
9.2

ZipBooks

92%
Sage 500 ERP ranks higher in 2/4 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
10.0
100%
6 Ratings

Cost of goods sold

8.2
82%
1 Rating
8.5
85%
2 Ratings

Subledger and Financial Process

5.4

Sage 500

54%

ZipBooks

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%

ZipBooks

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%

ZipBooks

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%

ZipBooks

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%

ZipBooks

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%

ZipBooks

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%

ZipBooks

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%

ZipBooks

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

  • ZipBooks is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

2.0

Sage 500

20%
4 Ratings
9.0

ZipBooks

90%
6 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

6.3

Sage 500

63%
2 Ratings

ZipBooks

N/A
0 Ratings

Online Training

6.0

Sage 500

60%
1 Rating

ZipBooks

N/A
0 Ratings

Implementation Rating

8.0

Sage 500

80%
2 Ratings

ZipBooks

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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ZipBooks

ZipBooks is really strong for small businesses (and non-profits like the ones I help manage). It may not yet be ready to handle medium or large businesses given the deep, niche functionality that is sometimes required in those cases.
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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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ZipBooks

  • Invoicing is particularly easy-to-use, quick, clean and beautiful. GREAT for branding.
  • The time tracker was unexpected, but very useful and integrates well with the invoicing. Leads to quick invoicing every time.
  • Customer support is phenomenal -- the support staff is friendly and helpful.
  • Although they are a new company, they are definitely on the right track!
  • I recommend this software to clients, colleagues, and friends alike, mostly for it quick and beautiful invoicing.
  • They do what they can to live up to their name! It doesn't take very long to get set up, or very long to create a complete invoice and send it to the right person.
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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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ZipBooks

  • There is some difficulty with a need to learn the use of the menus, they are not open and click, at the moment, the user needs to open the menu then using the pad keys scroll down and use enter to select from the drop-down menu. A mouse does not work.
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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

    ZipBooks

    Starting Price

    $0

    Editions & Modules

    ZipBooks editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules
    ZipBooks Starter01
    ZipBooks Smarter152
    ZipBooks Sophisticated353
    ZipBooks AccountantCustom4

    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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    ZipBooks

    No answers on this topic

    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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    ZipBooks

    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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    ZipBooks

    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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    ZipBooks

    I've primarily compared ZipBooks vs. Quickbooks because I've used Quickbooks at larger companies before. ZipBooks was the right fit for a smaller organization because it still had all the core features of Quickbooks but at a dramatically lower price that fits the budget.
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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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    ZipBooks

    • ZipBooks is entirely affordable, and with my current $15/mo payments, I get ROI pretty quickly.
    • Invoices are simple and easy to make, while staying beautiful and functional at the same time. This saves me TIME, which means that I don't need to spend 15-20 minutes fiddling with the software to make it do what I want it to do. It just works. And that means, I can spend more time doing client work, and managing projects and sales.
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