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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

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.
Dave Grow | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Payroll Management

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

Customization

Sage 500
4.5
ZipBooks
9.1
API for custom integration
Sage 500
7.0
ZipBooks
9.1
Plug-ins
Sage 500
2.0
ZipBooks
9.1

Security

Sage 500
5.0
ZipBooks
9.5
Single sign-on capability
Sage 500
2.0
ZipBooks
9.7
Role-based user permissions
Sage 500
8.0
ZipBooks
9.3

Reporting & Analytics

Sage 500
8.3
ZipBooks
10.0
Dashboards
Sage 500
8.0
ZipBooks
10.0
Standard reports
Sage 500
7.0
ZipBooks
10.0
Custom reports
Sage 500
10.0
ZipBooks

General Ledger and Configurable Accounting

Sage 500
6.6
ZipBooks
8.8
Accounts payable
Sage 500
7.0
ZipBooks
Accounts receivable
Sage 500
7.0
ZipBooks
8.0
Global Financial Support
Sage 500
2.0
ZipBooks
Intercompany Accounting
Sage 500
5.0
ZipBooks
Journals and Reconciliations
Sage 500
6.0
ZipBooks
Enterprise Accounting
Sage 500
5.0
ZipBooks
Configurable Accounting
Sage 500
8.0
ZipBooks
Standardized Processes
Sage 500
6.0
ZipBooks
Bank reconciliation
Sage 500
ZipBooks
8.0
Expense management
Sage 500
ZipBooks
10.0
Time tracking
Sage 500
ZipBooks
9.0
Multi-currency support
Sage 500
ZipBooks
9.1

Inventory Management

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

Order Management

Sage 500
8.2
ZipBooks
9.2
Pricing
Sage 500
8.2
ZipBooks
Order entry
Sage 500
8.2
ZipBooks
Credit card processing
Sage 500
8.2
ZipBooks
10.0
Cost of goods sold
Sage 500
8.2
ZipBooks
8.5

Subledger and Financial Process

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

Project Financial Management

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

Project Execution Management

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

Grants Management

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

Procurement

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

Risk Management

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

Supply Chain

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

Product Lifecycle Management

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

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

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.
Diego Lucero | 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

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.
Kenneth Shumaker | 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

ZipBooks

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

ZipBooks

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

ZipBooks

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

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.
Dave Grow | 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

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.
Diego Lucero | 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

Sage 500 Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

ZipBooks

General

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

ZipBooks Editions & Modules

Edition
ZipBooks Starter$0
ZipBooks Smarter$15
ZipBooks Sophisticated$35
ZipBooks AccountantCustom
  1. none
Additional Pricing Details

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