Sage 50cloud Accounting vs. Unit4 Financials

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Sage 50cloud Accounting
Score 8.1 out of 10
Small Businesses (1-50 employees)
Sage 50cloud Accounting (formerly Sage 50 Accounting) is accounting software designed for small businesses. Sage 50cloud Accounting (formerly Sage 50, and formerly Peachtree) lets businesses invoice customers, pay bills, manage inventory, control costs, and pay employees. The solution includes high-level dashboards and in-depth reports.
$299
per year
Unit4 Financials
Score 5.5 out of 10
N/A
N/AN/A
Pricing
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Editions & Modules
Sage 50 Pro Accounting
$299
per year
Sage 50 Premium Accounting
$449
per year
Sage 50 Quantum Accounting 3 User
Starting at $1,499
per year
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Sage 50cloud AccountingUnit4 Financials
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional DetailsAnnual traditional plan with license, monthly, and annual subscription plans available.
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Community Pulse
Sage 50cloud AccountingUnit4 Financials
Considered Both Products
Sage 50cloud Accounting

No answer on this topic

Unit4 Financials
Chose Unit4 Financials
Unit4 Financials is definitely much more robust than Peachtree or other software. I've also used SAP in the past and this seems to have many more capabilities.
Top Pros
Top Cons

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Features
Sage 50cloud AccountingUnit4 Financials
Payroll Management
Comparison of Payroll Management features of Product A and Product B
Sage 50cloud Accounting
9.1
17 Ratings
24% above category average
Unit4 Financials
-
Ratings
Pay calculation9.516 Ratings00 Ratings
Benefit plan administration9.012 Ratings00 Ratings
Direct deposit files8.913 Ratings00 Ratings
Salary revision and increment management9.013 Ratings00 Ratings
Reimbursement management9.013 Ratings00 Ratings
Customization
Comparison of Customization features of Product A and Product B
Sage 50cloud Accounting
9.7
12 Ratings
34% above category average
Unit4 Financials
-
Ratings
API for custom integration9.710 Ratings00 Ratings
Plug-ins9.711 Ratings00 Ratings
Security
Comparison of Security features of Product A and Product B
Sage 50cloud Accounting
9.7
24 Ratings
21% above category average
Unit4 Financials
9.0
1 Ratings
14% above category average
Single sign-on capability9.720 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Role-based user permissions9.721 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Reporting & Analytics
Comparison of Reporting & Analytics features of Product A and Product B
Sage 50cloud Accounting
9.7
26 Ratings
26% above category average
Unit4 Financials
5.3
1 Ratings
34% below category average
Dashboards9.725 Ratings1.01 Ratings
Standard reports9.726 Ratings7.01 Ratings
Custom reports9.725 Ratings8.01 Ratings
General Ledger and Configurable Accounting
Comparison of General Ledger and Configurable Accounting features of Product A and Product B
Sage 50cloud Accounting
9.3
29 Ratings
25% above category average
Unit4 Financials
8.1
1 Ratings
11% above category average
Accounts payable9.728 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Accounts receivable9.727 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Cash management9.327 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Bank reconciliation9.727 Ratings00 Ratings
Expense management9.525 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Time tracking9.013 Ratings00 Ratings
Fixed asset management9.517 Ratings00 Ratings
Multi-currency support8.911 Ratings00 Ratings
Multi-division support9.014 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Regulations compliance9.013 Ratings00 Ratings
Electronic tax filing9.313 Ratings00 Ratings
Self-service portal9.710 Ratings00 Ratings
Global Financial Support9.04 Ratings00 Ratings
Primary and Secondary Ledgers9.56 Ratings00 Ratings
Intercompany Accounting9.07 Ratings7.01 Ratings
Localizations9.56 Ratings00 Ratings
Journals and Reconciliations9.316 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Enterprise Accounting9.57 Ratings00 Ratings
Configurable Accounting9.58 Ratings00 Ratings
Centralized Rules Framework8.45 Ratings00 Ratings
Standardized Processes9.512 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Inventory Management
Comparison of Inventory Management features of Product A and Product B
Sage 50cloud Accounting
9.2
17 Ratings
32% above category average
Unit4 Financials
8.0
1 Ratings
18% above category average
Inventory tracking9.517 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Automatic reordering9.010 Ratings00 Ratings
Location management9.58 Ratings00 Ratings
Manufacturing module8.98 Ratings00 Ratings
Order Management
Comparison of Order Management features of Product A and Product B
Sage 50cloud Accounting
9.4
21 Ratings
27% above category average
Unit4 Financials
-
Ratings
Pricing9.517 Ratings00 Ratings
Order entry9.519 Ratings00 Ratings
Credit card processing8.912 Ratings00 Ratings
Cost of goods sold9.518 Ratings00 Ratings
Order Orchestration9.56 Ratings00 Ratings
End-to-end order visibility9.57 Ratings00 Ratings
Order exception Resolution9.56 Ratings00 Ratings
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Sage 50cloud AccountingUnit4 Financials
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Score 9.2 out of 10
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Score 9.2 out of 10
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Accounting Seed
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Score 8.4 out of 10
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Score 8.4 out of 10
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User Ratings
Sage 50cloud AccountingUnit4 Financials
Likelihood to Recommend
9.3
(39 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.1
(14 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Usability
10.0
(9 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
10.0
(7 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Implementation Rating
9.1
(5 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Product Scalability
9.1
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
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Likelihood to Recommend
Sage
Sage is great for portability and exchange with external accountants as it is widely used and people will be able to read your data in. It's a very good and complete solution for a little business where one person can handle all of the accounting. I doubt that it scales well to large companies with several in-house accountants working at the same time.
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Unit4
This would work well for the back side of accounting...meaning after the invoice was created. If you need software to create invoices, this may not be the software for you (or at least you would have to do additional research on its capability). Other than that, it takes care of the majority of our needs.
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Pros
Sage
  • It has the capability of "Single Click" processes that allows you to turn Quotes into orders, instant invoicing and track A/R in the Order Screen
  • I can email Sales Orders directly to my Customer and also remind them of past due from a single screen. I can track Project, Closeouts, Over Seas order by setting up Jobs and clicking the job name in Order Entry.
  • You can use recurring entries and copy and paste on the P&L, using masking for department reporting and budgeting
  • You can use the BI feature and export into Excel in Pivot format and utilize Timeline and Slicer to see the company overall performance by months, day or years
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Unit4
  • It is easy to move around in if set up properly.
  • You can changes background colors to your choice.
  • It is customizable (you can create home pages specific to the user).
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Cons
Sage
  • Sage 50 could use some improvement in the Invoicing Module to allow for more flexibility in the design of the Invoice fields. The report customization tools could use some upgrading for easier use.
  • Fixed assets management module needs to be included with unlimited number of fixed assets.
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Unit4
  • There is a lot of "building" when first starting up with the software.
  • Some of the data you cannot pull unless you have sequel knowledge, although capabilities are getting better.
  • There is not a good operating statement report option.
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Likelihood to Renew
Sage
I use this rating simply because I have a thriving Sage 50 consulting practice and will continue to keep my expertise in the product. I have consulted on both Sage 50 and QuickBooks for over 25 years so I have to maintain expertise in the solution as well as accounting and verticals.
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Unit4
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Usability
Sage
Sage delivers what it promises. The whole accounting package is user friendly and can be easily picked up by a novice. The support is second to none. They always keep us abreast of new technologies and/or changes to accounting that would impact us. The range of reports fits both small and large companies.,
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Unit4
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Support Rating
Sage
Although I have only needed to call tech support on three occasions through out the entire time of usage, each time my problem was quickly resolved by people who were obviously well trained and easy to understand. Sage 50 Premium Accounting is a reliable and "bug-free" product that is regularly improved upon.
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Unit4
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Implementation Rating
Sage
Sage 50 is a strong accounting software package. It will work efficiently if it is installed correctly. If one puts garbage in, one will get garbage out. Also it is important to train the staff to use Sage 50 properly. It is also important to set up security for each user.
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Unit4
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Alternatives Considered
Sage
As we did the conversion almost 10 years ago it is hard to answer this question. At the time it was the ease of being able to produce both cash and accrual financial statements and reporting that led us to pick Sage
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Unit4
Unit4 Financials is definitely much more robust than Peachtree or other software. I've also used SAP in the past and this seems to have many more capabilities.
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Scalability
Sage
I define scalable from two perspectives; 1) the scalability to handle more bookkeepers/accountants using the product, and 2) the scalability to handle increasing customer/vendor/employee and transactional data. Sage 50 does a good job on both fronts. From the single users operating a micro-business accounting for customer invoices and bill payments only, to the multi-staff, multi-location, multi-departmental complex transactional operation. Although Sage 50 is quite expensive for that smallest user, it is quite inexpensive for the larger business entity. So, for the new enterprise expecting rapid growth, Sage 50 is the application of choice.
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Unit4
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Return on Investment
Sage
  • Sage definitely needs to do a better job with customer service. I have had to use them only a handful of times and it was not a great experience but not the worse I've seen. They didn't make us a priority and I felt that they didn't have a sense of urgency. They did address my lack of satisfaction and I can see that they are at least aware of the issues and they are trying to correct them.
  • Sage is exactly what we need in my current organization and I wouldn't change it for another system. I have used quite a few in my lifetime and I would say that it fits our needs.
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Unit4
  • Because of the lack of operating statement reports, we've had to spend additional funds to use another system.
  • It does show data in real time, so no waiting for batches to update overnight.
  • You can do a lot of customizing to meet your own needs.
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