Sage 50cloud Accounting vs. Xero

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Sage 50cloud Accounting
Score 7.7 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
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 50cloud AccountingXero
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
Early
$13
per month
Growing
$37
per month
Established
$70
per month
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Sage 50cloud AccountingXero
Free Trial
YesYes
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.Prices 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
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Considered Both Products
Sage 50cloud Accounting

No answer on this topic

Xero
Chose Xero
Sage at the time we moved to Xero did not really have a suitable Cloud offering and the full SaaS solution it did have was only applicable to very small businesses. Quickbooks was very similar to Xero but during testing, most users preferred Xero for various reasons. Xero's UI …
Chose Xero
Xero is more affordable than other solutions, and being cloud-based it's helpful for granting accountant access.

Every other accounting package in existence has late fees and interest options built in.
Chose Xero
Ignoring pricing, Xero is among the best options available. It has the most complete feature set along with Quickbooks. It is more user-friendly compared to most of its competitors. It has well-designed mobile apps that can actually do something in contrast with most …
Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
Sage 50cloud AccountingXero
Payroll Management
Comparison of Payroll Management features of Product A and Product B
Sage 50cloud Accounting
9.0
14 Ratings
18% above category average
Xero
7.8
73 Ratings
4% above category average
Pay calculation9.014 Ratings7.965 Ratings
Benefit plan administration9.011 Ratings8.223 Ratings
Direct deposit files9.011 Ratings8.049 Ratings
Salary revision and increment management9.013 Ratings7.941 Ratings
Reimbursement management9.013 Ratings7.354 Ratings
Customization
Comparison of Customization features of Product A and Product B
Sage 50cloud Accounting
9.0
10 Ratings
24% above category average
Xero
7.6
124 Ratings
8% above category average
API for custom integration9.08 Ratings7.779 Ratings
Plug-ins9.09 Ratings7.5111 Ratings
Security
Comparison of Security features of Product A and Product B
Sage 50cloud Accounting
9.0
19 Ratings
13% above category average
Xero
8.2
157 Ratings
4% above category average
Single sign-on capability9.017 Ratings7.772 Ratings
Role-based user permissions9.017 Ratings8.7155 Ratings
Reporting & Analytics
Comparison of Reporting & Analytics features of Product A and Product B
Sage 50cloud Accounting
9.0
21 Ratings
17% above category average
Xero
8.0
178 Ratings
5% above category average
Dashboards9.020 Ratings7.8174 Ratings
Standard reports9.021 Ratings8.2177 Ratings
Custom reports9.020 Ratings7.8157 Ratings
General Ledger and Configurable Accounting
Comparison of General Ledger and Configurable Accounting features of Product A and Product B
Sage 50cloud Accounting
8.7
24 Ratings
16% above category average
Xero
7.4
187 Ratings
0% below category average
Accounts payable9.023 Ratings8.7174 Ratings
Accounts receivable9.022 Ratings8.9175 Ratings
Cash management9.022 Ratings8.1159 Ratings
Bank reconciliation9.022 Ratings9.2182 Ratings
Expense management9.022 Ratings7.8166 Ratings
Time tracking9.012 Ratings7.458 Ratings
Fixed asset management9.013 Ratings7.6114 Ratings
Multi-currency support8.910 Ratings7.4107 Ratings
Multi-division support9.010 Ratings7.291 Ratings
Regulations compliance9.09 Ratings8.291 Ratings
Electronic tax filing9.08 Ratings9.092 Ratings
Self-service portal9.07 Ratings7.6105 Ratings
Global Financial Support9.04 Ratings5.750 Ratings
Primary and Secondary Ledgers7.05 Ratings7.049 Ratings
Intercompany Accounting9.06 Ratings6.240 Ratings
Localizations7.05 Ratings8.039 Ratings
Journals and Reconciliations9.011 Ratings9.190 Ratings
Enterprise Accounting9.06 Ratings4.733 Ratings
Configurable Accounting9.06 Ratings6.159 Ratings
Centralized Rules Framework7.44 Ratings5.433 Ratings
Standardized Processes9.09 Ratings6.459 Ratings
Inventory Management
Comparison of Inventory Management features of Product A and Product B
Sage 50cloud Accounting
9.0
16 Ratings
25% above category average
Xero
6.5
85 Ratings
8% below category average
Inventory tracking9.016 Ratings5.981 Ratings
Automatic reordering9.010 Ratings7.224 Ratings
Location management9.07 Ratings7.129 Ratings
Manufacturing module9.08 Ratings6.316 Ratings
Order Management
Comparison of Order Management features of Product A and Product B
Sage 50cloud Accounting
8.4
17 Ratings
13% above category average
Xero
7.0
89 Ratings
5% below category average
Pricing9.014 Ratings6.862 Ratings
Order entry9.016 Ratings7.056 Ratings
Credit card processing9.011 Ratings7.558 Ratings
Cost of goods sold9.015 Ratings7.566 Ratings
Order Orchestration7.85 Ratings6.621 Ratings
End-to-end order visibility7.45 Ratings6.524 Ratings
Order exception Resolution7.85 Ratings6.717 Ratings
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User Ratings
Sage 50cloud AccountingXero
Likelihood to Recommend
9.0
(34 ratings)
8.7
(202 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.6
(12 ratings)
9.9
(32 ratings)
Usability
10.0
(8 ratings)
8.8
(127 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(10 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(8 ratings)
Support Rating
10.0
(7 ratings)
8.8
(36 ratings)
In-Person Training
-
(0 ratings)
9.1
(1 ratings)
Online Training
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(5 ratings)
Implementation Rating
9.0
(4 ratings)
7.3
(10 ratings)
Configurability
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Ease of integration
-
(0 ratings)
6.4
(87 ratings)
Product Scalability
9.1
(1 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
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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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Xero
Xero is one of the easy-to-learn accounting software that anyone could start and settle with! Even a teenager could learn on how to use it. Accountants and Bookkeepers who are new to the industry could give them a good boost on their profile if they have certification and fluency with using Xero. Xero is kind of one of the basic requirement
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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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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
  • 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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Xero
  • Occasionally, the price increases and I feel that prices should be fixed for long-term users as there are very few changes in the software from when I started using it 6 years ago.
  • It would be useful to have the emails sent with invoices saved.
  • Visual dashboards are limited.
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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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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
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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Xero
I gave this rating because, even if I am lost or trying to figure something out, the ease of the software is easy to figure out. There are so many customization options and reports to get exactly what I am looking for.
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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
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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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
No answers on this topic
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
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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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
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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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
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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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
  • 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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Xero
  • Saved many hours through automatic invoices and followups
  • Saved many hours by allowing transactions to start via bank feeds (ie I don't have to input a transaction and mark it against what is in the bank/cc account; rather, the transaction in the account is where you input the transaction into the books.
  • Has the scalability my business requires, and not much more.
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