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Likelihood to Recommend

Sage 50cloud Accounting

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Xero

Xero is great for small businesses who don't need a lot of complex features, or who will be managing accounting internally. It has robust integration capability that can grow with you (more so than, say FreshBooks), but won't break the bank. It's not as well suited for larger organizations or those with more complex reporting needs. For example, I acquired another business several years ago, and needed to pull quarterly reports of income from specific clients in order to calculate my pay-out for that quarter. I did that in QBO fairly easily, and had a saved template that I could use to generate it. Luckily I made the switch to Xero after the final pay-out because it would be very difficult to generate such a report now, since there aren't any report filters where you can select only specific customers from your contact list. Xero does support customized report templates that can be saved, the filtering options are just very limited. Essentially, you have to export all of the data to a CSV and then manipulate the spreadsheet locally.
Jennifer Hess | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Payroll Management

Sage 50cloud Accounting
6.4
Xero
6.8
Pay calculation
Sage 50cloud Accounting
7.8
Xero
8.4
Benefit plan administration
Sage 50cloud Accounting
8.0
Xero
6.3
Direct deposit files
Sage 50cloud Accounting
5.8
Xero
7.0
Salary revision and increment management
Sage 50cloud Accounting
5.4
Xero
5.7
Reimbursement management
Sage 50cloud Accounting
4.7
Xero
6.7

Customization

Sage 50cloud Accounting
7.3
Xero
7.5
API for custom integration
Sage 50cloud Accounting
9.5
Xero
7.2
Plug-ins
Sage 50cloud Accounting
5.0
Xero
7.8

Security

Sage 50cloud Accounting
8.9
Xero
8.6
Single sign-on capability
Sage 50cloud Accounting
9.0
Xero
8.4
Role-based user permissions
Sage 50cloud Accounting
8.8
Xero
8.9

Reporting & Analytics

Sage 50cloud Accounting
8.4
Xero
8.3
Dashboards
Sage 50cloud Accounting
8.5
Xero
8.5
Standard reports
Sage 50cloud Accounting
8.5
Xero
8.6
Custom reports
Sage 50cloud Accounting
8.1
Xero
7.7

General Ledger and Configurable Accounting

Sage 50cloud Accounting
6.9
Xero
8.1
Accounts payable
Sage 50cloud Accounting
9.0
Xero
8.9
Accounts receivable
Sage 50cloud Accounting
8.7
Xero
8.8
Cash management
Sage 50cloud Accounting
9.0
Xero
8.2
Bank reconciliation
Sage 50cloud Accounting
8.4
Xero
8.7
Expense management
Sage 50cloud Accounting
8.5
Xero
8.6
Time tracking
Sage 50cloud Accounting
6.3
Xero
6.1
Fixed asset management
Sage 50cloud Accounting
8.3
Xero
8.5
Multi-currency support
Sage 50cloud Accounting
4.3
Xero
8.4
Multi-division support
Sage 50cloud Accounting
5.0
Xero
7.8
Regulations compliance
Sage 50cloud Accounting
7.3
Xero
8.5
Electronic tax filing
Sage 50cloud Accounting
5.0
Xero
7.5
Self-service portal
Sage 50cloud Accounting
3.0
Xero
8.3
Global Financial Support
Sage 50cloud Accounting
3.0
Xero
6.9
Primary and Secondary Ledgers
Sage 50cloud Accounting
4.0
Xero
8.5
Intercompany Accounting
Sage 50cloud Accounting
7.0
Xero
8.1
Localizations
Sage 50cloud Accounting
7.5
Xero
6.9
Journals and Reconciliations
Sage 50cloud Accounting
8.7
Xero
8.8
Enterprise Accounting
Sage 50cloud Accounting
7.3
Xero
7.8
Configurable Accounting
Sage 50cloud Accounting
8.5
Xero
8.6
Centralized Rules Framework
Sage 50cloud Accounting
7.5
Xero
7.4
Standardized Processes
Sage 50cloud Accounting
8.9
Xero
8.1

Inventory Management

Sage 50cloud Accounting
6.6
Xero
6.8
Inventory tracking
Sage 50cloud Accounting
7.5
Xero
7.1
Automatic reordering
Sage 50cloud Accounting
7.0
Xero
7.1
Location management
Sage 50cloud Accounting
7.0
Xero
7.2
Manufacturing module
Sage 50cloud Accounting
5.0
Xero
5.6

Order Management

Sage 50cloud Accounting
6.0
Xero
8.3
Pricing
Sage 50cloud Accounting
6.7
Xero
7.6
Order entry
Sage 50cloud Accounting
8.3
Xero
8.8
Credit card processing
Sage 50cloud Accounting
8.0
Xero
8.2
Cost of goods sold
Sage 50cloud Accounting
8.0
Xero
8.3
Order Orchestration
Sage 50cloud Accounting
3.5
Xero
8.5
End-to-end order visibility
Sage 50cloud Accounting
3.5
Xero
8.3
Order exception Resolution
Sage 50cloud Accounting
3.5
Xero
8.1

Pros

Sage 50cloud Accounting

  • 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
Karen Rollins | TrustRadius Reviewer

Xero

  • Xero makes reconciliation incredibly easy. It remembers how we reconciled a particular transaction last time and you can set up rules to auto code transactions so all you need to do is press OK. This makes keeping track of sales tax pretty simple too.
  • Reporting is a breeze, as long as you code all your transactions correctly it takes seconds to bring up a balance sheet, Profit & Loss and many other types of reports. It also allows for all kinds of custom layouts and exports.
  • Once your templates are set up with all the relevant information, sending invoices is simple and fast. It's also easy to track different line items on your invoice, say your keeping track of a project which is only part of the full invoice and is necessarily a specific line item, tracking codes make that very easy.
Malcolm Colman-Shearer | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Sage 50cloud Accounting

  • 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.
Reno M. Borgognoni, CPA, CIA, CGMA | TrustRadius Reviewer

Xero

  • Using an accounting system in a web browser versus a standalone app can be a little clunky when it comes to navigation or having multiple windows open at once. This is more a function of using a web browser then a knock against xero itself. For us this is just a minor annoyance having come from a desktop based system before.
Patrick Cranston | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Sage 50cloud Accounting

Sage 50cloud Accounting 9.6
Based on 12 answers
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.
Christine Steele | TrustRadius Reviewer

Xero

Xero 5.5
Based on 26 answers
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.
Sarang Mandke | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Sage 50cloud Accounting

Sage 50cloud Accounting 8.9
Based on 4 answers
I have used Sage 50 Premium Accounting for twenty years, and only used their technical support team three times
Emily Dykema | TrustRadius Reviewer

Xero

Xero 8.4
Based on 20 answers
It simply is incredibly usable with excellent drill down features. The dashboard is highly configurable. Transactions are now even easier to find with the new Global Search feature. Documents can be attached to transactions. We use Bills Entryless to transfer documents to Xero without keying the data. Visibility to reports (the old style takes seconds). The newer reports are more RAM hungry so there can be a 10 second or so lag while the report is compiled. Usually old style reports deliver what our clients need in a flash
John Cotter | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Sage 50cloud Accounting

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Xero

Xero 9.0
Based on 10 answers
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.
Scott Scharf | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Sage 50cloud Accounting

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Xero

Xero 10.0
Based on 8 answers
In 3 years of use, I've only broken the system once. And that was for 30 seconds.
Dan Schmidt, CPA | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Sage 50cloud Accounting

Sage 50cloud Accounting 9.4
Based on 3 answers
They were very knowledgeable of the product, understood my timeline was limited for a software issue and allowed me to get back to my day to day work. The dial into your computer is great so you can monitor what they are doing and learn some tricks yourself
Karen Rollins | TrustRadius Reviewer

Xero

Xero 1.4
Based on 15 answers
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
Dave Olsen | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

Sage 50cloud Accounting

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Xero

Xero 10.0
Based on 5 answers
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.
Scott Scharf | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Sage 50cloud Accounting

Sage 50cloud Accounting 9.0
Based on 4 answers
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.
Art Stumpp | TrustRadius Reviewer

Xero

Xero 9.5
Based on 9 answers
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.
Andre Yeu | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Sage 50cloud Accounting

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
Michelle M. Martin | TrustRadius Reviewer

Xero

Xero was the easiest to use and most cost effective of all the solutions we evaluated during the procurement process. We spoke to other similar sized businesses and they highly recommended using Xero. We liked the fact it's a cloud based system meaning we can access the system and data remotely. It integrates with our recurring billing platform and our bank.
Graham Green | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Sage 50cloud Accounting

Sage 50cloud Accounting 9.1
Based on 1 answer
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.
Reno M. Borgognoni, CPA, CIA, CGMA | TrustRadius Reviewer

Xero

Xero 10.0
Based on 6 answers
After 4 years I cannot remember a single moment of downtime. Outstanding reliability!
Doug Fish | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Sage 50cloud Accounting

  • 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.
Nellie Jones (MBA) | TrustRadius Reviewer

Xero

  • Demand for Xero trained accountants and bookkeepers has been key to our growth. Our business was started on Xero and has benefited greatly from interest in Xero from customers dissatisfied with QuickBooks.
  • The practice management tools provided by Xero make it easy to delegate and restrict access to client files to only the staff who need to have access. This increases efficiency and security.
  • Xero's support for accounting firms is great. We have a dedicated account rep who can step in and get problems solved for us very quickly.
Blake Oliver | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Sage 50cloud Accounting

General

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

Sage 50cloud Accounting Editions & Modules

Edition
Sage 50 Pro Accounting$2991
Sage 50 Premium Accounting$4492
Sage 50 Quantum Accounting 3 UserStarting at $1,4993
  1. Per year
  2. Per Year
  3. Per year
Additional Pricing Details
Annual traditional plan with license, monthly, and annual subscription plans available.

Xero

General

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

Xero Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Sage 50cloud Accounting
7.8
Xero
8.7

Likelihood to Renew

Sage 50cloud Accounting
9.6
Xero
5.5

Usability

Sage 50cloud Accounting
8.9
Xero
8.4

Reliability and Availability

Sage 50cloud Accounting
Xero
9.0

Performance

Sage 50cloud Accounting
Xero
10.0

Support Rating

Sage 50cloud Accounting
9.4
Xero
1.4

Online Training

Sage 50cloud Accounting
Xero
10.0

Implementation Rating

Sage 50cloud Accounting
9.0
Xero
9.5

Scalability

Sage 50cloud Accounting
9.1
Xero
10.0

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