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Score 8.7 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • Sage 50cloud Accounting (formerly Sage 50 Accounting) ranks higher in 1 feature set: Security
  • Xero ranks higher in 6 feature sets: Payroll Management, Customization, Reporting & Analytics, General Ledger and Configurable Accounting, Inventory Management, Order Management

Payroll Management

6.5

Sage 50cloud Accounting

65%
8.3

Xero

83%
Xero ranks higher in 5/5 features

Pay calculation

7.0
70%
12 Ratings
8.2
82%
64 Ratings

Benefit plan administration

7.0
70%
9 Ratings
8.2
82%
23 Ratings

Direct deposit files

4.9
49%
9 Ratings
8.9
89%
49 Ratings

Salary revision and increment management

6.8
68%
11 Ratings
8.8
88%
41 Ratings

Reimbursement management

6.7
67%
11 Ratings
7.6
76%
54 Ratings

Customization

7.2

Sage 50cloud Accounting

72%
7.7

Xero

77%
Sage 50cloud Accounting (formerly Sage 50 Accounting) ranks higher in 1/2 features

API for custom integration

9.5
95%
7 Ratings
7.3
73%
78 Ratings

Plug-ins

5.0
50%
8 Ratings
8.1
81%
85 Ratings

Security

9.0

Sage 50cloud Accounting

90%
8.6

Xero

86%
Sage 50cloud Accounting (formerly Sage 50 Accounting) ranks higher in 1/2 features

Single sign-on capability

8.2
82%
16 Ratings
8.7
87%
72 Ratings

Role-based user permissions

9.7
97%
16 Ratings
8.4
84%
114 Ratings

Reporting & Analytics

5.9

Sage 50cloud Accounting

59%
8.2

Xero

82%
Xero ranks higher in 3/3 features

Dashboards

6.6
66%
18 Ratings
8.0
80%
129 Ratings

Standard reports

7.3
73%
19 Ratings
8.7
87%
132 Ratings

Custom reports

3.9
39%
18 Ratings
7.9
79%
121 Ratings

General Ledger and Configurable Accounting

7.2

Sage 50cloud Accounting

72%
8.0

Xero

80%
Xero ranks higher in 16/21 features

Accounts payable

8.6
86%
21 Ratings
8.7
87%
130 Ratings

Accounts receivable

8.5
85%
20 Ratings
8.7
87%
131 Ratings

Cash management

8.6
86%
20 Ratings
8.1
81%
121 Ratings

Bank reconciliation

9.6
96%
20 Ratings
8.9
89%
137 Ratings

Expense management

8.1
81%
20 Ratings
8.1
81%
125 Ratings

Time tracking

7.7
77%
11 Ratings
6.9
69%
42 Ratings

Fixed asset management

7.8
78%
12 Ratings
7.2
72%
86 Ratings

Multi-currency support

6.7
67%
8 Ratings
8.2
82%
82 Ratings

Multi-division support

6.9
69%
9 Ratings
7.5
75%
74 Ratings

Regulations compliance

7.4
74%
8 Ratings
8.3
83%
67 Ratings

Electronic tax filing

7.7
77%
6 Ratings
8.3
83%
65 Ratings

Self-service portal

3.4
34%
6 Ratings
7.8
78%
80 Ratings

Global Financial Support

3.4
34%
3 Ratings
8.1
81%
36 Ratings

Primary and Secondary Ledgers

4.5
45%
3 Ratings
7.8
78%
34 Ratings

Intercompany Accounting

7.0
70%
4 Ratings
7.4
74%
40 Ratings

Localizations

7.2
72%
3 Ratings
8.2
82%
40 Ratings

Journals and Reconciliations

7.3
73%
9 Ratings
8.7
87%
89 Ratings

Enterprise Accounting

7.4
74%
4 Ratings
7.4
74%
33 Ratings

Configurable Accounting

8.0
80%
4 Ratings
8.3
83%
59 Ratings

Centralized Rules Framework

7.4
74%
2 Ratings
8.0
80%
33 Ratings

Standardized Processes

9.0
90%
7 Ratings
8.4
84%
59 Ratings

Inventory Management

6.2

Sage 50cloud Accounting

62%
6.8

Xero

68%
Xero ranks higher in 3/4 features

Inventory tracking

6.3
63%
14 Ratings
6.1
61%
60 Ratings

Automatic reordering

6.6
66%
8 Ratings
7.0
70%
24 Ratings

Location management

6.8
68%
5 Ratings
7.7
77%
29 Ratings

Manufacturing module

5.2
52%
6 Ratings
6.3
63%
16 Ratings

Order Management

5.3

Sage 50cloud Accounting

53%
7.7

Xero

77%
Xero ranks higher in 7/7 features

Pricing

7.0
70%
12 Ratings
7.3
73%
61 Ratings

Order entry

7.2
72%
14 Ratings
7.8
78%
56 Ratings

Credit card processing

8.0
80%
9 Ratings
8.6
86%
57 Ratings

Cost of goods sold

3.9
39%
13 Ratings
8.1
81%
65 Ratings

Order Orchestration

3.8
38%
3 Ratings
7.3
73%
21 Ratings

End-to-end order visibility

3.8
38%
3 Ratings
7.4
74%
24 Ratings

Order exception Resolution

3.8
38%
3 Ratings
7.4
74%
17 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • Sage 50cloud Accounting (formerly Sage 50 Accounting) is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Renew, Usability
  • Xero is rated higher in 3 areas: Support Rating, Implementation Rating, Product Scalability
  • Sage 50cloud Accounting (formerly Sage 50 Accounting) and Xero are tied in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

8.8

Sage 50cloud Accounting

88%
32 Ratings
8.8

Xero

88%
155 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

9.6

Sage 50cloud Accounting

96%
12 Ratings
8.8

Xero

88%
29 Ratings

Usability

9.0

Sage 50cloud Accounting

90%
6 Ratings
8.9

Xero

89%
80 Ratings

Availability

Sage 50cloud Accounting

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0

Xero

90%
20 Ratings

Performance

Sage 50cloud Accounting

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0

Xero

100%
16 Ratings

Support Rating

7.0

Sage 50cloud Accounting

70%
8 Ratings
7.1

Xero

71%
37 Ratings

In-Person Training

Sage 50cloud Accounting

N/A
0 Ratings
9.1

Xero

91%
1 Rating

Online Training

Sage 50cloud Accounting

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0

Xero

100%
5 Ratings

Implementation Rating

9.0

Sage 50cloud Accounting

90%
8 Ratings
9.5

Xero

95%
18 Ratings

Product Scalability

9.1

Sage 50cloud Accounting

91%
1 Rating
10.0

Xero

100%
6 Ratings

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 a 10-point software since it streamlines accounting and financial processes with great agility, generating immediate productivity. I recommend using all its features since, from creating reports to paying bills, the whole process is easy and does not require much knowledge. We can use it remotely with our phones and still build fluidity, plus it can be integrated with Salesforce, building even more power for short-term results.
Bernadette Johnsen | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

  • Reporting (customizing look and contents and the ability to add multiple comparative periods is brilliant and not found in many other competitors.
  • Bank feeds. The way they organize bank feed and subsequent matching or coding is very user-friendly for non-accountants and fast for accountants.
  • Can file VAT returns and is MTD compliant in UK.
  • Customer support has been helpful (at least in my experience).
Mohsin Ejaz | 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

  • Overall it is a great platform and quite comprehensive for US based users.
  • However, if we focus on multinational companies that want to integrate the information of different companies in several countries within the same solution, we find the need to carry out reports outside the platform to provide the accounting structure and compliance necessary in countries outside the US.
Anonymous | 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

Starting Price

$299 per year

Sage 50cloud Accounting Editions & Modules

Edition
Sage 50 Pro Accounting$2991
Sage 50 Premium Accounting$4491
Sage 50 Quantum Accounting 3 UserStarting at $1,4991
  1. 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

Starting Price

$11 per month

Xero Editions & Modules

Edition
Early$111
Growing$321
Established$621
  1. per month
Additional Pricing Details

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 8.8
Based on 29 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 9.0
Based on 6 answers
Its pretty stable and doesn't have changes very frequently. Upgrades are good, but not the ones that need a user manual when done every time
Priya Sadasivam | TrustRadius Reviewer

Xero

Xero 8.9
Based on 80 answers
It has deep functionality, and it's easy to use for invoicing, quoting, financial reporting, and customer management. This product manages financial information for small business owners in a unique way. The phone interface is really good as well-meaning I can keep on top of the finances on my phone and feel confident about the financial decisions I'm making.
Carolyn Swora | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Sage 50cloud Accounting

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Xero

Xero 9.0
Based on 20 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 16 answers
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Sage 50cloud Accounting

Sage 50cloud Accounting 7.0
Based on 8 answers
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.
Emily Dykema | TrustRadius Reviewer

Xero

Xero 7.1
Based on 37 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

In-Person Training

Sage 50cloud Accounting

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Xero

Xero 9.1
Based on 1 answer
The format was great; someone was there to ask questions or help if you were stuck.
Garreth Collard | 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 8 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 18 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

Solely the ease of use. This has saved me so much time on day-to-day tracking it is astonishing. Not only does it make it super easy to send invoices, but it also makes it easy to print invoices off, eases the process of partial payments, and keeps good track of all notes made to the account.
Molly Felber | 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
Over 600 plus apps available for integration and easy to create standard charts of account and report templates to implement across multiple entities. Same pricing regardless of number of transactions or users. Real benefit is variety of integrated apps that allow you to automate processes and have functionality that 10 years ago was only available in ERP systems costing hundreds of thousands.
Anonymous | 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

  • Makes bookkeeping easier for clients or for us to do on behalf of clients.
  • Time saving reports for BAS preparation.
  • Picks up on potential issues in General Ledger Exceptions report.
  • Dashboard can show accounts watchlist and current payables/receivables.
  • Matches bills/sales to bank feed transactions and you can select multiple or split payments.
Lauren Boyle | TrustRadius Reviewer

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