45 Ratings
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Score 5 out of 100
121 Ratings
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Score 8.2 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • Sage Business Cloud Accounting ranks higher in 2 feature sets: Inventory Management, Order Management
  • Zoho Books ranks higher in 4 feature sets: Customization, Security, Reporting & Analytics, General Ledger and Configurable Accounting

Payroll Management

8.1

Sage Business Cloud Accounting

81%

Zoho Books

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
Sage Business Cloud Accounting ranks higher in 5/5 features

Pay calculation

4.7
47%
4 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Benefit plan administration

9.0
90%
3 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Direct deposit files

9.0
90%
4 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Salary revision and increment management

9.0
90%
3 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Reimbursement management

9.0
90%
4 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Customization

4.5

Sage Business Cloud Accounting

45%
6.0

Zoho Books

60%
Sage Business Cloud Accounting ranks higher in 1/2 features

API for custom integration

5.0
50%
7 Ratings
6.0
60%
14 Ratings

Plug-ins

4.0
40%
4 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Security

6.8

Sage Business Cloud Accounting

68%
9.0

Zoho Books

90%
Zoho Books ranks higher in 2/2 features

Single sign-on capability

9.0
90%
11 Ratings
9.7
97%
18 Ratings

Role-based user permissions

4.6
46%
15 Ratings
8.3
83%
23 Ratings

Reporting & Analytics

4.8

Sage Business Cloud Accounting

48%
7.9

Zoho Books

79%
Zoho Books ranks higher in 3/3 features

Dashboards

6.4
64%
16 Ratings
7.4
74%
23 Ratings

Standard reports

3.9
39%
18 Ratings
7.4
74%
22 Ratings

Custom reports

4.2
42%
14 Ratings
9.0
90%
1 Rating

General Ledger and Configurable Accounting

6.3

Sage Business Cloud Accounting

63%
8.2

Zoho Books

82%
Sage Business Cloud Accounting ranks higher in 13/21 features

Accounts payable

5.1
51%
17 Ratings
8.2
82%
22 Ratings

Accounts receivable

4.4
44%
19 Ratings
9.0
90%
23 Ratings

Cash management

3.8
38%
16 Ratings
8.0
80%
22 Ratings

Bank reconciliation

4.3
43%
17 Ratings
5.8
58%
21 Ratings

Expense management

7.5
75%
15 Ratings
7.0
70%
22 Ratings

Time tracking

3.4
34%
5 Ratings
6.0
60%
14 Ratings

Fixed asset management

3.3
33%
12 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Multi-currency support

9.0
90%
4 Ratings
10.0
100%
13 Ratings

Multi-division support

4.1
41%
7 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Regulations compliance

8.8
88%
9 Ratings
9.9
99%
12 Ratings

Electronic tax filing

2.4
24%
4 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Self-service portal

7.0
70%
9 Ratings
10.0
100%
15 Ratings

Global Financial Support

9.0
90%
3 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Primary and Secondary Ledgers

7.0
70%
3 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Intercompany Accounting

8.0
80%
3 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Localizations

8.9
89%
2 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Journals and Reconciliations

3.7
37%
7 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Enterprise Accounting

8.5
85%
3 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Configurable Accounting

8.2
82%
5 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Centralized Rules Framework

9.0
90%
3 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Standardized Processes

7.5
75%
4 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Inventory Management

8.9

Sage Business Cloud Accounting

89%
6.6

Zoho Books

66%
Sage Business Cloud Accounting ranks higher in 4/4 features

Inventory tracking

9.0
90%
8 Ratings
6.1
61%
12 Ratings

Automatic reordering

8.9
89%
4 Ratings
7.1
71%
7 Ratings

Location management

8.9
89%
5 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Manufacturing module

8.9
89%
4 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Order Management

8.9

Sage Business Cloud Accounting

89%
8.3

Zoho Books

83%
Sage Business Cloud Accounting ranks higher in 5/7 features

Pricing

8.5
85%
9 Ratings
7.0
70%
18 Ratings

Order entry

8.9
89%
8 Ratings
9.0
90%
17 Ratings

Credit card processing

8.9
89%
9 Ratings
9.0
90%
18 Ratings

Cost of goods sold

8.9
89%
10 Ratings
8.3
83%
17 Ratings

Order Orchestration

9.0
90%
2 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

End-to-end order visibility

9.0
90%
2 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Order exception Resolution

9.0
90%
2 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • Zoho Books is rated higher in 3 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Usability, Support Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

3.5

Sage Business Cloud Accounting

35%
20 Ratings
7.4

Zoho Books

74%
25 Ratings

Usability

4.1

Sage Business Cloud Accounting

41%
5 Ratings
6.4

Zoho Books

64%
6 Ratings

Performance

9.1

Sage Business Cloud Accounting

91%
2 Ratings

Zoho Books

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

3.8

Sage Business Cloud Accounting

38%
6 Ratings
5.2

Zoho Books

52%
6 Ratings

Online Training

8.2

Sage Business Cloud Accounting

82%
1 Rating

Zoho Books

N/A
0 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Sage

The program is appropriate for use in all business types - especially if the business has many different branches located in different parts of the country/world. The fact that invoicing can be done from a mobile device by use of the friendly Sage One app also makes it easy to quickly conclude a sales transaction by issuing an invoice at the client office - shortens time, leaving more time for business.
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Zoho Corporation

If using other cloud applications and you wish to create Zoho Books transactions via APIs, Zoho Books is great. The overall UI and flow of the application are great. If you need a detailed job cost accounting solution and robust reporting there is some room for improvement here.
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Pros

Sage

  • The ability to log in to your accounting data anywhere you have internet. No sending backups to your accountant, no more trying to recover lost data, or having to log in to a server. This cloud hosted solution gives you a lot more freedom and flexibility as I can log in to it from any computer, or mobile device.
  • The ability to send professional invoices or quotes to my customers while still at their location. Also the ability to easily track my receivables and stay on top of them as they are always right at my fingertips.
  • Project tracking is a great feature. With this module you can send tasks associated with a project to your team without giving them access to your financial information. They can report to you where they are at on the project to help you stay on track. You can track the revenue and expenses associated with this project to make sure you are making a profit.
  • Bank integration brings in all the transactions and easily lets you allocate to the appropriate revenue and expense account or match to sales invoices or purchase invoices saving you time in data entry.
  • Sage One integrates with Sage Payment solutions or Paypal. By giving your customers more options to pay helping you stay on top of your receivables.
  • I love how it imports into the Sage 50 Accounting software for those customers who still need the features and functionality of the desktop software.
  • Just released the integration between Sage 50 and Sage One just got easier. The previous versions of Sage One and Sage 50 had the ability to download customer transactions from Sage One including invoicing, other income, bills, expenses, bank transfers and general journal entries to your Sage 50 accounting software.
  • With the latest update for Sage 50 you can now automatically upload and map your Sage 50 customer records, vendors, accounts, inventory items, and tax codes to Sage One for a quick, easy setup and perfect record match every time. This makes things so much easier when setting up new customers in Sage One
  • Now that important client information flows both ways, you can set up a new client in Sage One in minutes by accessing your Sage One connection wizard (under “file tab” in Sage 50 Accountants Edition) For the customers, vendors and accounts and products and services.
  • The other information such as Sales invoices and other income, Bills and other expenses, Bank Transfers, general journal entries flow from Sage One to Sage 50.
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Zoho Corporation

  • Zoho Books invoicing and receipting features are second to none. We find it easy to quickly invoice clients and add items to their bills and also for our own receipting internally.
  • The accounting features are great for our accounting team to be able to see where we are financially and how the business is doing.
  • The ability to add contacts and run a mini CRM channel with clients within Zoho is invaluable. Since we use this in conjunction with our other CRM channels, it helps to have a centralized place to follow up and see through a sales funnel.
  • Zoho Books allows us to take payments from clients around the globe a feature we didn't have when we used another accounting system.
  • The pricing for Zoho Books is fairly reasonable for an SME organization which is a great for us as it pays itself back many times over every month.
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Cons

Sage

  • The bank transaction reconciliations are terrible if you have to split payments to multiple clients. Often times work will just disappear halfway through the split
  • Telephonic user assistance. I have received conflicting info from service reps.
  • I prefer the way Quickbooks platform is set up
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Zoho Corporation

  • Zoho Books is only available in Texas and California. There is no integration allowed for paying employee expenses. The absolute worst aspect is the fact that if you make even the slightest error in data input there is no backing up. You cannot undo an error.
  • The system does not allow change once implemented, so you must get every one of your beginning balances perfect. The practice of Journal Entries is cumbersome. When reconciling, Zoho Books has adopted a number of required steps that significantly overcomplicate reconciliation using practices that are not consistent with general accounting principles in the US.
  • On the customer side, you must look in two places to see the beginning balance and the current receivables that might exist for current invoicing.
  • The way the system works, you must avoid having much trust with the balances depicted. So far, it appears that Zoho Books uses what we called in school "that new math."
  • It would be terrifying to rely on this bookkeeping system to support an IRS Audit. The system violates too many fundamental accounting principles.
  • The software is used by so few people that there is concern that we might never find a skilled bookkeeper.
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Pricing Details

Sage Business Cloud Accounting

Starting Price

$29 per month

Editions & Modules

Sage Business Cloud Accounting editions and modules pricing
EditionModules
Sage One Accounting Free$01
Sage One Accounting Premium$52

Footnotes

  1. Per User per Month
  2. Per Month [Unlimited Users]

Offerings

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services

Entry-level set up fee?

No setup fee

Additional Details

Versions and pricing listed are for US products. Versions available and pricing may vary by country.

Zoho Books

Starting Price

$0 For businesses with turnover <50K USD per annum

Editions & Modules

Zoho Books editions and modules pricing
EditionModules
Standard$151
Professional$402
Premium$603
Free$04

Footnotes

  1. Per Organization/Month, Billed Annually
  2. Per Organization/Month, Billed Annually
  3. Per Organization/Month, Billed Annually
  4. For businesses with turnover <50K USD per annum

Offerings

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services

Entry-level set up fee?

Optional $15

Additional Details

Zoho Books is available for both monthly and yearly plans. Users who sign up for the annual plan get a discount.

Usability

Sage

There's nothing mechanically wrong with Sage, and it serves our intended purpose. Again, we don't really use Sage to its fullest potential, but for what it does for us, there are few complaints other than the darn fixed assets module
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Zoho Corporation

Customization is the biggest struggle for us and most of the time we need to involve a tech person. The chat support is a great feature and very helpful. It would be great to be able to customize and create invoices and correspondence (templates) such are reminders in multiple languages within one organization. The currency (USD) would be the same. We have clients in different countries that don't speak English but pay in USD.
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Performance

Sage

The product continues to improve and very excited about the new release coming soon.
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Zoho Corporation

No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Sage

My Experience with sage business cloud Accounting is great. You won't disappoint with this software. Your accounting-related problem will be solved. Very easy to use all the features. I would highly recommend this software to all the company who is struggling for managing accounting data. Very user-friendly and easy to manage all the accounting problems.
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Zoho Corporation

The support team feels very disjointed. We have filtered through a number of "lead" contacts and are frequently spammed by other Zoho members. Once getting an appropriate support contact on the phone - the team is very helpful, it just takes a lot of hoop jumping to get there. We actually unsubscribed from their support package as we were not getting the value we were looking for.
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Online Training

Sage

I find the online training was very informative and they answered all my questions. I am also certified in Sage One and provided online training in the program which I have set up several people on and they love how it keeps them organized.
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Zoho Corporation

No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

Sage

I have used Wave Accounting, and while it is an excellent cloud accounting software, it doesn't allow us to work collaboratively with our customers. They both allow me to sign in and work with our clients books within the program, but Wave doesn't integrate into Sage 50 which is a must for clients that I know want to continue to grow.
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Zoho Corporation

We had a lot of problems with Exact Online, support-wise and price-wise. So Zoho Books wins on every point there. While Exact offers way more options, it tends to be really slow... and complex. Again Zoho Books wins. If you want an easy-to-use tool and not pay a lot of money, or if you are a small administration office with a few clients, this tool will be perfect for you.
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Return on Investment

Sage

  • Ability to add-on: Positive ROI can be achieved by building you own customized solution by adding on partner apps. Such apps extend the functionality of the product to accommodate certain business requirements.
  • Product is slower than competitors: Negative ROI as product seems to be comparatively slower than competitors when holding other variables constant (ie. browser version, Internet connection speed, etc.) In a busy accounting cycle, this can have a substantial impact. Also, back buttons don't allow for retaining same screen input data.
  • Reports functionality strong: Positive ROI due to ability to view data in many dimensions/formats.
  • Ability to connect financial accounts: Positive ROI as data from financial accounts automatically brought into the accounts where it can approved for posting, thus eliminating manual entry.
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Zoho Corporation

  • Integration: Zoho Books offers out of the box integrations to extend the functionality and connect with the applications you love like MailChimp, Microsoft Outlook, PandaDoc, and Quickbooks, etc.
  • Flexibility makes Zoho Books great!
  • Since I can use forecast reports, I can create customizable sales forecast data from the dashboard to accurately measure revenue forecasts and establish sales quotas.
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