Sage Cloud Accounting for Small South African Businesses
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
September 03, 2020

Sage Cloud Accounting for Small South African Businesses

Score 7 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Sage Business Cloud Accounting (formerly Sage One Accounting)

The whole organization uses it as our only accounting package. We also integrate it with Sage's payroll software, as well as NetCash, a debit order payment solution that was formerly part of the Sage group. We also integrate Sage via the API with our internal user administration system, to reconcile users of our SAAS with accounts that we bill.
  • Access anywhere, from any device.
  • User-friendly, even for non-accountants.
  • Good reporting.
  • API
  • Because they don't use accounting terminology like debit/credit, journals can get very complicated, especially with balance sheet accounts like suspense accounts that can be either an asset or a liability.
  • The API documentation and process to gain access to the API is not very user friendly.
  • They don't have an integrated asset register that calculates amortization/depreciation. The logic is simple, it just needs to be done.
  • VAT is still calculated incorrectly; a different rounding is used than SARS (South African Revue Service) uses.
  • Doing accounting in-house has enabled us to understand our finances better, leading to general strategic planning benefit.
Haven't used it, but have had a look. Footprint in SA still very small, but I hear very good things about it. A number of associates use and highly recommend Xero, even over Sage. Due to our level of integration with Sage, the benefits of migrating don't exceed the costs for us.
  • Works well in South Africa: Longer history than Xero.
  • Small business with limited journals, suspense accounts, etc.
  • Simple, straight-forward accounting.
Where it may not be the best is if you're planning on interfacing with loads of other systems. Xero definitely has much more integration options. We had to do custom integration anyway via the API to get the system to talk to our app, but if you want to plug and play, go with Xero.

Sage Business Cloud Accounting Feature Ratings

Accounts payable
7
Accounts receivable
7
Cash management
7
Bank reconciliation
7
Expense management
7
Time tracking
3
Fixed asset management
1
Multi-currency support
Not Rated
Multi-division support
Not Rated
Regulations compliance
7
Electronic tax filing
7
Self-service portal
Not Rated
Global Financial Support
Not Rated
Primary and Secondary Ledgers
Not Rated
Intercompany Accounting
Not Rated
Localizations
Not Rated
Journals and Reconciliations
4
Enterprise Accounting
Not Rated
Configurable Accounting
4
Centralized Rules Framework
Not Rated
Standardized Processes
Not Rated
Inventory tracking
Not Rated
Automatic reordering
Not Rated
Location management
Not Rated
Manufacturing module
Not Rated
Pricing
5
Order entry
Not Rated
Credit card processing
Not Rated
Cost of goods sold
Not Rated
Order Orchestration
Not Rated
End-to-end order visibility
Not Rated
Order exception Resolution
Not Rated
Pay calculation
Not Rated
Benefit plan administration
Not Rated
Direct deposit files
Not Rated
Salary revision and increment management
Not Rated
Reimbursement management
Not Rated
Dashboards
4
Standard reports
7
Custom reports
7
API for custom integration
5
Plug-ins
Not Rated
Role-based user permissions
7
Single sign-on capability
Not Rated