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Sage 50 and Sage 200 are targeted towards 2 different types of business. Sage 50 is ideal if you are new to the market and want a tried and tested accounts solution. Sage 200, on the other hand, is ideal if you are a growing business that requires a robust product with high standard data analysis. Both of these accounts packages are renowned for their sturdiness and reliability.
Sage 50 and Sage 200 are two very different products. It’s not as easy as simply doing a “Sage 50 VS Sage 200” comparative… To put these products up against each other is a little bit like putting a pony in the Grand National. Yes, a pony and a horse both look quite similar, but when it comes down to it, they are definitely running different races!
To truly understand what solution is going to suit your business needs, we need to start at the beginning and learn the who’s, what’s, where’s and why’s.
But, why do organisations choose to use these pieces of software? Let’s firstly take a look at each product’s features:
|Sage 50 Features||Sage 200 Features|
|1 Tier Nominal Structure||3 Tier Nominal Structure|
|Multi-Company||Allows for Complex Business Processes|
|Foreign Currency||Foreign Currency|
|Basic Accounting Functionality||Strong Reporting & Business Management Capabilities|
|Cash Flow Management Monitor||Integrated CRM Functionality|
|Payment for Invoices Online||Batch/Serial Number Processing|
|Inventory Management||Financial Period Control|
|Aimed at Small to Medium Businesses||Built for Company Growth|
|Customer/Supplier Management Centre||Strong Analysis Capabilities|
|Microsoft Office 365 Integration||Microsoft Office 365 Integration|
Sage 50 is widely used for small to medium businesses that operate with up to 50 employees. This entry-level piece of software allows for fast processing and provides industry functions such as the Construction Industry Scheme. As well as offering niche functions, Sage 50 includes standard accounting such as accounts payable/receivable, bank reconciliation, Making Tax Digital compliance, VAT returns and much more.
Sage 200 is a highly advanced software suite that was designed for growing Medium-sized businesses. As the name suggests, Sage 200 was created for businesses with up to 200 employees. This product offers a high level of financial control and also allows for customer relationship management for your business. This scalable solution does much more than basic accounting software, offering additional features such as CRM and Business Intelligence. Sage 200 allows you to track budgets, produce detailed management reports and also allows you to effortlessly drill down into real-time data.
If you find yourself questioning your software, then it probably isn’t the right fit for you. When it comes to Sage 50, the usual hurdles people come across are its limitations due to company growth and the lack of reporting available. Although Sage 50c is a fantastic accounts package, unfortunately when a business reaches a certain size, the product starts to become a little stretched.
Sage 50 was designed to allow up to 1.5 million transactions. This may seem like a lot but as the years go by your transactions soon add up. Due to this limiting factor, organisations tend to outgrow Sage 50 at some point, leading them towards a product such as Sage 200. With a larger package like Sage 200, businesses have the capability to input over 9 million transactions. I think it is safe to say that it would take a while to reach Sage 200c’s transactional limit!
Another drawback with Sage 50 is the lack of in-depth reporting. Business Intelligence comes as standard with Sage 200. A feature like this is extremely beneficial for growing businesses as it allows for better visibility and decision making. Through the use of crucial analytical business information, an organisation can really improve its strategies and make informed future plans. This level of advancement is provided in Sage 200 granting the user with extremely useful business detail, to help their business soar to new heights!
Don’t let these minor obstacles put you off the idea of Sage 50 though… There are solutions out there which may mean that 50 is still in the running for you.
The Dark Horse
Now, Sage 50c is never going to win in a 1 on 1 race with Sage 200. Like previously mentioned, these products just aren’t in competition with each other, they play in totally different ballparks. However, if you feel like Sage 50 is doing the job but would like to get more out of the software, then we have a few solutions that might be of interest to you.
Although Sage 50 provides some constraints, there are ways in which you can improve the level of performance to suit your individual needs. These come in the form of add-ons and integrations. By using these additional features you can literally change the way in which your whole company works. A few of our favourites being Draycir Credit Hound, Microsoft Power BI, Draycir Spindle Document Management, Paperless and Microsoft Office 365. So, how can these functions improve Sage 50’s odds?
Add-ons and Integrations
- Credit Hound – This add-on is specifically designed to help your business’s cash flow, reducing the length of time it takes to receive payments from customers. Link Credit Hound direct to your accounts software ensuring all of your numbers are up to date. Automate credit control administration through system generated reminders and letters and even automatically place overdue accounts on stop sale.
- Power BI – Microsoft’s Power BI is a powerful business analytics service that gives you a 365-degree view of your business. Change the way you see your data by using stunning visuals that can be shared with your colleagues on any device. If this doesn’t already sound good enough, then how about if I told you it was free?! Import your data from Sage 50 into Power BI and make the most out of your business analytics.
- Spindle – This time-saving add-on provided by Draycir helps you with your document management. Have the ability to send invoices, statements, remittances, quotations, sales orders and so on, to your customers at a much faster, reliable pace. Save up to a day a week on administration time, and ensure that your paperwork looks great and is delivered on time.
- Office 365 – With a Microsoft Office 365 integration for Sage 50, you are empowered to enjoy a more cloud-connected way of working. Allow Office 365 to free up key data, making it accessible via the cloud. Have the opportunity to use a range of incredible integrated apps such as One Drive, Sage Capture, Sage Contact and many more.
Both of these market-leading products were built to aid in day to day accounts processing. Ranging from invoicing through to bank reconciliation, these solutions help you keep your business on track. Without a doubt, Sage 50 and Sage 200 are two of the most used packages throughout the UK. Although the products have been around for some time, Sage still seem to maintain their top of the charts reputation. This is due to Sage keeping their product relevant, like providing their customers with cloud capabilities. Owing to their time spent at the top, the decision really is in your hands. Which will it be? Sage 50 or Sage 200?
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Stephen is one of our newest members of the itas team, but this hasn’t stopped him already making a fantastic impact on the business. Stephen has over 3 years of experience working within a Finance role and has also completed all of his AAT studies. With Stephen’s knowledge and expertise he really has hit the ground running with itas. Stephen loves to write interesting blogs and endeavours to help all those in need with Sage.
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