Confessions from a Sage Partner
If your legacy ERP system is Sage 100, Sage 300, or Sage 500, you might want to take a look at Acumatica’s ERP solution. Compared to Sage, it is affordable for SMBs, many of the add-on features you need for Sage products are included with Acumatica, being a cloud hosted solution, you are getting top-notch security, and its flexibility and scalability are designed to meet the needs of growing businesses like yours.
We understand that purchasing a new ERP system is a major decision that will affect your business for many years. WAC Solution Partners have done the research for you and we believe Acumatica is the best ERP solution for your small to mid-sized business, whether you are in manufacturing, distribution, utilities, professional services, or a number of other industries.
However, we encourage you to perform due diligence when considering the purchase of any ERP system. Ask questions. Listen to the answers. Know your business requirements and make sure you choose the ERP system that is right for your company now and in the future.
Read on to learn why we recommend Acumatica and then call us and let’s discuss your unique business needs.
Sage products have been around for a long-time. However, they are quickly becoming legacy systems for businesses. Here are some thoughts on why.
- No matter the version, Sage products usually require third-party add-ons to get the features you need. This becomes expensive, especially when compared to a newer ERP system that includes a lot of features.
- Sage 100 was a good product for Distribution industry businesses, but not strong with manufacturing features.
- Sage 300, we see manufacturing businesses use, but it always includes a lot of third-party add-on products to get the functionality you need.
- Sage 500 has built-in functionality, but Sage is not investing in it any longer and other ERP solutions are far more competitive.
Sage products used to provide adequate functionality; however, when comparing to a modern-day ERP solution like Acumatica, there are a few significant drawbacks:
- Sage licenses are priced per user, which becomes expensive for growing businesses.
- Sage solutions were built using an older system architecture. This becomes a problem in scenarios designed for the latest technologies, including cloud deployment options, customizations using current development tools, and integrations with CRM and other external software applications.
- All the Sage products were developed independently on different platforms, meaning there is no direct or easy way to migrate from one product to another.
Acumatica provides the best value, performance, functionality, and ease of use of any ERP product available for small- and medium-sized manufacturing businesses. Acumatica manufacturing edition includes core manufacturing, distribution, financial and reporting applications, all working together in real-time to give you the data you need, at your fingertips. There are many benefits of this modern, ERP solution. Acumatica works on anywhere, anytime, and on any device. It offers a completely integrated ERP and CRM solution built on a true cloud architecture. Plus, you are only charged by system resources, not per user, whether Acumatica is deployed on-premises or in the cloud.
“When we add a new company, we don’t have to buy extra software user licenses. We just create a new branch in Acumatica and quickly integrate them into Dukathole Group.”
Graham Leonard, Chief Financial Officer & Operations Manager Dukathole Group
What’s the Cost?
We always get asked about how much Acumatica or Sage cost. There’s no one fits all answer for that. The cost of any ERP solution varies greatly by industry, business, and features needed.
Most firms look at the “Total Cost of Ownership” (TCO) to determine their return on investment. A better way to evaluate this is to ask yourself, “What is the Total Economic Impact (TEI) of staying with what I have vs investing in a new solution that’s built for my industry and supports my growth?”
What’s in the Box?
For example, you can look at the base price, but then add on the cost of any and all third-party products you will need to run your business: Acumatica’s manufacturing edition includes product planning, serial tracking, and bin field tracing features, whereas, with Sage, you need paid add-ons for these tools.
Do I Need My Own Hardware?
What about paying for servers and hardware versus hosting your ERP solution in the cloud? Many times, cloud-based subscriptions help you save money because you don’t need the hardware, you get state-of-the-art security included, updates are handled by someone else, and you can cut down on internal IT staff, or redirect their efforts to more proactive tasks.
What is the Usability?
Additionally, how would you factor in benefits across your business such as increase in sales volume, better efficiency, and improved gross margin against the cost of an ERP solution? Most Acumatica customers reported increases in all these areas.
Discover your ROI / TEI based on your unique business. Acumatica has an easy online calculator to use. Just answer a few simple questions and receive a free, high-level estimate of the economic impact based on your specific business environment.
More Details Comparing Sage and Acumatica
Want to find out more why manufacturing businesses like yours are switching from Sage to Acumatica? Download this free PDF report from Info~Tech Research Group and find out how Acumatica and Sage compare in categories such as:
- Satisfaction of cost relative to value
- Quality of features
- Continual improvements
- Net Emotional Footprint
- The respect these vendors show to customers
Manufacturing businesses like yours, need modern ERP solutions to stay competitive and grow. Acumatica manufacturing edition comes with the efficient tools you need to manage purchasing, production, inventory, sales, customers, and more. It supports all your business activities along with providing a flexible planning and shop floor control process.
Give us a call at (866) 901-9955 and see for yourself how your business can benefit from Acumatica.