We are a NetSuite Partner so we are going to have a bias here in comparing these two products. However this article is worth a read for any company evaluating Sage 200 and NetSuite as a systems to run their core business operations.
The on-premise version of Sage 200 can support a maximum of 200 employees while the hosted cloud or online version is designed to typically support up to 50 employees. For businesses that expand, this could potentially pose a problem as migrating to the next level on the Sage family means a full re-implementation as these are separate products with no direct upgrade path.
NetSuite needs at least 2 users and is best suited for companies with more than 20 employees. The best part is there is no limit to the number of users you can add. The full suite of ERP and CRM tools includes additional tools like ecommerce application as well.
Upgrading from Sage 50 to Sage 200 or Sage 200 to Sage 300 means implementing a completely different system as these are totally separate products (they all simply carry the same brand name). Unlike NetSuite that provides businesses with the same single interface as they grow since it is designed with scalability in mind, integration with Sage is complex, costly and leads to poor outcomes.
Built from the ground up for the cloud, NetSuite has been designed as a single and perpetual business management solution, with all customers using the same version of the software. It is upgraded twice a year to ensure that it always stays right up-to-date and there is only one version of the software, which means companies never have to worry about possibly missing out on an upgrade.
Sage 200’s on-premise product offers CRM functionality, however this CRM functionlity is driven by a separate, integrated product. Most of the features have limited integration and as far as automation goes, system complexities make it tough even for simple approvals to be implemented, as it does not provide a standards-based, open architecture for connectivity to partners, third party and other business software apps. It lacks a graphical workflow editor to automate back-office operations and drive efficiencies across the enterprise. Moreover, Sage does not work with partners to develop industry and business-specific applications that extend the value of its core system.
On the other hand, NetSuite is a truly integrated solution that offers the ability to integrate and automate workflows as well as other business processes. By eliminating time consuming manual entry and reducing errors, it also helps businesses greatly improve efficiency. There is a dashboard from which a user can manage and automate a range of processes like order and billing management, shipping and marketing. Besides, NetSuite customers can leverage thousands of complementary SuiteApps.
The cloud-based version of Sage 200 is an aggregation of legacy Sage products (MMS, Line 100, etc.) that was not built for the cloud, which is why Sage 200 users get to choose between this and the on-premise solution. It remains a client-server application and the rudimentary offering of apps for BlackBerry and iOS merely support read-only access to data.
Designed and built specifically for the cloud, NetSuite is cloud based, which means it is available whenever and wherever a users wishes to access it. This comes in handy for businesses of all sizes whose mobile workforce need corporate information on the go.
Apart from offering a full suite of ERP and customer relationship management (CRM) tools, NetSuite provides additional tools such as eCommerce applications, and exhaustive resources that come with comprehensive functionality (revenue recognition management, automated VAT reporting, accounting period, currency control flexibility, etc.) provide industry-specific support and offer a range of options tailored for specific verticals such as software and professional services.
Unlike NetSuite that is a complete business solution, Sage 200 does not have integrated eCommerce, human capital management, service resource planning, shipping and fulfillment capabilities.
NetSuite offers unmatched flexibility in financial management, true manufacturing and inventory support and its industry-specific capabilities speed time-to-value. Sage 200 provides neither flexible accounting periods, price books, discounting and revenue recognition nor a complete system for warehouse and inventory control and demand planning. It only provides a few added features and capabilities for manufacturing, construction and retail.
Unlike Sage 200 that needs skilled partners to implement any type of customization, NetSuite allows users to quickly edit fields, layouts, logic and workflow; it can be easily customized. Though it has less functionality compared to NetSuite, Sage 200 is also much more difficult to use. Inputting information is cumbersome and navigation is inefficient. Unlike NetSuite, Sage 200 is not available in a variety of languages, cannot handle foreign currency functions and does not support local tax and accounting standards.
Sage 200 users can pick from monthly or upfront pricing deals while NetSuite with 15 years of market maturity provides subscription-based pricing, which means a simple as well as predictable cost structure. Additionally, while NetSuite eliminates IT complexities and hassles, Sage 200 is not a Web-based, on-demand service that eliminates the cost of managing, maintaining and upgrading business applications.
Reporting and Analytics
Though Sage 200 on-premise has a business intelligence module for trend analysis and intuitive reporting, users are unable to get an accurate view of the business as the reporting capabilities are poor and the reports are packaged. It requires significant development in Microsoft SQL Analytic Services. Moreover, Sage 200 online lacks the business intelligence feature while NetSuite with its intuitive searching and reporting capability offers more detailed, functional and “out of the box” reports.
Unlike Sage 200 where analytics is a critical weakness, NetSuite offers a full range of reporting and analytics tools to ensure that all users have strong insight into their business. For example, it enables regulatory compliance and lowers risk by providing a transaction audit trail to capture all user actions and system changes.
As the world’s number one cloud-based business management software suite, NetSuite supports all the all the back-office processes of a company, including accounting, ERP, sales and marketing, customer relationship management (CRM), eCommerce and much more.
This user-friendly and intuitive piece of software enables companies to bring together all of their key business processes such as accounts, payroll, customer management and stock management. Available as a single, integrated package, it offers total visibility into all business operations. 10 times larger than the nearest competitor and with more than 20,000 customers, NetSuite works the way businesses work.