We’re often asked to explain the key differences between Sage 50 and Sage 100.  Sometimes companies are comparing the two software solutions to determine which best fits their needs.  Other times, Sage 50 users are seeking new ways to improve their business efficiencies or feel limited by Sage 50 and are looking at Sage 100 as an alternative solution.

If you’re looking at Sage 50 and Sage 100 and are unsure which software product is right for your company, we’ve listed a side by side comparison below.

We’re also here to help you!  DWD has been a Sage Software Certified Partner since 2001 and has many years of expertise with both Sage 50 and Sage 100.  We offer a free Software Needs Assessment to help you find the best software for your unique needs.  Contact us today!

Sage 50 vs Sage 100 Comparison Resources:

–  Sage 50 vs Sage 100 Key Differences:  Why do companies using Sage 50 switch to Sage 100?

–  Sage 50 to Sage 100 Migration – What to expect when your business moves from Sage 50 to Sage 100?

Sage 50 to Sage 100 Data Migration Tips

Sage 50 vs Sage 100 Side by Side Comparison

Overall Strengths User-friendly, ability to invoice through mail or email, embedded payment link in emailed invoices, manage Fixed Assets, user- or role-based security. Integrations, customizable, strong manufacturing & distribution features, maintains performance up to dozens of users, integration between CRM, e-commerce and financials.  Data file sizes less restricted
Overall Weaknesses Decreased performance as soon as approximately 10 users concurrently access, product is specifically licensed by each computer where Sage 50 is installed,  high volumes of data can slow down the system and/or lead to data corruption, light audit controls/SOX compliance, inability to customize data entry screens, add new fields, or add customized functionality, limited integration and access to 3rd party functionality, limited ability to do substantial customizations to forms or reports, COGS is calculated, not posted to GL. Must use correcting transactions to fix errors, batch processing may lead to improper date postings.
Number of Users Up to 40 100s
Performance & Scalability Designed for a limited number of users and functions, simple business processes, few integrations to expand functionality. Supports larger file sizes, companies and user counts, supports SQL database, ability to modify software and workflow with scripting and screen customizations, many integrations available to enhance functionality.
Financial Management & Reporting Basic dashboard and limited financial report customization through Business Intelligence, export reports to Excel. Business Insights Dashboard, Reporter, and Explorer, integrates with Microsoft Power BI, create custom reports with Sage Intelligence Reporting and Crystal Reports.
Ability to Customize No customization ability except defining a limited number of UDFs (User Defined Fields). Extensive codeless customization, change and add screens, unlimited UDFs, ability to fully customize with programming if desired.
Best Fit Industries Financial, Distribution, Light Assembly Financials, Extensive Manufacturing, Multi-site Distribution
Best Fit Company Size Small to Medium Small to Large
Deployment Options On-Premise, Sage Drive Cloud On-Premise, Hosted Server, Private Cloud
Ease of Implementation Fairly easy to implement. Smaller software solutions tend to be easier to implement because there is much less flexibility to tailor the system to specific needs.
Avg Implementation Timeframe 1 to 3 months Core Accounting: General Ledger, Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable (2-4 weeks)
Payroll:  (2-4 weeks)
Distribution:  Inventory, Sales Order, Purchase Order (2-4 weeks)
Manufacturing:  Bills of Material, Work Order Processing (4-8 weeks)
Avg Implementation Cost $3,000 – $12,000 $5,000 – $30,000
Pricing Model License purchase with annual maintenance plan or subscription; named users Subscription; concurrent users
Annual Maintenance Cost $600 – $5,000 $600 – $30,000