The fight is on. Two contenders line up. In the blue corner we have NetSuite and In the red corner we have Sage. . . If only it was as easy as that. A clear obvious choice for customers when they are faced with the dilemma. Throughout this blog, we hope to show you the clear winner when it comes to an all-round ERP solution. The easiest way to differentiate between the two is to lay the cards on the table. Here we will look at the stats and figures, the claims and the myths, debunked and proven, and aim to give a clear visual answer to some of the questions you may have around these two solutions.

Beginning with Usability...

Sage unfortunately holds a lot of their information on servers which you have to set up special remote access actions to be able to access the most basic of data. NetSuite is cloud based, meaning that all of your data is accessible at any time through a secure browser environment. 20% of Sage users say that 24/7 access to their system is excellent compared to 54% of NetSuite Users. This round has a clear winner…

End of month reporting

This is an essential area of any ERP to ensure your data is cleansed, reportable and ready to begin the next month’s accounts and levels. Closing your end of month can take some time depending on what system you are on. 90% of Sage users don’t manage to do this before the end of month. Most NetSuite users close this within 2 working days. Round 2 to NetSuite.

A closer look at your financials and reporting

NetSuite workflow

All of this requires multiple sign offs, permissions granted and an oversight to ensure data is clean, correct and usable. How can you do this on a system that has poor visibility? How much longer would it take to chase different areas of your business manually for a simple approval? Wouldn’t it be great if some sort of workflow could be designed that required 2nd tier approval and sign off? 60% of Sage users report issues when trying to share financial information within their own company. Most NetSuite issues are most likely caused by a poor implementation or an under utilisation of a professional services team who could cleanse this data efficiently.

This fight is unfortunately becoming extremely one sided.

scalability

Throughout this bout there hasn’t been much of a competition. It has exposed some of Sage’s key weakness but the biggest weakness is still to be exposed. Scalability. You can read our blog devoted to this topic here, but for the interests of this blog, let me explain. Sage has a limitation to the number of users per instance. So for example, Sage 200 can only have 200 employees on its servers before you have to change your system entirely. This is not an issue with NetSuite, which is designed with scalability in mind and provides businesses with the same single interface as they grow. There is only one version of the software and with upgrades twice a year, it will always remain right up-to-date, giving companies the peace of mind they will not get with another option.

The key to every good fighter is a good trainer, or training system, in place supporting the fighter. As highlighted in some parts of this blog, NetSuite can require a good professional services team to make it work for your business. That is exactly what happens when you deal with 3EN. You get the whole package. 

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