Odoo vs. Sage
There are several moving components to a business and how well these components work together determine the efficiency of the company – and ultimately its success. Much like those moving parts, there are a plethora of business management softwares on the market. Business management is key to business success, because it allows you to measure, track and manage those components. It also provides integrated management of main business processes, with the sole purpose to improve or increase organizational efficiency. So where does Odoo vs. Sage fall on the broad spectrum of ERPs?
Let’s take a look at them individually before comparing their similarities and differences.
What is Sage?
As mentioned above, before diving into the differences between Odoo vs. Sage, let’s look at what Sage is. Sage is a business management software designed for small and medium-sized companies. It has a true multi-tenant cloud offering, and can easily bring all of the organization’s operations together, under one enterprise management solution and database. It also has features that service enterprise-level corporations, though it’s main functionality tools revolve around accounting, sales, purchasing and inventory management.
Sage is divided into four ERPs, all of which have different features and functionalities that can cater to different business types and needs.
Sage 100 Cloud
- Sage 100 Cloud is the ideal choice for companies who need management solutions like Quickbooks and Excel spreadsheets – however, this ERP can be deployed on the cloud and on-premises. Its core features include it being used across multiple sites, across different nations, and it is extremely useful for those seeking financial management tools, production management, materials management (MRP/BOM), sales order management (SOM), supply chain management and more. Its architecture is based on SOA and SaaS, but the one thing it doesn’t really cater to is customer relationship management.
Sage 300 Cloud
- This version, on the other hand, offers all the functionalities that the Sage 100 Cloud does, as well as the customer relationship management (CRM) tool. With no visible limitations, and the same architecture as the Sage 100, Sage 300 is ideal for all companies across various industries.
- The Sage Intact version isn’t available on-premises, though it remains consistently current. Its architecture falls under hosted cloud and its core features revolve around financial management and customer relationship management. While this may seem underwhelming compared to the versions above, this ERP provides the agility one may need in order to grow their business. It not only comes with a best-in-class cloud financial management system that’s complete with built-in industry-specific functionality – it also provides instant visibility into operational and financial insight via its real-time dashboards and multi-dimensional analysis. Sage Intact’s limitation is that it does not have certain modules, nor does it offer full-scale manufacturing features.
Sage X3 ERP
- Probably the most expensive of the lot, the Sage X3 ERP is on the .NET platform. Much like the Sage 100, its core features include everything apart from one: supply chain management. This version helps your business thrive and stay competitive by providing users with the information they need to serve their customers better. Not only does Sage X3 help streamline your core processes, it also offers quality control, eliminates inefficiencies across the organization and helps your company adapt to the industry’s best practices. Its only limitation is that it’s not suited for companies that generate less than 10 million in annual revenue.
What is Odoo?
Unlike Sage, Odoo doesn’t go by different names – just different versions. Furthermore, it is split into two types of editions: the Community edition which offers free and open-sourced apps, and the Enterprise edition where apps are licensed and shared source. Within both editions lie thousands of apps you can choose from. Not only are there apps for every industry, Odoo’s open-source apps allow developers to tailor the implementation to best fit your company’s needs.
Whether you are looking to boost your sales, integrate your services, streamline your operations, manage your finances, amplify your marketing, build a website, and so forth – you will find what you need. You can even find apps based on the department of your business as well. For example, the Human Resources apps include apps created to facilitate recruitment, to manage employees work hours, and more.
Essentially, the Odoo ERP combines a suite of business management software tools that can be used company-wide, across small and mid-sized businesses. Furthermore, if you are already using a specific software (i.e. Quickbooks or WooCommerce and such) you can have it integrated into Odoo in order to eliminate multiple islands of information and be “in-the-know” about your company’s operations. Being aware of what’s going on allows you to track trends, make decisions and ultimately, optimize your business processes.
Odoo vs. Sage Key Points
Now that we have established what each ERP is, let’s dive into some of their features and compare the difference between the two.
Odoo vs. Sage | Features
- When we look through the basic modules such as Sales, Accounting and Finance, Marketing, Warehouse Management, Manufacturing, Purchase, Services and Projects, Human Resources, Usability and Productivity, and more – Odoo excels on all fronts. This is not to say the Sage doesn’t hold its own with certain apps and features, however Odoo is rated superior and has more to offer in comparaison.
Odoo vs. Sage | Pricing
- Sage: Billed annually, Sage’s monthly pricing is $150 per month per user
- Odoo: Billed monthly or annually, Odoo’s monthly pricing is $25 per month per user
As you can see, Odoo holds leverage by being cheaper than its counterpart. Additionally, Odoo offers features such as a free trial, free updates, upgrades to future versions, hosting and maintenance as well as customer support (technical and functional). While Sage does offer those same features, it doesn’t allow users to embark on a free trial.
Odoo vs. Sage | Implementation
- When it comes down to the implementation, both Odoo and Sage can be implemented via a local partner. However the process of the implementation varies significantly, and so do the costs. Sage’s pricing for implementation varies case by case, while Odoo has a standard range (between $2,100 to $5,500).
Odoo vs. Sage | Offers
- Sage’s offers usually cover one year, however Odoo’s default offers are monthly, offer a discount with a yearly contract and require no commitment.
Odoo vs. Sage | Final Notes
Needless to say, both software’s come with their quirks and perks. At the end of the day, the choice of ERP boils down to what your company needs. At Bista Solutions, our team has the expertise to assess your company’s gaps and pain points in order to recommend the best solution. In fact, our ERP consultants have the knowledge and experience to come up with solutions that are both industry-specific and tailored to your business’ needs.
If you are still conflicted with Odoo vs. Sage, consider this – Odoo is more economical and adaptable, while Sage has one of four options, at different price-points, to choose from. If you are starting out and are looking for an affordable yet effective ERP solution, Odoo might be the most optimal choice. Not only does it have thousands of free apps, each open-sourced app can be customized to fit your business and not the other way around.
Bista Solutions has been named Odoo’s Best Partner USA in 2015, 2016 and 2018, and is considered to be the Best Odoo Gold Partner. This means we know our way around Odoo and can help you however you need it.
So if you are still curious about Odoo and Sage or have more questions about the two ERPs, simply schedule your free consultation with us today. Allow us to clarify the differences between Odoo vs. Sage while centralizing your business processes and contributing to your company’s growth by improving the overall efficiency.