SAP vs Acumatica

Sap vs Acumatica

SAP vs Acumatica

There are a number of enterprise resource planning (ERP) softwares on the market. Used by companies to manage and integrate the key aspects of their business processes onto a centralized platform, ERPs are an effective and efficient business management tool. However, all business management tools are not made the same. While they may offer a wide variety of features, how these tools benefit your company makes a world of difference. 

When you’re looking for the ideal ERP, some key questions to ask are: does this ERP offer features that are specific to my industry? Will this ERP help optimize business processes? Will the ERP software allow the company to gain valuable insight? 

Once you answer those questions, in addition to any other questions you may have, then you’ll be able to determine whether the ERP software has the tools your company needs to succeed. As mentioned above, there are many ERPs available, however our focus will remain on SAP and Acumatica. 


Founded in 1972 in Germany, SAP (which stands for Systems, Applications, and Products in Data Processing) is a multinational software corporation. Over the years, it has garnered the reputation of intelligent and powerful on-premise ERP software and is primarily built for large businesses in different industries. Those that have used SAP claim its architecture is robust, secure and customizable. 

This ERP software unifies and automates business processes across sales, service, finance, HR, procurement and manufacturing. Essentially, much like all ERPs, SAP eliminates multiple islands of information via centralization as well as optimizes operations efficiency. 


Acumatica, on the other hand, is a newer ERP software. Known for its intelligent and scalable cloud solutions, this ERP is hailed as an adaptable business management solution for growing small and midmarket businesses / organizations. Excelling in technology leadership, Acumatica has best in class business and industry functionality, and follows ethical business practices. 

This ERP software’s editions include: general business (financials, project accounting, reporting and BI), distribution, manufacturing, construction, and retail-commerce. Furthermore, the industries Acumatica servess are as follows; agriculture and farming, chemicals, construction, education, energy and utilities, equipment rental, food and beverage, government contractors, healthcare, non-profit, property management, telecommunications, transportation, as well as travel and hospitality.


Though Acumatica and SAP both follow the quote-based pricing model, there are differences between the two that are worth noting. 


SAP is offered on a price-quote basis where it can be bought as a traditional, on-premise application: licensed on a perpetual named-user basis from SAP directly or as a SAP Business All-in-One solution through a SAP reselling partner. 


Acumatica’s pricing consists of three elements:

  1. Pay based on the number of modules being implemented
  2. Pay based on the type of software license you need (Saas subscription, Private Cloud subscription, or Private Perpetual license) 
  3. Pay based on projected level of consumption (i.e. resources used, not based on number of users)


The following are the different list of features for SAP vs. Acumatica:


SAP ERP features include:

  • Procure to Pay
  • Plan to Product
  • Order to Cash
  • Request to Service
  • Core Human Resources
  • Core Finance


Acumatica ERP features include:

  • Dashboard (User defined)
  • Advanced Distribution
  • Advanced CRM
  • eCommerce Integration
  • Report Writers
  • Saas & On-premise Switching
  • Advanced Accounting
  • Inventory Control
  • Manufacturing Management
  • Financial Management
  • Project Accounting
  • Commerce Edition
  • Field Services Management


While both SAP and Acumatica can be integrated with third party apps such as Power BI, DocuSign, Salesforce, Shopify, and many others – let’s look over the ERP specific integrations available for SAP vs. Acumatica:


SAP ERP allows users to use its advanced integration options and built-in integration from SAP to connect their core suite – SAP Business Suite or SAP HANA with other SAP and third-party cloud solutions:

  • Procurement (SAP Business Suite & SAP Ariba)
    • SAP Ariba Solution integration for streamlined Source to Pay
    • SAP Ariba Procure-to-Pay integration for Self-Service procurement
  • Finance (SAP ERP & SAP Financial Services Network
    • Payment Processing
  • Sales, Marketing, and Service (SAP ERP & SAP Hybris Cloud for Sales
    • SAP Hybris Cloud for Customer integration with SAP ERP: Opportunity-to-Order
  • Human Resource (SAP Business Suite)
    • Core HR & Payroll
    • Talent Management
    • HCM Analytics


Acumatica ERP integrations include:

  • ROMYS Enterprise PSA
  • EBizCharge
  • Competera
  • WorkPlace Expense
  • WorkPlace Requisition & Procurement

Available Devices

With growing technologies, being able to safely access ERP softwares on multiple platforms is fundamental to company success. Here’s the difference for SAP vs. Acumatica when it comes down to which devices each ERP accommodates: 


  • Windows
  • Android
  • Mac
  • iPhone/iPad
  • Linux


  • Windows 
  • Mac 
  • Android
  • Web-based

Available Support

With any ERP implementation, support is unnecessary. Here are the differences for SAP vs. Acumatica when it comes to the type of available support post implementation: 


  • Email
  • Phone
  • Live Support
  • Tickets


  • Email
  • Phone
  • Training

SAP vs Acumatica: ERP Partners

As with anything, both SAP and Acumatica have their fair share of pros and cons. However, it is important to note that both softwares are quite different from one another. Acumatica is an ideal choice for small to mid-sized companies (SMBs) that are slowly growing and are being anticipated to continue growing over the next few years. SAP, on the other hand, is ideal for enterprises.

But if you are looking to go towards the cloud (which has been dubbed a future-proof platform, i.e. never dying platform) then your best bet is Acumatica. In addition to providing real time data and valuable insight, it is just as scalable as SAP – so you won’t face issues when your company grows and expands. 

Reach out to Bista Solutions for additional information on SAP vs. Acumatica. Not only do the developers at Bista have the knowledge and skillset, we would only ever recommend the best ERP solution for your company. Based in the United States and operating across North America, we have over 350 successful ERP implementations under our belt. So whether you’re curious about a specific ERP or want to implement an ERP like Acumatica, connect with us today.