For small business users, Sage Line 50 was likely an attractive choice, as it provides many of the tools needed to organise a company’s finances, including taking care of payroll issues and dealing with invoicing. However, if you are a growing business, you may be starting to realise that you are ready for an upgrade.
While the features available from the starter package offered as Sage Line 50 are well-suited to smaller firms, as they grow they will find themselves running up against the limitations of the system. As the number of employees, projects, locations, items and currencies increases, businesses will realise their software isn’t able to support this and will be looking for an alternative solution.
Scalability, support for new business processes, and advanced reporting are all areas in which businesses may find Sage 50 no longer meets their evolving needs. So if your business is suffering from any of these problems, then it might be time to ask yourself the following questions:
Is your solution up to date?
One of the issues with Sage is that it has not really adapted to take into account the new ways in which companies do business with each other, particularly the goal of providing a “Self Service” experience to both suppliers and customers, with many of the core Sage features unchanged for many years. Its proprietary flat-file database can make it difficult to find the information users need in a timely fashion, while major upgrades often require users to start from scratch with their customisation and re-implement the same system.
NetSuite, by contrast, has been built from the ground up to take advantage of the latest web architecture. With powerful, real-time dashboards – which can be customised for any role or individual – it’s easy for anyone to see the information they need at a glance. And with regular, managed and automatic updates it also ensures users can be confident that they have the latest version of the software without having to worry about any customisation or integrations being affected.
Does the performance suffer as you add more users?
The chances are that as a business adds users with access to their accounting software, this will have an impact on performance as Sage 50 will start to struggle to cope with this demand. As the number of concurrent users grows beyond what the small business software has been designed to handle, this may lead to delays, data-loss and a myriad of other issues that are a detriment to business performance.
But with NetSuite, the scalability of the cloud-based system means none of these issues will apply. Organisations will always be able to access the resources they need to support their entire business – no matter how many users they add or where these individuals are located.
Can you easily track how your business is performing?
One area where Sage 50 might particularly fall short as a business’ size and complexity grows is how it handles auditing, reporting and analytics. As the system is not set up to give users a single view of their entire business, firms may well find it difficult to get an accurate picture – unlike with NetSuite’s fully-integrated tools that will compile real-time accurate reports on-demand. By integrating your business processes, you can get a comprehensive view of your business and make better informed decisions.
How easy is it to carry out simple business processes?
Growing businesses may also find it a time-consuming and tricky process to conduct even simple activities in Sage 50 due to its lack of a graphical workflow editor to automate back-office operations. NetSuite, on the other hand, comes with a range of tools to automate everyday business processes and makes the completion of many tasks as simple as making a few clicks.
If you would like to find out more about how NetSuite would help support your growing business, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team of experts.
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