Do Companies Still Use Sage? Debunking the Myth of Outdated Systems

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Business software is a crowded market. Its players are changing all the time – so it’s no wonder myths are common.

One of the big ones – at least if you believe the search engines – is about Sage 200, and whether it’s old.

Controversial – especially coming from us!

But as a company who have been working with Sage for the past 10 years – and who are continuing to be involved in its future development – we’d like to humbly argue for the other side.

So, in this blog post, we’re going to highlight the reasons why Sage isn’t outdated – and that you shouldn’t disregard it just because of that reputation.

The Evolution of Sage Software

Sage 200 has gone through many a transformation over its lifetime. It began as two seperate pieces of software – Sage Line 100 and Sage MMS. They represented a complete line of accounting features for mid-sized businesses, meaning they were a natural choice if you had large numbers of transactions or users.

Though the functionality of these have now been folded into Sage 200, that’s not the only evolution that there’s been. As Sage the company has grown, it has launched products that provide for businesses of all sizes, from sole traders to multinational companies – products such as Sage 50 and Sage Intacct.

Addressing Modern Business Needs

Despite its early 2000s roots, Sage 200 is a product that continually addresses the needs of businesses in the modern day.

Flexible and scalable

Sage 200 recognises that successful businesses are never static. Yet, you probably don’t have the finances to invest in new, bigger software every financial year – which is why Sage 200 grows with you.

Its system is made up of core financials modules and optional extras you can add when you need them. And the deployment is flexible too – letting you collaborate in real time across applications and departments.

Integration as standard

One big way in which Sage has kept up with the requirements of modern businesses is through its thousands of integrations. Many of these are available in Sage’s Marketplace, but one of its most useful integrations is included with the software itself.

Sage 200 offers integration with Microsoft Outlook 365, Word 365, and Excel 365 – letting you access emails, edit files and build customisable templates, directly in the Sage 200 interface.

Customisation Options

Accounting software that can’t fit a user’s needs is never destined to last long. Sage 200 is easy to customise – and we’re not just talking about the modules.

You can also change how your reports appear depending on who sees them – making it so that different members of your team can focus on the metrics that matter to them.

And if you need specific functions for industries, Sage has that too, whether it’s Manufacturing, CRM, or Automation.

Advantages Over Competitors

Sage software also has a number of advantages over other accounting software options. As you can see from the tables below, Sage offers more than just the core accounting features, letting companies do more, with accessible support.

Core cloud accounting features
Telephone support
Audit trails
Unlimited users
Unlimited transactions
Advanced views for accountants and bookkeepers
Built-in GDPR compliance
Core cloud accounting features
Telephone support
Submit CIS returns for free
Unlimited chart of accounts
Unlimited transactions
Audit trails
Advanced views for accountants and bookkeepers

How Sage Stays Ahead in the Industry

Take one look at our archive of Sage resources, and you’ll see that Sage updates their software pretty regularly. What’s more, these releases don’t happen in isolation from its users – the Sage 200 Ideas Portal lets them submit ideas for improvements, and upvote those made by others.

At the time of writing, over 230 ideas from the Ideas Portal have been implemented into Sage 200 software. Its evolution is constant, and is being directly impacted by the people that use it – meaning its features will always suit your needs, however much they change.

So back to the main question – overall, is Sage outdated? Well, it certainly has a heritage – years of development have led to the products we have today. But don’t confuse that for it being over the hill. For example, Sage 200 has many features that make it an invaluable tool for businesses wanting to invest in their future. This flexibility – combined with its user-centric approach – makes it a great for a modern company.

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