Our editorial review staff has put two popular ERP solutions to the test: Sage 50cloud Accounting and Dynamics 365 Business Central. We’ve demoed and reviewed both of these products to provide an in-depth comparison that’s based on personal experience.
Sage 50cloud Accounting, developed by Sage, is a solid accounting solution that caters primarily to small and mid-size companies, specifically those with 1-500 employees. Sage 50c is especially beneficial for businesses in the construction, distribution, and manufacturing sectors due to its industry-specific reporting features.
However, it falls short with its dated user interface, poor inventory management, and lack of remote data access without an additional add-on.
Developed by Microsoft, Dynamics 365 Business Central is a versatile ERP solution that integrates seamlessly with other Microsoft applications. It’s best suited for small to midsize businesses that operate in the manufacturing, retail, healthcare, financial services, nonprofit, and professional services industries.
Business Central automates recurring tasks like invoicing and reporting, and it supports multi-currency and multi-language features. On the downside, it may not be the best fit for businesses with complex manufacturing needs. It may require extensive training, and the setup can be tedious.
After our review, we believe Dynamics 365 Business Central is likely the better choice for most businesses. It offers a more user-friendly interface, robust integrations with other Microsoft applications, and automated features that can save businesses significant time and effort.
However, if your business prioritizes powerful job costing and industry-specific reporting, Sage 50cloud Accounting might be the preferred choice. It has an accountant-first approach, which financial professionals may find intuitive.
Take a look at our roundup of the best ERP software to explore more options.