Our editorial review staff has tried and reviewed two popular ERP software systems, NetSuite ERP and Sage 300. This comparison is uses our hands-on experience to help you identify which solution might be better suited for your business needs.
NetSuite is typically a good fit for a wide range of businesses, from small companies to large enterprises with over 10,000 employees. It’s an adaptable system that can effectively cater to finance, operations, sales, service, and HR needs. ANd hundreds of third-party add-ons expand the overall functionality.
NetSuite ERP is well-known for its accounting and supply chain management capabilities. It offers comprehensive functionality and a mature, cloud-native design. The system is highly customizable and scalable, making it a good fit for companies expecting to grow. However, due to its complexity, NetSuite may not be the best choice for startups or businesses without technical expertise.
Sage 300 tends to work best for medium-sized businesses, particularly those with a strong focus on accounting. The system is flexible enough to be used in various industries. Most of its users are based in the United States and Canada.
Sage 300 shines in its multi-currency and multi-company capabilities, making it a suitable choice for global businesses. Its robust financial module is a standout feature, and users can customize reports using the Sage 300 CRE Report Designer. However, the system may pose challenges for new users due to its steep learning curve. Some users report performance issues with large datasets and limited web functionality.
After careful consideration, we found that NetSuite ERP is likely the better choice for most businesses. Its advanced features, out-of-the-box functionality, and scalability make it a great fit for a wide range of business sizes and industries. However, companies with a strong focus on accounting or those operating in multiple currencies or companies may prefer the specific capabilities offered by Sage 300.
Both NetSuite and Sage 300 have a cloud-hosted deployment model, but Sage 300 also offers an on-premises option for businesses that prefer it.
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