Sage 300 is described as a best of breed advanced software system for small to medium sized businesses. Sage 300 is an attractive option for companies who have outgrown their entry level basic accounting system, be that cloud or on-premise.
Generally speaking the basic systems don’t perform adequately as a business grows as they lack controls, usually don’t manage multiple stock locations very well or at all and don’t manage larger data volumes that more users typical create. They also fail to manage more sophisticated business processes relying on third party systems for functionality bets handled in a single system and not across two or more system. Integration is also often quite clumsy leading to unnecessary administrative overhead to maintain the connections.
A Sage 300 system suits companies who have outgrown their entry level basic accounting system but whose size and business sophistication does not support an investment in the more expensive and elaborate software for mid-sized enterprises.
Sage 300 can optionally include Sage CRM which is deeply embedded in Sage 300 delivering a 360 degrees view of the business. Sage 300 is available in four suites differentiated by maximum user counts and functionality. It is the one system however so upgrades are simply a licences switch. It is sold in bundled suites with a huge quantity of optional modules available to meet specific business needs. What was once a strength is now a cost impediment as a number of product features considered standard in competitor products are add on modules for Sage 300.
The addition of one or multiple optional modules from Sage or the extensive global network of Sage 300 developers means that the core Sage 300 system can be solution designed to meet various industry needs outside the capabilities offered in the core system. For instance together Technisoft Service Manager, Sage 300 & Sage CRM create a brilliant best of breed solution for technical services companies. A whole host of options exist across discrete and process manufacturing, eCommerce, point of sale, warehousing and projects and job costing businesses.
The Sage 300 screens have been largely rewritten to permit Web client access albeit the latest release labelled 2018 is still a work in progress with respect to Web screens. Sage 300 can be purchased under a perpetual license agreement or subscribed to. It’s licensing and technology supports both a private cloud or on premise deployment.
The Key Competitive Strengths of Sage 300 is the functional depth of the system. For a system developed for small to medium sized businesses Sage 300 offers deep and broad functional capabilities. Sage 300 is a robust proven system with a significant market share and commercially available modules to meet almost any business requirement. It has and will continue to provide excellent long term value to existing system users but has become relatively expensive compared to SAP Business One for companies looking to move from another system. SAP Business One has closed the gap on both the technology & functional front a leadership position that Sage 300 once owned.
Sage 300’s subscription and perpetual core system pricing is competitive with other vendor solutions however the addition of add on modules, many which these days shouldn’t be add on products does often push the overall price up above competitor offerings. The annual maintenance fee for perpetual licensing is 18% p.a.
Sage 300 software
If you’re an Australian SME looking to become more efficient and profitable and you need to be competitive globally, Sage 300 is the right solution for you. Sage 300 software can deliver many of the efficiencies and benefits of a large ERP solution, at a fraction of the cost. Sage 300 software can also improve business efficiency through automation, informed decision-making and better collaboration between staff, suppliers and customers. Sage 300 automation creates options for your organisation to either reduce staffing levels or redeploy staff to income generating activities.
Sage CRM is an easy to use, affordable sales force automation tool that helps your small to medium enterprise acquire new customers, as well as retain and meet the expectations of existing customers. With Sage CRM, you can engage in a timely and meaningful manner with prospects, customers or business contacts, and enhance collaboration between teams. Sage CRM makes this possible by integration with your existing SME ERP solution, such as Sage 300 or SAP Business One. Sage CRM is a professional Customer Relationship Management solution for small to medium enterprises serious about their customers and clients.
Sage 300 Extensions
Sage 300 (formerly Sage Accpac) is one of Australia’s most respected SME ERP solutions, delivering many of the efficiencies and benefits of a large ERP solution but at a fraction of the cost. Sage 300 Extensions allow you to extend its capabilities into Business Intelligence, advanced warehouse integration, e-commerce, asset management, productivity tools, POS and service management.