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Get off the start line with Sage 200

Get Off the Start Line: Sage 200 Standard vs Professional

Written by Beth Martin-Brand

Confused about Sage 200? You are not alone! But you would never buy a car without knowing what you are getting, so we have done the hard work for you by comparing the two available versions of Sage 200.

Maybe you’re a small-medium sized business using an entry level accounting system such as Xero or QuickBooks.

Or perhaps you’re stuck on a legacy system that either has or will become end-of-life, such as Sage 50 or 300 or Microsoft Dynamics NAV. (If you’re currently a Sage 50 user, see your options here).

You may have heard of Sage 200, but you are unsure as to which version would be the best for your business.

As a bit of background, Sage 200 was previously known as Sage 200 Extra, and there are two versions of the product: Standard and Professional. But how do I know which one is right for me, you ask? Not everyone is an ERP guru, so let us break it down for you.

Sage 200 Standard vs Professional? What’s the difference?

Let’s start with Sage 200 Standard. Don’t underestimate by the word “standard” here – the functionality it can bring your business is far from it.

Sage 200 Standard is entirely cloud-based. This means that it sits in the cloud and is managed by Sage. The clear advantage here is that you can access the software anywhere, anytime and on any device. You also won’t be paying those pesky server maintenance fees!

In comparison, Sage 200 Professional provides the best of both worlds. You can choose between outsourcing to a private cloud infrastructure as a hosted Managed Service or opt to have the software on-premise. Some businesses feel more comfortable with the latter, particularly if they are highly regulated and prefer their data to remain in-house.

What about functionality?

Sage 200 Standard and Professional are essentially the same software and very similar when it comes to typical financial functions.

The only difference is that Sage 200 Professional has additional functionality available such as CRM, Project Accounting, Manufacturing and Business Intelligence. This makes it fully customisable, whereas Sage 200 Standard has the ‘out-of-the-box’ financial modules which is more than adequate for many SMEs.

Think of it as both systems having the same engine but the one has the option to have leather seats and sport mode.

Staying on the custom theme – Sage 200 Professional also allows add-ons from third-party developers. We work closely with a wide range of partners to help enhance our customers’ experience with Sage 200 from expense management to advanced stock control.

Take a look at what we do with our partners.

Why should I move to Sage 200?

You may be making do on an entry level accounting solution such as QuickBooks or Xero, or you are currently using a legacy Sage product such as Sage 50 or Sage 300, and you are looking for the next step on the ERP ladder.

You may find yourself frustrated at the lack of functionality of your current entry level system, for example:

  • You need more detailed reports and better insights
  • You have other systems that you need to integrate with
  • Basic processes are taking up a lot of your time
  • You want more automation
  • You have multiple locations

You may also be aware that, in 2019, the government made it essential for businesses and organisations to maintain digital accounting records and to use a compatible software product to submit updates and returns to HMRC – better known as Making Tax Digital (MTD).

You’ll be pleased to know that all of our Sage products are MTD compliant, taking the weight off your shoulders.

Get a full breakdown of features

For more details on what features come with each solution, download our comparison table here

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Which version should I choose?

In short, it entirely depends on what your business requirements are.

If you are a business that requires BOM and advanced stock control, Sage 200 Professional may be the right choice for you.

If you are a business that wants to take control of your finances and reporting, then Sage 200 Standard could be for you.

Acuity has been a Sage Partner for around 30 years now and has helped numerous businesses implement Sage solutions that best fit their needs and requirements.

Sometimes it’s difficult to decide which car (or in this case, Sage solution) is going to be right for you – but that’s where we come in.

If in doubt, get in touch and we’d be more than happy to advise! If you would like to speak with one of our Sage 200 experts, you can request a free call back below.

Still not sure?

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