Many businesses are moving away from Sage Line 50 and there is an abundance of reasons for this. Importantly, the need for real-time information, integration with other business systems and a user-friendly interface, has shifted the spotlight to Xero. Suddenly, Sage Line 50 appears very outdated.
“Having Xero is often one of the first major steps in the paradigm shift to
a connected world and to connected apps” – Phil Oakley
Integration is key to running a successful business. Xero’s software improves visibility by connecting to e-commerce stores and stock management software, as well as CRM software and reporting tools. Sage Line 50 offers some integration, but not to the same extent as Xero.
Ease of Use
Forget complicated jargon – Xero is user-friendly. It allows you to understand your accounts without having to be familiar with accounting language and practices. Sage Line 50 was predominantly made for use by accountants, not SMEs, and does not have the ease of use and support that Xero does.
Sage Line 50 is a desktop accounting software that focuses on giving a historic and backward-looking view of your information. Xero, on the other hand, is focused on real-time information, meaning that you are always up-to-date with your accounts. Xero enables you to always be in the know with complete visibility of your accounts.
Sage Line 50 tends to be sold as a 1 company 1 user initial license and they charge for any additional users. In comparison, Xero allows for multiple users, who are all able to access Xero at the same time with data being updated in the background. This means that you can give your accountant access, as well as all your staff members.
Work wherever you want when you use Xero. Access your information through your web browser or mobile app. Have the ability to view your accounts from anywhere, this allows you more freedom and flexibility when you are busy running a business.
By contrast, Sage Line 50 is very restrictive when it comes to access on the go – it doesn’t allow for flexibility. Your data and numbers would sit on your office computer and so you would need to be in the office to view them.
Working in the cloud with Xero allows for a seamless operation. Xero updates, for example, are done in the background while you work – without causing any disruption to your workflow. Sage Line 50 updates, however, need to be done manually and so work is brought to a halt while they are being carried out. This also means that you may not always be using the most recent version of the software.
Xero is ahead of the game when it comes to secure processes. As it is a cloud-based system, Xero ensures your data is protected by continually testing for potential breaches and compromises. They also provide ‘Internet Banking’ levels of encryption, biometric systems and 24/7 onsite security guards. Your data is held in multiple locations for real-time protection and is backed up daily. Sage Line 50, in comparison, has very little to offer with regard to securing data. When you use Sage Line 50 you take on the responsibility of securing your data from hardware failures, theft or even data corruption from power surges.
In summary, Sage Line 50 is a great tool for existing accountants that do not travel and have existing knowledge of accounting. Xero, on the other hand, was designed through and through to be used by small business owners, as it is user-friendly and progressive and Xero offers unlimited support – taking away the confusion and frustration and giving you more control.