Selecting the right ERP for a business takes some careful consideration. SMBs, in particular, have a lot of factors to consider when choosing an ERP, including how much ‘bang’ it brings in and for how just how many bucks. You must also consider scalability and the 3 to 5-year realities ahead for a growing company. Acumatica often comes up in discussions around ERP with its full-service, cloud-based design. Sage Intacct is also often at the head of the pack with choosing an ERP, thanks to its robust financial management capabilities. How do Acumatica versus Sage Intacct compare, though, and which is the right choice for your business? Let’s take a deeper look at each of these ERP solutions and their feature sets.
What approach does each solution take to the design and delivery of ERP? Acumatica is at its heart an ERP system, with a full feature suite of ERP functions, built-in support for financials and other business silos, and customized versions for particular industries, including manufacturing, distribution, retail, and more.
Sage Intacct is at its heart a financial management solution. Its inherent architecture is not oriented on ERP; rather, the company relies on third-party software to introduce this functionality to its core offering. For example, if you want CRM functionality included in Sage Intacct, as well, you will need to purchase separate software, too.
Both Acumatica and Sage Intacct are fully cloud-based solutions, giving a business a simple way to access and share data and enhance collaboration across various silos at a company. Some businesses, however, have to be extra-cautious with data and security and, for this reason, may want either a private cloud or hybrid cloud alternative. Only Acumatica goes this one step further, offering on premises and hybrid deployments that may be the safest bet for companies handling sensitive data.
Licensing and TCO
Regarding licensing, both Acumatica and Sage Intacct offer subscription licensing, allowing you to pay for the software as an ongoing business/operating expense. For companies that prefer the benefits of an upfront capital expense, however, Acumatica is the only option, as they offer a “perpetual” license that includes an upfront one-time cost along with an annual maintenance fee.
As to the Total Cost of Ownership of either? Well, it depends on how your business scales in the coming years and how many add-ons you might need with Sage Intacct. If the robust financials at the heart of Sage satisfy your needs and you don’t need to go much beyond that, your TCO with Sage would be manageable. If full-service ERP is your goal, scaling up to additional software and third-party add-ons can ratchet up costs. Finally, if your 3 to 5-year forecast is predicting sizeable growth at your business, including adding more staff, Sage’s per user fee structure may become cost-prohibitive. Acumatica, as a full-service ERP, includes what you need upfront and won’t charge you for extras. And since it charges by computer power used and not by user, you will have room to grow in your budget as you bring on new staff.
With these details, you can hopefully dial in on whether Acumatica versus Sage Intacct works best for you. At the end of the day in the Acumatica versus Sage Intact debate, it comes down to your business’ scale and specific structure. What experiences have you had as a business with either of these solutions? Do you have some tips and tricks from your own search for ERP? Chime in below. Want even more detail on how to look for the right ERP? Head over to our Smart ERP buying guide to find out more about this transformational solution and what it can do for your business.