What are the alternatives to Sage 50?

Sage 50 accounts is not the only accounting software option for businesses in the UK, Sage have other finance systems available to help you manage your finances and accounts, including Sage 200, Sage Intacct and Sage Accounting for small businesses and sole traders.

Sage 50 is widely used as an entry level accounts system by small to medium sized companies because of its ease of use, functionality and reliability yet many businesses require an accounting system that is more configurable, scalable and can be used in the Cloud.

Common triggers for Sage 50 customers to migrate to another Sage accounting system:

  • Company growth or consolidation
  • More complex business processes
  • A requirement for more depth of functionality such as – Management reporting and Business Intelligence
  • Advanced handling of foreign currency
  • Control over financial periods
  • Storing stock in multiple warehouses
  • Batch\serial number processing
  • Multiple business entities and departments
  • Integrated CRM functionality
  • An increased need for customisation of systems
  • A specialism in a vertical market
  • The need to move your accounts system onto the Cloud

In our experience there are usually a number of reasons driving the need to move to a different system i.e. not simply a need for a system that accommodates more users or larger volume of transactions.

Alternative Product Guides

Sage 200

Sage 200 was designed to be the natural progression for Sage 50 users to upgrade to when they had outgrown their existing software, or due to business growth they needed a more scalable accounting solution.

Sage 200 is highly configurable and flexible and is a popular choice for companies who have outgrown Sage 50, and because it uses a Microsoft SQL database it can handle vast amounts of transactions, with great performance.

The Sage 200 modules include Sage 200 Financials, Commercials, Manufacturing, BI, Bill of Materials (BOM), Project accounting and Sage 200 CRM.

Modules Available for both Standard and Professional:

Additional Modules for Sage 200 Professional Only:

Sage 200 Product Overview - Key Features

Sage Intacct

Sage Intacct was developed in the USA is an advanced Cloud based accounting solution that can manage complex accounting processes for your business and is now available in the UK. The software was initially developed by Intacct Corporation in 1999 and it was acquired by Sage in 2017 for $850 million.

Sage Intacct comes with Core Financials as standard, which is the central accounting software module where all other Sage Intacct modules feed financial accounting information into.

Sage Intacct Core Financials includes:

Additional software modules are purchased separately:


  • Platform services
  • Web-services API
  • Salesforce integration

Advanced Functionality:

Sage Intacct Product Overview - Key Features

Sage Business Cloud Accounting

Sage accounting (also known as Sage Business Cloud Accounting) is one of UK’s bestselling cloud accounting software for small business owners, the self-employed and sole traders. Sage accounting is an easy to use cloud-based accounting solution that gives you control over your accounts, finances, invoicing, VAT, and cash flow.

The Sage accounting software is easy to use and is hosted in the Cloud by Sage, so you do not need to install the accounts system onto your own computer as it is accessed via the web, see the comparison guide of Sage 50 versus Sage Accounting.

Contact AlphaLogix – Sage Business Partner in the UK

AlphaLogix was founded in 1995 and today we are a leading tier 1 strategic Sage Business partner in the UK. We provide a wide range of Sage professional services for businesses including help to setup your accounts system, installation, configuration, report design, integration, data migration, upgrades, add-on apps and bespoke training courses.

Contact us on 0330 043 0140 or email us at info@alphalogix.co.uk to discuss the differences between the various Sage finance systems.