What are the Differences between Sage 50 and Sage 200?


Sage 50 and Sage 200 are both market leading accounts software in their respective target markets. Sage 50 Accounts is great for small sized businesses or start-ups, whilst Sage 200 is ideal for larger SME’s or medium sized enterprises, Sage 200 is highly configurable, scalable and flexible and is a popular choice for companies who have outgrown Sage 50.

Sage 50cloud is available for up to 20 users and can handle up to 1.5 million financial transactions, whilst Sage 200 allows up to 50 desktop users (or 100 web users), and because it uses a Microsoft SQL database it can handle up to 9 million transactions, with great performance.

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.

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Sage 50 to Sage 200

Sage 200 Vs Sage 50 Feature Comparison

Both Sage 50 and Sage 200 will enable you to take control of your business finances, the products are intuitive and easy to use and have many innovative features. Sage 50 is ideal for small companies and start-ups who want basic accounting software features.

Sage 200 offers advanced financial management features and its modular approach allows you to tailor the solution to fit the exact needs of your business.

This guide shows the difference in features

Sage 50 Intro

Sage 50Cloud Features

  • Manage income, cash flow, expenses and payments
  • Connect to your bank account for easy reconciliation
  • Create quotes and professional looking invoices
  • Seamless integration with Office 365
  • Basic stock and product information
  • Financial reports
  • Create purchase orders and sales orders
  • Trade in multiple currencies
  • Manage multiple departments and budgets
  • Up to 20 users
  • Up to 1.5 million transactions

For further information on the features found in Professional.

Sage 50 Customer Success Case Study – DPR Motorsports

British motorsports company DPR shows its winning streak with Sage 50. DPR has built thirty of the top-performing cars in the Caterham Motorsport Championships. Operations are split between the workshop and the main UK racetracks.

Thanks in part to Sage 50, DPR is excelling. The company has developed a winning formula for business success based on a deep understanding of the customer and a firm commitment to team excellence.

DPR Motorsports uses Sage 50 to keep a close eye on its business both on and off the race track, with powerful stock and inventory management updated in real-time from any race location, plus simple but effective bank reconciliation that provides improved financial transaction accuracy.

We could not run our business without Sage, efficiently or otherwise.”

“When customers ask you a question, you’ve got to be able to provide the answers. Recording the customer data in Sage gives you the ability to get the information out accurately.”

Derrick Rowe, CFO, DPR Motorsports

Sage 50 Customer Success Case Study – DPR Motorsports

Sage 200cloud Features

  • Advanced financial management
  • Highly customisable
  • Superior database performance, uses Microsoft SQL
  • Four key nominal ledgers in Sage 200 Financials
  • Manage complex business processes
  • 3 tier nominal structure
  • Supply chain management – Commercials
  • Microsoft Office 365 integration
  • Advanced multicurrency functionality
  • Control financial periods
  • Integration with CRM
  • Powerful reporting and dashboards
  • Project management module
  • Batch/Serial number processing
  • Control financial periods
  • Multiple warehouses
  • Manufacturing module
  • Bill of materials
  • Ideal for medium sized companies or fast growing businesses
  • Sales, marketing and service
  • Up to 20 analysis codes for additional reporting purposes
  • Up to 9 million transactions

For more information on whether to upgrade from to Sage 200cloud.

Sage 200 Overview

Is Sage 50 Right For My Business?

Sage 50cloud (previously known as 50c and line 50) is targeted for SME businesses and has over 400,000 businesses using it in the UK. The software enables you to take control of your business finances, from managing income, cash flow, expenses and payments to submitting VAT returns online to HMRC.

There are two versions of Sage 50cloud:

  • Sage 50 Standard is an entry level simple desktop accounting solution (also available online in the Cloud) with invoicing and cashflow management for just one company and one user.
  • Sage 50 Professional is a more powerful Cloud and desktop accounting solution with more advanced features, up to 20 users, and the ability to manage accounts for unlimited companies, more info..

Sage 200 Customer Success Case Study - Playdale

Playdale Playgrounds is in the business of delivering fun. Playdale prides itself on designing exciting, innovative and educational playgrounds, with Sage 200 powering everything behind the scenes.

From improved customer satisfaction rates, an 18% reduction in costs from defects, to a 22% increase in quote conversion, Playdale continues to grow.

“Fundamentally, Sage is the ‘business master operating system.’ It powers how we communicate with our customers in CRM, how we quote our products, how we process our orders, and in production, how we plan for materials and resources.”

Barry Leahey MBE, Managing Director, Playdale

Sage 200 Customer Success Case Study - Playdale

Further enhance functionality and features by adding apps.

If you feel that you are outgrowing Sage 50 or find that it does not offer sufficient features in a certain area there is a wide range of apps that can enhance the software, see the app market place.

Popular apps include:

  • Sage 50 Company credit check – using Credit Safe. An Application that empowers you to check businesses credit ratings, at the click of a button from within Sage 50, read more…
  • Credit Hound is a powerful credit control software which works to help reduce late payments and helps customers to manage cash flow, reduce bad debt and encourage more payments to come in on time, read more..
  • Amazon Sage 50 Integration - provides seamless synchronisation between Sage and Amazon making the fulfilment of sales quicker and making your business more efficient, read more…
  • Salary and Supplier Payments - Salary and Supplier Payments powered by Modulr simplifies the process of paying employees and suppliers by allowing you to do it from within your Sage software, read more..

Is Sage 200 Right For My Business?

Sage 200cloud (previously known as MMS and Extra) was developed to provide a highly customisable modular product aimed at larger SME’s and medium sized businesses, typically with 10-200 employees and companies that are growing. The Sage 200 accounting software is highly flexible and scalable and has five core modules.

  • Financials
  • Commercials
  • Manufacturing
  • Project Accounting
  • Business Intelligence

There are two versions of Sage 200, Standard and the Professional version. Standard is only available in the Cloud, whilst Sage 200 Professional can be deployed on your own servers (on-premise licence) or used online in the Cloud.

The system can be further enhanced or made a better fit for different industry verticals by adding apps, add-ons and integration tools, details can be found on the Sage 200 app marketplace.

Why Choose AlphaLogix – Organise a Demo

If you would like to learn more about the differences between Sage 200 and Sage 50, our specialists will organise a demonstration for your business via the web or at your offices. We will also organise fully justified costs and pricings for both systems.

Call us today to organise a demo on 020 8050 3216 or email us at info@alphalogix.co.uk. We will help you through every step of the implementation process, including training and support.

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