Sage 50 vs Sage X3

Comparison of Sage 50 Accounts and Sage X3 ERP

What are the Differences between Sage 50 and Sage X3?

Sage 50 Accounts is one of the UK’s bestselling accounts software for small businesses whilst Sage X3 is a leading Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software suite targeted towards medium sized and larger more established businesses, there are many differences in functionality and product capabilities between Sage 50 and Sage X3.

The Sage X3 solution is very flexible and scalable and can be accessed via the Cloud or as on-premise software. The Sage X3 system is multi-entity, multi-currency, multi-country and is typically used in the industry verticals for process manufacturing, discrete manufacturing, distribution, chemicals, food and beverage and services.

Sage 50 Accounts (previously known as Sage 50 Cloud) is a great fit for smaller businesses or start-ups to help manage their accounting and finances yet it does not have the flexibility or scalability of Sage X3 ERP.

Contact us on 0330 043 0140 or email us at to discuss the differences between Sage 50 and Sage X3, or to organise a free consultation call on the best Sage solution for your business.

Sage 50 Vs Sage X3 Feature Comparison

Both Sage X3 and Sage 50 have a wide range of accounting and finance features that will enable you to take control of your business finances and automate accounting processes, but each system has different features and different additional software modules.

Sage 50 Professional Key Software Features

  • Manage Cashflow, Income, Expenses and Payments
  • Create Professional Invoices and Quotes
  • Connect to your Bank Account
  • Manage VAT & submit online returns to HMRC
  • Powerful Reporting and Dashboards
  • Track and Manage Stock
  • Manage Multiple Departments and Budgets
  • Create Sales and Purchase Orders
  • Trade in Multiple Currencies
  • Track Project Income, Expenses and Profit
  • Fixed Assets register

Sage X3 Key Features and Modules

Sage X3 has a core financials module which all other modules feed information into. The three key areas of the software consist of Financials Management, Production Management and Supply Chain Management.

Financial Management – Control your bottom line with accuracy and real-time global visibility while accommodating local operational requirements.

  • Budgets and accounting
  • Fixed assets
  • Financial reporting

Production Management – Get to market quickly and efficiently by managing all of your manufacturing processes with one solution.

  • BOM Planning
  • Shop floor data capture
  • Quality control
  • Project Management

Supply Chain Management – Keep up with demand and ensure optimal efficiency through real-time monitoring of inventory status.

  • Purchasing
  • Inventory Management
  • Sales Management
  • Customer service

Sage X3 Key Features

  • Flexible, customisable and scalable
  • Advanced financial management features
  • Multiple deployment options, Cloud & on-premise
  • Multi country, multi-currency, multi-location, multi-language
  • Strong supply chain, warehousing and distribution features
  • Process manufacturing & discrete manufacturing
  • Production and quality control
  • Customer services functionality

Strengths and Weaknesses of Sage X3

Strengths and Advantages of Sage X3

  • Highly flexible & scalable
  • Good choice for Process manufacturing businesses and distribution
  • Multiple deployment options, on-premise and Cloud
  • Advanced set of accounting and finance features
  • Powerful ERP software solution designed for medium sized businesses and international manufacturers

Weaknesses or Disadvantages of Sage X3

  • It can require a lot of customisation and is not used out of the box
  • Typical implementation costs can be much higher than Sage 50
  • Implementation times can be long, but depends on your requirements
  • Not normally used by SMB’s (Small to medium sized businesses) or for businesses moving from Sage 50
  • Can be complex to use when compared to other Sage accounting solutions

Strengths and Weaknesses of Sage 50 Accounts

Strengths and Advantages of Sage 50

  • Easy to use and intuitive
  • Good range of basic accounting and finance features
  • Great choice for smaller businesses or start-ups
  • Multiple deployment options, on-premise and Cloud
  • Competitively priced and costs much less than Sage X3
  • Quick to deploy and a quick ROI

Weaknesses and Disadvantages of Sage 50

  • Not as flexible or scalable when compared to Sage X3
  • No additional modules available for specific areas of the business
  • Not very good at automating complex accounting processes
  • It is not targeted towards mid-sized companies or large enterprises who require a system that grows with them

Contact AlphaLogix – Organise a Consultation Call

If you would like to learn more about the differences between Sage 50 and Sage X3 contact us today to organise a free consultation call or meeting on 0330 043 0140 or email us at

AlphaLogix was founded in 1995 and today we are a leading tier 1 strategic Sage Business partner in the UK for Sage 50, Sage 200 and Sage Intacct. Our Sage consultants have successfully implemented hundreds of Sage sites across the UK and we understand the need for a well-planned and smooth implementation process.

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