Sage Intacct vs Sage Business Cloud Accounting

A Quick Overview of the Differences Between Sage Intacct and Sage Business Cloud Accounting


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What are the Differences between Sage Intacct vs Sage Business Cloud Accounting?


Sage Intacct is the market leading Cloud based accounting system for SMB’s and medium sized business, whilst Sage Business Cloud Accounting is the UK’s marketing leading Cloud accounts software for small companies, start-up’s and the self-employed.

There are many differences between Sage Intacct and Sage Business Cloud Accounting, the main difference between the two accounts systems is the level of functionality and features that they provide. The Sage Business Cloud product offer’s basic accounting functionality whilst Sage Intacct is considerably more advanced and can manage more complex accounting requirements.

Both Sage Intacct and Sage Business Cloud Accounting (previously known as Sage One) are used throughout a range of different business verticals, however Sage Intacct is used by SMB’s, medium sized businesses and larger companies who want to automate more complex financial and accounting processes.

The majority of Sage Business Cloud accounting users are small, but many of these businesses migrate to Sage Intacct when they have outgrown Sage accounting or want to move to a more sophisticated Cloud-based accounts system.

The Benefits of moving to a Cloud-based Accounting Solution such as Sage Business Cloud or Sage Intacct includes:

  • See your current financial position at any time
  • Everything is in one place
  • Work from anywhere with Internet connection
  • Access Sage Business Cloud Accounting or Sage Intacct from mobile devices with internet connection
  • Spread the cost by paying a monthly subscription fee
  • Frees up IT resources and reduces expensive IT overheads
  • The Sage Cloud-based solutions require nothing to install and is constantly updated by automatically applying software updates
  • Real time financial data is available 24/7
  • Sage Cloud security is world class and is hosted at one of Sage’s many Datacentres where you have protection against financial and accounts data loss
  • No need to invest in expensive servers or data backup hardware

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What is Sage Intacct and What is Sage Business Cloud Accounting?

What is Sage Intacct?

Sage Intacct was developed and launched by the Intacct Corporation in 1999. The software is a Cloud-based accounting solution and is available in the USA, UK, Canada, South Africa and Australia, the system is also being rapidly rolled out to new countries and territories across the globe. The Sage Group PLC acquired Intacct in 2017 for $850 million.

Sage is now the third-largest supplier of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software and the largest supplier to small and medium sized businesses, the company has over 6.2 Million customers worldwide and over 12,000 employees, and has their headquarters in Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK.

What is Sage Business Cloud Accounting?

Sage Business Cloud Accounting was officially launched in the UK and Ireland in 2011 by the Sage Group PLC, the product was then known as Sage One. It offers a set of business management software tools for accounting, payroll, time-tracking and payments, it also includes apps for use on mobile devices. Since its launch in the UK it has been launched into other Sage territories, such as USA, Canada, Australia, France, Germany and Spain and many more countries.

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Customer Case Studies for Sage Intacct and Sage Business Cloud Accounting?

One of the best ways to understand the differences between Sage Intacct and Sage Business Cloud Accounting is to see how both accounting solutions are used by real people in real businesses.

L W Cole is a SMB/medium sized business with more complex accounting requirements, whilst Roobba is a small furniture design business who want an easy to use basic accounting system. Both companies adopted a Cloud-based accounting solution in the form of Sage Intacct and Sage Business Cloud Accounting.

Sage Intacct Customer Success Case Study – L W Cole

L W Cole specialises in supplying and installing appliances to the UK house building community across England and Wales.

The company has recently grown so rapidly, it was clear its financial management processes needed an overhaul to keep up. It chose Sage Intacct for its finance and business management system.

The business needed a cloud-based system that could communicate with its existing infrastructure and fit within budget.

Before Sage Intacct, the financial outlook had to wait until the end of the month. Now, financial insights and projections can be generated at any given moment.

“I genuinely think Sage Intacct is the best finance software I’ve ever used. The depth and power of the reporting make it a stand out system”

Mike Newton – Finance Director - L W Cole (Distributors) Limited

Sage Intacct Customer Success Case Study

Sage Business Cloud Accounting Case Study – Roobba

Roobba is a design-focused furniture creator and online retailer, the company was founded by Ella Jade Bitton and Dominic Peter with a view to supplying beautiful furniture at affordable prices.

What are the Differences in Features and Functionality Between Sage Intacct and Sage Business Cloud Accounting?

Sage Intacct and Sage Business Cloud Accounting are two completely different Cloud-based accounting solutions and there is a big difference in features and functionality between the two software solutions.

Sage Business Cloud Accounting offers basic accounting features and functionality whilst Sage Intacct is an advanced feature rich Cloud accounting system that offers businesses much more flexibility and functionality than basic accounting software.

Sage Intacct is a popular choice for larger SMB’s and medium sized businesses because it can manage complex accounting processes and requirements, the system is highly configurable, flexible and scalable, and can manage virtually unlimited number of accounting transactions.

Sage Intacct Features and Functionality

The Sage Intacct product is a modular design and its core module is Sage Intacct Core Financials, which all other modules feed into. See further information on the features of Sage Intacct.

Sage Intacct Core Financials Modules and Features

  • General Ledger
  • Accounts Payable
  • Accounts Receivable
  • Cash Management
  • Order Management
  • Purchasing

Sage Intacct is an innovative and market leading system, and has scored the highest marks for Core Financials functionality for the last 5 years, according to Gartner.

Popular Additional Modules for Sage Intacct

  • Billing software
  • Fixed Assets
  • Project accounting
  • Multi-entry and global consolidations
  • Vendor payment services
  • Inventory Management
  • Advanced Reporting and Dashboards
  • Salesforce CRM Integration
  • Revenue recognition
  • Spend Management
  • Plus, much more…

For detailed information on the full range of features available in Sage Intacct.

There are a wide range of 3rd party business applications that you can add to Sage Intacct, these can be found on the Sage Marketplace website.

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Sage Business Cloud Accounting Features and Functionality

There are three different versions of Sage Business Cloud Accounting, with the Plus version being the most feature rich version, as well as the core accounting features and functionality, you can add Sage Payroll to the system.

The system offers basic accounting features and functionality which is ideally suited for small businesses, the self employed and start up’s, for a full list of features, benefits and functionality see further information.

Features in Sage Business Cloud Accounting Plus

  • Create and send invoices
  • Track what you're owed
  • Automatic bank reconciliation
  • Calculate and submit VAT
  • Supports unlimited users
  • Manage and submit CIS
  • Run reports
  • Send quotes and estimates
  • Forecast cash flow
  • Manage purchase invoices
  • Snap receipts with AutoEntry,
  • Invoice in multiple currencies
  • Manage inventory

Further features and functionality can be added to Sage Accounting by adding specific apps to the system, these can be found on Sage Marketplace.

Sage Business Cloud Payroll

You have the option to add Sage Payroll to your Sage Business Cloud subscription, Sage Payroll helps you to manage the process of paying your employees:

  • Sage Payroll enables you to run your next payroll securely, accurately and compliantly. Learn more about payroll
  • Easy to create payslips
  • Simple 4 step payroll process
  • Easy pensions filing
  • Payslips, P60s, and reporting

Sage Business Cloud Accounting

Which Product is Right for my Business, Sage Intacct or Sage Business Cloud Accounting?

Both Sage Accounting and Sage Intacct are used in a wide range of business sectors in the UK. They are however targeted towards different sized businesses, with Sage Business Cloud targeted at small companies, and Intacct targeting SMB’s, medium sized businesses and larger companies.

Is Sage Accounting Right for My Business?

The software offers basic accounting functionality at a very competitive monthly subscription price, which is popular with very small companies and the self-employed. Sage Business Cloud Accounting has a large user base in the UK and is used in a variety of business sectors including:

Typical Businesses that use Sage Accounting include:

  • Small companies
  • Start-ups
  • Self employed
  • General businesses
  • Small Retailers and food shops
  • Small Online retailers
  • Construction
  • Manufacturing
  • Not for Profits
  • Wholesalers
  • Accounting and Bookkeepers
  • Professional services
  • In fact, most business industry types use Sage Accounting

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Is Sage Intacct Right for My Business?

Sage Intacct is an award-winning market leading Cloud-based Financial Management and Accounting solution for businesses looking for an advanced feature rich solution. Sage Intacct is not only a superior Cloud-based accounts solution but it is also an ERP solution.

The software is used by virtually every business sector, business users come from a range of industries, including:

  • General business
  • Financial services
  • Healthcare
  • Technology
  • Not for Profit
  • Software as a service (SaaS)
  • Hospitality
  • Professional Services
  • Wholesale distribution
  • Accounting
  • Ecommerce
  • In fact, most business industry types use Sage Intacct

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What are the Key Strengths of Sage Business Cloud Accounting and Sage Intacct?

Sage Intacct Key Strength’s

One of the many key strengths of Sage Intacct is its wide range of innovative features and functionality that it offers. It was voted the best Core Financials Cloud Accounting product for 5 years running by Gartner.

The software also has a wide range of powerful additional modules you can add to the Sage Intacct Core Financials module.

Other Key Strength’s Include:

  • Sage Intacct Financials is the best in its class
  • Scalable and highly configurable financial management software
  • Modern Cloud based flexible architecture
  • Monthly subscription pricing model (SaaS)
  • Integration with external business applications and other Sage products
  • Achieved the highest product score in the marketplace
  • Easy to use and intuitive
  • Designed By financial experts for accounting professionals
  • Built exclusively for use in the Cloud
  • The software achieved the highest customer score in the marketplace
  • The accounting solution is extremely flexible
  • Outstanding and powerful financial reporting

Sage Intacct Powerful Reporting and Dashboards

Sage Business Cloud Accounting Key Strengths

A key strength of Sage Business Cloud Accounting is that it offers intuitive and easy to use basic accounting software for small businesses at a competitive monthly subscription fee.

The software also has tight integration with Sage Payroll so you can manage payments to employees.

You also have the choice to cancel your subscription at any time.

Moving from Sage Business Cloud Accounting to Sage Intacct

If you feel that you are outgrowing Sage Business Cloud then you might want to consider looking at Sage Intacct. Many businesses who are either growing rapidly or need a more powerful Cloud accounting system migrate to Sage Intacct.

If you could like to discuss the benefits of upgrading to Sage Intacct, request a call back and one of our Sage experts can explain the benefits and also discuss pricing.

How Much Does Sage Intacct and Sage Business Cloud Accounting Cost?

How Much Does Sage Intacct Cost?

The cost of Sage Intacct accounting software is dependent on the number of users you require and add-on Intacct modules you need for your business. Costs also vary based on the user access level you require.

As well as the cost of Sage Intacct software you will need to factor in costs for implementation, customisation, support and training.

The cost of the Sage Intacct licenses are based on a subscription only plan (SaaS) and you do not have the option to buy a perpetual version, Sage Intacct is designed to run in the Cloud only, see our Intacct pricing guide where you can request a detailed quote for your requirements.

Sage Intacct is more expensive than Sage Accounting, but it does deliver a very high return on investment and makes your business more efficient.

Sage Intacct Customers Achieve on Average

  • 250% return on investment (ROI)
  • 6 months payback
  • 65% increase in productivity

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How Much Does Sage Business Cloud Accounting Cost?

Sage Accounting has three monthly subscription pricing plans, Start, Standard and Plus. You can see the latest prices and deals on the Sage website.

Thinking of Moving to Sage Intacct - What are the Benefits of Working with a Sage Intacct Partner?

Implementing a new company wide Cloud based accounting system can be a time-consuming and difficult task. Ensuring a successful implementation outcome needs careful planning, documentation and easy access to a certified Sage Intacct Partner who have the right skillsets.

Our certified Sage consultants at AlphaLogix have successfully implemented hundreds of Sage sites across the UK and we understand the need for a well-planned and smooth implementation process so you have a much less stressful and much more successful end result.

Contact AlphaLogix to Discuss Your Sage Intacct Requirements or to Book a Meeting or Consultation Call

Implementing Sage Business Cloud Accounting is pretty easy, and most small business owner’s setup their subscription themselves.

The implementation of Sage Intacct requires working with a certified Intacct partner like AlphaLogix.

Our certified Sage Intacct accounting experts will help you discover how Sage Intacct can be setup to improve your financial processes within your business. We will provide you with a free initial meeting and consultation call as well as fully justified costs and pricing for your requirements.

Call us today on 0208 050 3216 to organise a meeting, demo or to speak with one of our Intacct experts, alternatively email us at info@alphalogix.co.uk.

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