What is the difference between Sage 50 and Sage 200? - Qmulus Solutions (2023)

How will I know when I need to move from Sage 50 to Sage 200?

What is the difference between Sage 50 and Sage 200?

As a Sage Business Partner, our Sage consultants are asked these important questions many times, especially by clients that already have Sage 50. If you are considering moving from Sage 50, for any reason, you should include the Sage 200 platform in your decision-making process.

Let us consider the second of these two questions first: –

How will I know when I need to move from Sage 50 to Sage 200?

It seems an easy answer, but you will just “know”.

You may have started to see issues with the performance of your Sage 50 system, your data may have become corrupted because of these performance problems and you may have had your data fixed by Sage on a number of occasions.

Your business model or activities and procedures may have recently changed (especially with the onset of the Covid Pandemic) and you now require better and more robust remote-working abilities.

Your customers may use your website to enter orders and you need these sales orders to automatically integrate into your order processing system. You may have seen a large increase in web orders recently and your current system can’t cope.

Accurate and detailed stock levels may be important to you, especially if you need to keep stock in multiple warehouses and track serial and batch numbers of the products that you have sold.

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You might need a more disciplined financials system, especially around period ends. Have you experienced the usual “I have closed down the month and ran all my management reports but someone has posted some transactions into the closed period and now I have to re-run all my management reports again” situation? Don’t worry, you are not alone!

Running reports may have become a slow task, especially if you have lots of transactions. You now need a quicker database to handle these quantities of transactions and to be able to produce detailed reports quickly.

What about Business Intelligence? Do you need to see important business data in easy to access dashboards and charts and graphs?

You might need to move to a better system but don’t want to purchase a new server, perhaps you have made the decision to move to the “cloud” and perhaps even want to move onto a monthly subscription way of paying for a new system.

As you can see, there could be many reasons to move from Sage 50. If you are experiencing one or many of the above issues, it is time to consider migrating to Sage 200.

What is the difference between Sage 50 and Sage 200?

There are many differences, but you can take a lot of comfort in knowing that Sage 200 has the same “look and feel” as Sage 50 and your users will quickly become familiar with the screens, menu layout and reports. Indeed, Sage 200 uses the same report designer as your Sage 50 system.

An important aspect of moving systems is the transfer of your current data. As you might expect, your Sage 50 data can be migrated into the Sage 200 system quite easily. However, this is sometimes not the best solution and you might need to consider some of the points below:-

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What is the state of your Sage 50 data?

✓ Does it need cleansing?

✓ Are you missing key data such as the customer email address or supplier bank details?

✓ Should you consider changing your stock product codes and structure?

✓ Does your current Nominal Ledger give you the business analysis that you need?

✓ Are you content with your customer and supplier account numbers?

✓ Do you really want five or six years of historical data to be carried forward into the new system?

In our experience, sometimes it is better to start with a clean system rather than migrate your current data across. Consider moving to a new system as a perfect opportunity to “re-set” your data and how you perform your business procedures into the future. The old saying “rubbish in – rubbish out” is a true statement.

A detailed look at some of the key differences: –

An important difference in Sage 200, is the fact that the Nominal Ledger can be a 3-tier structure by using Cost Centres and Departments. This is perfect for running Trial Balance, Profit & Loss and other key financial reports by branch, office, geographical location, internal department, sales department and more.

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Advanced Stock Control. Sage 200 will give you accurate stock levels by using Allocated Stock, Free Stock and Stock on Purchase Order. This aspect as well as multiple stock locations and bin numbers means that at any given point, especially when you are entering a Sales Order, you know what stock you have available to sell and where it is.

Batch Number and Serial Number traceability. Track where you purchased a stock item from and who you sold it to and when. Do you need to keep “use by or sell by dates” and other key attributes with your serial or batch numbered items.

Stock Costing Methods. Choose which product groups are costed in a specific way. Some of your product groups can be based on Average Cost, others could be based on First In First Out rules, others can be based on cost prices per batch or serial number. This feature is crucial in providing accurate valuation of stock reports and sales profitability analysis.

Sage 200 uses Microsoft SQL as its database engine. This industry standard database solution means that huge numbers of transactions can be entered and the ability to run reports on your data will be much quicker than you will experience in Sage 50.

Project / Job Costing. This fully functioned job costing system integrates with most of the other modules in Sage 200 and will allow you to enter timesheets (that can be linked to Sage payroll), remotely entered expenses, committed cost analysis, staged sales billing and invoicing, cost and revenue budget analysis and comprehensive reports and screen enquiries. Issue and return stock to and from projects easily and set user permission levels and filters.

MRP. Although Sage 50 does have a Bill of Materials system, Sage 200 goes to the next step and you can purchase a module that will provide Works Order Processing and Materials and Resource Planning.

Multi-Company Consolidation in multi-currency. Set up multiple companies in Sage 200 and connect your subsidiary companies to group or holding companies. Produce financial reports on your subsidiary companies and well as a set of consolidated financial reports for the entire group.

Sage 200 allows you to run set of pre-defined Excel pivot-table type reports from your Sage 200 data directly into Excel.

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Set up foreign currencies for Bank, Sales and Purchase Ledger accounts and use foreign currency revaluation procedures.

Sage 200 offers a structured and disciplined approach to period and year ends. If a period is closed, you cannot post back into that period unless it is re-opened. Define which users can close and re-open certain modules.

Role based permission settings for Sage 200 users.

Unlimited numbers of users where Sage 50 has a maximum of 20 users.

Integrate Sage 200 with the Sage CRM system and see your leads and sales opportunities as well as create Quotes and Orders in CRM and integrate them with Sage 200. Enable your CRM users to see key financial data about your customers without having to have access to Sage 200.

These are just a few of the key differences, see the full listhere.

In summary, you could struggle with your Sage 50 system past its usefulness for your organisation and, in our experience, continue to struggle unnecessarily when they could take the relatively easy option of migrating to Sage 200 and resolve many of the issues that could be holding your business back.

Join our Sage consultants here at Qmulus Solutions for remote meeting and a coffee and tell us what issues your business has with Sage 50 and how moving to Sage 200 will provide a better solution.

We really want to help you to take the next step correctly and easily and, ultimately, provide a commercially successful implementation of Sage 200 into your business.

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Is Sage 50 the same as Sage 200? ›

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.

Is Sage 50 being phased out? ›

Sage have announced that they will be making some essential security updates to Sage 50cloud Accounts on 30 September 2022 which means anyone running version 26.2 or below will not be able to use their software beyond this date.

What are the different versions of Sage 50? ›

The three main versions of Sage 50 include Pro, Premium, and Quantum. Sage 50 Pro is a limited functionality version available only for single-user usage. Sage 50 Premium offers more features than Sage 50 Pro and allows up to 5 users.

Is Sage 200 fully cloud based? ›

Sage 200 Standard Online is a business management solution for growing businesses and is entirely based on the cloud.

Is Sage 200 still supported? ›

Sage 200 Manufacturing module will be supported in line with customers current version of Sage 200 Professional. However, there will be no further updates or bug fixes.

Can you use Sage 50 without subscription? ›

Subscription and Non-Subscription Service Plan

Sage 50 licenses can either be subscription or perpetual. With a non-subscription service plan (like a payroll-only plan, where you get access to the module), you normally pay one time to get entitled for a period of time.

What is Sage Line 50 called now? ›

Sage 50 is now called Sage 50cloud Accounts and is the UK's bestselling accounts software for small to medium sized businesses. Sage 50 is a far superior accounting solution to Sage One and is highly configurable, scalable and flexible.

How much does Sage 50 cost per year? ›

Sage 50cloud Accounting is scalable, with three plans available. The Pro Accounting plan is designed for a single user and is currently priced at $340/year. Sage 50cloud Premium Accounting, which is designed for one to five users, is priced at $554/year for a single user, and supports up to 10 companies.

What is the most current version of Sage 50? ›

Sage 50 Accounting—U.S. Edition

Accounting (Release 2023.0) and includes the updates from previous releases.

How many versions of Sage are there? ›

Within the Sage Business Cloud Accounting suite, Sage offers two plans: Sage Business Cloud Accounting Start and Sage Business Cloud Accounting.

What is the newest Sage? ›

The latest version is: 26 .

Log onto your computer as an administrator and close all software. NOTE: This update to download is for those who already have v26 installed. If you're on a lower version, and want to install the full version of v26, use our Download and install Sage 50 Accounts v26 guide.

What is Sage 50 Accounts used for? ›

Sage 50 Accounts allows users to closely monitor stocks and maintain an accurate forecast of stocks according to sales orders. To summarise, Sage 50 Accounts is designed to help reduce the burden of day-to-day accounting while helping the user keep the larger picture in mind.

Has Sage been hacked? ›

Sage has claimed it has well over 6 million SMEs using it worldwide across 23 countries, however it seems that this data breach has only affected those within the UK. Since the breach, Sage immediately contacted the ICO and the City of London police to further use their powers to investigate this matter.

How old is Sage 200? ›

Sage 200cloud
Developer(s)Sage Group
Initial releaseApril 2002
Stable release2019
Operating systemMicrosoft Windows
TypeAccounting software
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When did Sage 200 come out? ›

Sage 200 was originally launched back in 2007 and was built on the founding principles of the original Sage Line 100 product.

Is Sage 50 supported? ›

All versions of Sage 50 HR are currently supported.

Can you link Sage 200 to Excel? ›

You can now send any Sage 200 report data to Excel. This allows you to analyse data from your reports in a table format in Excel. You can then work with the data in Excel, such as filtering the information, or using pivot tables.

Does Sage 200 include payroll? ›

Your hands are full, so put payroll in ours. Sage Payroll works directly with Sage 200 – saving you time and minimising the burden of processing payroll. Our easy-to-use payroll software provides unlimited payroll processing, tax filing, direct deposit, and online enrolment.

Do I have to upgrade Sage 50 every year? ›

Do I have to upgrade? You must be on a current release of Sage 50 to access customer support for phone, chat, and other assistance. Once your Sage Business Care plan expires, you will need to renew in order to access payroll and other add-on services.

What happens if I don't renew Sage? ›

If You cancel or fail to renew Your SAN membership, (i) the Program will operate with reduced functionality and Your access to payroll features, functionality, and forms will terminate immediately, (ii) You may continue to use the Program and access Your data, but You will not be able to enter new data; (iii) You will ...

Do you have to renew Sage 50 every year? ›

When you purchase Sage 50c, it is sold as a Subscription License that is renewed annually. This means you have access to the software as long as you keep your subscription plan up to date.

Can I teach myself Sage? ›

Sage E-learning courses are flexible online courses that you can access online whenever and wherever you like. They're completely flexible, and allow you the freedom to learn in your own time, at your own pace.

What is the difference between Sage 50 standard and professional? ›

Both Sage 50 Standard and Professional have the same basic functions such as invoicing, cash flow management and VAT submissions. Sage 50 Professional has more advanced features including stock control (such as bill of materials), ordering, reporting and multi-user access.

What does BP mean in Sage? ›

BP = Bank Payment (Money Out Transaction) BR = Bank Receipt (Money In Transaction) CP = Cash Payment.

What are the negatives of Sage? ›

Cons of using Sage
  • Very difficult and time-consuming to set up. ...
  • Not easy to use so staff will need training. ...
  • A lot of the features are over-complicated.
  • The homepage can become cluttered, making the system seem imposing, if not customised.
  • Lack of Efficiency when it comes to Journal Entry.
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How many financial years you can maintain in the Sage 50? ›

Sage 50 permits you to operate within two open fiscal years.

Can I transfer Sage 50 to a new computer? ›

Yes, You can install Sage 50 on another PC without any issues using the same activation information. Sage allows the transfer of the existing Sage 50 license to migrate to another computer under the following conditions: The license is then uninstalled from the older computer.

How many computers can I install Sage 50 on? ›

Sage 50 Pro Accounting should only be installed on a single computer. If you are installing on a network, you must first install Sage 50 Accounting on the computer that will store your Sage 50 Accounting company data files.

Does Sage 50 expire? ›

In Sage 50cloud Accounts 25.1 and above, from 30 days before the the token expires, a warning message appears letting you know that your token will expire with the option to enter it immediately, or to be reminded later.

What is the most up to date version of Sage? ›

Sage have released v28 of Sage 50cloud Accounts. This version brings new and improved features to the software. There are also some things you need to consider before making the switch.

Can you transfer sage from one computer to another? ›

Yes. Sage 50 allows moving this accounting software from one computer to another, including the existing Sage 50 license.

Will sage stop working? ›

From 30 September 2022, we're making security improvements which means you need to install v26. 3 or above, to continue to access your software.

Are there different versions of Sage Mode? ›

So far, multiple Sage Mode users have appeared in the Naruto series and the types of their Sage Mode often vary. Here are five different Sage Mode types from the series and 5 strongest users of the said abilities.

Is Sage 200 the same as Sage evolution? ›

It will now be known as Sage 200 for the enterprise version, and Sage 100 for the standard version. The re-branding comes as Sage restructures their management & reporting divisions to consolidate their products into more unified product offerings.

Can I get Sage for free? ›

Once you activate your free trial of Sage 50c you will be able to enter data into and use the accounting software for 30 days completely free of charge.

Is Sage 50 Accounting software Easy? ›

Sage 50 is an easy to use Accounting Software solution for small to medium size businesses.

Is Sage 50 Accounts the same as Sage 50cloud accounts? ›

Sage 50cloud is the newer and more feature-rich version of Sage 50. In this blog, we give you an idea of the added functionality of Sage 50cloud, letting you make a decision that's right for YOU! The first point to make is that Sage 50 is not being 'pushed out' by Sage 50cloud.

What accounts are most likely to be hacked? ›

The firm outlines how this data is shared among criminal communities as they seek ways to abuse or monetize the stolen records.
Netflix And Spotify Users Are The Most Likely To Be Hacked -- Here's What To Do.
Row labels%
Illegal Content2.5%
Personal finance1.9%
26 more rows
13 Jun 2019

What are the signs of a hacked account? ›

Some of the warning signs that you've been hacked include:

You receive emails or text messages about login attempts, password resets, or two-factor authentication (2FA) codes that you didn't request. You see logins from devices and locations you don't recognize in your account activity or sign-in logs.

Where is SAGE data stored? ›


What Sage 200 am I using? ›

Tip: If you're not sure which version you are using, click on the Cog (Settings) button at the top right of the main Sage 200 screen and select About Sage 200. Compare your version number (e.g. 12.00. 0041) to the Database Version* in table below.

How do I upgrade Sage 200? ›

Updates to Sage 200 are installed automatically.
Installing an update
  1. Select a user in the Users list. The Feature access for... tab displays all features that are available. The user will have access to features that are ticked.
  2. Select the features that the user will be able to access.
  3. Click Save.
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How old is Sage 50? ›

Originally developed and released in 1989, Sage Line 50 was rebranded to Sage 50 in the 2000's and most recently to Sage 50cloud. The UK variant of the product is used by SMEs across the UK, Ireland and elsewhere.

Why is it called Sage 50? ›

Sage offer different products under the Sage 50 name in different regions. The product name originally derives from the UK and Ireland version of the product where the number 50 indicated that it was aimed at companies with up to 50 employees.

What are the different versions of Sage accounting? ›

Within the Sage Business Cloud Accounting suite, Sage offers two plans: Sage Business Cloud Accounting Start and Sage Business Cloud Accounting.

Is Sage 50 and Sage 300 the same? ›

The initial difference between these two Sage products come from their intended uses: Sage 300 is a full ERP solution while Sage 50 is primarily used for streamlining accounting processes.

Is Sage 50 the same as Sage? ›

Sage 50 and Sage One are both market leading accounts packages from Sage UK in their respective target markets. Sage One (also known as Sage accounting) is great for very small businesses and sole traders, whilst Sage 50 is targeted to small to medium sized businesses.

What is the current version of Sage 50 Accounts? ›

Sage 50cloud Accounts v28. 1 download. Here's what you need to install the latest version of Sage 50 Accounts.

What is the latest version of Sage accounting? ›

Version 2022.3 has a few more changes than the last update, including the Payroll tax updates for July 1, 2022. ️ Important! If you have a support plan that includes payroll tax updates, your Product Update includes the payroll tax changes for July 1, 2022.

What is the latest version of Sage? ›

The latest version of Sage 50cloud Accounts v28. 1, is available from 16th May 2022, with new and improved features it's everything you need to manage your business finances.

What is Sage 50 accounts used for? ›

Sage 50 Accounts allows users to closely monitor stocks and maintain an accurate forecast of stocks according to sales orders. To summarise, Sage 50 Accounts is designed to help reduce the burden of day-to-day accounting while helping the user keep the larger picture in mind.

What is the best Sage to use? ›

“The type of sage you want to buy is called 'California White Sage' or 'White Sage Smudge Stick. ' Do not use the regular old sage in your kitchen. You want to buy high-quality, ethically cultivated sage. Shamans Market or Taos Herb are both great places to shop.

What is the best kind of Sage to use? ›

Also known as Sacred Sage, Bee Sage or California Sage, White Sage smudges are the most widely used smudging sticks. Many people regard this as the 'Holy Grail' of smudging and won't consider any other herb stick. White Sage smudges give out a sweet, herbaceous and slightly astringent aroma when burned.

What is the best type of Sage? ›

Garden or common sage (Salvia officinalis) is the most common type of sage used for cooking. You can also make tea from the leaves. It is very hardy and bounces back in the spring even after a severely cold winter. This particular sage has soft, silvery green leaves that can be used fresh or dried.

Is Sage 50 only cloud based? ›

Sage 50cloud Is Not An Online Application

The most important thing to know when choosing is that Sage 50cloud (also known as Sage 50c) is primarily a desktop application NOT a cloud-based program. It is the same desktop program as the traditional Sage 50.


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