5 Signs to show you have outgrown Sage 50

Diane Harvey
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Have you outgrown Sage 50? The answer is more complex than you think. You didn’t suddenly “outgrow” your accounting software. It’s more likely a shift in operations or your approach to business has outpaced the power and capabilities of Sage 50, creating a need for more effective processes and better information management.

So, how do you know if your business has outgrown Sage 50?

There’s no way of knowing for sure. It may be that you’re looking to grow into a more powerful solution, or you’re looking for additional functionality than Sage 50 can offer and now require an advanced, comprehensive solution.

We know that it’s not easy to say goodbye to a long-time partner. Regardless of whether they were a good friend, or they never did anything the same way twice, it’s always hard to walk away from something that you have grown up with.

With Sage 50, we know you’ve gotten lots of value from the software. But just as life changes, so does your business software needs.

There are a few tell-tale signs that you have outgrown Sage 50 and need to look at upgrading your software, let’s take a closer look at the top 5.

1: You work with manual processes and your data is often out of date or inaccurate

Manual data entry and slow, inefficient processes cause outdated or inaccurate business data that is bad for your bottom line. One of the most prevalent signs you have outgrown Sage 50 is that your business has manual workflows, either within your accounting software or through your own processes.

2: You have limited business visibility and difficulty getting the report you need

Ideally, you want to be able to get an immediate snapshot of your business and know how the business is performing. Sage 50 gives you the bare minimum. For example, it may take you a few weeks to get organized because having to cycle through your chart of accounts to find a particular transaction and then copying/pasting transactions from other areas of your system to build a report

3: You operate disconnected systems and feel it is holding you back

A healthy business relationship requires coordination between different departments. Financial data like payments and purchases should be immediately available to all personnel involved in approving and making it happen. Customer and product related information should be communicated to the right people as soon as anything happens. Better integration between systems leads to better communication, which leads to better business relationships and more effective decision-making.

4.You need more of your employees to have access and don’t feel it is scalable

Once you have more than a dozen users, performance becomes an issue. It is necessary to spend a lot of time tweaking the system to avoid bottlenecks, including implementing small changes. You might be running a business and notice that there are several people working in the same area and it slows down your work when you need to produce reports or create invoices. When you enter data into Sage 50 you may notice that it does not take long before typing starts becoming an issue and mistakes occur. This can result in frustration and loss of productivity among your employees.

5: You are experiencing system crashes and data corruption

With business expansion comes expansion of data and when you have ten times more data than what your system was designed for, Sage 50 will eventually start to crash unexpectedly and show incorrect data in reports. There is a chance that as your database system becomes overloaded, some of the underlying data may be corrupted. This is caused by an error in the database where your information is stored. There are a number of reasons this could happen, one of which is an overloaded database.

Does any of this sound familiar? If so, your business has most definitely outgrown Sage 50 and it’s time to consider alternatives.

For many companies who have outgrown Sage 50 software, SAP Business One (SAP B1) offers the next level of business management. After transitioning to SAP Business One, you’ll be able to take advantage of its additional features and capabilities which make it easy to manage your growing company.

SAP Business One offers you the freedom to choose the right ERP system for your business. Scale it from small to large, and from lean to mean, as your business evolves. Reduce IT costs and risk with a single point of entry for integration with other enterprise systems.

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