A Sage Business Partner who represents both Sage MAS 500 and SAP Business one has weighed in with a most interesting assessment of how Sage matches up against SAP in the mid-sized business ERP market.
Super consultant Mark Chinsky posted yesterday a very extensive list of how SAP Business One kicks MAS 500’s ass compares against MAS 500.
Mark’s intimately familiar with both products and for a period of time in the late 1990’s ran the #1 Sage MAS 90 and MAS 500 consulting firm in the United States (he sold the very first copy of MAS 500 then called Acuity).
Here’s a peek at his post – follow the link at the bottom to read the really good stuff on his site:
SAP Corporation is the 2nd largest software company in the world. Sage is much smaller. Sage is basically a UK finance company that has acquired over 100 companies over the years and they operate mostly independently with limited sharing of best practices and solutions. They more often compete with each other rather than complement each other. Sage must spread their R&D over hundreds of different code bases. SAP currently only has 2 code bases. MySAP, the product for very large companies, and SAP Business One for small and mid-size companies. This means their rate of progress and enhancements can be substantially faster in terms of long term improvements.
And to be fair, here’s some positive feedback from Martk about MAS 500:
MAS500 has some built in functionality that doesn’t exist in SAP Business One. It has Inventory Replenishment logic for companies with many warehouses and strict adherence to specialized buying processes. It has out of the box Intercompany GL & AP processing, the available manufacturing modules go deeper on shop floor and work order controls, MAS500 has more advanced bin management as well, SAP cannot tell you what location in a warehouse an item is in, if its in more than one bin location. SAP’s vast third party library can address any of these issues but they aren’t out of the box.
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