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Sage x3 vs NetSuite: Ultimate Comparison Guide

When evaluating leading ERP vendors like Sage and Oracle there's a handful of potential ERP products one should consider.

Two of the most common ERP applications companies compare are recently acquired Intacct and Oracle's NetSuite, which you can read about here: NetSuite vs Intacct.

You could also compare NetSuite vs Sage Live (now known as Sage Business Cloud Financials), Sage 50, Sage 100, or Sage 300,  however, this post will focus squarely on Sage x3 (recently rebranded as Enterprise Management) vs NetSuite.

Keep reading to learn more about how Sage x3 compares to the #1 cloud-based ERP, NetSuite. 

 

Be sure to bookmark this page as a resource during your ERP evaluation and if you want to talk to a NetSuite expert, lets chat.

 

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Sage x3 vs NetSuite Overview:

Both Sage x3 and NetSuite offer cloud-based ERP software designed to help mid-market companies run their businesses better.

How are they different...

The key differences between NetSuite and Sage x3 center around deployment options, vertical capabilities and architecture.

Sage x3 has historically been seen as a strong contender for manufacturers, especially liquid manufacturers as it is able to serve the needs of international customers with multi-company and currency capabilities.  Sage X3's biggest challenges however, stem from its legacy technology origins - this ends up pushing additional cost and complexity on to its customers. For instance:

  • X3 does not offer native eCommerce or Customer Relationship Management (CRM) capabilities which requires a separate software product and integration.
  • Customers cite poor native reporting features and require the use of OEM add-ons.
  • Customers cite customizations are very difficult and break between upgrades
  • Upgrades are expensive and difficult leaving many customers on an older version of the software

NetSuite on the other hand offers a cloud-based business suite encompassing ERP, CRM and eCommerce and an underlying platform enabling ease of integration, customization and 3rd party (certified) add-ons. This combined with predictable upgrade schedules (twice a year) ensures customers are able to leverage all past investments in the future and remove the worry of having to replatform at a future date.  

To identify whether Sage x3 (EM) or NetSuite is best for your business we've produced this a side-by-side comparison guide below:

 

Sage x3 vs NetSuite: Product Profiles

Overview:
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Sage acquired Adonix X3 in 2003. Retooled for the cloud  and rebranded under the EM name in 2017. Available as a subscription via  Amazon Web Services (managed by Sage) or as a on-premise solution.

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NetSuite ERP is a complete cloud ERP solution, which automates front and back-office processes like financial management, revenue management, fixed assets, order management, billing, and inventory management and more. 


Product Maturity (Years):

3 (cloud version)

20


Customers:

~40 (cloud version)

~50,000


Target Industries:


  • Process Manufacturing
  • Distribution
  • Professional Services
  • Retail
  • Ecommerce
  • Financials Services
  • Advertising
  • Media & Publishing
  • Healthcare
  • Life Sciences
  • Energy
  • Education
  • Transportation & Logistics
  • Nonprofits
  • Social Venture
  • Services
  • Software and SaaS
  • Manufacturing
  • Wholesale Distribution

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Sage x3 vs NetSuite: Feature Comparison

Financial Management Features:
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  • Accounts Payable
  • Accounts Receivable
  • General Ledger
  • Multi-Company & Consolidation
  • Fixed Assets
  • Cash Flow Management
  • Forecasting & Budgeting
  • Construction Management
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  • Accounts Payable
  • Accounts Receivable
  • General Ledger
  • Multi-currency/multi-tax,multi-language
  • Fixed Assets
  • Multi-Company & Consolidation
  • Revenue Recognition
  • Subscription Billing
  • Forecasting & Budgeting
  • Financial Planning (PBCS)

Supply Chain Features:
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  • Order Management
  • Production Management
  • Inventory Management
  • Procurement
  • Warehouse & Fulfilment
  • Demand Planning
  • WIP & Routing
  • Work Orders & Assemblies
  • Shop Floor Control & BOM Maintenance
  • Formula Management
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  • Order Management
  • Production Management
  • Inventory Management
  • Procurement
  • Warehouse & Fulfilment
  • Demand Planning
  • WIP & Routing
  • Work Orders & Assemblies
  • Shop Floor Control & BOM Maintenance

Human Capital Features:
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  • Human Resources Management
  • Payroll
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  • Human Resources Management
  • Payroll
  • Employee Center

Commerce Features:
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  • Point of Sale
  • Ecommerce
  • Order & Inventory Mgt
  • Product Content Mgt
  • Commerce Marketing Automation (Bronto)

Professional Service Automation (PSA) Features:
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  • Project Management
  • Resource Management
  • Timesheet Management
  • Expense Management
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  • Project Management
  • Resource Management
  • Timesheet Management
  • Expense Management

Sage x3 vs NetSuite Demo:
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NetSuite Demo By Industry

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Sage x3 vs NetSuite Pricing:

Pricing Info:

  • Around $26,000 per year for 10 users.
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  • Base application starts at $999 per month.
  • User Licenses $99 per user per month

Contract Term:

Perpetual or Subscription 

NetSuite requires a year-long contract; renewed annually.


Upfront Cost:

Additional fees apply for professional services such as implementation, integration, customizations, data migration and support.

Additional fees apply for professional services such as implementation, integration, customizations, data migration and support.


Recurring Cost:

Annual recurring fees for the software subscription

Annual recurring fees for the software subscription.


How to License:

Direct or through Partner

Direct or through Partner

Calculate NetSuite Estimate

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Sage x3 vs NetSuite Reviews:

Software Advice:
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  • 4.5 Stars 15 Reviews
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  • 4 Stars 91 Reviews


Gartner Magic Quadrant:

 

  • NA

Leader for Cloud Core Financial Management Suites for Midsize, Large and Global Enterprises - Download Report


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Sage x3 vs NetSuite Support:

Tech Support:
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24/7 toll-free worldwide phone support available

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24/7 toll-free worldwide phone support available


End User Training:

Live and/or online training available by Sage training department and by partners.

Live and/or online training available by NetSuite training department and by partners.


Online Support:

Sage has extensive knowledge base available to all users as well as online user groups.

NetSuite has extensive knowledge base (SuiteAnswers) available to all users as well as online user group.


User Groups:

None exist at this time

Dozens of local user groups across the United States.


Final Thoughts...

Sage x3 could be a solid ERP solution if you're a global liquids manufacturer and require various deployment methods. That said, since X3 rebranded as Enterprise Management (EM) growth has been sluggish and analysts have not identified X3 as a leader or contender in cloud-based ERP software. Additionally, Sage has acquired several cloud and on-prem accounting / ERP solutions over the years.  Understanding which application will receive future attention and investment remains to be seen, though we can make some assumptions based upon the recent Intacct acquisition.  

NetSuite, on the other hand has been leading by a significant margin in terms of client acquisition, analyst reviews and breadth of product footprint & maturity. You'd be hard pressed to find a more complete cloud-based ERP offering & ecosystem available today. 

Still not sure about what solution makes most sense? Let's talk!

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Sources:

https://www.rklesolutions.com/sage-x3-vs-epicor/

https://www.g2crowd.com/products/sage-business-cloud-enterprise-management/reviews

http://www.sagex3.com/en-us/industry_solutions 

 

 

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