Can a large conglomerate really innovate…
Or will ALL the products suffer under the weight of so many?
Sage products are typically premise-based products created in the late 1990s. While they have a good foundation in accounting and are often a fit for distribution companies, most implementations will require multiple, costly add-ons from third parties. Many of the features provided by these add-ons are already built into and supported by Intacct, such as consolidations and multi-currency. Even basic features like reporting require a separate product to get good results, and Sage does not offer the easy dimensional reporting capabilities that you can get with Intacct.
While it is possible to have a hosted Sage installation, Sage remains primarily a premise-based solution, which means that in addition to the software and licensing fees, it requires costly servers and IT resources to maintain the system and provide the acceptable level of availability, backups, and security that you want. Sage has a web-based “portal version”, but it still requires an on-premise version and the dashboard capabilities are extremely limited because it was not truly built for the cloud like Intacct.