Accounting software: Is it time to move away from Sage?
By Suzi Dixon, Community Editor, Bond Williams Recruitment What do you think? Tweet @bondwilliamsrec
Is it time to move away from Sage? Accountants are up in arms about price rises, which have ranged from 70% to 90% for various packages since August.
Accountancy Web breaks down the details as follows:
Sage 50 Accounts Upgrade – £315 + vat at the minute — up to £526 + vat since August
Sage 50 Accounts Plus Upgrade – £455 + vat at the minute — up to £819 + vat since August
Sage 50 Accounts Professional Upgrade – £600 + vat at the minute — up to £1140 + vat since August
Sage is seen by some as outdated, with newer programmes such as Xero offering cloud-based accounting with 24-hour access and intuitive interaction with modern tools in business such as Smartphones. Smart Accountancy Systems have helped many clients across Dorset migrate from Sage and QuickBooks to Xero and the feedback has been fantastic.
“Clients tell us that they can do their bookkeeping in a quarter of the time it took a bookkeeper to do in Sage ,” said director Jon Jenkins. “What’s more, once a client is trained up on Xero themselves (all part of the service) it can save them thousands of pounds in man-hours. “The software is PAYG, a simple monthly fee, and available 24/7 wherever you are. Security wise, it is as safe as online banking and a lot safer than storing all your accounting on one laptop or USB stick!”