Two years after its first failed SageLive experiment, Sage UK has returned to the Cloud accounting battleground with SageOne, a three-stage web application catering for microbusinesses and their accountants.
Developed from the ground up by an autonomous team within Sage’s online division, the SageOne name derives from the company’s convention of assigning numbers that reflect the size of the user organisation. Where Sage 50 and Sage 200 cater for organisations with those numbers of employees, SageOne is targeted at sole traders and small firms who struggle with bookkeeping but don’t want to employ a dedicated bookkeeper, explained Sage Online managing director Simon Black.
The emphasis on the product itself is simplicity. SageOne comes in three varieties, all based on the same underlying code. The cashbooks module costs £5 per month and presents a simple graphical workflow to step the user through entering income and expenses into the software.
For a £10 monthly subscription, the Accounts version offers a fuller set of accounting functions including invoice processing, VAT, banking and bank reconciliation.
The Sage One Accountant edition is available for a £250 yearly payment (or free to Sage Accountants’ Club members) and presents the practitioner with an overview screen for each of their Cashbook and Accounts users, with the ability to access journals for each client to amend entries or generate trial balances.