Member Since: 29th Jun 2018
11th Apr 2019
Today we have received an invoice from Sage for Sage 50 Accounts Pro (Sage Cover Extra) for £1,371. Last year we paid £786 for Sage Cover Online. Quite the increase!
To move to Sage50 Cloud would cost £140 per month, £1,680 per year, and includes support, and the MTD links all in place, so no need for bridging software.
I was also told that a MTD module can be added to Sage 50 Accounts Pro (I thought this wasn't possible?) for £300, which would make the £1,371 mentioned above increase up to £1,671. Which is now only £9 less than Sage50 Cloud. If this is possible, what is the point of staying on Accounts Pro?
Unfortunately, Sage's projects module appears quite useless compared to the reports from Sage Job Costing, so we would still have to keep Job Costing, with its seperate support of £632 per year!
With the increased support cost I first referred to, I wonder if it might just be worth moving to Sage50 Cloud. Does anyone have experience of Sage50 Cloud and is the £25.75 extra we'll be paying a month bring us a load of amazing new reports and features???
26th Mar 2019
Thanks for the advice Kevin.
In the past we had looked at the Projects side of things in Sage, but the resources section doesn't appear to have the flexibility that Job Costing has for timesheet entries.
In Job Costing we have the availability to create different pay rates, which can then be selected as necessary, for different employees. Also, for tracking budgets, Job Costing is much superior, as we can group different types of labour together to see if we are on track with our original quotes.
In projects it appears that we would have to enter a new resource for each type of work one employee does. That is a lot of categories to enter and we'd have to do it for each employee.
Regarding foreign currency, I see that we do have that option, but my guess is that it wouldn't work alongside Job Costing. As purchase invoices are entered in Job Costing v8 any foreign currency invoices would be converted upon entry to Sage 50, but I would imagine that the entry recorded in Job Costing would not be converted? Happy to be proved wrong here of course.
25th Mar 2019
That may be useful. Thanks for the info
25th Mar 2019
Shame for them that I came here too hey!
25th Mar 2019
Yep, this was my thinking.
The only benefits (that I can see) is that this new version of Sage is multi-currency. However, the amount of foreign currency transactions we have are minimal, so it's not much of a benefit. We can continue to convert these transactions ourselves.
Also, we cannot export from our Sage to Office 365 Excel, which can be a useful tool, but not essential.
Are there any bridging tools that are better than the rest, or are they quite similar in function and cost?