Sage 200 vs SAP Business One

Sage or SAP signpostChoosing the right enterprise resource planning (ERP) system is an important decision for any business. As differing technologies and licensing models can often make direct comparisons difficult, the process of finding the best solution for your business can often be complicated.

So, the question anyone should ask when engaging with a technology partner in order to assess the solutions available to their business is pretty straightforward

What’s in it for us?

With DCS it’s simple, we work with both of the leading management solutions in the UK designed for small and medium businesses. This means we won’t railroad you towards a system that doesn’t fit your business but that we still want to sell you. No, the first step of any review process that we embark on with a new client is to determine your key requirements and then advise on the right solution for your business.

Sage or SAP Question MarkA good place to start in general when embarking on this process is by downloading our ERP Frequently Asked Questions eBook which you can do on our Software page here. We specialise in Sage 200 and SAP Business One, both leading ERP solutions for SMEs so with an understanding of ERP how do we then go about comparing the two?

Sage 200 and SAP Business One are applications specifically developed for growing companies. Both come from globally recognised software houses and have a very good reputation amongst industry experts. Both have a similar price range and deployment time. As a result we often get asked:

Which is the best ERP system, Sage 200 or SAP Business One?

In order to answer this, let’s start by looking at the products from a high level:


Sage 200

SAP Business One

Built for

Companies with 1 to 250 employees

Companies with 1 to 250 employees

Implementation Effort

3 to 60 days

3 to 60 days




Deployed on premise


Excel Integration

Can be customised

As this table illustrates, from a solutions point of view, Sage 200 and SAP B1 are pretty much identical. This is not surprising considering that both applications are targeted at the same audience. However, there are some clear differences between the two applications when we look a little closer:

Sage 200

SAP Business One


Concurrent user model

Named user model


Modules available to add specific Business functionality to core

Low cost licensing targeted at users in specific business areas

Reporting Suite

Sage Report Designer

Crystal Reports

3rd Party Interaction

Enhancement via Source Code

Add-on via API

Sage 200 versus SAP Business OneThe table above highlights the key defences between the solutions with one key exclusion. There is no functional comparison.

With most companies looking to make a long term investment in their business systems, the ongoing costs, development road map and partnership with their system providers should be just as important as a direct functional comparison. Whilst many areas of the applications overlap, both have their strengths in certain areas and it is because of this that DCS offer both products in their portfolio.

DCS pride ourselves on offering impartial ERP solution advice. With over 25 years’ experience in delivering business systems and two of the leading ERP packages in our portfolio, we are able to assist you with selecting the right solution for your business.

If you would like to discuss your options with one of our solutions experts please contact us today.

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