SAGE is leading ERP software provider in small and medium sized category with SAP, Oracle and Infor quite behind in terms of number of users and revenue. SAGE ERP is a global solution with clients in 24 countries, it has 21% market share in mid size segment according to a survey conducted in 2006. SAGE Accpac extended enterprise business suite and SAGE ERP X3 are two major products providing ERP solutions targeting mid size companies.
SAGE ERP is built on soa architecture with common business logic interface providing interface with windows, devices like hand phones and mobile, spreadsheets, other interfaces and internet browser through API, XAPI and soaP. This interfacing is handled by common process server. SAGE ERP has connectivity with SQL, Oracle, PSQL, Ingres and DB2 through a common database services interface. The business logic section contains number of business logic processes which process, store, and transfer the data as specified in the program.
SAGE ERP software contains all the features to support working of small to large organizations from financial management to other advance activities like discrete manufacturing and improving customer, supplier and employee communication. SAGE ERP software are compact and easy to use flexible solutions which are most suitable for mid size companies as they more cost effective compared to other ERP solutions. Customization of SAGE ERP software's is easy and web enabled accounting features allows this ERP to be used through desktop and laptop with an internet connection.
SAGE ERP provides modules of its ERP in the form of mini application which can be chosen according to the requirement. Even the desktop computers in an office can be customized by giving access to those applications only, which are required by the person working on that desk, which makes this software very easy to operate and handle. Ease of use and capable and complete solutions are the reasons for its huge success in the small and mid size section of the market.
The flexibility, scalability and service oriented architecture of SAGE ERP software is its biggest strength, it is available as per 100, 200 and 500 users according to the size of the company and with options and facilities to upgrade. Available modules in the ERP cover activities like accounting and operations, wholesale distribution, manufacturing management, customer relationship management, E-commerce, electronic data transfer, service management and warehouse management. System manager of the ERP provide data access, manage security and data processing while alerts server enhances communication between back office, front office and e-commerce systems by monitoring data fields for specified activities.
The SAGE ERP software are considered as too much fabricated and incapable to handle complex and multi-faceted working of large organizations where there are profiles working with mixed responsibilities and changing roles. Work processes need to be defined regularly with every change in the work flow and data security within the organization is also questionable. But the ease of use, web enablement and customization of the ERP Solution puts it way ahead of its competition in the small and midsize market.