Sage 100 c Overview
Status: Actively Maintained & Sold
Sage 100 c (formerly MAS 90 and MAS 200) is one of the best-selling SMB ERP applications in the United States from Sage, one of the five largest ERP publishers globally. Sage 100 c is used by tens of thousands of companies primarily in the USA and Canada with minimal exposure outside of these two markets. Sage 100 is the next logical step up for companies outgrowing entry-level accounting software like Intuit QuickBooks, Xero, Sage 50 US, and other low-end applications. It’s also a popular choice for less sophisticated companies moving off legacy ERP systems or looking to simplify their business moving down from SME applications.
Sage 100 c is available as a low-cost subscription with a gorgeous and modern user interface. The software has dozens of integrated modules making it a popular choice for businesses across a myriad of industry sectors including distribution, business services, manufacturing, non-profit, healthcare, transportation and logistics, retail trade, and more. One of the strengths of the product is the extensive third party developer network offering hundreds of plug-and-play add-ons. Sage 100 c is sold through authorized resellers who provide consulting and implementation services. There is likely a Sage partner located within just a few hours of your business regardless of your location.
Sage 100 c History
Originally developed as MAS 90 (Master Accounting Series for the 90s) by State of the Art in Irvine, CA in 1986, Sage 100 c has evolved considerably since it’s early days to become one of the easiest and most cost-effective ERP products available for growing businesses. The product was moved from Microsoft DOS to Microsoft Windows in the 1990s and redesigned for true client-server architecture. Recent versions have introduced the modern user interface and extended solutions for credit card payments, improved shipping, and inventory management.
Sage 100 c is a general ERP solution with excellent features for businesses across a variety of industry segments that need a solid accounting application. It is not ideal for some non-profits who require sophisticated fundraising, grant management, or true fund-accounting capabilities. The job cost system is popular among service companies including many in the construction industry as an alternative to traditional construction industry applications. But the best fit for Sage 100 c by far is for small and growing wholesale distributors and manufacturers. Third party applications are available for rental management, service management, petroleum distribution, and other niche industry segments.
Target Company Size
Sage 100 c is squarely in the SBM ERP space designed for companies that are outgrowing entry-level accounting systems with 10 to 250 employees or about $1 million to $50 million in annual revenue. It’s sweet spot is for businesses with 20-100 employees and $3 million to $20 million in revenue. Sage 100 c is not multilingual and is not recommend for complex, multi-site, international businesses.
Sage 100 c is developed in Providex with a mix of Microsoft .NET running on a Microsoft SQL Server. The product can be installed on premise or deployed as a completely hosted application on Microsoft Azure or other private cloud providers. It scales well for businesses with as few as a single user up to companies with up to around 100 users with most companies having between 5 to 30 users.
Sage 100 c is not recommended for international markets. The vast majority of installations are in the United States and Canada with some users scattered throughout the Caribbean.
Sage 100 c offers a full suite of accounting, distribution, and manufacturing modules including many surprising modules for business intelligence, payroll, customer relationship management, human resources, and virtually every and any aspect of your business.
Various reports put the Sage 100 customer base at somewhere around 40,000 to 60,000 companies. That’s a sizable base of businesses making Sage 100 a true leader in this space. Customers interact on Sage City, an online user community and congregate at Sage Summit, the annual user conference and exposition. Many larger partners also have regional user groups for their customers and there are countless forums and independent groups on LinkedIn and other social platforms.
Sage 100 c Cost
Sage 100 c is a very affordable ERP product starting at about $45 per user per month. Implementation and consulting for a smaller system starts at about $5,000 to $10,000 with most manufacturing implementations at $20,000 to $40,000 in services depending greatly on the complexity of your business and modules implemented.