What is Sage Business Cloud X3?
Sage Business Cloud X3 (Sage X3 for short) is software for mid-to-large businesses who are looking to manage their key business activities in one simple, intuitive system:
- Accounting and financials
- Supply chain
- Production management
- Project management
- Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
- Business intelligence and reporting
- And many more functions, customisable to your needs
Sage X3 connects your business information in a simple, clear, easy-to-use system, which you can manage through your PC, laptop, mobile, or tablet.
Sage X3 is a type of software called “Enterprise Resource Planning” (ERP), which is a unified system for coordinating a business’s key activities. The difference between Sage X3 and most ERP is Sage X3 is faster, simpler to use, easier to deploy, and more flexible to your changing needs.
What types of businesses are suited to Sage X3?
Sage X3 is designed for mid-to-large businesses with complex business requirements. It is designed for both commercial businesses and nonprofits.
Typically (though not always) businesses using Sage X3 have over 50 employees and 40M+ USD revenue per annum. There is no limit on the number of users who can concurrently access Sage X3.
Sage X3 comes pre-optimised for different industry needs, including distribution, discrete manufacturing, process manufacturing, and project-focused industries using project management extensively.
However, regardless of your industry or needs, Sage X3 can be tailored to your exact requirements. It can accommodate multi-site, multi-currency, multi-ledger and multi-national requirements.
What does “X3” refer to?
In Paris in 1997, a company named Adonix used the codename "X" to refer to a new ERP product they were developing. The product was version 3 of their ERP software, and they ended up naming it “Adonix X3”.
Sage purchased Adonix in 2005 and invested heavily in developing the software. Sage X3 was born. The solution continues to flourish with ever-growing functionality, cutting edge design, advanced features and cloud functionality.
How much does Sage X3 cost?
Pricing for Sage X3 depends on user count, functionality required, subscription type, and hosting needs, among other factors.
There is a purchase cost, an implementation cost, and a support fee. You can also have our developers modify the Sage X3 code (which comes with a fee) to accommodate unique requests for specific features.
Every charge will be explicitly explained in writing and in discussion with you. There are no hidden costs and never will be.
To discuss pricing options (and, if you wish, get a free online demonstration as well), please click here to fill out your details and we’ll be in touch within 24 hours.
Can I take a free trial?
Given the upfront implementation work involved for Sage, Sage X3 does not come with a free trial. To see the solution in action, you can book an in-depth personalised demo here.
For a shorter overview you can take a product tour here. The product tour gives you a video overview of the key features and how they work, including how to personalise your workspace, handle common tasks, and solve role-specific challenges.
Is Sage X3 deployed in the cloud or on-premises?
Sage X3 can be deployed in multiple ways:
- In the cloud (maintained by Sage)
- In your company data center (on-premises)
- In a private cloud environment of your choice
- As a hybrid of cloud and on-premises deployment for different systems
Every business is unique and the best type of deployment depends on your priorities and goals. To discuss which option would suit your business best, you can get in touch here.
No matter which deployment option you choose, your experience using the software is the same. Sage X3 is available on any device - mobile, tablet or web - regardless of how you choose to host it.
All data in the cloud is backed up in multiple locations and protected by bank-level security.
Why is the “cloud”?
The cloud is a name for types of computers (servers) which are stored remotely rather than in your own in-house data centre. These remote servers give you access to software and data through the internet.
It’s called the “cloud” because when programmers were drawing up the original network diagrams, they drew circles around the icons for computers. When these computer icons were clustered together, the overlapping circles looked like clouds.
What are the system requirements to run Sage X3?
Sage X3 runs on desktop or laptop (including Apple Mac, Windows, and Linux), smartphones (iPhone, Android phones, and Windows phones), and tablets (iPad, Android tablet, and Microsoft Surfaces). The software works on all popular browsers:
- Internet Explorer
- Google Chrome
- Microsoft Edge
Sage X3 works equally well both in Web and client-server architecture, with Oracle or Microsoft SQL servers.
To get the full specifications, including network and bandwidth requirements, please fill in this form and we’ll be in touch within 24 hours.
How long does it take to implement Sage X3?
Implementation can take anywhere from 40 to 120 business days depending on the complexity of your operation’s needs. Users can continue to work as normal during the installation of Sage X3.
Your implementation will be managed by a dedicated Project Manager and your team trained by specialist Sage X3 Consultants, all with extensive real-world business experience.
We take the time to fully scope your requirements and conduct training in a collaborative workshop environment. When you're ready, our team will help you migrate your data to Sage X3 at a pace that suits you.
Can Sage X3 integrate with my existing applications?
Virtually any external or custom-built systems can be integrated with Sage X3, including both cloud-based and on-premises applications.
You can choose from a wide range of add-on applications (by both Sage and our partners), including Microsoft Office add-ons for Excel, Word and PowerPoint. Applications are available for advanced business intelligence (BI) and analytics, document management, payments, sales, e-commerce, and much more.
We use Sage X3 ourselves to manage spend and budgets across Sage globally.
Where can I see the customer reviews and case studies?
Used in over 80 countries around the globe with more than 5,000 customers, Sage X3 customers are supported by over 480 business partners and more than 1,300 certified consultants.
To see testimonials and case studies from our UK customers, click here.
Sage X3 was named a leader and Gold Medallist in Software Reviews 2020 Enterprise Resource Planning Data Quadrant Awards. Software Reviews is a division of world-class IT research and consulting firm Info-Tech Research Group.
The rankings for the 2020 Software Reviews ERP data quadrant are based on a score called “Net Emotional Footprint”. This score is compiled and based on customer feedback regarding service, negotiation, product impact, conflict resolution, strategy and innovation.
Sage X3 received a Net Emotional Footprint score of +76 and earned top product for business intelligence and performance management.
“The proof is in the numbers. Empire has grown over 300% since implementing Sage X3. We saw immediate performance increases, including a 30% reduction in productive labor and consolidation of an entire warehouse facility footprint, and annual savings of around $400,000.”
— Robert Turtledove, President and CEO, Empire Candle Co, Kansas City.
"Using Sage X3, we’ve reduced our inventory carrying costs by 30% – that represents nearly $500,000 in cash freed up. Inventory turns are up by 20%. The time to produce a custom quote is down by 75% and we added over 100 customers in one year.”
— Rich Sade, Vice president and COO, S&S Hinge Company, Chicago, IL
What is the expected ROI of Sage X3?
Our customers generate a significant ROI and make savings in labour, inventory levels and improved productivity, resulting in thousands of hours saved globally.
Click here to download The Total Economic Impact™ Of Sage X3, a study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Sage. Forrester is an independent global research and advisory firm.
The report examines the real-world benefits experienced by Sage X3 customers across 3 major industries: Distribution, manufacturing, and services. The key results:
- Distribution industries experience a 237% ROI and payback within 4 months.
- Manufacturing industries experience a 218% ROI and payback within 4 months.
- Service industries experience a 197% ROI and payback within 5 months.
To see other reports, factsheets, eBooks, webinars and whitepapers, click here.
What support is available?
We are committed to providing you with world-class support for Sage X3.
You can get support by phone, email, online chat, and live online Q&As.
- Phone support is available from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. ET Monday-Friday.
- Online drop-in Q&As are held Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Get an answer in minutes, if not seconds.
You will also get 24/7 access to the following support resources:
- Our online community Sage City: Ask questions, share ideas, and solve issues with Sage X3 customers and product experts.
- Instructor-led courses: We have hundreds of courses designed for multiple experience levels and job roles. Get certified and earn badges that show your expertise and build up your resume.
- Knowledgebase: A library of resources, Sage Knowledgebase gives you access to the same support articles and product documentation our experts use.
- Support tickets: Customers can open online support tickets and track their progress.
Why Sage X3 and not other solutions on the market?
Most ERP solutions are much too complicated, unwieldy and unsuitable for all but the largest companies.
The 3 fundamental advantages of Sage X3 are its simplicity, flexibility, and speed. Sage X3 provides advantages over traditional legacy ERP systems in a number of ways:
|Legacy systems||Sage X3|
|Poorly connected systems separating operations, financial reporting, and other key data.||Real-time data flows seamlessly across the entire business. Connect information from every department, every employee, and every process across your entire business. |
|Expensive, slow, complicated implementation. ||A modernised, flexible solution with dramatically reduced time and costs of implementation. |
|Information is out of date and inconsistent, reducing insight and hindering decision making. ||Get crystal clear visibility into performance, costs, dependencies, subcontractors, financials, suppliers, customer orders, resources, transactions, business analytics, and other critical data. |
|Complex and time-consuming to learn. ||An intuitive interface in a familiar web browser environment (familiar navigation, button styles, drag and drop features), making Sage X3 easy to learn and use. New hires can get up to speed much faster. |
|Slow, cumbersome, poorly integrated systems, making it harder to scale as the global economy grows. ||Scalable, future-proofed, and accommodates a virtually unlimited capacity to grow. Sage X3 adapts rapidly to your exact requirements today and long into the future. |
|Desktop-focused applications, which limit your ability to work from elsewhere than your desk ||Runs smoothly on any PC, laptop, smartphone, and tablet. Whether at the office, on the road, or working from home, your team can access the data they need and update information at any time. |
|Manually re-keying data across systems, dealing with human error, and wasting time that could be spent on higher-value tasks. ||Streamlined, automated data flow across your business, updated in real time and consistent across the entire system. You never need to waste time re-entering data or calling back to the office for information. |
|Hindered flow of communication causing delays and frustrated employees. ||A more intuitive, efficient interface, allowing for more streamlined communication. Everything your teams need to pull together towards shared objectives, to quickly get the information they need, and to take advantage of modernised software to reduce complexity. |
Set clear goals
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