SAP Business One or
Sage X3

Compare Two Leading ERP Solutions For The
Manufacturing And Distribution Industry

With all growing organizations there comes a time when spreadsheets and off-the-shelf accounting software applications no longer keep pace with the workload. When this the problems outweigh the benefit–it could be a sign it’s time to upgrade to a full featured, fully integrated ERP solution.

Softengine has created an ERP evaluation journey, we compare two leading ERP solutions for manufacturing and distribution businesses: Sage X3 (also called Sage EM) and SAP Business One. Both SAP Business One and Sage are among the top suppliers of ERP software globally.


  • Ideal for Most SMB And Mid-Market Manufacturing and Distribution Businesses
  • Deploy On-Premise or Cloud Solutions
  • Strong Process Manufacturing Capabilities Including Instrumentation Controls, Food & Beverage and Chemicals.
  • Natively Support Industry Requirements
    • Change Control Management
    • Lot Traceability
    • Quality Assurance
  • Enable Regulatory Compliance by The FDA, 21 CFR Part 11 And FSMA
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History of SAP Business One & Sage X3

SAP Business One is an ERP solution specially built for small- and medium-sized businesses, i.e. those with less than 100 users. It boasts an expansive client base of over 60,000 companies in 150 countries.

SAP Business One covers business areas including: sales, reporting, financial planning, vendor management, inventory management, project management, and customer relationship management. It also provides over 1,500 integrations for supply chain management, Ecommerce, finance, and CRM.

Over the years, SAP Business One and its partners have developed industry-specific solutions, and clients in manufacturing, retail, energy, public service, and financial service. Softengine has led in this effort developing leading top-tier solutions for Food & BeverageApparel & Footwear and Nonprofit industries.

The underlying architecture of Sage X3 is inherited from Adonix, which Sage acquired in 2005. As of this writing, Sage is continuing to push a rebrand from Sage X3 towards Sage EM (Enterprise Management) but you’ll still find many referring to this product as X3. X3 has been sold in the US market since 2012 and continues to be their flagship ERP offering.

Sage X3 or SAP Business One: Licensing

Compare licensing options between the two ERP systems

SAP Business One has more licensing options for smaller sized organizations. SAP Business One offers licensing options for companies with revenues in the $5-10M range and scale up.

Sage X3 subscription licensing starts in the mid-teens per year for a handful of users with limited functionality. Sage X3 licensing model and product is designed for companies with annual revenues in excess of $30M per year according to Sage.

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Sage X3 or SAP Business One: Reporting and Analytics

SAP Business One is a clear forerunner

SAP Business One is clearly the frontrunner in terms of database management, querying, analytical tools, and overall performance. The HANA in-memory RDBMS is a definite advantage for SAP in terms of reporting and analytics.

Sage X3 customer reviews cite native reporting is rarely used and requires the use a 3rd party BI tools or crystal reports.

Sage X3 or SAP Business One: Deployment

Learn More About How These Platform Host Your Data

SAP Business One solution has flexibility and can be hosted by SAP, or a variety of hosting providers like Softengine.  With SAP you get a bit more flexibility when it comes to deployment options.

Sage X3 cloud solution is hosted only by Sage.

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For SMB and mid-market sized manufacturing companies looking to scale their operations, both Sage X3 and SAP Business One should be on the short list of ERP systems to consider. We at Softengine are experts at helping companies evaluate whether SAP Business One is right for them. And if Food ERP is what you’re looking for, Food One is the best choice.