May 18, 2022

Compare ERP Business Software Platforms: NetSuite vs. Sage X3

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In the world of enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, there are many competing options for integrating business processes and functions. From human resources to financials to overall operations, ERP software can orchestrate steps to run smoothly and automatically. But two systems stand out: NetSuite and Sage X3

The Matchup: NetSuite vs. Sage X3

NetSuite and Sage X3 are two of the top ERP systems available for business. Both of these options are described as software for business, with similar core capabilities and features. Although NetSuite’s ERP product caters to traditional manufacturing and supply chain companies, Sage X3 is better for specialty manufacturers and international customers with multi-company and currency capabilities.

ERP systems are not one size fits all. What works for another company may not be the best solution for your organization. So, making a decision between NetSuite and Sage X3 will come down to your business’s needs.

Oracle NetSuite

NetSuite ERP by Oracle is a single solution for all areas of business. It includes many features that improve and solve key business needs like automating and streamlining processes; instantly gathering and presenting accurate, real-time data; and on-the-fly managing of inventory and supply chain changes.

In addition to outstanding features designed for managing accounting, financial, business, order, supply chain, and warehouse, NetSuite shines by improving operational awareness and increasing resource control in these key areas.

NetSuite ERP is a mature cloud-based solution used by a wide range of trusted industries including manufacturing, healthcare, financial services, retail, and transportation. In addition to the common financial management, supply chain, human capital, and professional service features it shares with Sage X3, what makes it unique are its commerce features supporting point of sale, e-commerce, order and inventory management, product content, and marketing automation.

Oracle NetSuite | Read our full review

Sage X3

Sage X3 is foundational to modernizing business processes, digitizing all workflows for accounting and budgets as well as production and customer service. This newer ERP software suite includes integrated functionality for financial management, sales, customer service, distribution, inventory, manufacturing, and business intelligence.

It is most often used by process manufacturing, distribution, and professional services industries. It is designed to support global organizations and is ideal for businesses with multiple companies, sites, languages, currencies, and legislations. It is web-based, browser agnostic, and works on mobile devices, and it can also be deployed on-site as a cloud service managed by Sage or another party.

NetSuite and Sage X3: Features Comparison

Deployment and installation

Oracle NetSuite is a purely cloud-based ERP solution, while Sage X3 allows freedom and flexibility—it can be run on-site, be privately hosted, or made available in the cloud. It can also be used on any device or web browser.

Flexibility, customization, ownership

NetSuite’s SaaS (software-as-a-service) solution allows organizations to simply rent the software until they cancel their contracts. As such, customizations are not an option, and everything you will need is out of the box and ready to go.

Comparatively, Sage X3 is the option if you desire to own your ERP software, providing full control and ownership over data. Now, you have the option and ability to customize the system to fit your workflow and process needs or to integrate it with external business applications to further modify your own solution.


Oracle NetSuite offers SuiteSuccess, its unique implementation methodology that sets up projects into a one-size-fits-all mold. Software setups and configurations are predetermined, guiding users to adopt its offering to quickly implement the solution.

Sage X3, being fully customizable, allows businesses to meet specific processes, user roles, and preferences. Available system features include communication tools, document management, automated workflows and alerts, and customizable add-on tools as well as an interfacing capability to third-party software for e-commerce, financials, and advanced functions.


Both solutions offer built-in support for multiple languages and currencies.

NetSuite supports a single Chart of Accounts shared across countries. And additional plugins are required to enhance the global management of inventory, sales, and purchasing information.

Sage X3 manages multiple charts of accounts with a single software license. Its tools easily manage global inventory and deliver data and visuals on customers, sales, purchasing, and manufacturing trends across global subsidiaries, sites, and even warehouses. Sage X3 also includes a Connector to that automatically uploads currency exchange rates providing real-time values to your finance team.

Cost comparison

Both systems include contracts and up-front and recurring costs.

NetSuite offers subscription licensing to work with your timeline. It costs considerably less but has longer contract length commitments.

Sage X3 can offer significant savings but is pricier because of all of the customization options available.

Consider ROI and how long you will use a system. For a few years, it might make more sense to rent access, but if you expect a longer engagement, it might be wiser to purchase outright.

The Bottom Line: Choosing between NetSuite and Sage X3

NetSuite is a leader in terms of client adoption, and the platform has been around longer. NetSuite’s cloud-based ERP is ready to go when you are.

And Sage X3 is a solid ERP solution if you are a global manufacturer and have a good idea of what you want and need.

When making a decision on an ERP solution, you should identify the best fit for the features, functionality, and technology that you need. From established icons like Oracle and Sage to newer cutting-edge players, one thing is certain: Constant change is inevitable, and with either of these two top solutions, you are sure to be covered.

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