I am certain that you are not looking for the answer: “It depends”. But in fact, it does depend on these factors:
Do you prefer browser-based software or Windows-based software?
Do you want a perpetual license or a subscription model?
Do you prefer cutting edge, state of the art or “tried and true”?
Do you want your data stored locally or in the cloud?
Do you want to minimize the number of separate applications or is “best of breed” approach acceptable?
Do you require customizations for unique business processes?
Do you have other applications that will require integration?
While I cannot speak to every accounting software product on the market, I can share how two products line up against these questions: Sage 100 and Acumatica. CS3 Technology has represented the Sage product lines for over 20 years. We are a huge fan of their legacy products that have the depth of functionality and minimal technical issues. Several years ago we added Acumatica ERP to our portfolio of products as we saw Sage 100 aging. We vetted all the browser-based products and Acumatica became the clear winner as a full ERP solution built for the cloud. This is a key distinction to make as the market is flooded with legacy applications that claim cloud function because they access the internet and say they can be deployed in a browser when it’s a display that suffers performance issues due to format and data access issues. Both of these solutions reign in their respective corners and as we enter into a more cloud-native business environment it is important to consider what technology will grow with your business.
The bottom line is that each business we’ve worked with is unique and their needs for an accounting software are as well. If you are looking to make a change, consider the above questions carefully and don’t try and rush your decision. We get clients from time to time that were sold an “easy” implementation with a partner that did not take the time to understand their business and the result was an out of the box solution that didn’t match where it mattered. This leads to long, costly implementations full of change orders and a go-live date that always seems a month away.
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