AbacusLaw vs. BQE CORE

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
AbacusLaw
Score 5.3 out of 10
N/A
AbacusLaw is a case management software that tracks hours and processes billing touting a functional mobile application, from AbacusNext in San Diego.N/A
BQE CORE
Score 8.4 out of 10
Small Businesses (1-50 employees)
BQE CORE is a business management solution built specifically for professional service firms. BQE CORE is a combination of a billing assistant, project management, and accounting solution. CORE is designed to do the hard work of delivering actionable insights directly to the user's dashboards or inbox. BQE CORE replaces the products Engineeroffice, Archioffice, and BillQuick; the functionality of these applications is now found in BQE CORE.N/A
Pricing
AbacusLawBQE CORE
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
AbacusLawBQE CORE
Free Trial
NoYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoYes
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
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Project Management
Comparison of Project Management features of Product A and Product B
AbacusLaw
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Ratings
BQE CORE
7.9
21 Ratings
3% above category average
Task Management00 Ratings7.913 Ratings
Resource Management00 Ratings8.015 Ratings
Gantt Charts00 Ratings6.45 Ratings
Scheduling00 Ratings8.49 Ratings
Workflow Automation00 Ratings7.98 Ratings
Team Collaboration00 Ratings8.011 Ratings
Support for Agile Methodology00 Ratings6.04 Ratings
Support for Waterfall Methodology00 Ratings7.55 Ratings
Document Management00 Ratings7.512 Ratings
Email integration00 Ratings7.910 Ratings
Mobile Access00 Ratings8.512 Ratings
Timesheet Tracking00 Ratings9.421 Ratings
Change request and Case Management00 Ratings9.98 Ratings
Budget and Expense Management00 Ratings7.918 Ratings
Professional Services Automation
Comparison of Professional Services Automation features of Product A and Product B
AbacusLaw
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Ratings
BQE CORE
7.7
14 Ratings
1% above category average
Quotes/estimates00 Ratings7.46 Ratings
Invoicing00 Ratings8.511 Ratings
Project & financial reporting00 Ratings7.914 Ratings
Integration with accounting software00 Ratings6.97 Ratings
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User Ratings
AbacusLawBQE CORE
Likelihood to Recommend
1.0
(2 ratings)
8.7
(110 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
7.9
(8 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
8.6
(98 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
8.2
(1 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
7.3
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
7.0
(1 ratings)
8.4
(90 ratings)
Online Training
-
(0 ratings)
6.4
(1 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
5.1
(7 ratings)
Ease of integration
-
(0 ratings)
4.5
(1 ratings)
Product Scalability
-
(0 ratings)
8.2
(1 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
-
(0 ratings)
8.2
(1 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
-
(0 ratings)
8.2
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
AbacusLawBQE CORE
Likelihood to Recommend
AbacusNext
My understanding is AbacusLaw was bought out by CARET and now pushing their cloud based CMS. Support has always sucked with AbacusLaw. Again, our latest 10+ issues has been going on since 2/13/2023 and it is now 5/18/2023. Abacus STILL does not know how to fix our issues!!! For $60/month per user, you think they would have better support. I have in the process of canceling our contract for breach of contract due to support and the issues for the last 3 months and going with a new CMS. However, the partners of the firm want to stick with a self-hosted (stand alone) CMS, and they are few and far between anymore.
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BQE Software Inc.
BQE CORE is well suited for someone that wants to overpay to keep track of time, invoicing, and standard financial metrics. BQE CORE has the opportunity to be a really robust operating system for an architectural practice that wants to understand how projects are going, how they can improve as a studio, and move forward in providing great impact to their clients, all the while, spending less time in a boring software that no architect wants to use. BQE CORE can feel like a necessary thing for a studio to be managing growth well. But it also can be a lot of fun, intuitive, and exciting for an architect that just wants to be an architect. It can be a learning tool. However, it's too clunky, it isn't flexible, only reactive, and backwards looking for KPIs. To integrate with interesting equations of how a firm can look at project success, turn it into a dashboard for the entire studio, that would be fun. The banking cloud feed is one of the worst I have experienced. The lack of reporting customization is awful. And the amount of redundant information that has to be put into a project that you actually want to have phases in, track your allocations, and manage it, is entirely too cumbersome. BQE Core has an AWESOME foundation. But to build the proverbial house, we gotta care about the craft.
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Pros
AbacusNext
  • Security
  • Organization
  • Easy to use
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BQE Software Inc.
  • Invoice Collections within Billing is a great tool because of the ability to take notes and track contact.
  • Invoices are professional looking and easy for our clients to understand the overall progress within each phase of their project.
  • Dashboards are the best tool EVER!
  • The Contact List feature within Clients setup is the perfect way to track multiple project managers within a large company that also has multiple contracts with us.
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Cons
AbacusNext
  • SUPPORT STINKS - As of today we have been having issues for OVER 3 MONTHS, but Abacus now only has ONE Tier II tech, and ONE Tier III tech and neither one have figured out our problem or fixed it!
  • Having a lot of issues since day one
  • We have a self-hosted version and are not on the cloud and the updates usually bring other issues. They don't know the term "if its not broke don't fix it."
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BQE Software Inc.
  • Startup training is available (& you need it so that you get off to a great start)
  • A report that shows the key setups for a project that can be glanced over quickly to assure it is correct
  • A way to set a new start date for the dashboards and data set, or a way to default old bad data to a default so reports run without bad data showing up.
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Likelihood to Renew
AbacusNext
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BQE Software Inc.
We have been using Core for a few years now, and honestly started to look at other software systems to see what was out there. What we chose was a nightmare for migration so we never left Core. Now we have added invoicing and payments from Core instead of double entry with QBO. Still only a few cycles in but looks like it will be up to speed soon and working smoothly.
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Usability
AbacusNext
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BQE Software Inc.
Navigating CORE is a breeze as the tool is visually organized well. Improvements need to be made to filtering. A more intuitive approach would help with generating reports and utilizing the resource allocation and forecasting tabs. Filtering by resource groups on these tabs are broken which is a huge inconvenience. Overall, though, the tool is easy to use as a whole, and the support team is very responsive and always available to help when you have a question.
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Reliability and Availability
AbacusNext
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BQE Software Inc.
I can only remember a couple of times in 4 years that Core has been unavailable.
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Performance
AbacusNext
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BQE Software Inc.
This is one area that does need some improvement. It can be slow at time, so we had our IT look at it from our side and we had no issues, so it has to be some slowness on their side.
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Support Rating
AbacusNext
The support is generally good and relatively quick BUT when there is a new product or something they want you to buy, I have felt a bit harassed at that point by sales but when I have an issue I don't feel like support jumps on it as quick.
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BQE Software Inc.
I have never needed to contact support for this product. Although it is suggested I skip this question if I have no applicable experience with it, I don't have the option to skip it. So I will instead attempt to get 50 words in this box as explanation for that.
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Online Training
AbacusNext
No answers on this topic
BQE Software Inc.
Make sure you have someone training you that fits your style of learning.
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Implementation Rating
AbacusNext
No answers on this topic
BQE Software Inc.
It does take some time to understand the options and to find the best invoice template.
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Alternatives Considered
AbacusNext
I did not evaluate MyCase when we selected AbacusLaw. I did not select AbacusLaw and was not involved at that time in the decision. I am evaluating MyCase NOW to REPLACE AbacusLaw.
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BQE Software Inc.
I am a user and was not involved in the decision making. Tool was already in place when I joined. But comparing to other tools I have used in the past, BQE is by far the easiest to use. You do not need any training to start using this tool immediately
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Scalability
AbacusNext
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BQE Software Inc.
This software works on a small and large scale.
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Return on Investment
AbacusNext
  • We have been using Abacus (and previously Amicus) for so long it is hard to tell.
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BQE Software Inc.
  • BQE Core has allowed our growing business to manage time tracking in an effective and efficient manner. We could not have effectively kept running our operation without it.
  • BQE Core provides all of the reports we need to do our monthly management reporting. This allows us to quickly spot problems such as capacity overloads, receivables problems, budget overruns, or timekeeping issues.
  • BQE Core has supported our business objective of generating more profit from projects that we undertake by allowing us to quickly and effectively monitor budget burn rates before it becomes an issue.
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