Access Handisoft vs. Xero

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Access Handisoft
Score 9.4 out of 10
N/A
Access Handisoft is a suite of solutions for accountants and advisors who want to optimise their practice. It is based on technology acquired with Sage Australia (Sage HandiSoft).N/A
Xero
Score 8.5 out of 10
N/A
Xero is an online accounting software product for small businesses and personal finance. Its features beyond general ledger and double-bookkeeping include quotable invoicing, bank reconciliation, purchase order and expense management, and tax management. Third party apps can extend its features further.
$13
per month
Pricing
Access HandisoftXero
Editions & Modules
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Early
$13
per month
Growing
$37
per month
Established
$70
per month
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Access HandisoftXero
Free Trial
NoYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional DetailsPrices in table are in USD and just apply to the US - other markets & prices are listed below: Canada - Starter $18 CAD/month, Standard $45 CAD/month, Premium 5 $58 CAD/month UK - Starter £14/month, Standard £28/month, Premium £36/month AU - Starter $29 AUD/month, Standard $59 AUD/month, Premium 5 $76 AUD/month NZ - Starter $31 NZD/month, Standard $66 NZD/month, Premium $84 NZD/month
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Community Pulse
Access HandisoftXero
Considered Both Products
Access Handisoft

No answer on this topic

Xero
Chose Xero
Xero is a million times better than handisoft. Firstly, it is cloud based so you can access it from anywhere you have internet connection which has been great during the working from home era of the pandemic. Secondly, its client data base is much easier to search and edit …
Top Pros
Top Cons

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Features
Access HandisoftXero
Payroll Management
Comparison of Payroll Management features of Product A and Product B
Access Handisoft
-
Ratings
Xero
7.9
73 Ratings
5% above category average
Pay calculation00 Ratings7.965 Ratings
Benefit plan administration00 Ratings8.223 Ratings
Direct deposit files00 Ratings8.049 Ratings
Salary revision and increment management00 Ratings7.941 Ratings
Reimbursement management00 Ratings7.354 Ratings
Customization
Comparison of Customization features of Product A and Product B
Access Handisoft
-
Ratings
Xero
7.6
123 Ratings
7% above category average
API for custom integration00 Ratings7.679 Ratings
Plug-ins00 Ratings7.5110 Ratings
Security
Comparison of Security features of Product A and Product B
Access Handisoft
-
Ratings
Xero
8.2
154 Ratings
4% above category average
Single sign-on capability00 Ratings7.772 Ratings
Role-based user permissions00 Ratings8.6152 Ratings
Reporting & Analytics
Comparison of Reporting & Analytics features of Product A and Product B
Access Handisoft
-
Ratings
Xero
7.9
174 Ratings
4% above category average
Dashboards00 Ratings7.7170 Ratings
Standard reports00 Ratings8.1173 Ratings
Custom reports00 Ratings7.7154 Ratings
General Ledger and Configurable Accounting
Comparison of General Ledger and Configurable Accounting features of Product A and Product B
Access Handisoft
-
Ratings
Xero
7.4
183 Ratings
0% below category average
Accounts payable00 Ratings8.7171 Ratings
Accounts receivable00 Ratings8.8171 Ratings
Cash management00 Ratings8.1156 Ratings
Bank reconciliation00 Ratings9.3178 Ratings
Expense management00 Ratings7.8162 Ratings
Time tracking00 Ratings7.456 Ratings
Fixed asset management00 Ratings7.5112 Ratings
Multi-currency support00 Ratings7.5104 Ratings
Multi-division support00 Ratings7.088 Ratings
Regulations compliance00 Ratings8.188 Ratings
Electronic tax filing00 Ratings8.990 Ratings
Self-service portal00 Ratings7.6102 Ratings
Global Financial Support00 Ratings5.848 Ratings
Primary and Secondary Ledgers00 Ratings7.047 Ratings
Intercompany Accounting00 Ratings6.340 Ratings
Localizations00 Ratings8.039 Ratings
Journals and Reconciliations00 Ratings9.190 Ratings
Enterprise Accounting00 Ratings4.833 Ratings
Configurable Accounting00 Ratings6.259 Ratings
Centralized Rules Framework00 Ratings5.533 Ratings
Standardized Processes00 Ratings6.559 Ratings
Inventory Management
Comparison of Inventory Management features of Product A and Product B
Access Handisoft
-
Ratings
Xero
6.5
84 Ratings
8% below category average
Inventory tracking00 Ratings5.980 Ratings
Automatic reordering00 Ratings7.224 Ratings
Location management00 Ratings7.129 Ratings
Manufacturing module00 Ratings6.316 Ratings
Order Management
Comparison of Order Management features of Product A and Product B
Access Handisoft
-
Ratings
Xero
7.0
89 Ratings
5% below category average
Pricing00 Ratings6.962 Ratings
Order entry00 Ratings7.156 Ratings
Credit card processing00 Ratings7.658 Ratings
Cost of goods sold00 Ratings7.566 Ratings
Order Orchestration00 Ratings6.721 Ratings
End-to-end order visibility00 Ratings6.624 Ratings
Order exception Resolution00 Ratings6.717 Ratings
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User Ratings
Access HandisoftXero
Likelihood to Recommend
8.0
(1 ratings)
8.6
(198 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
9.9
(32 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
8.8
(123 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(10 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(8 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
8.8
(36 ratings)
In-Person Training
-
(0 ratings)
9.1
(1 ratings)
Online Training
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(5 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
7.3
(10 ratings)
Configurability
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Ease of integration
-
(0 ratings)
6.2
(83 ratings)
Product Scalability
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(6 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(2 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(2 ratings)
User Testimonials
Access HandisoftXero
Likelihood to Recommend
The Access Group
The software is great and does what we need for our day-to-day accounting, but when it comes to our in-house IT, we seem to have issues with our internal server complementing our ability to work outside of the office on the software. Data has been lost, work time wasted twice.
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Xero
I see this working best for very small organizations that work with other small organizations. Once you start growing and needing more features, Xero will not grow with you. You will have to resort to add-ons or transition to a new service. I do also wish they had more open communication about the future of Xero, and an extended road map of planned features so we can see what their developers are up to. They certainly don't seem to be making much progress on the feature list recommended by users!
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Pros
The Access Group
  • Productivity
  • Dashboard/reporting
  • Ease of use
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Xero
  • Their method of moving between screens was very logical and intuitive which is not a "given" attribute among software packages.
  • Finding transactions was relatively easy with just common sense.
  • The use of this software was generally well received in that the accountants did not discredit the software as cheap, poorly organized, or timely to learn. No one at Corporate had a vendetta against using Xero.
  • It does a good job of allowing the users to drill down to the final detail of an account balance - which is fundamental to the accounting department's needs.
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Cons
The Access Group
  • Inventory building
  • Reboot necessity
  • Internet Lag
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Xero
  • We also use XPM for our CRM. When creating tasks in XPM, it would be helpful if the entire chart of accounts was an option in the Income Account drop-down box. Sometimes, tasks or costs need to be coded back to an expense or COG's account.
  • When editing an invoice in Xero, that change is not reflected in XPM. Since I am the only employee privy to the Xero side, other employees only accessing XPM cannot see the change unless I make a note.
  • When setting up third-party payment apps such as Stripe. Xero would not allow me to code transaction fees back to an expense or COGS account. Each morning, I must go in and find and recode these fees.
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Likelihood to Renew
The Access Group
No answers on this topic
Xero
In addition to the matters covered in this review, my reason for renewing this product is that Xero's functionality and the constant updates that the company provides, makes the software even more business friendly. The software therefore builds a brand loyalty among customers.
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Usability
The Access Group
No answers on this topic
Xero
I rate Xero 10/10 for overall usability because it's incredibly user-friendly and easy to understand. Its seamless functionality ensures a smooth experience, and the fact that it operates online makes it accessible anytime, anywhere. In my opinion, it stands out as the favorite program in the industry.
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Reliability and Availability
The Access Group
No answers on this topic
Xero
We have been actively using and 100% Xero based for our ecommerce accounting practice for over 4 years. There has on been one real outage for more than 5 minutes. Xero was open and transparent about the outage, what they were doing to resolve the issue, and provided 15 minute updates. Showing how they care about their customers and partners. Plus, showing that their customers care too, were understanding, and went surfing or in our case took a nap. Couldn't run our business without Xero as a partner.
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Performance
The Access Group
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Xero
Pages generally load quickly, but it's a fairly common occurrence to have pages taking a bit longer than I'd like to load (as in, 4+ seconds). Occasionally I have to refresh a page to get it to work. Bank feed and integrations tend to be slow in general, but that could easily be due to API latency on the side of the other parties. Most of the time, though, the bank feeds refresh before I login so it's not a huge problem. Not necessarily good performance compared to a local app like QuickBooks desktop, but definitely good performance for a cloud application. Room for growth? yes.
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Support Rating
The Access Group
No answers on this topic
Xero
Always respond and keep issues open until you are satisfied with the result. Generally good responses, in the past, I had some support responses that were really basic and really annoying. They type where "have your tried restarting your computer" style of answers. Well, of course, I went through all the basics before contacting them. Duh, but I suppose not everyone does. Otherwise, it would be a 10. The last year has shown a marked improvement in the support responses however.
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In-Person Training
The Access Group
No answers on this topic
Xero
The format was great; someone was there to ask questions or help if you were stuck.
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Online Training
The Access Group
No answers on this topic
Xero
All of Xero's training is online and available for anyone (business owner or accountants) to learn and become experts in their system. There is a range of content from product training to real world webinars from their partners. Xero is beautiful accounting software and their training is the same.
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Implementation Rating
The Access Group
No answers on this topic
Xero
If it can be done, time the implementation near a new fiscal year so you can start clean. Otherwise, you have to go back and do historical data from the beginning of the fiscal year, which can be brain draining.
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Alternatives Considered
The Access Group
Because we work with a CPA as our Finance Manager, it is best to have the ability to track our workflow and progress, as well as our own Due Date Tracking in order to remind him. They use QuickBooks to document their business, but using Access allows us to easily manage our number to send to them for general use.
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Xero
Xero has a more modern user interface, better bank account synchronization, better automations, and an overall more pleasurable user experience. The setup is more simple. Quickbooks Desktop has easier to use and more robust reporting; however, for my needs that is overkill. What Xero does have is thorough enough for any accounting and decisions I need to make
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Scalability
The Access Group
No answers on this topic
Xero
I have yet to fully stress test the product given the size of the company where I am using it. I am sure as we scale to more customers, more vendors and more reporting requirements, I will have a better understanding of what it is capable of in terms of bandwidth and processing
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Return on Investment
The Access Group
No answers on this topic
Xero
  • Cafeful attention to the P&L has resulted in improved margins across all my skus thanks to Xero
  • Input errors into xero by bookkeepers has caused incorrect payments which took time and money to resolve
  • Payroll administration has significantly reduced as xero makes this process easy
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