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Likelihood to Recommend

Accounting by Wave

Wave is an excellent option for small start-up businesses since it's a free application, comparable to others like Xero & Quikbooks, and integrates with most major banks. Where I would see considering to move platforms is when you have more than 10 employees and multiple accounts to balance which at that point may be a good time to consult a book keeper and consider switching software if needed. Side note Wave offers a list of local bookkeeping professionals that work with Wave software in your area so you wouldn't have to change systems.
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Microsoft Dynamics SL

In the service series, there is a weakness in applying revenue recognition concepts which are a strong point of the project series. It is difficult to get a period sensitive WIP that could be recreated at any time for a point in time (fiscal period).
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Feature Rating Comparison

Payroll Management

Accounting by Wave
7.9
Microsoft Dynamics SL
8.5
Pay calculation
Accounting by Wave
8.3
Microsoft Dynamics SL
9.6
Benefit plan administration
Accounting by Wave
7.5
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Direct deposit files
Accounting by Wave
8.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
9.0
Salary revision and increment management
Accounting by Wave
7.7
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Reimbursement management
Accounting by Wave
8.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
7.0

Customization

Accounting by Wave
9.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
7.3
API for custom integration
Accounting by Wave
8.9
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
Plug-ins
Accounting by Wave
9.1
Microsoft Dynamics SL
8.6

Security

Accounting by Wave
8.6
Microsoft Dynamics SL
5.2
Single sign-on capability
Accounting by Wave
9.1
Microsoft Dynamics SL
4.9
Role-based user permissions
Accounting by Wave
8.1
Microsoft Dynamics SL
5.4

Reporting & Analytics

Accounting by Wave
8.4
Microsoft Dynamics SL
2.9
Dashboards
Accounting by Wave
8.4
Microsoft Dynamics SL
2.0
Standard reports
Accounting by Wave
8.3
Microsoft Dynamics SL
3.9
Custom reports
Accounting by Wave
8.6
Microsoft Dynamics SL
2.9

General Ledger and Configurable Accounting

Accounting by Wave
8.2
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.8
Accounts payable
Accounting by Wave
8.6
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.4
Accounts receivable
Accounting by Wave
9.2
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
Cash management
Accounting by Wave
8.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Bank reconciliation
Accounting by Wave
7.8
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Expense management
Accounting by Wave
8.5
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Time tracking
Accounting by Wave
7.3
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Fixed asset management
Accounting by Wave
6.3
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Multi-currency support
Accounting by Wave
8.5
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Multi-division support
Accounting by Wave
7.5
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Regulations compliance
Accounting by Wave
7.3
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Electronic tax filing
Accounting by Wave
6.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Self-service portal
Accounting by Wave
9.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Global Financial Support
Accounting by Wave
9.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
Primary and Secondary Ledgers
Accounting by Wave
9.3
Microsoft Dynamics SL
5.9
Intercompany Accounting
Accounting by Wave
8.7
Microsoft Dynamics SL
4.4
Localizations
Accounting by Wave
9.5
Microsoft Dynamics SL
3.4
Journals and Reconciliations
Accounting by Wave
8.1
Microsoft Dynamics SL
5.4
Enterprise Accounting
Accounting by Wave
8.7
Microsoft Dynamics SL
7.0
Configurable Accounting
Accounting by Wave
8.5
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
Centralized Rules Framework
Accounting by Wave
9.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Standardized Processes
Accounting by Wave
8.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
3.0

Inventory Management

Accounting by Wave
8.9
Microsoft Dynamics SL
4.3
Inventory tracking
Accounting by Wave
9.5
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
Automatic reordering
Accounting by Wave
8.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Location management
Accounting by Wave
9.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
1.0
Manufacturing module
Accounting by Wave
9.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0

Order Management

Accounting by Wave
7.9
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.7
Pricing
Accounting by Wave
8.3
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
Order entry
Accounting by Wave
8.3
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
Credit card processing
Accounting by Wave
9.1
Microsoft Dynamics SL
7.0
Cost of goods sold
Accounting by Wave
8.8
Microsoft Dynamics SL
7.0
Order Orchestration
Accounting by Wave
8.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
End-to-end order visibility
Accounting by Wave
4.8
Microsoft Dynamics SL
8.0
Order exception Resolution
Accounting by Wave
8.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0

Accounting Firm BPO Features

Accounting by Wave
8.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Branded client dashboards
Accounting by Wave
8.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Client data roll-up capabilities
Accounting by Wave
8.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Client data consolidation for benchmarking
Accounting by Wave
7.5
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Configurable alerts
Accounting by Wave
8.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Billing bypass
Accounting by Wave
8.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Client template cloning
Accounting by Wave
8.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Single sign-on
Accounting by Wave
9.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Configurable client onboarding questions
Accounting by Wave
8.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Cross-client workflow management
Accounting by Wave
8.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Industry-specific versioning
Accounting by Wave
8.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL
Legacy system data migration
Accounting by Wave
8.0
Microsoft Dynamics SL

Subledger and Financial Process

Accounting by Wave
Microsoft Dynamics SL
4.9
Automated Invoice Processing
Accounting by Wave
Microsoft Dynamics SL
3.9
Shared Services Payments
Accounting by Wave
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
Billings Management
Accounting by Wave
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
Customer Receipt Applications
Accounting by Wave
Microsoft Dynamics SL
5.0
Customer Collections
Accounting by Wave
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
Revenue Recognition
Accounting by Wave
Microsoft Dynamics SL
4.4
Cash Management
Accounting by Wave
Microsoft Dynamics SL
3.9
Asset Management
Accounting by Wave
Microsoft Dynamics SL
4.9
Travel & Expense Management
Accounting by Wave
Microsoft Dynamics SL
5.0
Budgetary Control & Encumbrance Accounting
Accounting by Wave
Microsoft Dynamics SL
2.0
Period Close
Accounting by Wave
Microsoft Dynamics SL
4.9
Transactions Tax
Accounting by Wave
Microsoft Dynamics SL
7.0
Subledger Reconciliations
Accounting by Wave
Microsoft Dynamics SL
4.4

Project Financial Management

Accounting by Wave
Microsoft Dynamics SL
3.6
Budgeting and Forecasting
Accounting by Wave
Microsoft Dynamics SL
4.4
Project Costing
Accounting by Wave
Microsoft Dynamics SL
3.9
Cost Capture
Accounting by Wave
Microsoft Dynamics SL
3.9
Customer Invoicing
Accounting by Wave
Microsoft Dynamics SL
5.0
Project Revenue Recognition
Accounting by Wave
Microsoft Dynamics SL
2.0
Project Financial Performance Analysis
Accounting by Wave
Microsoft Dynamics SL
4.4
Project Financials Dashboard
Accounting by Wave
Microsoft Dynamics SL
2.0
Real-time Financial Reporting
Accounting by Wave
Microsoft Dynamics SL
2.9

Grants Management

Accounting by Wave
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.3
Award Lifecycle Management
Accounting by Wave
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
Spending Control
Accounting by Wave
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
Billing
Accounting by Wave
Microsoft Dynamics SL
7.0

Manufacturing

Accounting by Wave
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
Production Management
Accounting by Wave
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0

Supply Chain

Accounting by Wave
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0
Inventory Planning
Accounting by Wave
Microsoft Dynamics SL
6.0

Pros

  • Wave is a wonderful integrated solution offering invoicing, bookkeeping, and cash flow analysis along with bank integration that auto updates.
  • Wave is a payment solution provider with an industry standard rate of 2.9ish% for credit card transactions and provides a good analysis for me as to when I typically get paid.
  • Wave pulls common data for me in building a customized branded invoice, allowing me to make the invoice process faster by adding repeat customers and listing my graphic design services.
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  • Ability to add companies, and sub-accounts on the fly allows for the growth of the system without conversions, and flexible reporting allows for the quick utilization of the data.
  • Multi-Company allows for easy and automated data entry and reporting across multiple legal entities and business segments.
  • Multi-Company also allows for easy centralization of business processes (AP check writing and Fixed Assets for example), while spreading data entry across the enterprise.
  • Ability to Copy/Paste into Dynamics SL has always been a strength- especially from Excel. The additional power of being able to use Excel for a myriad of calculations, including complex allocations, and formatting the result into a JE to paste directly into the Journal Entry Screen has saved countless hours in data-entry, and made re-use of complex items very easy.
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Cons

  • Wave is owned by ADP and integrates well, but I'm less of a fan of ADP these days, so I'll need to work out how it'll work out with alternate payroll providers.
  • The app for Wave has some great functions, but the website has much more complete integration, where you can 'skip' sending an invoice if you're just using it to track invoices for retainer-based clients.
  • The receipt tracking app is separate from the accounting app, and could possibly be integrated better.
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  • Built-in functionality for workflow/reviews/approvals could be improved.
  • Better documentation of controls and reporting of the audit trail (think SOX).
  • Better remote office, work from home capabilities (such as cloud bases SAAS) would help resolve security and speed/performance constraints.
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Likelihood to Renew

Accounting by Wave7.8
Based on 3 answers
Easy to use for clients with no accounting background and the price is right.
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Microsoft Dynamics SL5.4
Based on 8 answers
It meets all of our needs. Users and management are pleased with ease of use and the end result of data management in reports.
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Usability

Accounting by Wave5.3
Based on 4 answers
I am a professional bookkeeper and I have no problems using Wave and all of it's features. I can see that certain individuals who have no accounting knowledge might struggle with a few different features and entries, but that is why Wave has an emphasis in connecting users to Wave Pro's who will walk them through things
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Microsoft Dynamics SL1.8
Based on 6 answers
I rate it a 10 because we have removed the fields we don't need so users can really crank the data into the system. The software was designed for the professional services firm in mind but does a tremendous job for construction firms and "blended" companies that are both distribution firms but project centric as well. Perhaps they drop ship inventory to a project where their employees or subs need to work on a project for example.
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Reliability and Availability

Accounting by Wave6.7
Based on 4 answers
WAVE is always available when we need it ! Peter
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Microsoft Dynamics SL9.9
Based on 2 answers
We have had only one unplanned outage for 2 hours in the last 30 months. We shut down for 30 min to 1 hour once a month, but that is for Microsoft OS updates to the servers. Being a 24/7 world wide operation, the reliability is really important. We do get an 8 hour window on the weekend that we can be down for a short period to install Microsoft Dynamics SL updates, but we do not have many of those. On our last version upgrade, we shut the users out at 9:30 am and were fully operational in less than 6 hours. The upgrade was New SQL server, New SL server and 2 new Citrix servers.
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Performance

Accounting by Wave2.9
Based on 2 answers
Wave does tend to slow down when filtering your transactions screen especially by date. This is more of an issue when trying to trouble shoot certain transactions or clean-up a set of books.
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Microsoft Dynamics SL1.0
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

Support

Accounting by Wave9.0
Based on 1 answer
If they had live chat service then I'd rate this a 10.
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Microsoft Dynamics SL9.5
Based on 4 answers
Support is only used when needed, so unfortunately ,they get all the odd issues. It's a difficult business, but Microsoft and our firm do a great job of meeting customer needs. We get routine feedback that our support services are very good.
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Online Training

Accounting by Wave4.7
Based on 3 answers
easy to use and east to train on ! Our WAVE clients enjoy the ease of use
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Microsoft Dynamics SL1.0
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

Implementation

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Microsoft Dynamics SL9.0
Based on 4 answers
Just to let it take its course. The implementation for me once I became a part of my former organization was pretty seamless. Just get to know the basics and call the support team to ask questions if you need help on an issue, should they arise. They are ready, willing, and able to help!
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Alternatives Considered

Wave is better in being my one place to go for collecting payments. PayPal is nice if you're on the road collecting payments through their app and using PayPal Here, but if you would like to keep invoicing in the same place as your bookkeeping, I think Wave is a better-integrated solution.
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They were both pretty easy to use, but I started using Microsoft Dynamics SL so it was a matter of knowing and becoming familiar with this program first. I became very accustomed to the modules and how to navigate the program.
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Rating for Public Practice CPAs

Accounting by Wave8.0
Based on 8 answers
I rated the software an 7 due to its ease of use. It would be rated higher, but I consider this to be a niche product instead of a go to product for all clients. This is the software to use if you want an inexpensive entry level software for an owner managed business.
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Scalability

Accounting by Wave3.0
Based on 2 answers
Once they out grow what is ability to move up to a more robust system?
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Microsoft Dynamics SL1.4
Based on 2 answers
Since the backbone of the database is MS SQLServer, the database can be easily scaled.
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Return on Investment

  • Helps keep boring cash accounting more orderly and professional. I could use spreadsheets, but why?
  • Saves money over other options, with a nice UI.
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  • Increased employee efficiency. While using this program, I was able to complete payments to factories pretty seamlessly. I just had to select the invoice that was getting paid, and include it in the batch for payment.
  • Better customer service. I was able to better communicate with factories what was owed to them and why by entering the debit or credit notes and adding them to the batch to submit for payment.
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Pricing Details

Accounting by Wave

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details

Microsoft Dynamics SL

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details