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Ascentis Payroll

Ascentis Payroll is well suited for small companies where there is minimal audit/review that needs to happen. The system is something that has to be audited regularly. Also may be a good solution for an organization that has a well versed Payroll MANAGER, versus a Payroll Administrator that may require some guidance.
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QuickBooks for Mac

It's easy and fun to use QuickBooks for Mac when it is set up right. It works well for the most part and has only a few bugs. I would rate it a 9 if it was able to do job costing for wages, and if there were more programs/apps that integrate with it.But if you are choosing accounting technology QuickBooks for Mac might be a poor choice because an online accounting program, instead of premise-based software, will make it easier to collaborate with your bookkeeper, CPA, Advisor, etc.. The exception is running QuickBooks for Mac in a hosted environment which allows multiple users to access it. Of course if your internet connection is unreliable, you are not ready for online accounting software! In that case, QuickBooks for Mac is easy to use, just be sure it's set up right first.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Payroll Management

Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks for Mac
9.4
Pay calculation
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks for Mac
7.1
Benefit plan administration
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks for Mac
10.0
Direct deposit files
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks for Mac
10.0
Salary revision and increment management
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks for Mac
10.0
Reimbursement management
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks for Mac
10.0

Customization

Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks for Mac
7.6
API for custom integration
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks for Mac
7.6
Plug-ins
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks for Mac
7.6

Security

Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks for Mac
9.3
Single sign-on capability
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks for Mac
9.4
Role-based user permissions
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks for Mac
9.3

Reporting & Analytics

Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks for Mac
8.2
Dashboards
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks for Mac
7.8
Standard reports
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks for Mac
8.6
Custom reports
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks for Mac
8.3

General Ledger and Configurable Accounting

Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks for Mac
7.5
Accounts payable
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks for Mac
8.8
Accounts receivable
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks for Mac
8.7
Cash management
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks for Mac
7.9
Bank reconciliation
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks for Mac
9.0
Expense management
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks for Mac
7.9
Time tracking
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks for Mac
6.2
Fixed asset management
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks for Mac
6.8
Multi-currency support
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks for Mac
7.8
Multi-division support
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks for Mac
5.7
Regulations compliance
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks for Mac
5.2
Electronic tax filing
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks for Mac
9.2
Self-service portal
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks for Mac
8.9
Global Financial Support
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks for Mac
5.2
Primary and Secondary Ledgers
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks for Mac
6.6
Intercompany Accounting
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks for Mac
7.7
Localizations
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks for Mac
7.9
Journals and Reconciliations
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks for Mac
8.6
Enterprise Accounting
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks for Mac
10.0
Configurable Accounting
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks for Mac
6.5
Centralized Rules Framework
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks for Mac
5.2
Standardized Processes
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks for Mac
8.8

Inventory Management

Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks for Mac
6.7
Inventory tracking
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks for Mac
5.8
Automatic reordering
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks for Mac
6.3
Location management
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks for Mac
7.8
Manufacturing module
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks for Mac
6.8

Order Management

Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks for Mac
7.6
Pricing
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks for Mac
8.1
Order entry
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks for Mac
8.3
Credit card processing
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks for Mac
8.9
Cost of goods sold
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks for Mac
7.4
Order Orchestration
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks for Mac
8.0
End-to-end order visibility
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks for Mac
6.3
Order exception Resolution
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks for Mac
6.3

Accounting Firm BPO Features

Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks for Mac
8.8
Branded client dashboards
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks for Mac
7.3
Client data roll-up capabilities
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks for Mac
10.0
Client data consolidation for benchmarking
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks for Mac
10.0
Configurable alerts
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks for Mac
10.0
Billing bypass
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks for Mac
10.0
Client template cloning
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks for Mac
7.8
Single sign-on
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks for Mac
8.8
Configurable client onboarding questions
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks for Mac
10.0
Cross-client workflow management
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks for Mac
7.9
Industry-specific versioning
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks for Mac
7.8
Legacy system data migration
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks for Mac
7.3

Pros

  • Creating Manual Checks: this system is very easy to create a manual check on an emergency/as needed basis.
  • Canned reports: good selection to choose from
  • Easy to load reports from timekeeper to ensure accurate processing
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  • Online banking is easy and fun to learn, and saves data-entry for those little debits/ATM's on your bank statement.
  • Invoices can be designed to look nice and emailed with a "Pay link which speeds up cash flow; a #1 concern for new businesses.
  • Save money by using the online payroll that syncs in data so you don't have to enter complicated paychecks at all.
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Cons

  • Custom reports: not user friendly or intuitive and have to call support every time and they are not the most trained to be able to assist
  • Taxes: A lot of back and forth with the Tax team and they make the ownership on the employer without providing much support
  • Not all items flow from Ascentis HR to Ascentis Payroll so there are many duplicate manual additions to record.
  • All updates have to be entered into HR before it flows to Payroll system. If update made in Payroll system, it will not flow over to HR system.
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  • The #1 complaint is that setting it up right is a challenge. People waste time trying to figure it out only to realize that they don't know accounting so of course they don't know how an accounting program should be set up. Like any time you are in over your head, reach out to your network and find someone who can log onto your computer and walk you through it.
  • If you need to track the cost of wages to jobs you can't do it with the online payroll, but check for yourself because it's a function that landscaping companies and construction businesses usually need, so maybe they have added it by now. That would really help!
  • It's premise-based software and that means you take on the role of hardware admin, and it's a lot of work for what is increasingly becoming a smaller gap in the functionality between QuickBooks for Mac and QuickBooks Online.
  • QuickBooks for Mac 2015 has been updated consistently over the last 3 years and continues to provide for the bookkeeping needs of small companies using Macs in their offices. However, it has limited job costing functionality. It is similar in functionality to the 2010 version of QuickBooksPro which runs on Windows.
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Likelihood to Renew

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QuickBooks for Mac8.0
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It works well for my business and for those clients I support that use it. I also support other platforms, so its limitations do not bother me, as I am comfortable in switching when another product would work better, and in recommending another to my clients.
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Usability

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QuickBooks for Mac8.0
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The Mac version is OK overall. I find the Windows versions to be much more robust but Mac is quite good for Mac users. Though I think die hard Mac users should consider QuickBooks Online instead as there is a new QB for Mac app that makes using QBO much better!
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Reliability and Availability

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QuickBooks for Mac9.0
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I've been using the QuickBooks online version for a little over 6 months now (upgraded from Mac desktop) and I haven't had any access issues. There have been times when it was down for service/upgrade however there is always plenty of notification time given by the Quick Books Online Support team. These upgrade maintenance time frames are always over night hours and on the weekends so everything can be worked around very easily.
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Support

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QuickBooks for Mac5.0
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Because the support level I get is probably not what the average user gets
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Alternatives Considered

Paychex worked a lot easier and their representatives knew the system in and out. Any issues were easily resolved and if a solution required time, they would always find a way to help the customer versus having the customer try to figure out what a solution is. This can be rather frustrating when you are an administrator and are not the subject matter expert
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AccountEdge Pro. It's stand alone only for Mac and that didn't suit our needs.
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Return on Investment

  • Positive: One seamless solution that pulls in time and attendance for quick processing
  • Negative: Multiple audit of system and information processed through
  • Negative: taxes-- must have knowledge of payroll taxes, their "experts" are not always helpful
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  • It's free so the only investment is a subscription to QuickBooks Online, which is a fine investment for us. We love it.
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Pricing Details

Ascentis Payroll

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

QuickBooks for Mac

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