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Likelihood to Recommend

Ascentis

While the Recruiting module itself is difficult to get it the way we need, moving applicants into HR has saved us tons of time since it is fully integrated. Everything works well together and the support services teams for all modules are outstanding. Within Recruiting, there are no integrated Reference check capabilities, so it has to be done manually outside the system. With the volume of seasonal hiring we do, we simply don't have the time to do this effectively. If there was a way to run reference checks and have them flow back to the employee record in the form of an attachment for their file, it would be awesome!
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QuickBooks Desktop Pro

One of my clients is a manufacturing company utilizing QuickBooks with 15 employees to manage all aspects of their business. Frequent tasks being performed are generating purchase orders for raw materials, invoicing customers for finished products, and payroll. As the primary person supporting this installation I've found it easy to manage, control permissions for users, and upgrade each workstation. I also provide basic training on the operation of QuickBooks and even the employees with no previous experience find it easy to use and learn.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Human Resource Management

Ascentis
7.1
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
Employee demographic data
Ascentis
8.0
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
Employment history
Ascentis
7.8
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
Job profiles and administration
Ascentis
7.2
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.
Ascentis
6.8
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
Organizational charting
Ascentis
5.9
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
Organization and location management
Ascentis
7.2
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)
Ascentis
6.9
QuickBooks Desktop Pro

Payroll Management

Ascentis
7.5
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
6.9
Pay calculation
Ascentis
8.1
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
8.4
Support for external payroll vendors
Ascentis
7.4
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
Benefit plan administration
Ascentis
6.9
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
5.1
Direct deposit files
Ascentis
8.5
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
7.6
Salary revision and increment management
Ascentis
7.4
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
5.9
Reimbursement management
Ascentis
6.4
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
7.6

Leave and Attendance Management

Ascentis
7.5
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
Approval workflow
Ascentis
7.5
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
Balance details
Ascentis
7.5
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
Annual carry-forward and encashment
Ascentis
7.6
QuickBooks Desktop Pro

Employee Self Service

Ascentis
7.6
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
View and generate pay and benefit information
Ascentis
8.0
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
Update personal information
Ascentis
8.3
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
View company policy documentation
Ascentis
7.4
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
Employee recognition
Ascentis
6.9
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
View job history
Ascentis
7.2
QuickBooks Desktop Pro

Asset Management

Ascentis
6.3
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
Tracking of all physical assets
Ascentis
6.3
QuickBooks Desktop Pro

HR Reporting

Ascentis
6.2
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
Report builder
Ascentis
6.6
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
Pre-built reports
Ascentis
6.5
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
Ability to combine HR data with external data
Ascentis
5.6
QuickBooks Desktop Pro

Onboarding

Ascentis
6.9
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
New hire portal
Ascentis
7.2
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
Manager tracking tools
Ascentis
6.6
QuickBooks Desktop Pro

Performance and Goals

Ascentis
6.3
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
Corporate goal setting
Ascentis
6.3
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
Individual goal setting
Ascentis
6.5
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
Line-of sight-visibility
Ascentis
6.1
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
Performance tracking
Ascentis
6.2
QuickBooks Desktop Pro

Performance Management

Ascentis
5.9
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
Performance plans
Ascentis
6.1
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
Performance improvement plans
Ascentis
6.1
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
Review status tracking
Ascentis
6.2
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
Review reminders
Ascentis
6.1
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
Multiple review frequency
Ascentis
5.2
QuickBooks Desktop Pro

Succession Planning

Ascentis
5.4
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
Create succession plans/pools
Ascentis
5.1
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
Candidate ranking
Ascentis
5.4
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
Candidate search
Ascentis
6.1
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
Candidate development
Ascentis
5.1
QuickBooks Desktop Pro

Recruiting / ATS

Ascentis
6.9
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
Job Requisition Management
Ascentis
7.2
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
Company Website Posting
Ascentis
7.5
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
Publish to Social Media
Ascentis
6.8
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
Job Search Site Posting
Ascentis
6.8
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
Duplicate Candidate Prevention
Ascentis
6.0
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
Applicant Tracking
Ascentis
7.3
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
Notifications and Alerts
Ascentis
6.6
QuickBooks Desktop Pro

Customization

Ascentis
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
6.6
API for custom integration
Ascentis
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
6.9
Plug-ins
Ascentis
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
6.2

Security

Ascentis
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
8.0
Single sign-on capability
Ascentis
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
7.8
Role-based user permissions
Ascentis
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
8.2

Reporting & Analytics

Ascentis
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
8.0
Dashboards
Ascentis
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
7.6
Standard reports
Ascentis
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
8.7
Custom reports
Ascentis
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
7.7

General Ledger and Configurable Accounting

Ascentis
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
7.6
Accounts payable
Ascentis
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
8.7
Accounts receivable
Ascentis
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
8.4
Cash management
Ascentis
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
7.8
Bank reconciliation
Ascentis
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
8.9
Expense management
Ascentis
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
8.1
Time tracking
Ascentis
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
7.5
Fixed asset management
Ascentis
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
7.6
Multi-currency support
Ascentis
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
7.2
Multi-division support
Ascentis
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
7.4
Regulations compliance
Ascentis
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
6.8
Electronic tax filing
Ascentis
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
8.1
Self-service portal
Ascentis
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
7.5
Global Financial Support
Ascentis
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
6.8
Primary and Secondary Ledgers
Ascentis
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
7.4
Intercompany Accounting
Ascentis
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
7.1
Localizations
Ascentis
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
6.8
Journals and Reconciliations
Ascentis
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
8.3
Enterprise Accounting
Ascentis
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
7.2
Configurable Accounting
Ascentis
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
7.0
Centralized Rules Framework
Ascentis
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
6.9
Standardized Processes
Ascentis
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
8.1

Inventory Management

Ascentis
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
6.2
Inventory tracking
Ascentis
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
6.6
Automatic reordering
Ascentis
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
6.6
Location management
Ascentis
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
4.5
Manufacturing module
Ascentis
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
7.1

Order Management

Ascentis
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
7.3
Pricing
Ascentis
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
7.6
Order entry
Ascentis
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
8.1
Credit card processing
Ascentis
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
7.7
Cost of goods sold
Ascentis
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
8.2
Order Orchestration
Ascentis
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
6.9
End-to-end order visibility
Ascentis
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
6.7
Order exception Resolution
Ascentis
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
5.7

Pros

Ascentis

  • A clean system that is easy to navigate through and change information
  • Ability to grow into the system and customize to our company's tracking needs and changes
  • Robust system that holds a tremendous amount of critical information in one place
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QuickBooks Desktop Pro

  • Check Register and Check-Writing is top-notch and intuitive
  • Reminders for tax payments, liability payments, bill payments, invoices are easy to find
  • reconciliations are laid out in a clear manner
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Cons

Ascentis

  • The product is accessed through a remote desktop. This makes the product extremely slow. So slow sometimes, that the reaction time lags so much that it isn't worth it to make any changes in the system.
  • The bonus and performance modules are not conducive for a successful performance management campaign. There are so many unique situations in our organzation, that these modules can't keep up with all of the intricacies.
  • The support staff has given misguided advice. Perhaps they need to be trained better?
  • We have two different company names, so in the system, we have to select the correct company name in order to view that company's information. It makes it difficult for running reports for the entire organization because you have to run one report in one company code and then select the other company code to run an identical report and then combine the two reports in order to run a report for the entire organization.
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QuickBooks Desktop Pro

  • Depending on the financial institution used connecting to automatically download transaction is tricky
  • Renaming rules in the online version is not user-friendly and defaults on its own lumping most transactions together (IE: everything that comes in as a check # becomes renamed to the last vendor a check was written to & recorded)
  • Desktop version is much more user friendly in general than the online version
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Likelihood to Renew

Ascentis

Ascentis 5.7
Based on 9 answers
Nothing against Ascentis, but we have outgrown this system far faster than anticipated. Our company has nearly doubled in size from when we first implemented. It has been an excellent starter HRIS but we just need to add additional functionality.Some of the features we are looking for is ability to pull data and build reports. Ascentis really lags in that category. Also looking to add additional functionality such as performance management and payroll - Ascentis offers these, but not in a fully integrated fashion that would really help.
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QuickBooks Desktop Pro

QuickBooks Desktop Pro 10.0
Based on 18 answers
Overall the features of PRO are just not enough to run a great company with good reporting and smooth accounting. If you're serious about getting your finances organized, step up to PREMIER or ACCOUNTANT. The small additional investment will be well worth while. And for truly world-class security and performance, please consider having your QuickBooks hosted on a virtual network. By doing this you will relieve yourself of the hassle, expense, and danger of making your own backups, protecting your QuickBooks files from viruses, and of course, getting hacked. A hosted platform will protect you from all of these things and make your QuickBooks files available to your team from anywhere in the world.
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Usability

Ascentis

Ascentis 7.0
Based on 8 answers
I have used numerous other systems and Ascentis is by FAR the best system I've ever used. I love its ability to customize to your organization's needs!! Would highly recommend to anyone!
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QuickBooks Desktop Pro

QuickBooks Desktop Pro 8.5
Based on 10 answers
It does the job. Mistakes can be corrected and it provides overall the information needed to complete financial statements or tax returns.
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Reliability and Availability

Ascentis

Ascentis 8.0
Based on 2 answers
No answer on this topic is available.

QuickBooks Desktop Pro

QuickBooks Desktop Pro 8.3
Based on 2 answers
I haven't experienced a time when QuickBooks Pro was unavailable when I needed it in the entire 20 years of using the software
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Support

Ascentis

Ascentis 7.2
Based on 104 answers
We've always received rapid responses to inquiries from customer service.
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QuickBooks Desktop Pro

QuickBooks Desktop Pro 8.0
Based on 7 answers
I haven't had any major issues or complaints. I think there is always room for improvement; the software isn't flawless, but it has been super helpful in creating manageable financials for our start-up business. When I have needed support help, which hasn't been real often, usually the problem is resolvable. I have occasionally had to pay extra fees for help, but nothing unreasonable.
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In-Person Training

Ascentis

Ascentis 8.0
Based on 1 answer
First, to clarify our "in-person" training was done mainly through Web-X meetings and conference calls. It was the closest thing we got to as far as an "in-person" training for this software. However, for the large majority of it, this type of training worked out well. We were able to share our screens and the trainer was able to share his/her screen. We could follow along with what we were doing in our database in real time and see how different functions worked and how manipulating our information could produce different results. It was also nice in that it provided for real-time results if something hadn't been coded correctly or we were having issues as to why something wasn't working the way we thought it should be. However, it did have some downsides in that we often had to rely on a conference phone and that made it difficult to hear people on both sides. Also, sometimes the trainers had internet difficulties when working from home and that caused issues with the WebX meetings.
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QuickBooks Desktop Pro

QuickBooks Desktop Pro 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Best thing I ever did was to attend a two day training seminar on QuickBooks, I learned an immense amount in a short time with hands on training by experts. I strongly recommend such training for anyone using any part of the software. It will pay for itself in the first month.
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Online Training

Ascentis

Ascentis 6.0
Based on 2 answers
Ascentis HR has a number of online training videos to watch on a number of different topics. I gave it a lower rating because there is not much interactivity with the videos and it seems to cater to really only one or two learning styles. Plus, one has to be pretty motivated to go to a separate area to access the videos and then pull up a specific one to watch it and then learn. From my experience, people know that they are there, many just don't take the time and effort to go find them and actually watch them - especially since the username and password are different from their normal username and password.
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QuickBooks Desktop Pro

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Implementation

Ascentis

Ascentis 6.3
Based on 4 answers
It was very easy to implement, but the customization pieces should really be fleshed out in order to determine the full need of an organization at the time of implementation. I believe if a little more time was spent on the requirements, the recruiting module would not have to be customized again at a cost at a later date.
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QuickBooks Desktop Pro

QuickBooks Desktop Pro 9.0
Based on 6 answers
We implemented the software ourselves. The training we received on the software was done by taking a community course teaching us how to use QuickBooks. It allowed me to get started with some basics of how to use the program and have not needed much assistance since completing the course work.
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Alternatives Considered

Ascentis

Ascentis beats them all. I've also worked with several smaller systems for small companies, and Ascentis has the best support and reporting functionality that I've seen thus far. Any system you pick will have its pros and cons, but being able to get a hold of support and get an answer to your issue is worth its weight in gold.
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QuickBooks Desktop Pro

There is limited competition for a small business. The desktop version is something that in the long-term Quickbooks may want to phase out in favor of its online version. But the desktop version is more robust and cost-effective when using it for many years.
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Return on Investment

Ascentis

  • The positive impact is that because the company has grown at astronomical rates, Ascentis Payroll prints our checks, pays our State and Federal Taxes, sends out our garnishments and it eliminates the hours we spend doing it ourselves.
  • The negative impact was that it is taking a lot of time to implement, more than what we were lead to believe it would take.
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QuickBooks Desktop Pro

  • In terms of ROI, it is infinite. In terms of the functions we use, the large expense, for a mid-level ERP system, would have been wasted.
  • The company has several operating bank accounts. A simple check-writing plugin allows us to save thousands per year on pre-printed check stock.
  • The way we set up the GL, we were able to save 10 hours per month on intercompany reconciliations.
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Pricing Details

Ascentis

General

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

QuickBooks Desktop Pro

General

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

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