BQE CORE vs. Zoho Expense

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
BQE CORE
Score 8.5 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
Zoho Expense
Score 8.3 out of 10
N/A
Zoho Expense is online expense reporting software, tailor-made for businesses worldwide to automate expense report creation, streamline approvals and make swift reimbursements.N/A
Pricing
BQE COREZoho Expense
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
BQE COREZoho Expense
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Features
BQE COREZoho Expense
Project Management
Comparison of Project Management features of Product A and Product B
BQE CORE
7.8
45 Ratings
4% above category average
Zoho Expense
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Ratings
Task Management8.928 Ratings00 Ratings
Resource Management9.030 Ratings00 Ratings
Gantt Charts6.613 Ratings00 Ratings
Scheduling8.320 Ratings00 Ratings
Workflow Automation7.620 Ratings00 Ratings
Team Collaboration7.523 Ratings00 Ratings
Support for Agile Methodology6.59 Ratings00 Ratings
Support for Waterfall Methodology6.610 Ratings00 Ratings
Document Management6.823 Ratings00 Ratings
Email integration6.921 Ratings00 Ratings
Mobile Access8.725 Ratings00 Ratings
Timesheet Tracking9.345 Ratings00 Ratings
Change request and Case Management8.915 Ratings00 Ratings
Budget and Expense Management7.536 Ratings00 Ratings
Professional Services Automation
Comparison of Professional Services Automation features of Product A and Product B
BQE CORE
8.4
32 Ratings
12% above category average
Zoho Expense
-
Ratings
Quotes/estimates7.816 Ratings00 Ratings
Invoicing8.828 Ratings00 Ratings
Project & financial reporting8.531 Ratings00 Ratings
Integration with accounting software8.419 Ratings00 Ratings
Expense Management
Comparison of Expense Management features of Product A and Product B
BQE CORE
-
Ratings
Zoho Expense
6.3
2 Ratings
22% below category average
Employee Expense Reporting00 Ratings8.52 Ratings
Corporate Card Reconciliation00 Ratings4.02 Ratings
Payment Management
Comparison of Payment Management features of Product A and Product B
BQE CORE
-
Ratings
Zoho Expense
7.7
2 Ratings
3% below category average
Customizable Approval Policies00 Ratings7.52 Ratings
Financial Document Management00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Payment Status Tracking00 Ratings7.52 Ratings
Payment Audit Trail00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Duplicate Bill Detection00 Ratings6.02 Ratings
Advanced OCR00 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Electronic Funds Transfer00 Ratings8.02 Ratings
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User Ratings
BQE COREZoho Expense
Likelihood to Recommend
8.6
(138 ratings)
7.6
(6 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
7.3
(8 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Usability
8.2
(100 ratings)
10.0
(2 ratings)
Availability
8.2
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Performance
7.3
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
8.0
(89 ratings)
10.0
(3 ratings)
Online Training
6.4
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Implementation Rating
3.1
(6 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Ease of integration
4.5
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Product Scalability
8.2
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
8.2
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
8.2
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
BQE COREZoho Expense
Likelihood to Recommend
BQE Software Inc.
BQE CORE is well suited for a firm trying to get a better understanding of their project performance as a whole as well as better manage time and project resources. It is not the greatest for client management through a project or through invoicing, but it is do-able within the system.
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Zoho
Zoho Expense is wonderful when you have a distributed or remote team or workforce that needs to submit expenses reports throughout the month into a single software and approval system. Zoho Expense does make it easy to train, onboard, and use all of the end-user features for submitting and generating expense reports.
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Pros
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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Zoho
  • The program will notify users if they have entered a duplicate charge.
  • Once the end-users understood that receipts were mandatory, attaching those receipts has become second-nature. The app makes it very easy to do so.
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Cons
BQE Software Inc.
  • Customizable Reporting
  • Linking Project to Payment all together
  • Assigning contacts to particular roles - such as Invoicing, Contracts, etc.
  • Accounting Functionality - they are basically a project management accounting software, so in my opinion, they could learn some things from other accounting software such as QuickBooks etc.
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Zoho
  • Could have more default options. Instead of making my users select payment method, allow us to default it to one of the options.
  • More room for customization by department. My service department needs different categories of expenses then my sales department.
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Likelihood to Renew
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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Zoho
No answers on this topic
Usability
BQE Software Inc.
The foundation is awesome, like I have said before, however the house being built on it, the educational resources being provided to us (more of sales pitches that don't work), and flexible workflow opportunities, is making us look elsewhere for how much we will be spending on per user. It's crazy to think how flexible they are not when it comes to user settings. Lack of integration with other sources is awful.
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Zoho
Probably the easiest Zoho Application to setup, which is to say quite easy. No user has complained about it being difficult. Admin staff like it as well.
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Reliability and Availability
BQE Software Inc.
I can only remember a couple of times in 4 years that Core has been unavailable.
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Zoho
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Performance
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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Zoho
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Support Rating
BQE Software Inc.
As a new employee and CORE user, I talk to support on a weekly basis. I have never had to wait for more than 3 min to get connect with a support rep, and all my questions have been answered. The support representatives are polite and eager to help no matter how simple your question is.
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Zoho
The only reason I give Zoho a 9 is because of the issue with the Chart of Accounts skewing every time I export/import. I believe this is due to the fact that I use sub-accounts and Zoho cannot differentiate. Still hoping. :)
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Online Training
BQE Software Inc.
Make sure you have someone training you that fits your style of learning.
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Zoho
No answers on this topic
Implementation Rating
BQE Software Inc.
It does take some time to understand the options and to find the best invoice template.
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Zoho
No answers on this topic
Alternatives Considered
BQE Software Inc.
Deltek Vision is far more advanced, more encompassing and offers more flexibility with what you want to do. However, it's also quite difficult to use, whereas BQE CORE is intuitive and user friendly. The trade off is worth it in some arenas but overall it's not suited for a larger fast paced company. Great for smaller companies.
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Zoho
I've used Concur in the past for managing and submitting expenses. When comparing what I know about Zoho to Concur, Zoho seems to be a more simplified tool focused on simply managing expenses, inputting, tracking, submitting and getting reimbursed. Based on what I know, Zoho gets the job done with no frills.
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Scalability
BQE Software Inc.
This software works on a small and large scale.
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Zoho
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Return on Investment
BQE Software Inc.
  • Quick setup of new tasks under a parent project, with immediate hourly billing to it.
  • Monitoring of details of non-chargeable efforts in appropriate detail
  • Validation of hourly cost, billing cost, benefit cost, profitability by person and role
  • Company tracking of write-off's included in corporate and project reporting, no data is "lost"
  • Can track excessive work time as +PTO in lieu of pay for use as future vacation
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Zoho
  • We have had some issues with the credit card reconciliation process which has made our monthly accounting / close process. This has been a negative
  • Positive ROI is that team members spend less time on expense reports due to the ease of reporting
  • Positive ROI is that substantial training and onboarding is not needed due to the features and simplicity.
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ScreenShots

BQE CORE Screenshots

Screenshot of Core powered by BQE SoftwareScreenshot of BQE CORE Project Dashboard ViewScreenshot of BQE CORE 360* Firm Performance ViewScreenshot of BQE CORE Reporting & AnalyticsScreenshot of BQE CORE Project Time EntryScreenshot of BQE CORE Project Expense Tracking