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Score 7.9 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    Payroll Management

    Planning Maestro

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    10.0

    QuickBooks Desktop for Mac

    100%
    QuickBooks Desktop for Mac ranks higher in 5/5 features

    Pay calculation

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    10.0
    100%
    9 Ratings

    Benefit plan administration

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    10.0
    100%
    6 Ratings

    Direct deposit files

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    10.0
    100%
    8 Ratings

    Salary revision and increment management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    10.0
    100%
    5 Ratings

    Reimbursement management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    10.0
    100%
    7 Ratings

    Customization

    Planning Maestro

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    6.0

    QuickBooks Desktop for Mac

    60%
    QuickBooks Desktop for Mac ranks higher in 2/2 features

    API for custom integration

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.0
    60%
    7 Ratings

    Plug-ins

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.0
    60%
    10 Ratings

    Security

    Planning Maestro

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    10.0

    QuickBooks Desktop for Mac

    100%
    QuickBooks Desktop for Mac ranks higher in 2/2 features

    Single sign-on capability

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    10.0
    100%
    20 Ratings

    Role-based user permissions

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    10.0
    100%
    17 Ratings

    Reporting & Analytics

    Planning Maestro

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    10.0

    QuickBooks Desktop for Mac

    100%
    QuickBooks Desktop for Mac ranks higher in 3/3 features

    Dashboards

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.9
    99%
    19 Ratings

    Standard reports

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    10.0
    100%
    22 Ratings

    Custom reports

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    10.0
    100%
    22 Ratings

    General Ledger and Configurable Accounting

    Planning Maestro

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    5.2

    QuickBooks Desktop for Mac

    52%
    QuickBooks Desktop for Mac ranks higher in 21/21 features

    Accounts payable

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.8
    68%
    24 Ratings

    Accounts receivable

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.8
    68%
    23 Ratings

    Cash management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    5.6
    56%
    18 Ratings

    Bank reconciliation

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.2
    72%
    24 Ratings

    Expense management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    5.6
    56%
    20 Ratings

    Time tracking

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    5.6
    56%
    12 Ratings

    Fixed asset management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    5.6
    56%
    14 Ratings

    Multi-currency support

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    1.1
    11%
    10 Ratings

    Multi-division support

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    5.6
    56%
    11 Ratings

    Regulations compliance

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    5.6
    56%
    10 Ratings

    Electronic tax filing

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.8
    68%
    15 Ratings

    Self-service portal

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    5.6
    56%
    13 Ratings

    Global Financial Support

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    1.1
    11%
    7 Ratings

    Primary and Secondary Ledgers

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    5.6
    56%
    13 Ratings

    Intercompany Accounting

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    5.6
    56%
    14 Ratings

    Localizations

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    1.0
    10%
    6 Ratings

    Journals and Reconciliations

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    5.6
    56%
    17 Ratings

    Enterprise Accounting

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    5.6
    56%
    5 Ratings

    Configurable Accounting

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    5.6
    56%
    9 Ratings

    Centralized Rules Framework

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    5.6
    56%
    9 Ratings

    Standardized Processes

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    5.6
    56%
    13 Ratings

    Inventory Management

    Planning Maestro

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    7.6

    QuickBooks Desktop for Mac

    76%
    QuickBooks Desktop for Mac ranks higher in 4/4 features

    Inventory tracking

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    5.6
    56%
    14 Ratings

    Automatic reordering

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.8
    78%
    10 Ratings

    Location management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.0
    70%
    9 Ratings

    Manufacturing module

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    10.0
    100%
    8 Ratings

    Order Management

    Planning Maestro

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.3

    QuickBooks Desktop for Mac

    83%
    QuickBooks Desktop for Mac ranks higher in 7/7 features

    Pricing

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    10.0
    100%
    17 Ratings

    Order entry

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    10.0
    100%
    16 Ratings

    Credit card processing

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    10.0
    100%
    17 Ratings

    Cost of goods sold

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    10.0
    100%
    16 Ratings

    Order Orchestration

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    5.7
    57%
    6 Ratings

    End-to-end order visibility

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.7
    67%
    7 Ratings

    Order exception Resolution

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    5.6
    56%
    6 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • Planning Maestro is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

    Likelihood to Recommend

    9.0

    Planning Maestro

    90%
    1 Rating
    7.2

    QuickBooks Desktop for Mac

    72%
    32 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    Planning Maestro

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0

    QuickBooks Desktop for Mac

    80%
    9 Ratings

    Usability

    Planning Maestro

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    5.4

    QuickBooks Desktop for Mac

    54%
    6 Ratings

    Availability

    Planning Maestro

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0

    QuickBooks Desktop for Mac

    90%
    2 Ratings

    Support Rating

    Planning Maestro

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    5.5

    QuickBooks Desktop for Mac

    55%
    5 Ratings

    Implementation Rating

    Planning Maestro

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    5.0

    QuickBooks Desktop for Mac

    50%
    2 Ratings

    Likelihood to Recommend

    Centage

    Personally, I was always very satisfied with the Budget Maestro product and platform. I used Hyperion Essbase in my prior company and felt Analytics Maestro had very similar capabilities and features which made learning the product very easy. The ongoing support has been tremendous and this is an area I find many competitors in the marketplace to have room for improvement.
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    Intuit

    If you're a freelancer or running a very small business where you do your own bookkeeping I think this is a great option, especially if you're familiar with accounting and bookkeeping in general. If you're not so familiar with bookkeeping, I would say that the learning curve is too steep and you might want to look elsewhere for a more intuitive solution
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    Pros

    Centage

    • Analytics Maestro Platform adds tremendous value.
    • Newer version offering is cloud based which adds value on size constraints.
    • Customer support has always been extremely supportive and timely on responses.
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    Intuit

    • The program is very easy to learn, the interface is incredibly user-friendly and there are tons of free resources and tutorials available
    • It makes managing payroll really easy for the employee and accountant on staff. No more lost time sheets or late paychecks!
    • Managing bills and paying them has become streamlined and it's great having everything in one place so we don't lose track of things.
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    Cons

    Centage

    • Took some time to roll out the cloud-based solution.
    • The older version (not cloud-based) we used took about an hour to refresh after data load.
    • The older version did take some time learning how to use the product to its fullest capabilities.
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    Intuit

    • 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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    Pricing Details

    Planning Maestro

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    Planning Maestro editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules

    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      QuickBooks Desktop for Mac

      Starting Price

      Editions & Modules

      QuickBooks Desktop for Mac editions and modules pricing
      EditionModules

      Footnotes

        Offerings

        Free Trial
        Free/Freemium Version
        Premium Consulting/Integration Services

        Entry-level set up fee?

        No setup fee

        Additional Details

        Likelihood to Renew

        Centage

        No answers on this topic

        Intuit

        I haven't spent that much time with the newer versions of QuickBooks for Mac, but I think I'm seeing it make the much-needed improvements. For example, something as simple as undoing the previous reconciliation was a terrible chore, and I'm glad that feature has been included in the newer versions of QuickBooks for Mac
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        Usability

        Centage

        No answers on this topic

        Intuit

        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

        Centage

        No answers on this topic

        Intuit

        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 Rating

        Centage

        No answers on this topic

        Intuit

        Fortunately, I haven't had to reach out much for support.
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        Alternatives Considered

        Centage

        Our company evaluated 6 product offerings in the market place a year ago and felt Budget Maestro and Vena offered the largest return on our investment at their price points. We have always been very satisfied with the product and its customer service. Since we have grown over 600% over 4 years, many of the new layers of management used other products in prior careers and we are currently at a point where the entire organization may be transitioning to an ERP solution to manage all finance and accounting functions. I would always recommend Budget Maestro as a great budgeting and analytical tool for FP&A teams as we were able to accomplish a high amount of monthly reports with a small team over the years.
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        Intuit

        I love using Quickbooks compared to other software we've tried. QuickBooks Online and TSheets interface. Customer service and problem resolution are generally excellent, with well-trained and proficient agents taking calls or on chat. Ease of use and accessibility via the mobile app. Great courses were available to help with learning the basics and some advanced accounting background. I love learning! Online accessibility - it can work anywhere with an internet connection. Linking to bank and credit card accounts is handy.
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        Return on Investment

        Centage

        • We were a very small company growing by acquisition so it worked well during these phases of our company growth.
        • The return for our cost was tremendous especially in comparison to peers in the market.
        • Analytics Maestro allowed us to grow without adding headcount by building efficient reports that can easily be mass-produced for all branches within our organization.
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        Intuit

        • The ROI was good for when we were a smaller company because it is a lot cheaper than other more sophisticated programs.
        • The negative impact is that it caused a lot of extra manual entering and data entry that too often resulted in mistakes.
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