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Score 9.7 out of 100
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Score 8.5 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Planning Maestro

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.
Eric Korpalski | TrustRadius Reviewer

QuickBooks Desktop Premier

QuickBooks Premier is not well suited to manufacturing industries, as it cannot handle the complicated inventory requirements of raw materials, work in process, and finished goods. Retailers and Wholesalers can use QuickBooks Premier as long as they have an add-on inventory tracking program or Point of Sale system that integrates with QuickBooks. Likewise, restaurants would need specialized restaurant software that integrates with QuickBooks Premier. Non-profits can use QuickBooks Premier non-profit edition, but if they use fund accounting, it will require some complicated work-arounds. QuickBooks Premier is well-suited to most construction trades, personal and professional services providers, small retailers, and rental property owners.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Payroll Management

Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Premier
8.6
Pay calculation
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Premier
7.8
Benefit plan administration
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Premier
10.0
Direct deposit files
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Premier
8.1
Salary revision and increment management
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Premier
9.9
Reimbursement management
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Premier
7.1

Customization

Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Premier
1.3
API for custom integration
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Premier
1.3
Plug-ins
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Premier
1.3

Security

Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Premier
9.4
Single sign-on capability
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Premier
9.2
Role-based user permissions
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Premier
9.6

Reporting & Analytics

Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Premier
8.2
Dashboards
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Premier
8.2
Standard reports
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Premier
8.7
Custom reports
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Premier
7.7

General Ledger and Configurable Accounting

Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Premier
8.7
Accounts payable
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Premier
8.9
Accounts receivable
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Premier
9.0
Cash management
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Premier
8.9
Bank reconciliation
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Premier
9.8
Expense management
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Premier
9.2
Time tracking
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Premier
7.3
Fixed asset management
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Premier
9.4
Multi-currency support
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Premier
9.0
Multi-division support
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Premier
8.8
Regulations compliance
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Premier
9.7
Electronic tax filing
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Premier
9.5
Self-service portal
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Premier
8.3
Global Financial Support
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Premier
9.0
Primary and Secondary Ledgers
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Premier
8.0
Intercompany Accounting
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Premier
9.0
Localizations
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Premier
5.0
Journals and Reconciliations
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Premier
9.4
Enterprise Accounting
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Premier
9.0
Configurable Accounting
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Premier
7.1
Centralized Rules Framework
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Premier
9.9
Standardized Processes
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Premier
8.0

Inventory Management

Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Premier
8.1
Inventory tracking
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Premier
8.4
Automatic reordering
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Premier
8.0
Location management
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Premier
8.0
Manufacturing module
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Premier
7.8

Order Management

Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Premier
7.2
Pricing
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Premier
6.1
Order entry
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Premier
8.3
Credit card processing
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Premier
9.0
Cost of goods sold
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Premier
8.8
Order Orchestration
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Premier
7.0
End-to-end order visibility
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Premier
6.0
Order exception Resolution
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Premier
5.0

Pros

Planning Maestro

  • 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.
Eric Korpalski | TrustRadius Reviewer

QuickBooks Desktop Premier

  • The program is easy to learn and use. We can train our clients' personnel how to use the program with out difficulty.
  • It is easy for clients to generate bills and manage accounts receivable.
  • It is easy to manage accounts payable and allows clients to pay their bills electronically.
  • Transactions can be imported electronically for credit card and banking transactions.
  • It is easy to reconcile bank and credit card accounts.
  • We can import data generated by QuickBooks into our tax and accounting software.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Planning Maestro

  • 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.
Eric Korpalski | TrustRadius Reviewer

QuickBooks Desktop Premier

  • I would like to be able to choose how i want to view accounts receivable aging. I would like some flexibility to sort and choose how to present the data.
  • For a seasoned accountant, I would like to see some of the restrictive controls that are in place for novices to be able to be relaxed so that I can easily make some entries and adjust some balances that ordinarily a regular user would not be able to do.
  • I would like to see an easy way to clear old outstanding checks that need to be reversed without affecting prior balances/history.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Planning Maestro

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

QuickBooks Desktop Premier

QuickBooks Desktop Premier 1.3
Based on 12 answers
Because we have been extremely happy with the product and our organization tends to be creatures of habit. We rarely leave a product that works this well for the latest and greatest. Typically we follow the "if it's not broken, don't fix it rule". While QB does make changes we typically just roll with it. If we do find something we don't like we work through it until we fully understand its functionality.
Tracie Jones | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Planning Maestro

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

QuickBooks Desktop Premier

QuickBooks Desktop Premier 9.0
Based on 12 answers
QuickBooks is an amazing tool that provides all of the necessary features needed to run the finances of a company. I would like for QuickBooks to provide better resources for training. There are many features that go unused because of lack of knowledge. Procore offers chatting and calls on their platform and they make it easy and accessible to get answers and solutions.
Phillip Li | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Planning Maestro

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

QuickBooks Desktop Premier

QuickBooks Desktop Premier 8.9
Based on 5 answers
This is very reliable software, the desktop version is fast. If there is a problem, it is most likely on your own hardware!
Silvia Evans | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Planning Maestro

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

QuickBooks Desktop Premier

QuickBooks Desktop Premier 5.7
Based on 4 answers
It takes forever to load.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Planning Maestro

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

QuickBooks Desktop Premier

QuickBooks Desktop Premier 8.0
Based on 10 answers
This is an awesome product and the support team is very knowledgeable. The product is mature, so there are not a lot of bugs and the support team really solves problems quickly. Usually it is a user error issue, but the support desk helps me out. I love the fact that it is US based support.
Silvia Evans | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Planning Maestro

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

QuickBooks Desktop Premier

QuickBooks Desktop Premier 7.2
Based on 7 answers
It is important to do your research. There are tutorial videos online that could help new user of this accounting system. These tutorials are straightforward and easily understandable.
Cristine Delos Santos | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Planning Maestro

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.
Eric Korpalski | TrustRadius Reviewer

QuickBooks Desktop Premier

QuickBooks Premier handles most of my business functions efficiently in one package. It is not my "everything." I use Replicon for time rather than QuickBooks. I don't want my WIP data interfering with my accounting. I use PaySimple for it's web interface and back office processing. I don't have security issues since I don't have any credit card data in my possession. With today's identity theft environment, I have to protect myself as much as I can. Not having credit card data in my accounting software lets me sleep much better at night. Quicken will do basic accounting but does not have all the double entry accounting systems contained in QuickBooks. QuickBooks Online does much of the basic business functions but I don't like the pricing structure. As a professional accountant, that is very important to me. Bill.com provided a good service but the ability of QuickBooks to add bills and receipts to transactions makes it redundant.
Andrea Campbell, CPA,CITP | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Planning Maestro

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

QuickBooks Desktop Premier

QuickBooks Desktop Premier 6.2
Based on 4 answers
They're getting better. Still room for improvement.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Planning Maestro

  • 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.
Eric Korpalski | TrustRadius Reviewer

QuickBooks Desktop Premier

  • Since our financials are kept very up to date, it helps us compare our financial results to prior years and it is used for our internal goal setting.
  • Due to the accountant copy function, we are able to provide better service since our clients are not waiting on us to fix historical data. They can continue their operations uninterrupted.
  • The import feature certainly speeds up the process of accounting for our payroll. As previously mentioned, it takes about a minute to do our entries for payroll and check them.
John Coleman | TrustRadius Reviewer

Screenshots

Planning Maestro

QuickBooks Desktop Premier

Pricing Details

Planning Maestro

General

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

QuickBooks Desktop Premier

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Planning Maestro
9.0
QuickBooks Desktop Premier
9.0

Likelihood to Renew

Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Premier
1.3

Usability

Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Premier
9.0

Reliability and Availability

Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Premier
8.9

Performance

Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Premier
5.7

Support Rating

Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Premier
8.0

Online Training

Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Premier
1.0

Implementation Rating

Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Premier
7.2

Scalability

Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Premier
6.2

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