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Score 9.6 out of 100

QuickBooks Desktop Pro

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Score 8.4 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 Pro

I am only going to recommend it because it is currently ubiquitous, and most accountants prefer it at the moment. I do not stand by the company, and will not use the product any longer than I have to. [I believe] the support is lousy, the product is overpriced, but it does the basics of what we need. I'm very happy for all those outside Intuit who make their living supporting QuickBooks Desktop Pro; third-party support is desperately needed. They also doubled their prices for software upgrades this year, and require those who don't pay double what the last upgrade cost, to subscribe every year for $200. If one does not subscribe beyond the first year, one will not be able to use the software beyond the first year. They are moving to a rental model even for those who refuse to use the LOUSY QuickBooks online. They were good company once. Now they just turn out bloatware that everyone uses, so the rest of us have to. I look forward to the day that an honest, better-priced competitor wipes the floor with Intuit.
Dana Friedman | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Payroll Management

Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
8.8
Pay calculation
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
9.0
Benefit plan administration
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
7.9
Direct deposit files
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
8.9
Salary revision and increment management
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
9.0
Reimbursement management
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
9.1

Customization

Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
7.2
API for custom integration
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
7.2
Plug-ins
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
7.2

Security

Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
7.5
Single sign-on capability
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
7.5
Role-based user permissions
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
7.4

Reporting & Analytics

Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
8.1
Dashboards
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
7.8
Standard reports
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
8.5
Custom reports
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
8.0

General Ledger and Configurable Accounting

Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
7.5
Accounts payable
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
8.6
Accounts receivable
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
8.5
Cash management
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
7.5
Bank reconciliation
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
8.8
Expense management
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
8.0
Time tracking
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
6.8
Fixed asset management
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
8.0
Multi-currency support
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
6.3
Multi-division support
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
7.9
Regulations compliance
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
6.8
Electronic tax filing
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
8.1
Self-service portal
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
6.0
Global Financial Support
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
5.5
Primary and Secondary Ledgers
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
7.8
Intercompany Accounting
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
7.5
Localizations
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
7.1
Journals and Reconciliations
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
8.3
Enterprise Accounting
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
7.2
Configurable Accounting
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
7.8
Centralized Rules Framework
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
7.0
Standardized Processes
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
7.9

Inventory Management

Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
7.1
Inventory tracking
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
7.9
Automatic reordering
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
6.8
Location management
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
7.1
Manufacturing module
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
6.8

Order Management

Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
7.5
Pricing
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
8.3
Order entry
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
8.0
Credit card processing
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
7.3
Cost of goods sold
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
8.2
Order Orchestration
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
7.2
End-to-end order visibility
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
7.5
Order exception Resolution
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
6.1

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 Pro

  • It is easy to manage and adjust inventory on hand.
  • It is easy to make reports and customize them to your needs.
  • We also use it to pay our employees directly.
  • It is easy to make year-to-year comparisons to see where we can make improvements and the current financial situation.
Matt Wipf | 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 Pro

  • QuickBooks Desktop Pro has been around for a few years and after an update[,] they force you to look at the changes/updates before you can use [them] after updating.
  • QuickBooks Desktop Pro does not have 2FA.
  • QuickBooks Desktop Pro should offer a way to store backups to a personal cloud without having to map a local network drive.
Tony Lamm | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Planning Maestro

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

QuickBooks Desktop Pro

QuickBooks Desktop Pro 10.0
Based on 18 answers
We've used the program for more than 20 years in our firm both with clients and as our software. For the cost and value of the program it works well for our firms needs and desires for an accounting software program. At this point to switch would not make sense.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Planning Maestro

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

QuickBooks Desktop Pro

QuickBooks Desktop Pro 8.4
Based on 30 answers
It is a great software that does everything a small business needs it to do, but there are just a few bugs and quirks that make additional software necessary. The slowness of the software occasionally might eventually be overshadowed by the quickness of cloud-based software though.
Alexis Lewis | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Planning Maestro

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

QuickBooks Desktop Pro

QuickBooks Desktop Pro 8.3
Based on 4 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
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Planning Maestro

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

QuickBooks Desktop Pro

QuickBooks Desktop Pro 6.3
Based on 36 answers
The support team is not always easy to use or able to understand the problems. There are some difficulties understanding [...] the issues the purchaser has and the solutions are sometimes hard to implement. A lot can be avoided if the users have adequate training and security is set up correctly at implementation.
Scott Banks | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

Planning Maestro

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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.
Chuck Bunn | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Planning Maestro

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

QuickBooks Desktop Pro

QuickBooks Desktop Pro 9.0
Based on 12 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.
Erika Neilson | 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 Pro

Zoho had great end-user support and it was almost as simple to learn and was as easy to use. But its reports were not as [customizable] as QuickBooks Desktop Pro, and its job cost and department accounting [were] more cumbersome than QuickBooks Desktop Pro was. In addition, while I like an underdog (Zoho) the fact is that it is easier to find staff that [is] comfortable with QuickBooks Desktop Pro than anything else on the market.
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 Pro

  • QuickBooks Desktop Pro is a no hassle accounting solution that ticks a lot of boxes. It almost never disappoints and organizations will usually keep using it for many years. If anything, the only time I've seen an organization migrate away from it is if they have specific accounting needs, or if the organization has grown to the point that they need a more robust accounting solution. Even then, QuickBooks can usually be maintained within another accounting software system for specific functions, like A/R & A/P for example.
Ryan Husbands, MBA, CPA | TrustRadius Reviewer

Screenshots

Planning Maestro

QuickBooks Desktop Pro

Pricing Details

Planning Maestro

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Planning Maestro
9.0
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
8.2

Likelihood to Renew

Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
10.0

Usability

Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
8.4

Reliability and Availability

Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
8.3

Support Rating

Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
6.3

In-Person Training

Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
10.0

Implementation Rating

Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
9.0

Scalability

Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
8.0

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