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Score 8.4 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    Payroll Management

    Planning Maestro

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    9.0

    QuickBooks Desktop Pro

    90%
    QuickBooks Desktop Pro ranks higher in 5/5 features

    Pay calculation

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.3
    93%
    61 Ratings

    Benefit plan administration

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.5
    85%
    35 Ratings

    Direct deposit files

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.2
    92%
    53 Ratings

    Salary revision and increment management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.3
    93%
    49 Ratings

    Reimbursement management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.7
    87%
    50 Ratings

    Customization

    Planning Maestro

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    7.5

    QuickBooks Desktop Pro

    75%
    QuickBooks Desktop Pro ranks higher in 2/2 features

    API for custom integration

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.6
    76%
    32 Ratings

    Plug-ins

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.4
    74%
    36 Ratings

    Security

    Planning Maestro

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    7.6

    QuickBooks Desktop Pro

    76%
    QuickBooks Desktop Pro ranks higher in 2/2 features

    Single sign-on capability

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.8
    78%
    76 Ratings

    Role-based user permissions

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.5
    75%
    89 Ratings

    Reporting & Analytics

    Planning Maestro

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.3

    QuickBooks Desktop Pro

    83%
    QuickBooks Desktop Pro ranks higher in 3/3 features

    Dashboards

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    94 Ratings

    Standard reports

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.7
    87%
    108 Ratings

    Custom reports

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.1
    81%
    106 Ratings

    General Ledger and Configurable Accounting

    Planning Maestro

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    7.6

    QuickBooks Desktop Pro

    76%
    QuickBooks Desktop Pro ranks higher in 21/21 features

    Accounts payable

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.8
    88%
    108 Ratings

    Accounts receivable

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.8
    88%
    109 Ratings

    Cash management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.7
    77%
    97 Ratings

    Bank reconciliation

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.9
    89%
    109 Ratings

    Expense management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.1
    81%
    100 Ratings

    Time tracking

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.3
    73%
    47 Ratings

    Fixed asset management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.7
    77%
    64 Ratings

    Multi-currency support

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.8
    68%
    28 Ratings

    Multi-division support

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.4
    74%
    53 Ratings

    Regulations compliance

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.7
    67%
    40 Ratings

    Electronic tax filing

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.9
    79%
    50 Ratings

    Self-service portal

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.8
    68%
    39 Ratings

    Global Financial Support

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    5.0
    50%
    16 Ratings

    Primary and Secondary Ledgers

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    38 Ratings

    Intercompany Accounting

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.6
    76%
    39 Ratings

    Localizations

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.0
    70%
    18 Ratings

    Journals and Reconciliations

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.5
    85%
    66 Ratings

    Enterprise Accounting

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.7
    77%
    34 Ratings

    Configurable Accounting

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.1
    81%
    41 Ratings

    Centralized Rules Framework

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.8
    68%
    25 Ratings

    Standardized Processes

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.3
    83%
    49 Ratings

    Inventory Management

    Planning Maestro

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    7.0

    QuickBooks Desktop Pro

    70%
    QuickBooks Desktop Pro ranks higher in 4/4 features

    Inventory tracking

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.6
    76%
    53 Ratings

    Automatic reordering

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.4
    64%
    32 Ratings

    Location management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.8
    68%
    29 Ratings

    Manufacturing module

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.3
    73%
    16 Ratings

    Order Management

    Planning Maestro

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    7.6

    QuickBooks Desktop Pro

    76%
    QuickBooks Desktop Pro ranks higher in 7/7 features

    Pricing

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.8
    88%
    50 Ratings

    Order entry

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.7
    87%
    49 Ratings

    Credit card processing

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.1
    71%
    49 Ratings

    Cost of goods sold

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.4
    84%
    59 Ratings

    Order Orchestration

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.9
    79%
    19 Ratings

    End-to-end order visibility

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.7
    77%
    22 Ratings

    Order exception Resolution

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    4.7
    47%
    16 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

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

    Likelihood to Recommend

    9.0

    Planning Maestro

    90%
    1 Rating
    8.3

    QuickBooks Desktop Pro

    83%
    123 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    Planning Maestro

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    10.0

    QuickBooks Desktop Pro

    100%
    18 Ratings

    Usability

    Planning Maestro

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.6

    QuickBooks Desktop Pro

    86%
    31 Ratings

    Availability

    Planning Maestro

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.3

    QuickBooks Desktop Pro

    83%
    4 Ratings

    Support Rating

    Planning Maestro

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.7

    QuickBooks Desktop Pro

    67%
    37 Ratings

    In-Person Training

    Planning Maestro

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    10.0

    QuickBooks Desktop Pro

    100%
    1 Rating

    Implementation Rating

    Planning Maestro

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0

    QuickBooks Desktop Pro

    90%
    12 Ratings

    Product Scalability

    Planning Maestro

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0

    QuickBooks Desktop Pro

    80%
    1 Rating

    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

    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.
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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

    • 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.
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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

    • 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.
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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 Pro

      Starting Price

      Editions & Modules

      QuickBooks Desktop Pro 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

        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.
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        Usability

        Centage

        No answers on this topic

        Intuit

        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.
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        Reliability and Availability

        Centage

        No answers on this topic

        Intuit

        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 Rating

        Centage

        No answers on this topic

        Intuit

        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.
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        In-Person Training

        Centage

        No answers on this topic

        Intuit

        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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        Implementation Rating

        Centage

        No answers on this topic

        Intuit

        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

        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

        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.
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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

        • 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.
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