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QuickBooks Desktop Pro

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Likelihood to Recommend

QuickBooks Desktop Pro

One of my clients is a manufacturing company utilizing QuickBooks with 15 employees to manage all aspects of their business. Frequent tasks being performed are generating purchase orders for raw materials, invoicing customers for finished products, and payroll. As the primary person supporting this installation I've found it easy to manage, control permissions for users, and upgrade each workstation. I also provide basic training on the operation of QuickBooks and even the employees with no previous experience find it easy to use and learn.
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Sage 50cloud Accounting

Sage is great for portability and exchange with external accountants as it is widely used and people will be able to read your data in. It's a very good and complete solution for a little business where one person can handle all of the accounting. I doubt that it scales well to large companies with several in-house accountants working at the same time.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Payroll Management

QuickBooks Desktop Pro
7.8
Sage 50cloud Accounting
8.4
Pay calculation
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
8.8
Sage 50cloud Accounting
9.1
Benefit plan administration
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
6.4
Sage 50cloud Accounting
8.3
Direct deposit files
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
8.2
Sage 50cloud Accounting
8.0
Salary revision and increment management
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
7.3
Sage 50cloud Accounting
8.3
Reimbursement management
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
8.3
Sage 50cloud Accounting
8.2

Customization

QuickBooks Desktop Pro
7.2
Sage 50cloud Accounting
7.0
API for custom integration
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
7.6
Sage 50cloud Accounting
6.9
Plug-ins
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
6.8
Sage 50cloud Accounting
7.0

Security

QuickBooks Desktop Pro
8.3
Sage 50cloud Accounting
9.9
Single sign-on capability
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
8.3
Sage 50cloud Accounting
9.8
Role-based user permissions
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
8.3
Sage 50cloud Accounting
10.0

Reporting & Analytics

QuickBooks Desktop Pro
8.4
Sage 50cloud Accounting
7.7
Dashboards
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
8.0
Sage 50cloud Accounting
4.9
Standard reports
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
8.9
Sage 50cloud Accounting
8.6
Custom reports
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
8.1
Sage 50cloud Accounting
9.7

General Ledger and Configurable Accounting

QuickBooks Desktop Pro
7.8
Sage 50cloud Accounting
9.4
Accounts payable
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
8.8
Sage 50cloud Accounting
9.0
Accounts receivable
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
8.5
Sage 50cloud Accounting
9.1
Cash management
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
7.8
Sage 50cloud Accounting
9.4
Bank reconciliation
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
9.2
Sage 50cloud Accounting
10.0
Expense management
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
8.2
Sage 50cloud Accounting
9.0
Time tracking
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
7.4
Sage 50cloud Accounting
10.0
Fixed asset management
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
8.0
Sage 50cloud Accounting
9.9
Multi-currency support
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
7.3
Sage 50cloud Accounting
8.2
Multi-division support
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
7.7
Sage 50cloud Accounting
10.0
Regulations compliance
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
6.7
Sage 50cloud Accounting
8.2
Electronic tax filing
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
8.7
Sage 50cloud Accounting
10.0
Self-service portal
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
7.9
Sage 50cloud Accounting
10.0
Global Financial Support
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
6.6
Sage 50cloud Accounting
8.0
Primary and Secondary Ledgers
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
8.1
Sage 50cloud Accounting
10.0
Intercompany Accounting
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
7.6
Sage 50cloud Accounting
10.0
Localizations
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
7.5
Sage 50cloud Accounting
10.0
Journals and Reconciliations
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
8.6
Sage 50cloud Accounting
8.6
Enterprise Accounting
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
7.2
Sage 50cloud Accounting
8.2
Configurable Accounting
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
7.2
Sage 50cloud Accounting
10.0
Centralized Rules Framework
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
7.2
Sage 50cloud Accounting
Standardized Processes
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
8.5
Sage 50cloud Accounting
10.0

Inventory Management

QuickBooks Desktop Pro
7.1
Sage 50cloud Accounting
6.8
Inventory tracking
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
7.3
Sage 50cloud Accounting
8.0
Automatic reordering
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
7.0
Sage 50cloud Accounting
6.4
Location management
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
6.8
Sage 50cloud Accounting
6.8
Manufacturing module
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
7.3
Sage 50cloud Accounting
5.9

Order Management

QuickBooks Desktop Pro
8.0
Sage 50cloud Accounting
10.0
Pricing
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
8.3
Sage 50cloud Accounting
10.0
Order entry
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
8.7
Sage 50cloud Accounting
9.8
Credit card processing
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
8.4
Sage 50cloud Accounting
10.0
Cost of goods sold
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
8.7
Sage 50cloud Accounting
10.0
Order Orchestration
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
7.8
Sage 50cloud Accounting
10.0
End-to-end order visibility
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
7.4
Sage 50cloud Accounting
10.0
Order exception Resolution
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
6.7
Sage 50cloud Accounting
10.0

Pros

QuickBooks Desktop Pro

  • QuickBooks does a great job of easily creating invoices and bills and sending them out internally either by email or fax. It does provide the option to print as well for customers who cant be reached otherwise.
  • QuickBooks creates detailed charts that let you see your business from a distance. You are able to see a week, month or even a year at a time. charts include income, payments not received, and most frequent customers.
  • QuickBooks makes complex task easy by having built in formats for invoices, estimates, bills, payment receipts.
  • QuickBooks also has easy bank intergration.
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Sage 50cloud Accounting

  • It has the capability of "Single Click" processes that allows you to turn Quotes into orders, instant invoicing and track A/R in the Order Screen
  • I can email Sales Orders directly to my Customer and also remind them of past due from a single screen. I can track Project, Closeouts, Over Seas order by setting up Jobs and clicking the job name in Order Entry.
  • You can use recurring entries and copy and paste on the P&L, using masking for department reporting and budgeting
  • You can use the BI feature and export into Excel in Pivot format and utilize Timeline and Slicer to see the company overall performance by months, day or years
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Cons

QuickBooks Desktop Pro

  • Preparing 1099s - It would be great if it were possible to exclude a particular expense from 1099 reporting. Sometimes a non-reportable expense (such as a reimbursement) is posted to a expense account that would normally be reportable. I would like not to have to create a sub-account, or manually exclude it at the end of the year. It would also be nice if there was a way to indicate the type of entity for a vendor. Sometimes, the name does not make it clear and I would like to be able to tell at a glance why it has been excluded.
  • Payroll - allow more than one salary item on a single payroll check. Occasionally, a pay rate will change mid-period and it is necessary to have two salary rates in one check. Right now, we have to fake it out using a calculated hourly rate.
  • Improve the downloaded transactions function. This is one of the only things that QuickBooks Online does better than the desktop version. Currently, the bank feeds function is awkward and unnecessarily complicated to use.
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Sage 50cloud Accounting

  • Sage 50 could use some improvement in the Invoicing Module to allow for more flexibility in the design of the Invoice fields. The report customization tools could use some upgrading for easier use.
  • Fixed assets management module needs to be included with unlimited number of fixed assets.
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Likelihood to Renew

QuickBooks Desktop Pro

QuickBooks Desktop Pro 10.0
Based on 18 answers
Overall the features of PRO are just not enough to run a great company with good reporting and smooth accounting. If you're serious about getting your finances organized, step up to PREMIER or ACCOUNTANT. The small additional investment will be well worth while. And for truly world-class security and performance, please consider having your QuickBooks hosted on a virtual network. By doing this you will relieve yourself of the hassle, expense, and danger of making your own backups, protecting your QuickBooks files from viruses, and of course, getting hacked. A hosted platform will protect you from all of these things and make your QuickBooks files available to your team from anywhere in the world.
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Sage 50cloud Accounting

Sage 50cloud Accounting 9.6
Based on 12 answers
I use this rating simply because I have a thriving Sage 50 consulting practice and will continue to keep my expertise in the product. I have consulted on both Sage 50 and QuickBooks for over 25 years so I have to maintain expertise in the solution as well as accounting and verticals.
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Usability

QuickBooks Desktop Pro

QuickBooks Desktop Pro 8.5
Based on 10 answers
It does require some training to get used to, it's not really something you can figure out on your own. Every company is also going to have their own custom features. But, I feel really confident using it now after months of training and scenarios
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Sage 50cloud Accounting

Sage 50cloud Accounting 8.9
Based on 4 answers
I have used Sage 50 Premium Accounting for twenty years, and only used their technical support team three times
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Support

QuickBooks Desktop Pro

QuickBooks Desktop Pro 9.1
Based on 8 answers
I haven't had any major issues or complaints. I think there is always room for improvement; the software isn't flawless, but it has been super helpful in creating manageable financials for our start-up business. When I have needed support help, which hasn't been real often, usually the problem is resolvable. I have occasionally had to pay extra fees for help, but nothing unreasonable.
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Sage 50cloud Accounting

Sage 50cloud Accounting 9.4
Based on 3 answers
They were very knowledgeable of the product, understood my timeline was limited for a software issue and allowed me to get back to my day to day work. The dial into your computer is great so you can monitor what they are doing and learn some tricks yourself
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In-Person Training

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.
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Sage 50cloud Accounting

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No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Implementation

QuickBooks Desktop Pro

QuickBooks Desktop Pro 9.0
Based on 6 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.
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Sage 50cloud Accounting

Sage 50cloud Accounting 9.0
Based on 4 answers
Sage 50 is a strong accounting software package. It will work efficiently if it is installed correctly. If one puts garbage in, one will get garbage out. Also it is important to train the staff to use Sage 50 properly. It is also important to set up security for each user.
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Alternatives Considered

QuickBooks Desktop Pro

Quicken I found similar to Quickbooks, but in a more home-based form. GnuCash does a lot that Quickbooks can do, with the exception of payroll management. GnuCash is what I use for my home-based accounting for my freelance work and it is rock solid; I use Quickbooks at the shop because it's pretty much the only product available that does the gamut of what the shop needs.
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Sage 50cloud Accounting

As we did the conversion almost 10 years ago it is hard to answer this question. At the time it was the ease of being able to produce both cash and accrual financial statements and reporting that led us to pick Sage
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Scalability

QuickBooks Desktop Pro

QuickBooks Desktop Pro 8.0
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

Sage 50cloud Accounting

Sage 50cloud Accounting 9.1
Based on 1 answer
I define scalable from two perspectives; 1) the scalability to handle more bookkeepers/accountants using the product, and 2) the scalability to handle increasing customer/vendor/employee and transactional data. Sage 50 does a good job on both fronts. From the single users operating a micro-business accounting for customer invoices and bill payments only, to the multi-staff, multi-location, multi-departmental complex transactional operation. Although Sage 50 is quite expensive for that smallest user, it is quite inexpensive for the larger business entity. So, for the new enterprise expecting rapid growth, Sage 50 is the application of choice.
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Return on Investment

QuickBooks Desktop Pro

  • By entering our bills as they arrive we get reminders when payment dates are coming due as well as making it easy to track where the money is going
  • Invoicing has made tracking money owed to us easy and cut down on having to call people looking for money owee to us.
  • Quickbooks built-in templates for invoicing & quotes we have been able to have a more professional look to present to customers
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Sage 50cloud Accounting

  • Sage definitely needs to do a better job with customer service. I have had to use them only a handful of times and it was not a great experience but not the worse I've seen. They didn't make us a priority and I felt that they didn't have a sense of urgency. They did address my lack of satisfaction and I can see that they are at least aware of the issues and they are trying to correct them.
  • Sage is exactly what we need in my current organization and I wouldn't change it for another system. I have used quite a few in my lifetime and I would say that it fits our needs.
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Pricing Details

QuickBooks Desktop Pro

General

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

QuickBooks Desktop Pro Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Sage 50cloud Accounting

General

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

Sage 50cloud Accounting Editions & Modules

Edition
Sage 50 Pro Accounting$2991
Sage 50 Premium Accounting$4492
Sage 50 Quantum Accounting 3 UserStarting at $1,4993
  1. Per year
  2. Per Year
  3. Per year
Additional Pricing Details
Annual traditional plan with license, monthly, and annual subscription plans available.

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

QuickBooks Desktop Pro
8.8
Sage 50cloud Accounting
8.6

Likelihood to Renew

QuickBooks Desktop Pro
10.0
Sage 50cloud Accounting
9.6

Usability

QuickBooks Desktop Pro
8.5
Sage 50cloud Accounting
8.9

Reliability and Availability

QuickBooks Desktop Pro
8.3
Sage 50cloud Accounting

Support

QuickBooks Desktop Pro
9.1
Sage 50cloud Accounting
9.4

In-Person Training

QuickBooks Desktop Pro
10.0
Sage 50cloud Accounting

Implementation

QuickBooks Desktop Pro
9.0
Sage 50cloud Accounting
9.0

Scalability

QuickBooks Desktop Pro
8.0
Sage 50cloud Accounting
9.1

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