Looking at Abila
October 26, 2016

Looking at Abila

Dawn Brenner | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 1 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Abila MIP Fund Accounting

Our accounting staff uses MIP to record transactions primarily billing (A/R) and payments of expenditures (A/P). Our staff uses MIP to produce monthly financial statements for our client at a consolidated, regional and sub regional level. We use MIP at the request of this particular client and for this particular client only.
  • Very flexible structure for the chart of accounts and reporting for various combinations of regions and sub-regions.
  • Extremely difficult learning curve and very difficult to use. Set up took a very long time. Our staff was literally in tears trying to get this done.
  • Incompatible with bill.com requiring several steps of import/export to get it to work properly.
  • System generated reports are very ugly. We are unable to provide these directly to our client. Significant manipulation is required. No ability to include headers or footers or reference to compilation report as required by professional accounting standards. Our staff must export the reports to Excel and manually add footers, underlines, and various other modifications to get the statements to a point where they are representative of our firm's quality.
  • Our accounting staff uses the cloud version and it can be painfully slow despite that we have a very fast internet connection - fiber optics.
  • None particularly. We only use it for the one client at their request.
Not particularly. Income is entered by the client staff on an Excel spreadsheet and then it is rekeyed into MIP so the executive directors can see it in their particular division. MIP should have some sort of data mining and integration with the donors program so that data needs to be just keyed one time for both tracking donors and general ledger reporting.
We did not recommend this to the client. From all I have seen or used in this area, Raiser's Edge is a better alternative, if more expensive.

Our client was using a basic version of QuickBooks previously. This was not giving them the reporting they needed and was not customized for a non-profit. They could probably have done fine with the not-for-profit version of QuickBooks but the board was really turned off to QuickBooks. The board required tracking income and expenses in great detail by various regions and sub regions across the country. MIP does allow them the ability to do this but would not have been my first choice.
It probably will work well for a non profit company using it for budgets and internal financial statements for its executive team or finance committee. It is not well suited to be used by a CPA firm for a client primarily due to the terrible reports generated by the system and the fact that we are unable to add required verbiage required by SSARS for example. If there were a report capability such as a Word type report writer, we would be much happier.

Due to its very flexible account structure, it is able to group information in any kind of combination that is needed with budget to actual information.

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