Review: QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions v. 8.0 - Page 2

By Theresa Carey
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Paying the Piper

A five-user license will run you $3,000, which includes a Full Service support plan for one year from the date of purchase.  Renewing the service plan runs $750 per year.  The program scales up to 20 users for $9,000 plus $2,000 annually for the service plan renewal. Numerous add-ons – such as payroll, multi-site inventory management, point-of-sale systems – jack up the price and will checks, forms and supplies.

Accountants pay $849 for a single-user accountant’s edition; Intuit is aggressively reaching out to the support community by encouraging professionals to join their ProAdvisor program, which includes the Accountants version of the software plus access to online training and certification courses. 

QuickBooks Enterprise screen shot
The QBE Coach, which you can access from any screen, illustrates tasks like tracking an entire sale, from taking the order to getting paid.
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Given the huge installed base of the regular QuickBooks software and the migration path made possible to the mid-range QBE product, joining the ProAdvisor network looks like a worthwhile investment for anyone in the support community.

Though three grand sounds like a lot more than, say, QuickBooks Premier’s 5-user license for $2009.95 ($1,199.99 for a three-user license, plus $405 for each additional license), QBE is designed for companies that plan to grow beyond the need for five people to access the files simultaneously.  And compared to other products in the mid-market category, such as Great Plains, it’s less expensive overall. 

Right for Your Growing Business?

QBE’s flexible enough to handle a wide array of demands. When making the choice for your company, consider how the program handles complex inventory tasks, such as serial number tracking, barcode tracking and backorder processing.  Get a hands-on demo of all the programs you’re considering to see how they handle these difficult tasks before you make a buying decision. 

For growing companies that have less intense inventory-management needs, QBE 8.0 has a lot to offer and ought to be on your list for consideration.  Intuit has thrown a great deal of support behind this product and has committed to developing and expanding its capabilities, so it’s not going to disappear from the market any time soon. 

QBE’s Web siteoffers piles of demos, videos and assessment tools, all intended to guide you toward purchasing the product (of course!), but it’s one of the more in-depth product information sites out there.

Theresa W. Carey specializes in financial technology and has written about subjects ranging from online brokers to enterprise accounting systems for Barron's, the Wall Street Journal, Money Magazine and many others. When not checking out programs and Web sites that manage money, she plays and coaches volleyball. Her Web site is InvestorBrain.com

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This article was originally published on May 08, 2008
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