Archive for the 'Polls' Category

Do Accountants Recommend QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions?

Sunday, November 13th, 2011

QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions Poll Results

We recently had two polls on our home page ( that asked site visitors to enter a Yes/No vote and then send e-mail to explain their votes. We received hundreds of votes but fewer e-mails than votes. Here are the results:


The e-mail explanations from those who voted “Yes” were almost identical (90% of the messages had the same theme): The accountants who recommend Enterprise Solutions announced that they support only QuickBooks and many of them have bookkeepers providing client services who only know QuickBooks. They have committed their clients and their practices to QuickBooks. Some said that clients would resist learning new software if they outgrew QuickBooks.

The e-mail explanations from those who voted “No” were also almost identical: They cited the high cost of Enterprise Solutions without any advantages in basic accounting functions. The sentiment, “In the end, it’s still QuickBooks with all of its limitations” was part of the explanation for the majority of these responses. These accountants said they prefer to recommend more powerful software for about the same cost. The majority of those messages mentioned the awkwardness of Items in QuickBooks (in more powerful software, items are reserved for inventory tracking and you post income to general ledger accounts), and the ability to use a divisionalized chart of accounts instead of classes.



QuickBooks Cloud Computing

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Server Based QuickBooks Features?

Our question, "Would you welcome features that are run from QuickBooks servers instead of within QuickBooks" returned the following poll results:

Yes= 38%

The e-mail from the Yes voters cited convenience.

The majority of the e-mail from the No voters mentioned the additional costs that Intuit would charge. Many messages voiced the opinion that they didn't trust Intuit to keep the servers up and running 24/7 (citing recent difficulties with Intuit's server-based applications). Quite a few messages said that Intuit's Sync Manager (required for many server-based features) had caused frequent complications and problems, and "un-synching" a file had been difficult. Some accountants and bookkeepers said the need to open a separate Intuit online services account for each QuickBooks company file was a strong deterrent.