6 posts categorized "QuickBooks vs. NetSuite"

QuickBooks Enterprise Desktop 2017 - Everything You Need to Know

Considering an upgrade from QuickBooks Pro or Premier into QuickBooks Enterprise?

Thinking about upgrading from an older version of QuickBooks Enterprise into QuickBooks Enterprise 2017?

If so, the resources you need to make your decision (and of course, get a 20% lifetime discount on QuickBooks Enterprise!) can be found in my comprehensive QuickBooks Enterprise resource center.


Being a QuickBooks Enterprise reseller since the program began in 2004, I have had the opportunity to talk with hundreds of businesses that are considering Enterprise and taken care of their orders when they were ready to move ahead with a purchase.

From those conversations, I have compiled an entire library of FREE resources for you, all in one place (click the graphic below to take you there immediately).

QBES Resource Center

Within my resource center, take advantage of the following helpful information - all for FREE:

  • How to get a 20% discount EACH year on your QuickBooks Enterprise subscription
  • How to download a free, 30 day trial of QuickBooks Enterprise
  • FAQ about the QuickBooks Enterprise subscription model
  • My QuickBooks Enterprise Buyers Guide
  • My QuickBooks and Advanced Inventory Guide

In addition to the above resources, you'll also find:

  • What's new in QuickBooks Enterprise?
  • Key Differences in QuickBooks Pro, Premier and Enterprise (my most popular download of all time)
  • Differences in user security in QuickBooks Enterprise and Pro/Premier
  • FAQ About Upgrading QuickBooks
  • Remote access options for QuickBooks
  • Understanding a potential move from other software into QuickBooks Enterprise


Buy it from me, of course! (did I mention I can get you a 20% lifetime discount on your Enterprise subscription?)

Even better, when you purchase from me, you'll get everything that is offered via the big name.

PLUS, as a reseller, I will throw in these bonus goodies described in my QuickBooks Enterprise Buyers Guide!


Please contact me, and we'll figure them out....


QuickBooks Desktop Version Outranks QuickBooks Online and Others

G2 Crowd recently released their research report to compare the best accounting software options for business. Thanks to them for making these results available!

Here is a graphic that recaps the results of the report (click the graphic for more details):


When ranked according to user satisfaction, here is how the packages stacked up:

  • Intacct - 95
  • Xero - 85
  • QuickBooks Desktop - 83
  • Freshbooks - 82
  • NetSuite - 49
  • Financial Force - 45
  • Sage 100 ERP - 44
  • Microsoft Dynamics GP - 17
  • QuickBooks Online - 10

Taking a look at the results of the direct comparison of QuickBooks Desktop and QuickBooks Online, note that QuickBooks Desktop scored a 4.0 out of 5 stars, and QuickBooks Online scored a 2.1 out of 5 stars.

The survey also offers other comparisons, such as the G2 score, # of ratings and market presence. Be sure to click into the report for detailed user feedback and many other product details and insights.


It is interesting to observe that of the nine entries listed above, three of them are the traditional desktop platforms (QB Desktop, Sage 100, and Microsoft Dynamics GP). All the others are strictly cloud based solutions.

The buzz has been building for small businesses to move to the cloud for their accounting needs. If your business uses QuickBooks, maybe the results above suggest that you don't move quite so fast off the desktop version? If you have graduated from QuickBooks, maybe the cloud is the way to go.


Please share your thoughts on the QuickBooks Desktop vs. QuickBooks Online and cloud vs. desktop accounting debate in the comment box below and let us know how your business views this debate...




Should I Renew My Service/Support Plan for QuickBooks Enterprise?


My mailbox has seen a steady stream of messages asking this very question.


The reason the renewal of the QuickBooks Enterprise support plan has become such a hot topic comes down to this...

Many businesses are seeing increases in their annual renewal costs (those with 5 users or more) ranging anywhere from 71% to 200%.

That's correct - those are not typos...


In case you missed my earlier article, QuickBooks Enterprise has moved to a subscription pricing model as of October 2014.

As I see it, these increases in the renewal costs of the QuickBooks Enterprise full service plans are designed to eventually move those not on the subscription plan into parity with those that are on the plan. I see this happening over the next 1-2 years.

Eventually, it will be less expensive to be on the subscription plan the way things are going. We're just not there yet.


There is no right answer to this question - your business will have to carefully evaluate the options.

As a quick reminder, the QuickBooks Enterprise support plan offers you the ability to get the latest version of Enterprise when it is released and also get access to the Enterprise support desk for a period of 12 months. (I also offer consulting services on Enterprise, but separate fees do apply - gotta pay the bills somehow...)

If you DO renew your support plan, you are then exempt from the subscription plan for another 12 months. You'll get your update to the latest version of QuickBooks in the fall of 2015, and you will get access to the Enterprise support team. Pretty much business as usual.

Except when it comes to your checkbook - it will be lighter due to the increase in renewal costs.

If you DON'T renew your support plan (and that is your choice), then you simply keep using the version of Enterprise you currently have and you don't get access to the Enterprise support desk.


When it does come time to purchase an upgrade to your QuickBooks Enterprise (let's say you choose to do that in 2017), you will then be welcomed into the subscription plan at that time, however that may look. There won't be any other options.

And no, you can't purchase an older version of Enterprise anywhere to avoid the subscription. Many have asked that, and all have been told the same thing - no chance.


It's essential to know this - the alternatives to QuickBooks Enterprise will cost you 3 times or more than what you'll be paying for Enterprise.

Not to mention the enormous costs involved in converting, implementing and training on a completely new software package.

So making the quick reaction to move away from Enterprise will likely not be the best for your business for many reasons.


That's the straight scoop as I know it and I wanted to share it with you.

What are you going to do? Renew? Not renew?

Let your feelings be known and post your comments in the box below (if you are reading the live blog) or click here to go to the blog post and offer your thoughts.



QuickBooks Enterprise 2016: Alternatives to Subscription Pricing?

My post about the change in pricing for QuickBooks Enterprise 2016 to the annual subscription model has drawn a LOT of feedback.

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Most of the comments have been provided to me privately, and they center around these two major themes:

  • Disappointment in the increased costs of accounting software for those impacted by the subscription model

  • What are the alternatives to QuickBooks Enterprise?


Let's take a closer look at this question, since it is on the minds of many at the moment.

First, we need to review one critical point before getting too far into this conversation. And that point is:

  • QuickBooks Enterprise, when properly positioned, is designed for businesses with 20-99 employees.

To expand on that concept, QuickBooks Enterprise does NOT play in the same space as any of the following that you may think are alternatives:

A business that tries to "squeeze" into one of the above packages and move out of QuickBooks Enterprise will likely be making a very poor decision.

While the cost savings of moving into one of these packages may look enticing at first, the significant loss of critical functionality, database size/functionality, user security and other essential features will hamper most businesses almost instantly. Costs will rise exponentially once the business realizes their mistake and yet another alternative is explored.


As mentioned above, QuickBooks Enterprise is well positioned for those businesses that have 20-99 employees. Is it found in smaller or larger businesses? Sure. But that is the "sweet spot" in terms of comparing Enterprise to other packages in the marketplace.

Given that, we're now getting into a conversation of some of the "mid-market" packages out there. And this is where the numbers get interesting...


So let's do this - let's assume you are looking at the 5 user package of QuickBooks Enterprise on the annual subscription basis and trying to compare it to other alternatives out there.

Estimated total costs per year of QuickBooks Enterprise vs. others in the mid-market space:

Hmmmmm....the numbers that looked big a while ago don't look quite as big when stacked up against other competing packages.


Many have said that comparing QuickBooks Enterprise to other packages such as NetSuite and Microsoft Dynamics GP isn't an accurate comparison.

They feel that alternate packages such as these have far more horsepower and functionality than QuickBooks Enterprise does. While I'm not an expert in these other packages, from what I have seen of them, I would tend to agree with this assessment.

However, with an increase in functionality comes an increase in complexity for your staff, increased maintenance costs and a bigger hurdle to obtain a solid return on investment.

Some businesses simply don't want or need all the "extras" that come with some of these other packages.

And that is where QuickBooks Enterprise fits in...do you see that too?


If your business decides to forge ahead with QuickBooks Enterprise, I welcome the opportunity to assist with your purchase. As a leading reseller of Enterprise, count on me for the best discounts and promotions for your purchase.


Agree with my assessment? Disagree in no uncertain terms? Share your thoughts in the comments box below - I look forward to hearing from you!



QuickBooks Enterprise vs. Net Suite: Part 2 - "On-Site" vs. "In the Cloud"

In part 1 of this series, we took a brief look at the “cheapest vs. best fit” considerations of both QuickBooks Enterprise and NetSuite.

Now we’ll examine another big decision point when considering new software – on-site vs. in the cloud.

Full Disclosure: I am a reseller for QuickBooks Enterprise and an affiliate sales rep with Brainsell who represent NetSuite.


NetSuite was built from the ground up to be a fully cloud based solution. Quite simply - if your business has access to the internet, it has 24/7 access to NetSuite.  Desktop or mobile devices included.

Having your accounting/ERP solution in the cloud removes the need to invest in servers and the related IT support eco-system that goes with it and can simplify your operations and reduce your costs.

Naturally, you’ll want do some contingency planning in case your main internet circuit goes down if this type of approach appeals to you. Many businesses purchase a "spare" internet circuit for emergencies such as these, so you'll need to factor in those costs too.



Currently, QuickBooks Enterprise is still a “desktop and server” based software product. That simply means you need to install the software on each desktop/ laptop that will be using QuickBooks Enterprise, and it also needs to be installed and configured on a server computer. In some cases, this configuration also then allows for remote access via “remote desktop” capabilities that have been baked in the server.

As a result of this approach, you have the embedded costs of supporting the desktop, laptop and server computers to consider. If you have a solid IT plan and support team in place, adding another application like QuickBooks Enterprise to the mix shouldn’t increase those costs dramatically. However, if the thought of having to deal with servers and other IT complexities is enough to cause gut-wrenching pain or sleepless nights, maybe this approach is not for you.


Alternately, a growing concept in the QuickBooks Enterprise world is to have it “hosted in the cloud”.  Without getting too technical, hosting provides the ability to access your QuickBooks 24/7 via the internet. It removes the need for maintaining servers, etc. as discussed in the traditional approach above.

For example, you would buy QuickBooks Enterprise from a reseller like me. Once you do that, you contract separately with a hosting company – they take these licenses you purchased and then install/configure the software in THEIR server environment (not yours). Once that is done, they give you the keys to access your QuickBooks information via the internet.

Keep in mind this key point – if you need an “add-on” for QuickBooks such as advanced inventory management, this add-on solution ALSO has to be hosted in order for QuickBooks to communicate with it – you can’t have QuickBooks being hosted and the add-on running on your local server. This is completely different than the NetSuite approach – all their modules are under one roof.

For discussion purposes, hosting QuickBooks Enterprise can run about $50 per user PER MONTH. Additional applications such as Microsoft Office and/or other applications will increase that price. So – in some respects, we’re back to the “cheapest vs. best fit” discussion mentioned earlier.


There is definitely no easy or right answer…

The answer to this question boils down to the philosophy, needs and budget of each individual business. The pros and cons of each approach need to be carefully evaluated before a decision can be reached.


QuickBooks Enterprise






QuickBooks Enterprise vs. NetSuite: Part 1 - What's Your Objective?

If your business is outgrowing the Pro or Premier editions of QuickBooks, you're probably looking around for another solution to better meet your needs.

Your research has led you to a couple of potential options - QuickBooks Enterprise and NetSuite.

Which one is the better choice?

Full Disclosure: I am a reseller for QuickBooks Enterprise and an affiliate sales rep with Brainsell who represent NetSuite.


Having worked with small businesses of varying shapes and sizes over the last thirty years, I've seen them dig into a software evaluation and selection process like this from all different angles.

However, one of the primary decision points that brews to the top of those conversations is - "which one is the cheapest"?

My first response to that thought would be to remember that the cheapest may not be the best, especially when it comes to the software you will rely on every day to power your business.


Generally speaking, QuickBooks Enterprise is going to get the nod for being cheaper than NetSuite. Pricing for Enterprise starts at $3,300 for a 5 user package and scales up to $8,800 for a 30 user bundle. Remember, these are list prices - discounts on QuickBooks Enterprise are usually available.

Remember, these values are for the software only - the costs of installation, data migration, training, and IT support costs will be extra.

By comparison, a NetSuite solution for 5 users would generally start about $8,000 or so and work up from there.


If you're thinking beyond the checkbook toward the solution that is the best fit for your growing business, the conversation gets MUCH more interesting (and complex).

Here is a perfect example - QuickBooks Enterprise doesn't have much to offer in the way of a CRM module. Sure, it has a "customer module" to track basic customer information, but compared to a traditional CRM solution, it isn't even in the same league.

There is an entire eco-system of software products that "plug-in" to QuickBooks Enterprise, and several that focus very nicely on the CRM space. But once you go there, you're now talking about an additional investment in software, training, etc. for the CRM package that plugs in. The economics of the QuickBooks Enterprise vs NetSuite can change quickly at this stage.

NetSuite comes bundled with a full CRM solution as part of the base pricing - no plug-in required and no concerns about the issues that sometimes revolve around integrating different software packages. It's all under one roof.

Of course, CRM is just one aspect of the QuickBooks Enterprise vs. NetSuite discussion. There are several others as well, and I'll be reviewing those in future posts.


QuickBook Enterprise