7 reasons to leave QuickBooks Enterprise
As a close cousin to its counterpart, QuickBooks, QuickBooks Enterprise (QBE) is designed with a larger-scale operation in mind. From the number of additional licenses to its Inventory Center, it seeks to accommodate those expanding businesses that have graduated from aspiring startup to full-on small-to-medium-sized-business (SMB).
However, with more features, come more problems. Unfortunately, QBE has a whole host of issues and complaints reported by users in all sorts of operational configurations.
Time to leave QuickBooks Enterprise
Difficulty Switching from One Entity to Another
You can’t be logged into different companies at the same time. Every time you want to switch from one entity to another, you have to log out from one before logging in to another. Think about all the time lost and wasted doing this. Even if you’re OK with the tedious steps, you’ll never be OK with the time and money wasted.
Limited Inventory Management Capability
While QBE does present an inventory tracking tool, its limited capacity is not so helpful when tracking various items and components at multiple locations.
Rigid Role-Defining Parameters
Although this may be a step up from the Premier version, users are essentially locked into certain roles. Once a user is granted access to the general ledger, for example, she’ll have full access to all areas. There’s no room or option for customized or tailored access. With QBE, the controller is unable to define a role center beyond a black and white template.
Unsecured Purchase Orders and Sales Orders
This is a case of too many cooks in the kitchen. The inability to approve and subsequently lock down Purchase Orders and Sales Orders allows a user with basic access to potentially alter unit costs and quantities. This hinders the business' scalability. While Purchase Orders and Sales Orders can generally be altered, edited and changed, this capability should be restricted to those with a more acute level of access.
Lengthy Reporting Times
Generating reports can take a long time, especially if you are relying on a large amount of data. But it shouldn’t. Generating reports, regardless of the size of the data pool, should be a matter of clicks, not hours or days.
When reporting capabilities are limited to the standard reports built-in, you really don’t have much in the way of customization, and you should. After all, your business, ACME Rockets, may not necessarily produce reports the same way your rival, Road Runner Enterprises, does.
Heavy Reliance on Manual Data Entry
While manually entering data may not go away completely or entirely, you shouldn’t have to rely on it so heavily or often. Unfortunately, with QBE, users often find themselves engaging in redundant data entry. For example, you may be entering background data for a customer who just placed her first order, but your colleague in the same department may already have her (and the same data) listed as a lead. No one wants their team members doing the same work twice!
A better way
If any of these scenarios are hitting a little close to home, it’s time to consider an alternative accounting solution that changes your business from a manual, daily grind to a streamlined, automated operation. Great news! You don’t have to operate in a fog of inefficiency any longer. You’ll find your answer in the cloud. A cloud-based accounting solution with a powerful platform can consolidate all data, making it easy to find and extract even the smallest bit of information. When it comes to a cloud-based solution, consider Gravity Software® (Gravity). Built on the Microsoft Power Platform (aka Dynamics 365 CRM), Gravity is structured to help your business grow without all the growing pains. Learn more and schedule your online demo today!
Better. Smarter. Accounting.
This article was originally published in February of 2017 and has been updated and edited for clarity.