ExperTalk: CTS Accounting Software Survey

9780917429224: ExperTalk: CTS Accounting Software Survey

Leading CPA's, consultants and end users compare and rank today's popular PC Accounting Software packages. Packages are rated for performance/speed, customization, ease of implementation/training, flexibility, vendor support and more. Includes individual system reports, and individual module evaluations for: ACCPAC for Windows, BusinessWorks, Great Plains Dynamics, Macola Windows, M*A*S 90 CS (Client Server), M*A*S 90 Windows, Platinum for Windows, Solomon IV.Also includes comparative graphs for overall results, and for all modules: general ledger, accounts payable, accounts receivable, order processing, inventory control, purchase orders.

The appendices to the book inlcude: a summary of survey results; unrated systems; comparison of the last two CTS surveys; what to look for in selecting an accounting package; tips on successful implementation; and vendor information.

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From the Publisher:

ExperTalk is the unique annual survey that makes it easy to see how today's popular accounting programs compare to each other and to specific performance criteria. This well-researched, nationally recognized source translates qualitative and quantitative data from leading CPAs, VARs, and end users into a clear product-by-product, you can use right away to make the best choices for your clients.

The ExperTalk survey is based on information from accounting software experts CPAs, VARs and end-users who have worked with the software packages over a long period and with dozens of clients. They are familiar with the developers, the support these developers offer, and the behind-the-hype truth about implementation, features, on-the-job performance, and upgradability.

In addition to charts, ExpertTalk shares real-world experience and insights.

About the Author:

Sheldon Needle is president of CTS and a frequent speaker at national computer and accounting conferences, including those of the AICPA and numerous state CPA societies. Prior to founding CTS in 1983, he had more than 20 years' experience in accounting, systems analysis and consulting.

Mr. Needle has authored more than seven professional books and guides, and published many articles for leading professional periodicals, including Journal of Accountancy, as a contributing editor, Accounting News, Real Estate Outlook, Practicing CPA, Infoworld, Computerworld, PC Week, Micromarket World, Nation's Business, Business Software, and Computers in Accounting.

With a BS in finance from Syracuse University and an MBA in finance and accounting from American University, Mr. Needle has held various positions in those fields including systems analyst for AMOCO, consultant for Main LaFrentz (public accounting firm), Controller Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Sports Accessories, Inc., and Senior Project Manager for STSC (a major computer services company). Also, he has served in the U.S. Army Corps as Special Projects Officer specializing in Accounting Systems.

As President of CTS, Inc., Mr. Needle also delivers seminars and consults with businesses on the selection and use of microcomputer accounting systems.

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