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Intacct’s Cloud-based accounting solution offers reporting, forecasting, performance management and invoicing in addition to its core accounting features. Built on the Oracle database and accessible via any Web browser.
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Intacct’s Cloud-based accounting solution offers reporting, forecasting, performance management and invoicing in addition to its core accounting features. Built on the Oracle database and accessible via any Web browser.
 
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A leader in Web-based software, we recommend Netsuite to buyers looking for an accounting solution hosted in the Cloud. In addition to core accounting, NetSuite includes customer marketing, HR and inventory management modules.
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A leader in Web-based software, we recommend Netsuite to buyers looking for an accounting solution hosted in the Cloud. In addition to core accounting, NetSuite includes customer marketing, HR and inventory management modules.
 
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Denali Accounting Software works for a variety of industries, but is ideal for nonprofits, governments and point-of-sale businesses. Available as either a Web-based or on-premise system, it's a great match for SMBs.
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Denali Accounting Software works for a variety of industries, but is ideal for nonprofits, governments and point-of-sale businesses. Available as either a Web-based or on-premise system, it's a great match for SMBs.
 
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In total, Multiview’s enterprise accounting solution includes 14 modules to help organizations manage its financials, analyze its assets and report on its cash flow through visualized reports. Pricing based on number of users.
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In total, Multiview’s enterprise accounting solution includes 14 modules to help organizations manage its financials, analyze its assets and report on its cash flow through visualized reports. Pricing based on number of users.
 
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Sage Live is a web-based and mobile ready accounting platform for small and mid-sized businesses. Key features include multi-company, multi-currency, and multi-legislation support, personalization based on user role, bank integration,... Read More
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Sage Live is a web-based and mobile ready accounting platform for small and mid-sized businesses. Key features include multi-company, multi-currency, and multi-legislation support, personalization based on user role, bank integration,... Read More

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Aplos fund accounting is a web-based system designed specifically to serve the needs of churches and nonprofit organizations. Aplos fund accounting is available on a standalone basis or within an integrated suite with online donation... Read More
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Aplos fund accounting is a web-based system designed specifically to serve the needs of churches and nonprofit organizations. Aplos fund accounting is available on a standalone basis or within an integrated suite with online donation... Read More
 
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Nonprofit organizations researching accounting systems should evaluate Financial Edge NXT by Blackbaud. From a leader in NPO software, The Financial Edge can be deployed as an on-premise solution or hosted by Blackbaud.
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Nonprofit organizations researching accounting systems should evaluate Financial Edge NXT by Blackbaud. From a leader in NPO software, The Financial Edge can be deployed as an on-premise solution or hosted by Blackbaud.
 
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Exact Macola includes over 20 modules to assist with manufacturing, distribution and accounting, including PLM, AP/AR, MRP, MES and more. Additional EDI and e-commerce functionality is available from Exact.
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Exact Macola includes over 20 modules to assist with manufacturing, distribution and accounting, including PLM, AP/AR, MRP, MES and more. Additional EDI and e-commerce functionality is available from Exact.
 
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Adaptive Insights, founded in 2003, provides a web-based system for budgeting, forecasting and reporting. The solution is suitable for a wide variety of company sizes. Delivered over the Web in a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model,... Read More
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Adaptive Insights, founded in 2003, provides a web-based system for budgeting, forecasting and reporting. The solution is suitable for a wide variety of company sizes. Delivered over the Web in a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model,... Read More
 
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AccuFund is a full-featured accounting and financial reporting solution that was created specifically for the nonprofit industry. Nonprofit organizations and government agencies with multiple funding sources need to report activity... Read More
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AccuFund is a full-featured accounting and financial reporting solution that was created specifically for the nonprofit industry. Nonprofit organizations and government agencies with multiple funding sources need to report activity... Read More

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SAP Anywhere integrates sales, marketing, e-commerce, and inventory activities into one complete front-office system. With SAP Anywhere users can manage and track inventory, manage orders, manage the procurement process, and more.... Read More
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SAP Anywhere integrates sales, marketing, e-commerce, and inventory activities into one complete front-office system. With SAP Anywhere users can manage and track inventory, manage orders, manage the procurement process, and more.... Read More
 
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Vena is a cloud-based, corporate performance management (CPM) solution that leverages native Microsoft Excel and maps existing spreadsheets, models and formulas to a secure database, eliminating the need for manual work and driving... Read More
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Vena is a cloud-based, corporate performance management (CPM) solution that leverages native Microsoft Excel and maps existing spreadsheets, models and formulas to a secure database, eliminating the need for manual work and driving... Read More
 
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Abila MIP Fund Accounting from ProSoft Solutions is a finance management and fund accounting solution designed to serve nonprofits and government agencies exclusively. The solution can be deployed on-premise, in the cloud or self-hosted. Abila... Read More
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Abila MIP Fund Accounting from ProSoft Solutions is a finance management and fund accounting solution designed to serve nonprofits and government agencies exclusively. The solution can be deployed on-premise, in the cloud or self-hosted. Abila... Read More
 
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Dynac is a scalable on-premise Accounting and Corporate Performance Management solution that focuses on budgeting, forecasting, and financial reporting. It can be utilized across a wide variety of industries including agriculture,... Read More
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Dynac is a scalable on-premise Accounting and Corporate Performance Management solution that focuses on budgeting, forecasting, and financial reporting. It can be utilized across a wide variety of industries including agriculture,... Read More
 
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Budget Maestro by Centage offers financial institutes a comprehensive accounting solution with budgeting, forecasting, consolidation and reporting capabilities. Budget Maestro is suitable for a host of industries, including manufacturing,... Read More
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Budget Maestro by Centage offers financial institutes a comprehensive accounting solution with budgeting, forecasting, consolidation and reporting capabilities. Budget Maestro is suitable for a host of industries, including manufacturing,... Read More

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A3 Solutions offers a powerful solution for Budgeting and Forecasting and Financial Reporting. Suitable for companies in many verticals, it can be deployed either web-based or on-premise.
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A3 Solutions offers a powerful solution for Budgeting and Forecasting and Financial Reporting. Suitable for companies in many verticals, it can be deployed either web-based or on-premise.
 
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Deskera is an enterprise resource planning software formulated to run manufacturing operations. The system is suitable for companies manufacturing for a variety of industries. Textiles, automotive, distribution, metal processing, pharmaceuticals,... Read More
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Deskera is an enterprise resource planning software formulated to run manufacturing operations. The system is suitable for companies manufacturing for a variety of industries. Textiles, automotive, distribution, metal processing, pharmaceuticals,... Read More
 
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Acumatica ERP delivers adaptable cloud and mobile technology with a comprehensive user licensing model, enabling a complete, real time view of a business anytime and from any location. Through a worldwide network of partners, Acumatica... Read More
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Acumatica ERP delivers adaptable cloud and mobile technology with a comprehensive user licensing model, enabling a complete, real time view of a business anytime and from any location. Through a worldwide network of partners, Acumatica... Read More
 
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Host Analytics EPM Suite is a cloud-based Enterprise Performance Management solution. Host Analytics EPM Suite is suitable for mid-sized to large businesses seeking a system that can provide insights into their business. It includes... Read More
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Host Analytics EPM Suite is a cloud-based Enterprise Performance Management solution. Host Analytics EPM Suite is suitable for mid-sized to large businesses seeking a system that can provide insights into their business. It includes... Read More
 
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FinancialForce Financial Management (FM) is a cloud-based system built to provide a complete financial management solution for sales and services-orientated companies of all sizes. FinancialForce FM has several inherent applications,... Read More
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FinancialForce Financial Management (FM) is a cloud-based system built to provide a complete financial management solution for sales and services-orientated companies of all sizes. FinancialForce FM has several inherent applications,... Read More
 

Buyer's Guide

by Eileen O'Loughlin,
Market Research Associate
Last Updated: May 20, 2017


Financial reporting software helps businesses automate the collection of financial data and more accurately track trends that impact business goals. Financial reports provide business owners greater visibility and insight into the workings of their business, including:

  • Financial history
  • Adherence to tax laws
  • Compliance with SEC standards (e.g., Form 10-K and Form 10-Q)
  • Business travel and expenses
  • Employee and department productivity
  • Return on investment (ROI) for business ventures

Despite these advantages, roughly 30 percent of the accounting software buyers that contact Software Advice are not using a financial reporting system. This puts them at a greater risk for bad investments and possible violations of various federal and state tax laws.

Whether you’re looking to invest in financial reporting software for the first time or looking to upgrade your current system to better align with your business or industry needs, this guide can help you make a more informed purchase decision.

Here’s what we’ll cover:

What Is Financial Reporting Software?
Features to Look for in a Financial Reporting System
Key Purchase Considerations
What Type of Buyer Are You?

What Is Financial Reporting Software?

Financial reporting is a critical function of business accounting. Reports provide decision makers with a snapshot of current financial standing and given enough time, can offer insights into trends that affect profitability.

Reports also play an integral role in tax planning and preparation. Due to various federal, state and local tax laws, accurate financial reporting is key to remaining compliant and fiscally responsible. As such, financial reports help business owners reduce tax liability and make smart investment decisions.

Given the impact that financial reports have on the success or failure of a business, it’s no surprise that financial reporting is the number one capability requested by accounting software buyers who contacted Software Advice in 2015 and 2016:

Top-Requested Accounting Software Capabilities: 2015 and 2016

Top-Requested Accounting Software Capabilities: 2015 and 2016

 

The following are three financial reports common across industries that you should make sure your financial reporting system supports:

  • Balance sheet. Also called the statement of financial position, the balance sheet represents the exact financial standing of an entity on any given date. It contains information on a business’s assets, liabilities and equity.
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  • Profit and loss (P&L). Also known as the income statement, the P&L shows the company’s financial performance (net profit or loss) over a specified period of time. It contains information on a business’s revenues, costs and expenses.
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  • Cash flow statement. The cash flow statement indicates the movement in cash and cash equivalents (bank accounts, government bonds etc.) entering and leaving a company during a specified period of time. The movement in cash flows is broken down into three categories: operating activities, investing activities and financing activities.

Additional financial reports that you may or may not require based on your business or industry needs include sales tax return, fixed asset depreciation, accounts aging and expense reporting.

Features to Look for in a Financial Reporting System

Of course, the single most important function of a financial reporting tool will be to report on important financial and performance metrics, i.e., balance sheet, P&L and cash flows. However, there are several other features you should consider as you evaluate systems. These include:

Dashboards Capture data on business and financial health and collate that information in an easy-to-scan display. Configure dashboards to summarize information for a specific audience, e.g., business owner or accountant.
Data export Financial reports help track business performance and increase transparency with decision makers, investors and regulatory agencies. As such, it’s important that data from dashboards and reports can be exported to CSV or PDF files to be easily shared with these parties.
Customization Create custom fields, views and formatting to track the information most important to your business. Look for the ability to drag-and-drop to change formatting and layout options, group data together in different ways and drill down into data for a detailed analysis.
Integration with other tools Ensure seamless transfer of data between applications. This is especially important if your business outsources payroll or has industry-specific requirements, such as inventory tracking or fixed asset depreciation.
Multi-user access Shared reports with accountants/bookkeepers can streamline tax preparation and filing. Ensure systems have tracked changes for accountability and accuracy.

Key Purchase Considerations

Depending on your business and industry needs, you may require additional report options not listed above. As such, when evaluating financial reporting software, keep the following criteria in mind:

Industry needs. For example, nonprofits and government agencies often require a fund accounting module to keep track of funds and report on spending associated with each grant and/or donation they’ve received. Whereas, a manufacturing company might require reporting on the depreciation of fixed assets.

It’s also important to verify whether your industry has specific tax laws or SEC requirements that dictate financial reporting compliance.

Deployment options. Financial reporting software is available in both on-premise and cloud-based systems. Typically, the up-front costs associated with cloud-based software are much lower than with on-premise; however, costs for these deployment options eventually converge, for the most part. You can use our Total Cost of Ownership calculator to analyze the short-term versus long-term cost differences between on-premise and cloud-based systems.

Don’t let security concerns bar you from choosing a cloud-based option, either. In a 2015 report on consumer confidence with cloud-based accounting, 28 percent of users surveyed reported that moving their accounting to the cloud actually increased the security of their financial data.

What Type of Buyer Are You?

Small business. Most small businesses are well-served by purchasing financial reporting software in-suite, as one application included in a larger accounting platform. This helps ensure that financial reporting is fully integrated with other key accounting processes, such as budgeting and forecasting, payroll and billing and invoicing. Examples of this type of system include Xero and QuickBooks Online.

Financial reporting in QuickBooks Online

Company snapshot in QuickBooks Online

Midsize and growing businesses. In our recent investigation into accounting software buyer trends, we found that nearly 60 percent of buyers are looking to replace their existing accounting platform for a more advanced solution. We also found that financial reporting was the top-requested feature, leading us to believe that some buyers may be looking to upgrade this specific functionality.

As such, organizations that outgrow the reporting capabilities offered by basic accounting solutions might consider supplementing their existing system with a stand-alone financial reporting software, such as Adaptive Insights. This could help curb the costs of an entire accounting system upgrade while meeting more advanced reporting needs.

However, buyers that require a greater depth of functionality and accounting regulations across the entire platform would be better suited investing in a financial reporting system rooted in a larger financial management platform, such as NetSuite or Intacct.

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