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Intacct logo
 
Intacct serves more than 4,000 customers with their online solution; they're a featured vendor in CRN's 2011 Top 100 Cloud Providers. Intacct targets CPA firms and mid-sized businesses across many industries.
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Intacct serves more than 4,000 customers with their online solution; they're a featured vendor in CRN's 2011 Top 100 Cloud Providers. Intacct targets CPA firms and mid-sized businesses across many industries.
 
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Best suited for small businesses. Cougar Mountain DENALI is a fully integrated accounting system that also features payroll, purchase order and bank reconciliation. The system can also generate fully customizable reports.
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Best suited for small businesses. Cougar Mountain DENALI is a fully integrated accounting system that also features payroll, purchase order and bank reconciliation. The system can also generate fully customizable reports.
 
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Netsuite Financials is the largest vendor by revenue in the online accounting space. Started under the Oracle banner in 1998, Netsuite users pay a monthly fee and can integrate it with CRM and eCommerce modules.
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Netsuite Financials is the largest vendor by revenue in the online accounting space. Started under the Oracle banner in 1998, Netsuite users pay a monthly fee and can integrate it with CRM and eCommerce modules.
 
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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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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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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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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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FinancialForce is the accounting solution created by Salesforce. The solution is built on the Force.com platform which means that businesses can easily customize the system and integrate it with other apps built on the platform.
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FinancialForce is the accounting solution created by Salesforce. The solution is built on the Force.com platform which means that businesses can easily customize the system and integrate it with other apps built on the platform.
 
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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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Financial Edge NXT, by Blackbaud, can be implemented as an on-premise system installed at an office or "in the cloud" as a web-based system. It is developed specifically to meet the needs of nonprofit and government organizations.
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Financial Edge NXT, by Blackbaud, can be implemented as an on-premise system installed at an office or "in the cloud" as a web-based system. It is developed specifically to meet the needs of nonprofit and government organizations.

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AccuFund Online is a great solution for parties looking to tap into the robust functionality found in Accufund Accounting Suite while keeping upfront costs low. Core system offers numerous key applications to automate processes.
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AccuFund Online is a great solution for parties looking to tap into the robust functionality found in Accufund Accounting Suite while keeping upfront costs low. Core system offers numerous key applications to automate processes.
 
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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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Combining customizable reports with customization options, such as user-defined fields, Abila Fund Accounting 100 (formerly Sage MIP) is a flexible and comprehensive system - ideal for government and nonprofits.
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Combining customizable reports with customization options, such as user-defined fields, Abila Fund Accounting 100 (formerly Sage MIP) is a flexible and comprehensive system - ideal for government and nonprofits.
 
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Though it's often installed on-premise, Microsoft Dynamics AX relies entirely on Microsoft's .Net technology and can be hosted remotely. An ERP system with much more than core accounting, ideal for mid-to-large enterprises.
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Though it's often installed on-premise, Microsoft Dynamics AX relies entirely on Microsoft's .Net technology and can be hosted remotely. An ERP system with much more than core accounting, ideal for mid-to-large enterprises.
 
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Abila MIP Advance™ is cloud-based fund accounting software for non-profit organizations and municipalities and has close to 20,000 users across many sectors. The software suite offers a variety of functionalities including general... Read More
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Abila MIP Advance™ is cloud-based fund accounting software for non-profit organizations and municipalities and has close to 20,000 users across many sectors. The software suite offers a variety of functionalities including general... Read More

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Acumatica ERP delivers an adaptable cloud and mobile-based enterprise resource planning solution with a comprehensive user licensing model which enables a real-time view of business operations at any time from anywhere. Through a worldwide... Read More
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Acumatica ERP delivers an adaptable cloud and mobile-based enterprise resource planning solution with a comprehensive user licensing model which enables a real-time view of business operations at any time from anywhere. Through a worldwide... Read More
 
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SAP Business One comes in both an on-premise version and a subscription-based online version. The online version is a good option for some businesses that do not want the headache of installing software or hiring new IT people.
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SAP Business One comes in both an on-premise version and a subscription-based online version. The online version is a good option for some businesses that do not want the headache of installing software or hiring new IT people.
 
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Featuring core accounting functionality, UNIT4' online accounting software is designed to integrate easily with other business software. Supports medium and large media organizations across various industries.
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Featuring core accounting functionality, UNIT4' online accounting software is designed to integrate easily with other business software. Supports medium and large media organizations across various industries.
 
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nQativ’s Activity HD is an accounting and payroll solution suitable for small to mid-size companies. It offers tools to sort, filter and present data, plus security features to satisfy data confidentiality requirements. Activity... Read More
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nQativ’s Activity HD is an accounting and payroll solution suitable for small to mid-size companies. It offers tools to sort, filter and present data, plus security features to satisfy data confidentiality requirements. Activity... Read More
 
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AXIO Core Financials from SBS Group is an Enterprise Resource Planning system that is powered by Microsoft Dynamics. The software is designed for global use and offers multi-language, multi-currency support and is compatible with companies... Read More
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Buyer's Guide

by Lisa Hedges,
Content Analyst
Last Updated: June 24, 2017


With online, or Web-based accounting software, an organization’s financial data is hosted by the vendor. In this software-as-a-service (SaaS) module, data is stored on secure servers with automatic back-up and redundancy capabilities. In recent years, these programs have become highly customizable: businesses only pay for the services that they consume. This flexibility, along with the lack of capital investment requirements, attracts small and medium-sized businesses especially.

Because of the hundreds of online accounting programs, it can be very difficult to decide which one is best for your business. This buyer’s guide is designed to help you navigate the online business accounting software market. Here’s what we’ll cover:

What Is Online Accounting Software?
What Type of Buyer Are You?
Benefits and Potential Issues
Market Trends to Understand
The Vendor Landscape

What Is Online Accounting Software?

Accounting solutions track the financial transactions within an organization. Typical features include:

Specialty systems often have additional features dedicated to a particular market. These include fund accounting for nonprofits, commission calculations for sales-oriented businesses like real estate, rate analysis for banking or claims scrubbing for medical practices.

Online accounting systems are specifically designed to be used through the Internet, rather than being installed locally onto company computers. This reduces information technology requirements like server hardware, backups and maintenance and shifts the expenditure from being a large up-front capital cost to a much smaller, but ongoing, monthly or annual fee.

AR invoice screenshot in AccuFund

AR invoice screenshot in AccuFund

There are two types of accounting software online: browser-based, SaaS and application service providers (ASPs). SaaS solutions are designed for the user to access the information through an Internet browser like Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome or Safari. This allows the information to be accessed from anywhere, and it always looks exactly the same. An ASP is a client-server system, where the business installs a small software “client” onto their computers. In both models—SaaS and ASP—all of the data is hosted by the vendor on a remote server. Most ASPs are also “Web-enabled,” meaning that a Web-browser can be used if necessary, though it will come with a few disadvantages since it is not designed for that purpose.

What Type of Buyer Are You?

Online financial software falls into three main categories:

Enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions. This describes an integrated suite of features that includes manufacturing, sales, customer relationship management, project management, supply chain management etc. Buyers will want an ERP if they’re looking for a full-suite comprehensive solution, of which accounting is just a small part.

Basic systems. Basic programs online that aren’t part of an ERP tend to be much more cost effective to purchase outright and install locally, and there aren’t very many Web-based systems that focus in this market. But there are a handful available, if this is the deployment model you prefer and all you need is basic functionality. There are also a number of online vendors that will let you select only the features you wish to use.

Fund accounting solutions. There are several products out there designed specifically for the nonprofit market, which include industry-specific features like fund accounting, requisitions and grant and donation management.

Benefits and Potential Issues

A Web-based system has a number of significant advantages over traditional on-premise software platforms:

Greater level of interactivity. Online bookkeeping software extends system capabilities with functions such as online payments and employee portals. An online accounting system can support a user interface for business employees and customers for communication and sales. Online payments save time by integrating with accounts payable/receivable and the general ledger to automatically update a company’s books. Online employee portals can increase the flexibility of communication and collaboration.

Limited IT burden. Browser-based access for Web accounting software avoids potential compatibility problems, which can sometimes happen when installing these kinds of programs locally to your system. In addition, the vendor handles all of the routine back-ups, upgrades and maintenance, saving considerable time and money on IT infrastructure, a particular benefit for smaller businesses.

Lower up-front costs. Rather than paying a large installation fee, Web-based systems come on more of a subscription basis. In the SaaS model, the user pays a monthly or annual fee, making it a low but ongoing operational expense rather than a capital one.

Data security. Web-based software vendors have stringent security requirements to ensure that your data is secure from hackers and protected from loss. Therefore, an on-premise crash, theft or other hazard to the company’s computers will not destroy the business accounting data. Many online solutions also allow businesses download their data locally, if that’s preferred.

Although Web-based solutions don’t require the same investment in hardware as traditional software installations, subscription costs can accrue over time. The longer it stays in use, the more the user pays, and after a few years the costs may exceed whatever would have been paid for an on-premise system. This is especially true for larger organizations that have the capital and IT infrastructure to make an on-premise system more cost-effective.

Another issue to consider whenever purchasing any new product is to ensure user buy-in. If people feel like they’re having new software “forced” on them, they’re more likely to resist its implementation. Therefore, it’s important to get them excited about the benefits of the new program. A great way to do this is to involve them in the selection process, either inviting them to the demos directly or, if there are too many users for that to be practical, at the very least surveying employees for their opinions on the features they’d want in a new program.

Market Trends to Understand

Customization. A growing trend in the SaaS accounting market is the ability to select the features your organization needs or wants. If all you need is core accounting, that’s all you pay for, and if you want forecasting but not grant management, the software won’t include it.

Electronic payments. The ability to pay invoices and collect receipts electronically is a great way to save time and money. The benefits are strong enough that most solutions are developing electronic payment features to allow their customers to take full advantage of those capabilities.

SaaS for larger businesses. In the past, Web-based systems were being marketed exclusively as online small business accounting software for companies that couldn’t afford the up-front costs associated with an on-premise system. Today, however—although many small business systems still offer SaaS models—more and more vendors are targeting larger companies with SaaS solutions offering extremely high-level functionality, as in the ERP realm, offering the best of both worlds.

The Vendor Landscape

These are the best online accounting software solutions and vendors to consider, categories by program type:

These types of buyers... Should evaluate these systems...
Enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions NetSuite, Epicor, Microsoft Dynamics GP, SAP, Royal 4
Basic programs HIntacct, Accumatica, Lawson S3
Fund solutions FastFund, Serenic, Accufund, Sage MIP Fund

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