Abila MIP Advance™ Software


 

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 ledger, accounts payable and receivable, budgeting, fixed assets, bank reconciliation, payroll, human resources, electronic requisitions, encumbrance and more.

MIP Advance can flex and grow with the organization as needed and has fraud deterrence and alerting, audit reporting, and FASB and GASB reporting built in. The system allows the user to track, report, and manage finances according to revenue streams.

With cloud-based mobile capability, MIP Advance allows the user access to reports and data from anywhere at any time.

 

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    Abila MIP Advance Dashboard
Supported Operating System(s):
Mac OS, Web browser (OS agnostic), Windows 8

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Praise from ProBonoNet
Specialty: Non-Profit
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

October 2017

October 2017

Complex but worth it

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

Pros

Very robust and advanced. You will be able to track a lot of expenses and produce a host of reports.

Cons

Without proper training, it could be very challenging for an entry level employee. It requires an extra attention to detail

 
 

Brenda from Rising Sun Montessori School
Specialty: Education
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

August 2017

August 2017

Easy to tailor to your industry needs.

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

I'm still learning, but the more often I use Abila, and the more familiar I become I am enjoying the software more and more! It's very well designed.

Pros

There are a lot of features, and it's easy to get overwhelmed if you are new to accounting, however, if you are a quick learner and explore the features at length you can quickly figure things out until your transactions become intuitive.

Cons

It does assume a certain level of accounting proficiency on the part of the user. Those starting out will probably require some support in navigating. The "Help" search feature is very technical.

 
 

Brittney from GroupOne
Specialty: Accounting / CPA
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

June 2017

June 2017

Abila - MIP Fund Accounting Review

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

The system is available as an on-premise solution or hosted on the Abila private cloud which is great having either option.

Pros

The ability to access the system from anywhere on your mobile device. There is a tough competition of modules available.

Cons

The amount of money spent can be expensive depending on the type of modules needed and how many users needed.

 
 

Dan from The News-Review
Specialty: Media
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

June 2017

June 2017

MIP for YOUR non-profit

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

I would recommend this to any non-profit to account for financials in any industry.

Pros

MIP has one of the best non-profit accounting solutions out there, with its robust reporting, multiple segmentation of accounts, and ease of reviewing history in the database.

Cons

The built in custom reporting could be a little better - but there are certainly third party softwares out there that fix this problem - for a cost.

 
 

Yvonne from Contruction
Specialty: Construction / Contracting
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

May 2017

May 2017

Use

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

Pros

Loads of options, Layout is nice, Support, job costing, all the report options, and vendor and customer lists

Cons

Not user friendly
Small fonts and tabs. US version looks better
Uses not give you cash accounting option

 
 

Prudence from PBS-Prudence Bookkeeping Systems
Specialty: Consulting
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

February 2017

February 2017

Dependency

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

Most nonprofits are seeking funding to exist...this software package is a well-established organization. I say this because of the dependency on the online/cloud storage features. There is a monthly service fee to use this product.

Pros

I say this; however, it's a package that is worth having. I generally work with startup and kid/new nonprofits. I recommend this product as they grow and hire a Staff Accountant.

Cons

Simply the fee associated with the product itself and for training, or additional insight.

Advice to Others

If your organization is considering this package, please get the group university training.

 
 

Miguel from Arroyo Vista
Specialty: Healthcare / Social Services
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

February 2017

February 2017

Abila Fund Accounting Use and Customization

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

The system itself has been around for a good while. For that reason, they have built a strong product if you are in the non-profit sector looking for some flexibility. Be warned that it is not an inexpensive system although the ongoing cost of maintenance and support is not too bad. Implementation and initial licensing are where they get you. Most use the product out of the box and even then require a good amount of training since it had too many features. I would try to stay away from customizations that touch the database directly because support will have a much more difficult time supporting you. Support is ok, however during an audit and UDS season you should expect to be on the phone on hold for 30+ min.

Pros

Once set up, you will enjoy the power of flexibility and customization.

Cons

Too many options that can easily use you. You need to be trained. Support wait times can be high. High initial implements ton cost.

Advice to Others

If you are a non-profit under 50 employees I would stay away and use Quickbooks for Nonprofit unless you need serious customizations.

 
 

Jeanette from Mid-Iowa Community Action
Specialty: Human Services
Number of employees: 201-500 employees Employees number: 201-500 employees

February 2017

February 2017

Abila MIP Fund Review

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

Our accounting department uses this product and finds it very user-friendly and works well with the needs of our complex funds and accounts.

Pros

Ease of use.

Cons

No cons. It works well for our needs.

 
 

John from El Super
Specialty: Retail
Number of employees: 5,001-10,000 employees Employees number: 5,001-10,000 employees

January 2017

January 2017

Ease of use is where it's at

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

Most accounting systems have always been to me glorified excel spreadsheets. What I've come to loath is having to sheet and sheet of different formulas because the system isn't intuitive enough to recognize an upload of statistic analysis. Imagine having the ability to handle all of your financial needs with one simple solution? That's where my company has it's greatest strength is that it is currently pushing for one solution and this solution is it.

Pros

Ease of usage

Cons

It can be a bit expensive

Advice to Others

Do yourself a favor and go this route

 
 

Clement from Community Clinic
Specialty: Healthcare / Social Services
Number of employees: 201-500 employees Employees number: 201-500 employees

January 2017

January 2017

Abila MIP Fund Accounting

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

The product is very comprehensive and meets all of our needs. A bit pricey but worth the money.

 
 

Brittany from Emerson Home Services
Specialty: Construction / Contracting
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

January 2017

January 2017

Used when it was Sage

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

When I used this product, I did not work in the accounting department, I worked in the Warranty/Repairs Department of a construction company. However, we used this software to make notes, bill for repairs, find out when a warranty should be issued upon customer being paid in full, and communicate with the accounting department as they were in another building than our department. The invoicing feature was very straight forward and easy to use. Checking if a customer was paid in full was also easy. Making notes was also easy but the categorization of the notes could have been better. It was just a long list with no differentiation or date categorization. You just had to scroll through a giant list of notes to hopefully find what you needed to know, and hopefully someone put a name and a date by the note so you could ask them additional questions if they did not list enough detail. Switching from different screens was a little time consuming. When I used this software, there was no ability to set an action request. I'm sure by now they have changed this and made it possible to set actions or reminders for yourself or others.

Pros

Multiple users can be on the program at one time. It is relatively user friendly as long as you have basic computer knowledge.

Cons

The time it took to go from one feature to another was frustrating when you are on the phone with a customer and needed to get to several different places quickly, however, that could have been due to the number of users we had on our server at a given time. If an older person, who has limited computer knowledge were to try and use this program, they may need a training course to become comfortable using it.

Advice to Others

Before purchasing this program, ask lots of questions and make sure you research what features you need as a business. When I used this software it was missing a few of the key features we needed which made it difficult for us to seamlessly move from one customer stage to another.

 
 

Alexandra from LocalSpl
Specialty: Advertising
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

January 2017

January 2017

Great product

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support
N/A

This software has the variety of features which are a must to have for a small to medium business. The speed and efficiency are top notch.

 
 

Graylen from 360 Tax Group
Specialty: Banking & Mortgage
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

January 2017

January 2017

So So

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

I was looking for a replacement for Quick books. I'm not sure this is going to be my replacement.

 
 

Lavada from Cardinal Ritter
Specialty: Healthcare & Hospitals
Number of employees: 501-1,000 employees Employees number: 501-1,000 employees

November 2016

November 2016

Great Service

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

Cost friendly. Love software. Support is great.W works well for our needs.

Pros

None

Cons

None

Advice to Others

Highly recommend

 
 

Kanul from PACCAR
Specialty: Consulting
Number of employees: 1,001-5,000 employees Employees number: 1,001-5,000 employees

November 2016

November 2016

Cloud based functionality makes Abila an attractive option

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

Abila MIP Advance is a sophisticated, cloud-based true fund accounting solution that delivers powerful reporting, analytics, and dashboards. This tool is available with a responsive web interface which is optimized for mobile devices. This further adds to the usefulness of the software at large as it is accessible from anywhere. It is a true fund accounting solution well suited for mid-sized nonprofits and government entities that manage multiple funds and require advanced reporting capability. It offers a lot of add-on modules that increase functionality tremendously. It offers the ability to use a flexible chart of accounts with the ability to utilize unlimited segments, making it easy to users to manage multiple funds and programs. it can handle multiple transaction types like cash receipts, journal entries, and bank reconciliations. The Dashboard also contains a series of charts that display trends and offer a current year analysis. An advanced warning system can be set up and maintained to notify users if close to a budget overage. And the what-if scenario allows users to enter transactions to see what net effect the transactions would have on budgets.
As there are less number of people using this system currently, the training administrators for the tool are also less and so are expensive too. Since training is required at the initial stage of using the program, it is an additional cost to the business during the shift to Abila.

Advice to Others

Contact Abila directly and not through the third parties involved in the marketing of Abila products.

 
 

Shruti from Siemens Energy
Specialty: Engineering
Number of employees: 10,000+ employees Employees number: 10,000+ employees

November 2016

November 2016

Excellent accounting tool For big as well as small businesses

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

Abila is a great tool which has a very intuitive user interface and has a lot of safeguarding featues to prevent errors in the entry of data. This helps new users to get accustomed to the software and also prevents them from making mistakes initially. The data stored in the system is secure and a hierarchy can be implemented into the system and thus it helps in proper division of duties and track changes. The reconciliation and reports generated using this system makes it easy for the managers to extract, understand and analyze data. By means of some training, even a non accountant can use the tool efficiently to get the functionality they need.
Importing data onto this system requires some level of expertise and is time consuming but it is smooth thereafter. The modules which offer additional functionality can get a little expensive.
Overall I would recommend this software to non profits as well as firms of all sizes.

 
 

Mukul from Futures First
Specialty: Consulting
Number of employees: 1,001-5,000 employees Employees number: 1,001-5,000 employees

November 2016

November 2016

Abila can be your primary accounting software

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

Owing to the fact that modules can be added into the existing system, Abila offers a very versatile solution. We use it as a primary accounting software but it can be extended to HR as well as other departments just by the addition of modules. It is not too tough to learn but definitely some amount of time is needed initially to get used to it. Makes the process pretty smooth after that.

Pros

1. Abila offers modules that are customizable to suit the needs of small, medium and large size companies. These modules can also be purchased in parts as the requirements of the company change with time.
2. It offers a very good customer support system who help in setting up the accounting system initially and also help during operation if need be.
3. Fits the budget if you only buy the modules you need in case it is for a smaller organization with limited requirements.

Cons

1. Some features of the Abila software cannot be changed once the system has been set up like the number of digits in the fund code.
2. There could have been more number of options in the formatting of financial statements generated using this software.
3. Since it requires training in the initial to begin using the software, there is a cost involved in doing so.

Advice to Others

Abila can be used as a primary accounting software in an organization. I will give it 9 points on the recommendation scale and 4 stars overall.

 
 

Srajan from Tata Consultancy Services
Specialty: Consulting
Number of employees: 10,000+ employees Employees number: 10,000+ employees

November 2016

November 2016

Review of Abila MIP Advance™

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

MIP Advance offers users the flexibility of a cloud-based system, along with strong fund management and reporting options.It is true fund accounting solution well suited for small-sized to mid-sized organization. Comes with lots of features.

Pros

Offers a mobile app.
Cloud based.

Cons

Setup time can be high

 
 

Leslie from Disability Rights Florida
Specialty: Non-Profit
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

November 2016

November 2016

Payroll & Benefits Coordinator

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

I would like to do more precise reports, like who is on BCBS HMO and who is on BCBS PPO.

Pros

I like the tabs. I can quickly access what I need because the tabs make it so simple. I love love love the fact that I can put an annual salary on the Current Pay tab and it will calculate everything the salary and hourly rate for me. I love that! Every-time I have questions I can call over there and I get help. Even if I get these crazy ideas to try to do something new I ask my sales person Dan and he gets the answers for me.

Cons

Why do I have to enter some information more than once? I have to enter exempt and non-exempt on Current Job tab, Job History tab and Current Pay Tab...Why? Also the W-4 issued by the IRS says Single, Married or Married but filing at a higher Single rate. The box Single/head of household is confusing. On Address & Phone tab why do the Home, Cell & Fax boxes have "Ext" in the box? No one has an Ext at home or on their cell phones. Now you are just being lazy.

 
 

Mannat from Lime Tree
Specialty: Engineering
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

November 2016

November 2016

Abila MIP Fund Accounting

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

The work for my company is to improve the accounting period and to streamline the data entry. Before this my company would produce financials manually in excel by copy and pasting. By purchasing Abila MIP Fund Accounting Drillpoint module, I was able to link my accounting system directly to excel reducing my financial statement preparation time from four hours to fifteen minutes.

Advice to Others

There are sometimes third parties involved with marketing Abila products. I prefer speaking directly with Abila.

 
 
 
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Jessica from Various Non-Profits

February 2017

February 2017

Will Meet All Your Non-Profit ACCOUNTING Needs

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

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I have used Abilia/Sage MIP Fund Accounting for the better part of 12 years in non-profit finance and it is the best I've used. I've also had experience with CYMA, Great Plains and OSAS, none of which could do everything I needed in the non-profit environment. Reporting is tremendous once everything is set up and ready to go. However, set up can be a bit of a struggle as the first few months are a bit of a getting to know each session and tweaking will most definitely needed. It also has a payroll module and HR module if you're looking to tamp down on having a bunch of systems. I saw a couple of reviews about how it's not good with development, but this particular product is not for development, it's for actual accounting.

Pros

Ease of reporting, filtering, GL intersectionality, Modules for AP-AR-Payroll-Purchase Orders-HR all available

Source: Capterra
 

Camellia from Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Metro Atlanta

December 2016

December 2016

Abila Nonprofit Online & NW Metro Atlanta Habitat for Humanity

Ease-of-use

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Our office used Abila (formerly known as Sage) from 2010-2015. While Abila seems to be a great tool for our finance department (who has continued to use Abila after the development department switched to Cloud Essentials by Salesforce), the product was not up to date with the needs of a fundraising and development department.

Source: Capterra
 

Miguel from Arroyo Vista
Number of employees: 201-500 employees Employees number: 201-500 employees

December 2016

December 2016

Abila, makes accounting Easy

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Have experienced Abila from initial planning to install to finally a light user. Compared to what we had its night in day. Compared to up to date IT tools to get Accounting done its above average. The install can be as complicated as you want it to be. You get the option of hosted cloud or on-premise. If you worried about security and hosting yourself then you have to think about the resources that will be needed as it does require some horsepower under the hood for the server install. Nothing to crazy but definitely encourages talking to rep about minimum requirements. Once installed the rest is easy, using it and running reports require training which you get to pay for or read the manual. The system is extensive and detail so you can easily get lost, but the upside is its flexibility on what you are trying to track.

Pros

Flexibility, many functions

Cons

Training required if install on premise need resources.

Advice to Others

N/A

Source: Capterra
 

Camellia from NW Metro Atlanta Habitat for Humanity
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

December 2016

December 2016

Abila and NW Metro Atlanta Habitat for Humanity

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Functionality

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Customer Support

Value for Money

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We used Abila (previously known as Sage) for 5 years in the development department before switching to Salesforce Cloud Essentials. Abila was good for a while, but is just too outdated and couldn't keep up with the growth of our office.

Pros

We loved the ease of use and clarity of the system.

Cons

You couldn't seem to get accurate reporting out of the system, and the new features available in new technology today just couldn't compete with Abila.

Advice to Others

If you are working in Finance or have the latest model of Abila, it's great. But if you are a fast-growing nonprofit organization then it will quickly outgrow Abila's capabilities.

Source: Capterra
 

Rita from Children's Health

September 2015

September 2015

Best Fundraising Software on the Market!

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Support

I've used Abila Millennium for 17 years, it's the best on the market. It tracks Planned Giving, Prospect Management, Alumni Management, and Volunteers, I'm not sure why they are not checked.

Source: Capterra