The Demo: Pick QuickBooks for the mid-market

The Mountain View, Calif.-based tax and accounting software vendor Intuit released last month a product geared toward the small business market, QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions.

“QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions does small business accounting and financial management. We’ve been hearing that small business’ needs have been changing as their businesses got larger, but they were caught between QuickBooks Pro and Premiere and the mid-market financial applications (from companies like SAP) that are complicated and expensive to implement,” said Chris Bain, senior product manager for Intuit Canada’s small business division.

The product includes the QuickBooks Payroll Service, and an ODBC driver to connect with programs like Crystal Reports and Microsoft Access. Five users costs $250 per month, while 20 users costs $725 per month.

QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions has a detailed set of user and access management tools. “You can control who has access to company files with password protection, and determine who can change, see, delete, and print certain items. You can line up who can do what to really fit what you do on a daily basis,” said Bain.

It retains the ease-of-use and look-and-feel of other QuickBooks products. “That means no retraining of staff,” according to Bain. “And no new complicated integration issues.” Here the user can see the workflows split into vendor, customer, and employer, along with company and banking information.