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Accounting systems: a rant and a quest

Accounting systems: a rant and a quest

Posted May 8, 2012 21:59 UTC (Tue) by dankohn (subscriber, #6006)
Parent article: Accounting systems: a rant and a quest

While switching to an open source solution might avoid lock in and would certainly provide journalistic fodder, you might consider these two solutions if you just want a bandaid solution:

Switch to QuickBooks Online (this would also allow you to avoid Windows/WINE)

Buy this 3rd party app for $75

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Accounting systems: a rant and a quest

Posted May 8, 2012 22:17 UTC (Tue) by corbet (editor, #1) [Link]

Strangely enough, we're not inclined to trust Intuit to hold all of our company accounting data in some online database. Even if we were, at least some years ago, QB Online was still Windows-only - would only work on IE. Perhaps they have fixed that. was linked in the article. It's not the temporary solution we took, but the end effect is the same: trash your history, allowing list entries to be used for other purposes.

Accounting systems: a rant and a quest

Posted May 11, 2012 12:40 UTC (Fri) by jeremiah (subscriber, #1221) [Link]

As an fyi. Im a small buisness owner and work in a linux only world. I used to use gnu cash but switched to qb online about two years ago. Ut works fine on linux once you click past the giant number of warnings that it doesnt. I felt that i didnt want to host my own financial data and that it wasnt worth the worry to do so. I currently have no need to interface with it so lack of locality doesnt bother me. My day job on the other hand has required me to be involved in the writing of two distinct accounting systems that handle millions per month. I think what happens is that if you dont use qb you just write your own once you hit a certain level. You only need a very specific amount of data and just a few reports to pull it off. Then at the end of the quarter you print your report and hand it to your accountant. No auto tax forms thata what your accountant is for. Just the numbers he needs and the list of accounts and balances. I think accounting systems have a hard time being generic. When they are they tend to look like gnu cash or any other ledger system. Which makes most people uncomfortable. Does qb really bring that much to the table? Ill bet your accountant is still going to charge you the same. Hes going to verify your transactions with the accountant view anyway. Which puts qb in ledger mode.

Accounting systems: a rant and a quest

Posted May 9, 2012 8:08 UTC (Wed) by DG (subscriber, #16978) [Link]

When we looked at QB Online it didn't appear that there was a friendly import process - i.e. it was effectively changing system and as painful as moving to any other platform.

In the end we moved to Kashflow which is working well for us. Unfortunately there appeared to be no viable FLOSS equivalents.

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