Awesome Application Award Winners 2012-2013
At The Sleeter Group, we believe that success in small business relies heavily on developing efficient business processes. The successful business owners are constantly seeking better accounting software, more efficient sales and customer tracking systems, better product fulfillment systems, and better vendor management systems. And accountants are always striving to keep up with the latest solutions in the marketplace so they can make the best recommendations. So each year, we research the marketplace of accounting software and hardware solutions to identify and recognize the companies and products who deliver "awesome" value.
In order to qualify for an Awesome Application award, the product and/or service must be developed and sold by a solid company with a reputation for outstanding customer support, and the product must have the following attributes:
- Must be fully released and shipping in the U.S. by August 1, 2013.
- Although it is not a requirement that the product integrates directly with accounting data, if it does integrate it must use the best practices for integration in addition to using the latest integration technologies as appropriate in the view of the evaluation committee.
- Must conform to good accounting principles and operating standards.
- Should use appropriate transaction types and field population for recording data into QuickBooks and/or other accounting software packages so as to preserve and/or enhance the standard reporting features.
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Sales tax is hard. AvaTax™ makes it easy. Avalara's AvaTax is the fastest, easiest, most accurate and affordable way to handle sales and use tax compliance. AvaTax provides accurate sales tax calculations, intelligent customer exemption certificate management for sales tax-exempt transactions and timely filing, remittance and notice management to reduce audit risk. AvaTax integrates seamlessly with hundreds of POS, financial applications, e-commerce and ERP systems. Learn more about end-to-end sales tax compliance solutions at www.avalara.com.
Bill.com is a cash flow command and control system that manages accounts payable and receivable for businesses of all sizes. Offering online bill pay, custom invoicing services, unlimited document storage, collaboration tools, and mobile access, Bill.com's services easily syncs to users' accounting software programs and online bank accounts to better control company financials. Bill.com guards against errors and employs enterprise-class fraud protections that current methods cannot match. More than 100,000 users are now getting paid and paying millions of bills, worth billions of dollars, using Bill.com. Financial institutions can now offer these benefits to their business customers by integrating Bill.com with their banking platform. Visit www.bill.com for more information
BillQuick is an integrated solution for Time and Expense Tracking, Billing and Project Management. It is designed to help your firm increase performance, streamline processes and make decisions faster. With different editions to choose from, it's scalable to meet the needs of any firm size—from a single person to a global firm. Visit www.billquick.com to learn more
The Cloud9 Virtual Server is an all-inclusive solution to host all the clients applications, data and users in one central location - virtually replacing the need of an in-house server. All desktop applications that would normally reside locally, are now stored, accessed and managed on the Cloud. Visit cloud9realtime.com for more information
Concur offers expense management and reporting for small and mid-sized businesses, designed to make expense tracking easier. With Concur's mobile app, expense reports can be completed and approved from anytime, anywhere, and receipt capture is as easy as taking a picture. Concur automates and streamlines the submission, review, and approval of all business expenses with powerful administration tools. Concur's integration with QuickBooks® uses Intuit's new Intuit Anywhere platform for cloud applications. Visit www.concur.com for more information
SmartVault allows businesses to store documents securely online. You can access and manage documents from inside your applications and share files safely and easily with trusted colleagues and clients. SmartVault's unique approach makes your documents available to you, when you need them – from inside an app, over the web or from your mobile phone or tablet. SmartVault provides accountants with custom branded portals, activity & audit reports, large file upload, automated alerts, version history and full text search. Visit www.smartvault.com for more information
QuickBooks Online is the leading online financial management solution for SMBs with over 380,000 users. Developed in the early 2000s, the product has impressive features and a streamlined interface with excellent online tools for set up and help.
Xero is beautifully designed, easy to use online accounting software that changes the way you work with small and medium sized businesses. Xero includes unique features such as automated daily bank feeds, invoicing, expense claims, and fixed assets. Xero makes it easy for clients to keep the books up-to-date, making it possible for accountants to collaborate with them online. More than 200,000 people in over 100 countries around the world use Xero. Visit www.xero.com for more information.
Zoho CRM is a great online and mobile platform to build, maintain and strengthen that relationship with your client. Email exchanges, engagements, marketing campaigns, unfinished tasks and invoices are all arranged in a systematic manner in your Zoho CRM account. In short, all your client information is available in one SINGLE spot. You can follow your prospects and identify bottlenecks in client acquisition and take corrective action. Social elements like LinkedIn keep you updated on your client's activities and thereby build better relationships. A Zoho CRM account gives you access to the entire Zoho suite that include solutions for document management, accounting and project management. Furthermore, Zoho CRM will work great for your clients as evinced by several companies ranging from CPA firms to a private charter operator and to also non-profit organizations. Zoho CRM won the 2012 CRM Market leader award conducted by CRM magazine. Visit www.zoho.com for more information.