Accounting information system is used to automate and keep track of a wide range of finance-related business needs. The level of features required depends on the need of the buyer. However, at the core of all software accounting systems is the ability to manage accounts receivable, accounts payable, general ledger, and invoicing and billing.
In addition to these, some of the more robust accounting solutions offer accountability tools such as automated reports for tax investors and boards of directors, analytics tools for budget and sales forecasting, employee payroll and tax tools, as well as expenses management. Other features of accounting software might include integration with bank feeds, POS software and other online payment gateways.
Many accounting applications also include tools for billing and invoicing. These tools include online payment acceptance, invoice generation, invoice historical records, late payment reminders, time tracking for billable hours and projects, as well as automated recurring billing.
Accounting software allows you to work closely with your accountant by keeping all accounting documentation on one platform. You can store and automatically back-up data and export this information through your desired method, whether that is by print or electronically. Generate reports for exporting such as Profit & Loss, or Expense reports.
Depending on factors such as location and industry, accounting software can ensure users meet industry standards and compliance as well as internal managerial requirements, producing reports and analysis for these internal and external audits.
Businesses of all sizes, as well as freelancers and contractors, can benefit from the time-saving features of accounting software such as invoicing and bookkeeping. They can also help users to better monitor their financial flow. This improvement in cash flow visibility can help prevent future financial damage or loss, and help to make better financial decisions.
Accounting software ranges from basic to more advanced systems. This includes scalable solutions for growing businesses. Along with all-in-one accounting solutions, there are also a number of apps offering specific services such as accounts payable and account receivable software. Accounting software is also a key component of many enterprise resource planning suites.
GetApp's quarterly ranking showcases the top 25 Accounting apps based in the cloud. Each app is scored using five factors, worth 20 points each, for a total possible score out of 100. These factors include user reviews, integrations, mobile app availability, media presence, and security. Each app's score is independent of commercial interests and existing relationships that GetApp has with app vendors.
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This ranking is for business owners and decision makers looking for a first glance at the leading cloud-based Accounting software in the industry. The data serves as a point of reference highlighting the key factors that small businesses should look at when first analyzing a piece of software. These factors include user perception (reviews), compatibility (integrations and mobile app availability), market presence (media presence), and security features (security).
For more details on why we chose these data points, take a look at our industry research reports, which provide in-depth explanations of each data point, as well as trends in the industry.
An app’s score is calculated based on five unique data points and is completely independent of any relationships that GetApp has with app vendors. The data points are calculated as outlined below:
The score for user reviews is calculated using a Bayesian estimate, which is a weighted average that includes the number of reviews and the rating of an app, benchmarked against other apps in the category. This raw number is then scaled to represent a value between one and 20.
Integration scores are calculated by scaling and adding two different averages for the number of listed integrations on GetApp: the first 15 points are awarded for the total number of integrations scaled against the average for the top 25 percent of apps in the category, while the final five points are awarded for the total number of integrations scaled against the leader in the category.
Mobile platform scores are calculated using data from Google Play and the Apple App Store. Five points are awarded for having an Android App, and another five for an iOS app. The additional 10 points are calculated based on the user ratings of the app in each store, rated out of five, for a total of 20 points.
Media presence is calculated using the number of Twitter followers and Facebook fans a vendor has. Each social network contributes a maximum of 10 points to the total score. The first five points are awarded for total number of followers scaled against the average number of followers that each vendor in the category has, while the remaining five points are awarded based on the total number of followers, this time scaled against the category leaders. The scores for Facebook and Twitter are added together for a total score out of 20.
Security is calculated using answers from a vendor-completed survey. The questions in the survey are based on the Cloud Security Alliance self-assessment form as part of the Security, Trust & Assurance Registry. With 15 questions, each answer is assigned a point value based on vendor response, with additional points given for security certifications, for a maximum possible score of 20.
In the event of a tie, each data point is weighted for importance, with security taking precedent, followed by reviews, integrations, mobile apps, and media presence, respectively.