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ACS

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ACS Features

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Functionality

3.7

/5

123

Total features

41

3 categories

ACS features

ACH Payment Processing
API
Accounting
Accounts Payable
Accounts Receivable
Application Management
Asset Tracking
Attendance Management

Common features of Membership Management software

API
Access Controls/Permissions
Activity Dashboard
Alerts/Notifications
Application Management
Attendance Management
Attendance Tracking
Committee Management

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Total Features

41

Unique features

  • Electronic Payments

  • General Ledger

  • Payroll Management

  • Payment Processing

Functionality

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Total Features

71

Features in Common

4

Unique features

  • Recording

  • Live Streaming Production

  • Content Import/Export

  • Content Management

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Total Features

36

Features in Common

18

Unique features

  • Personalization

  • Role-Based Permissions

  • Contact Management

  • Member Communication

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Cheikh B.

Accounting, self-employed

Used daily for 6-12 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend5/10

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ACS CAN DO BETTER

Reviewed 2 years ago

We no longer have problems managing the donations received and the registration of our members in a database.

Pros

The first remark is the customer service which is very reactive and quickly solves your problem. ACS is a very useful church management software, because we won't have the problem to manage the database of our members or the registration of the children, and even all the donations received. I like the way it stores information. Of course, it is not quick to master ACS, but once you have mastered it you have everything you want to know about reports, campaign follow-ups, etc. In conclusion, ACS is a very good software to store any kind of information.

Cons

Despite the fast customer service, we notice that during the months of February and March the wait is rather long. The ACS software often bugs or slows down when donor files increase. The lack of functional expense reporting is lacking given the current state of the art technology. ACS is also limited on the choice of administrators on who should access this or that. The ACS software needs to be upgraded, as the speed is poor when running large reports. The look needs to be redesigned not too aesthetically pleasing, but also the API access which is almost non-existent.

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David S.

Religious Institutions, 1-10 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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Not Easy or Quick to Use

Reviewed 3 years ago

The old ACS system is just much too dated and expensive for current usage. ACS does have a new product called Realm that is supposed to be much easier and more flexible to use. I have looked at some of the demos for Realm and it does look like a vast improvement. If a church were to consider using ACS, I would encourage them to either specifically look at ACS' Realm product or go with another vendor entirely.

Pros

The best aspect of ACS is that it can hold and track a massive amount of diverse data. You can track all of the things you would expect in a database like names, contact info, birthdates, etc. As a church, you can track the first time someone attended, when they got baptized, and other random bits of info you may want to keep.

Cons

The traditional ACS system is incredibly difficult and cumbersome to use. Its computer app interface looks like it was made 20 years ago; it is not aesthetically pleasing. It requires hours and hours of training to learn how to use (they hold training sessions at different locations throughout the year and have various online helps). Running what you would think would be simple reports is not easy...

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Jo S.

Nonprofit Organization Management, 11-50 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend2/10

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Documentation lacking, some add-on modules don't mesh well, reporting in Access sorely lacking.

Reviewed 7 years ago

In general, many of the features of your software are frustrating and not intuitive. I was a programmer and it seems your programmers need to spend more time using the product in real world applications. It should be word like in functions like word. Copying and pasting, formatting those types of applications.

Pros

#1 Pro is that ACS addresses the most important tasks a church is in need of.

Cons

I have found many thing that weren't intuitive. Uploading of photos ok although no way to standardize within the program (cropping sorely needed) and downloading photos isn't intuitive. The modules are limited, all the data in Access needs to transfer into the people suite for reporting purposes. Access pretty useless for reporting purposes. Using the volunteer management is not really practical to use as intended. Although you have made changes where you can transmit data to excel or word. OnDemand stings because you can't save locally in an easy manner. Many times our church has served more or less as your beta testing because we actually try to use all the features and give feedback but we get nothing in return for that. We only do that because it is lacking features or functionality.

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Nadine M.

Nonprofit Organization Management, 11-50 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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ACS - small group management

Reviewed 7 years ago

We are a non-denom multi-site church in the DC suburbs (predominantly African-American) with apx 4000 in weekly attendance and 10,000 watching services online. We chose ACS software over the competition because it was robust enough to meet our needs. And like most churches...our needs are varied and nuanced.

Pros

1. The customer support!!!! If I can't figure out how to do something, there are so many ways to get help: Phone calls to a live person that walks me through things step-by-step, webinars, other ACS users in different online communities, etc. 2. The flexibility of the product and how it's grown...and continues to grow...to meet our needs.

Cons

The volunteer management piece isn't as directly integrated as we would like.

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Chris S.

Nonprofit Organization Management, 1-10 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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As Great as You Can Make It

Reviewed 4 years ago

This software is amazing one-stop shop for database, scheduling, volunteer, financial, and communication software.

Pros

My title may be odd but it describes this software. This software is very powerful and its capabilities are far greater than any church I have ever worked at has taken advantage of. It is marvelous in it's simplicity but also the sky is the limit with regards to it's complexity in it's ability to create reports, schedule volunteers, and communicate with teams.

Cons

It is a very steep learning curve. Although the customer service is excellent, but it is important to remember that the learning curve is high if you have a transition in staff (give them time to learn and use the tutorials.)

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Jean K.

Religious Institutions, 11-50 employees

Used daily for 6-12 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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ACS - Finance - People - Headmaster

Reviewed 5 years ago

We selected this product years ago, because we needed a church database software that could do a good job with Finance/General Ledger processes. The product we were using at the time did not perform well. We researched a variety of products, narrowed our search to 3, and visited areas churches that were using the 3 products to test them out. At that time, ACS was much more user friendly than the other...

Pros

Performs general ledger and accounts payable functions well. Headmaster is used for Preschool/Kindergarten classes.

Cons

Headmaster is a little cumbersome to use, but you get used to it. Heavy on data entry to set up students. We looked into using Event Scheduler, but determined it was too cumbersome for our use.

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Susan C.

Religious Institutions, 11-50 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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Solid Church Software

Reviewed 3 years ago

We use ACS to keep track of our members. To track groups and to allow easy communication through email or mass mailings.

Pros

The attendance module has allowed us to automate a process that used to take many man hours. It has also improved our ability to keep in touch with our members.

Cons

The reporting feature of the software is highly customizable which is great for it's ability to enable you pull information exactly how you need it, but it makes it's user friendliness a bit lacking.

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Terry L.

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Mostly high marks

Reviewed 9 years ago

We use ACS OnDemand (PeopleSuite, Attendance, Connections modules) and are preparing to roll out AccessACS to our membership as part of a website re-do. The pros: * Using PeopleSuite and Attendance moved us from multiple spreadsheets (and hundreds of errors/discrepancies) to track member info and attendance. * The Connections module is being used for our evangelism/visitation teams. They were...

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Zenobia N.

11-50 employees

Used daily for 6-12 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Grateful!

Reviewed 5 years ago

A very good product. I would recommend them to anyone looking for a flexible system.

Pros

As a small non-profit, we were looking for software to help streamline our data collection and reporting; one which focuses on client management and tracking. When we were introduced to ACS, they were a God-send. It was a flexible system that provided numerous options. We were able to manage our client intake much more easily than in the past. Overall, we found them to be a great fit for our organization.

Cons

Once you understand the main parts, the system works well, however, more integration is needed. Usually, the help-desk representative was very prompt with their answers to questions. There were so many features that we didn't get to learn them all.

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Amy H.

Automotive, 1-10 employees

Used other for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend2/10

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Used ACS for 7 years

Reviewed 2 years ago

When we had talks of switching the software to a new company ACS was so far behind that we wouldnt have even been able to transfer our database into a new system

Pros

I worked as a pastoral assisant for 7 years at my church and we used this software. I found the system to be very outdated and difficult to use, the only thing I liked about it was the customer service when you had a question.

Cons

Honeslty the software is stuck in the 90s, I am shocked how far behind the programing is, it was not user friendly at all/

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Sheri S.

Nonprofit Organization Management, 11-50 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Best Church Software - REALM

Reviewed 2 years ago

Great company and very helpful. They want us to succeed.

Pros

The ease of use. The versatility. They update and upgrade every week to stay relevant. Very helpful to make sure we are happy especially during Covid.

Cons

The ability to get a photo attached to your profile for an older person. That our church database is everyone - not just a database for members and one for donors/visitors.

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Josh S.

Religious Institutions, 1-10 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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It does everything

Reviewed 2 years ago

ACS is dependable, strong and has always delivered. They have been in the game for awhile and show no signs of slowing down.

Pros

ACS does everything we need in church management software! Aside from service planning it does EVERYTHING needed!

Cons

I would love to see ACS step into the service planning side of things too and truly become an "all in one" stop shop! Interaction with CCLI, ect... The software does take a bit to get used to, it could be more user friendly.

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Leigh L.

Religious Institutions, 11-50 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend1/10

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Research other products firt

Reviewed 2 years ago

Excellent customer service for an older version of the product.

Pros

ACS offers excellent customer support. I have heard that the newer version is more advanced.

Cons

We use an older version of ACS Financials and need to upgrade. The older version is rigid and reporting can be burdenson.

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Ashley P.

Religious Institutions, 11-50 employees

Used weekly for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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ACS is a must have software for churches.

Reviewed 5 years ago

Helps keep up with membership info and tracking.

Pros

The best part about this software is the search ability to locate information. While it takes some time to become familiar with how the searches work, you can pretty much find what you are looking for as long as the data has been imputed correctly. For example, you can locate a certain phone number. However, you still need to know how the phone number was classified when it was entered into the software.

Cons

The part I like least about this software is the difficulty of merging documents for mass mail out. There are many steps and takes some time to master this process. It would be great to simply this process.

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Denise L.

Education Management, 11-50 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend2/10

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Secretary/ Teacher

Reviewed 2 years ago

Having to wait on hold for extensive periods of time was very inconvenient.

Pros

The database was very useful and made my job much easier.

Cons

It was not easy to correct mistakes. Waiting for help was a lengthy process.

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Alisha B.

Religious Institutions, 11-50 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Good management software for churches

Reviewed 4 years ago

Church membership management, running reports, accounting and bookkeeping, contributions, etc

Pros

- Easy to use - Great customer service - Great customizability

Cons

Could look more modern, but certainly gets the job done

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TONYA C.

Medical Practice, 11-50 employees

Used other for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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ACS - its multi-faceted!

Reviewed 3 years ago

ACS was the database for a church where I served as Office Manager. It tracked giving, profiles of our members, classes, attendance, the list was truly endless. I also utilized it to generate Year End Giving Statements for tax purposes.

Pros

I am duly impressed with it's power - searches, record retrieval, Tax statements, etc. This was my primary software for over 7 years, I also attended several seminars to become more proficient within ACS.

Cons

It was occasionally non-intuitive, but their Customer Service reps are Fantastic at troubleshooting!!

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Ashley H.

Education Management, 1-10 employees

Used daily for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Easy for those who are not keen with numbers

Reviewed 5 years ago
Pros

simple to use, but a lot of capability. Easy to keep track of giving and make reports for unpaid tuitions.

Cons

difficult to use for a school when students drop or change classes after making payments. Wish there was a way to connect to another software to automatically load registrations.

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Donna T.

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Rating of ACS program for Episcopal Churches

Reviewed 6 years ago

I have used ACS for 16 years from DOS to Windows to Online based. Online was an awesome expansion! There was never down time (except for middle of the night maintenance) and it was always fast. Backups were never a worry. Customer Service was friendly, extremely helpful and patient. On site training was available at extra cost.

Pros

Customization. Online based. Does yearly Parochial Report and sends it to National Church. Parochial Report can be printed daily, weekly, monthly....as many times as you wish for internal reporting to Vestry or Rector. Access to training.

Cons

It can be pricey for smaller parishes/churches. Realm (for smaller parihes) is still young and needs tweaking. When you are used to the fuller ACS version, Realm can be a bit frustrating. Realm only recently had General Ledger talking to the Financial module.

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Nicholas S.

Religious Institutions, 51-200 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend2/10

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Look elsewhere for a ministry database

Reviewed 4 years ago
Pros

There are several desirable features with this software. A primary one is the high amount of customization. However, this customization is only available to administrators and people with understanding of coding.

Cons

Immensely outdated and not functional. While using this software, I felt I put more work into using the software than actual results it gave. I would steer clear of this software if you're looking for a simple, user-friendly and intuitive experience.

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Brian M.

Religious Institutions,

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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ACS - great value for churches and small nonprofits

Reviewed 7 years ago
Pros

As a small nonprofit, we have used ACS General Ledger, People, and Contributions for over 15 years. What I like best is that it is an affordable, integrated, double-entry accounting system designed specifically for churches and small non-profit organizations. The People and Contributions modules allow us to easily monitor pledges, acknowledge donations, summarize gifts by fund, and report on subsets...

Cons

Overall, we like ACS. I don't have a lot of criticism. The addition of a functional expense statement would be very helpful, since this is the format used by the IRS on Form 990 (required of most 403(b) organizations but not for most churches). Direct delivery of GL reports by email would also be helpful, but printing to pdf and emailing is not terribly difficult. As our number of donor records and years of data have grown, I have found the software to slow down somewhat, particularly when running custom extracts of donor data.

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Religious Institutions, 11-50 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend6/10

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Bulletproof, contains all the core functionality, but dated

Reviewed 5 years ago

Crucial information that aids in caring for our church family.

Pros

I love that this software has been refined and is extremely reliable and fast. Efficient data entry and keyboard functionality. Powerful reporting. Covers the basics of what a ChMS should offer with ease, speed and power.

Cons

This software is dated. It's "cloud" based, but lacks lots of modern communication tools such as text communication, easy email distribution and remote web-based functions like small group attendance, and volunteer management. In all honesty, ACS is so big and has so many add-on features, it can probably do all of these things, but it's hard to know all of the functionality because it's not easily...

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Religious Institutions, 11-50 employees

Used monthly for 2+ years

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There are better options

Reviewed 2 years ago

To be fair, it's been a few years since I have spoken to ACS customer support and they were friendly and tried to be very helpful at the time, but it wasn't a good experience. We had issues with updating older versions of the software and trying to make it work within our own bylaws and Canadian law, which wasn't on ACS as a software manufacturer, but it didn't help the overall experience. There seemed...

Pros

If you spent a lot of time setting things up and were using it daily, ACS seems to have the capability to have good functionality. I've been in two different organizations where that wasn't the case, and heard similar things from other users, which meant ACS was something that I used only when I really couldn't get someone else to do the thing I needed, or I really needed to find a piece of information. It seems to be a great place to store all kinds of information.

Cons

The user interface was difficult, making learning it (and teaching it to church staff who are often technically slower) very difficult. Because people never learned it, it was used poorly and data was sometimes out of date, making the whole database only really functional for the financial side of things and we never managed to get the use out of it that we often hoped and tried for. Overall it was a frustrating piece of software when we had to engage with it and people would create their own systems and spreadsheets as work arounds.

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Religious Institutions, 1-10 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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A Great Product Overall with World-Class Customer Service

Reviewed 4 years ago

ACS is a church software product with several different suites to choose from. I found the People Suite, then Realm, extremely helpful in keeping member records, and the Financial Suite gives the church the reports and information needed for making budget decisions.

Pros

ACS Realm is a simpler version of ACS People Suite, and much more intuitive. The implementation was smooth and the transition fully backed by their wonderful customer service. I also love getting a live, knowledgeable person on the phone within a few seconds of calling. Payroll is also very easy in ACS Financial Suite.

Cons

The Financial Suite is not intuitive, but mistakes have gotten easier to fix due to upgrades. The church is still waiting to switch to ACS Realm Financials, as payroll cannot be done there, despite well over a year of promises that it is happening soon. It would be helpful for Realm input of donations to flow to the Financial Suite. Also, ACS People Suite gave options for certain reports that cannot be run in ACS Realm.

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Aimee R.

Religious Institutions, 11-50 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend3/10

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ACS is okay...

Reviewed 6 years ago

We can keep track of our members and visitors and keep good records for visitation.

Pros

The transition from Servant Keeper to ACS was smooth. The onboarding team and the customer service reps are easy to work with and try to be as helpful as possible. The Church Life app is great, and has been a blessing to our church members.

Cons

Working through a separate "portal" is a total pain. The software seems like it's not advancing with the times, and I would much prefer a true "cloud" based system. We are often "kicked off" the portal and have to log in again. We also have difficulty with AccessACS, because it can only be accessed by a Windows based browser (and we all use Mac computers). It's a bit of a hassle to access AccessACS through a separate browser to do the needed uploading tasks and helping our folks with their passwords and such. Finally, they really haven't updated much in the software. It's stagnant, and I see some areas where we may want to explore more modern technology.