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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail
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Accounting Software Selection Challenge #3: Microsoft vs. Infor (Difficulty = Basic)
I just want to make a quick point to address a popular software selection misconception. Here’s the misconception:  “The best accounting package for my business

newsletter of accounting  thanks to your TEC Newsletter  subscription, you already have a TEC account: use the login fields to sign in quickly). I appended “ Difficulty = Basic ” to the title of this blog post because this is the first in a series of software selection challenges graded by order of difficulty. Stay tuned for Intermediate and Expert Challenges in the weeks to come. Leave your answers below! You may also be interested in a free  custom accounting software comparison report that provides a high-level

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

We’ve opened the hood on every major category of enterprise software. Learn about thousands of features and functions, and how enterprise software really works.

Get free sample report
Compare Software Solutions

Visit the TEC store to compare leading software by functionality, so that you can make accurate and informed software purchasing decisions.

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Small Business Software (SBS)

The Small Business Software (SBS) evaluation model targets functional requirements for fully featured solutions designed to support all business requirements of a typical small business. Extending beyond mere accounting functions, it is primarily applicable to those businesses for which full-scale ERP software may be too complex or cumbersome. However, the model of SBS solutions includes all the essential categories such as General Ledger, Accounts Payable (A/P) and Accounts Receivable (A/R), Payroll, Job and Project Costing, Multinational Accounting, Light Manufacturing, Inventory, Technology, and much more. 

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