- Does it allow optimal data entry?
- Are the subjects managed by the business just right, with neither too few nor too many?
- Can items be managed according to names and codes simultaneously?
- Can data be changed at the point of searching/reading reports or is going back to the initial data entry interface required?
- Is the Help section visible while the software is being used?
- Are the tasks associated with searching, exporting/importing data, and reading/printing reports quick and easy?
- Do too many data-entry windows make the interface cumbersome and inconvenient?
- Can those in departments without accounting knowledge use the software?
- Can the software automate to repeat factors or tasks, such as VAT calculations and book keeping?
- Can it handle exchange gains and losses?
- Can it automate cost allocations?
- Does it replicate changes made in one place throughout the system?
- Does it support predefined workflows?
- Can this new accounting software meet industry-specific and business-specific requirements in terms of functionality and interface?
- Can it grow as the business grows, and quickly incorporate new product lines and organisational changes?
- Does it allow integration with other systems, such as ERP and BI?
- Can it import, export, and consolidate data from spreadsheets and word processing applications?
- Does it have an open architecture to allow customised add-ons?
- Does it provide validity checks to ensure existence of standard accounts?
- Does it provide rules to validate and ensure consistency of fields and accounts?
- Is data updated in real-time?
- Can management drill down data to the smallest details?
- Is data stored in a single repository?
- Does it aid performance management needs, e.g., customised reports, multiple-perspective analyses, and built-in planning/budgeting capabilities?
- Can data be displayed under different formats, e.g., scorecards, dashboards, charts, and tables?
- Does it support web-based access or off-premise deployment?
- Does it support multiple languages/currencies/calendars?
- Is user right allocation powerful?
- Does it have proper automatic back-up ability?
- Can it satisfy both internal and external audits with strong audit trail capability?
- Does it support compliance with both local and global accounting standards, e.g., GAAP, IFRS, and VAS?
If a software solution seems suitable for your business, credibility may seem like a minor detail, and yet sometimes, it can be a deal breaker. Do your market research and find out if the software you want to buy is famous or infamous, and if so, why.
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