Joe Gibbons worked in retail management at a now-defunct national sporting goods company for six years before establishing Gibbons & Gibbons PC, a CPA firm in Vienna, Va.Since then, he has witnessed firsthand how far integration has come between point-of-sale software and back-office accounting solutions.

"I was with QuickBooks POS from the beginning with POS Version 1.0, and it was very rough. I wasn't sure if my clients would even continue on the system," said Gibbons. "The integration with Version 5.0, however, is very strong. They were very separate when POS first started. Today, it looks and feels more like QuickBooks."

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