QuickBooks moves upLike the kindergarten teachers and prison wardens who lose track of their charges once they move on in the world, QuickBooks has long aimed to keep hold of the small businesses that outgrew its entry-level product. With the new release of its QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions, 6.0, it makes its strongest case yet.

QBES 6.0 offers expanding mid-market companies a clear growth path, with support for up to 15 concurrent users and the same easy-to-use QuickBooks interface. It also has new inventory features for automating the key tasks of product-based businesses, including a new single view of all pending orders, immediately available pick lists and packing slips, and an "Available to Promise" feature that helps companies know exactly what they have to sell and when.

Price: Five-seat license - $3,000; 10-seat - $4,500; 15-seat - $6,000. Includes 12-month full-service plan with 24/7 tech support, upgrades, data recovery and reporting services, training, and automatic renewals.

Intuit Inc.


(866) 272-8734

AvaTax ST for Navision

Avalara continues to expand the reach of its Web-based sales tax solution, AvaTax ST, announcing in October an edition that integrates with Microsoft Business Solutions' Navision accounting line. (It already works with Great Plains and E-Commerce Server, as well as several other vendor's accounting products.)

AvaTax ST instantly calculates sales taxes for clients in any of the more than 8,000 taxing jurisdictions in the U.S., as well as providing real-time reporting and automatically generating pre-populated returns.

Price: Starts at $99 a month, after activation fee. Discount available for prepaying.



More accounting online

Accounting application service providers have been struggling to draw users online, but that hasn't deterred ObjAcct Inc. from debuting ObjAcct Online, which offers some new wrinkles to the model.

At base, ObjAcct has an XML-based hosted accounting solution for mid-market enterprise clients, but it also accommodates accounting firms with a reseller program, so they can sell the service to their clients and follow up with various value-added services.

In addition to implementation, firms can sell customization and report development services through the built-in ObjAcct Report Writer. At the same time, integrators can use a Visual Studio .Net software development kit and an extensive library of 1,000 XML Web Services to bundle ObjAcct's accounting functionality with their product offerings.

Price: Five users - $495 a month.

ObjAcct Inc.


(877) 417-2497

Tabs3 Billing Software

Bathrooms, payphones, and time and billing software all have one thing in common: how annoying it is to have to wait while someone else finishes with them. Recognizing this, STI has created a new version of its Tabs3 Billing Software that allows multi-user access at the two-timekeeper level. Previously, concurrent use had only been available at the five-timekeeper level. That's four fewer people you have to hate, and the end of the last of your excuses for not having entered your time.

Price: Two timekeepers - $495, with 30-day money-back guarantee; for more timekeepers, contact reseller or vendor.

Software Technology Inc.


(402) 423-1440

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