Entry-level accounting packages are terrific. They provide excellent features, and are frequently a good value. However, regardless of how good or cost-effective they are, they don't serve your clients' needs if the client has 25 or 30 users who need simultaneous access to the financial information, and the accounting system is limited to five or 10 simultaneous users.Perhaps your clients need a more detailed account-numbering schema, or the ability to do extensive bill-of-materials processing. Another common scenario is when the client has too many transactions and users for an entry-level accounting system to handle comfortably. While the underlying database in many entry-level accounting systems is quite capable of handling a considerable volume of simultaneous transactions, it will, at some point, start to bog down under the load.

Many of the mid-range accounting systems available are built on top of sophisticated database software, such as SQL. With more sophisticated and powerful database software, it's less likely that the application will slow down appreciably or noticeably under large transaction loads.

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