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The Pricing Report


A table of the pricing for many of the top accounting system and ERP solutions

By J. Carlton Collins, CPA


 

Comparing the prices of accounting software can be confusing. To help, we asked the top accounting software publishers to provide us retail pricing for the cost of eight core modules (general ledger, accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll, inventory, order entry, job costing, and system manager) for 1 user, 5 users, 10 users, 25 users, and 100 users. The results are presented below. Even with this approach there are comparison problems. For example, some products include a report writer, consolidations, and bank reconciliation in the general ledger for no additional cost while others charge extra for this functionality. Still, these prices offer a reasonable basis for comparison. 


Product Name 
For the low-end market
(companies with revenues up to $5 million)
Single User 5
Users
10
Users
25
Users
100
Users
ACCPAC Adv Series Discovery (3 users - add $250)
($1,500 for SM, GL, AP, AR, PR - $1,00 each for add'l modules)
$4,500 N/A N/A N/A N/A
ACCPAC Advantage Series Corporate (Pervasive) 
ACCPAC Advantage Series Corporate (SQL Server) 
$8,500
$12,500
$10,000
$18,000
N/A
$23,500
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
ACCPAC Vision Point  $3,600 $3,600 $3,600 $3,600 $3,600
BusinessVision 32 $199 $5,495 $6,790 $10,670 N/A
BusinessVision SQL N/A N/A $9,995 $16,985 $54,995
BusinessWorks Gold  $3,760 $4,750 $5,255 $6,745 N/A
DAC Easy 11.0 $250 $500 N/A N/A N/A
Microsoft Small Business Manager
(Includes GL, AR, AP, PR and 1st Yr Service of $425
single user; $725 multi-user)
$1920 $3720 N/A N/A N/A
M.Y.O.B. AccountEdge  $236 $647 $1,142 N/A N/A
Oracle Small Business Manager  $1,200/Yr $3,600/Yr $6,600/Yr $16,200/Yr $60,000/Yr
One Write Plus 8.0 $89 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Peachtree 2000 6.0 $1,650 $2,530 $2,930 $2,930 N/A
Peachtree Accounting 2002 $160 $525 N/A N/A N/A
Peachtree Complete for Windows 2002 $270 $557 $557 $557 N/A
QuickBooks Basic 2002  $180 N/A N/A N/A N/A
QuickBooks Pro 2002  $250 $690 N/A N/A N/A
QuickBooks Premier 2002, Accountant Edition  $416 $1,500 N/A N/A N/A
Simply Accounting (ACCPAC) $169 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Simply Accounting Pro (ACCPAC) $319 $725 N/A N/A N/A
For the middle market
(companies with revenues from $2 million to $50 million)
Single User 5
Users
10
Users
25
Users
100
Users
ACCPAC Adv. Series Corporate Edition (Pervasive) 
ACCPAC Adv. Enterprise Edition (SQL Server) 
$16,500
$24,000
$21,500
$34,000
$26,500
$44,000
$41,500
$74,000
$116,000
$224,000
ACCPAC Online (Web Based Solution - Rental Fee Arrangement) $380/
month
$775/
month
$2,230/
month
$5,155/
month
$19,780/
month
ACCPAC Pro Series 6.0  $9,600 $12,600 $15,600 $24,600 $69,600
Blackbaud Financial Edge (4) $8,000 $23,000 $33,500 $65,500 N/A
BusinessVision 32 $199 $5,495 $6,790 $10,675 N/A
BusinessVision SQL N/A N/A $9,995 $16,985 $54,995
FACTS (Software Solutions) (5) $1,500 $7,500 $15,000 $37,500 $150,000
Great Plains $20,000 $28,000 $38,000 $65,500 $198,000
Macola Progression $12,550 $13,250 $15,950 $28,050 $80,874
MAS 90 $10,775 $14,375 $16,375 $22,375 N/A
MAS 200  N/A $18,500 $23,500 $37,500 $88,500
Navision on the MDE Database $9,100 $13,300 $22,400 N/A N/A
Navision (2) on the SQL Server or Navision database $13,000 $19,000 $32,000 $53,000 $160,000
Platinum for Windows $14,960 $17,455 $19,950 $32,425 $94,800
Solomon IV  4.x  $20,000 $28,000 $38,000 $65,500 $198,000
SouthWare Excellence Series (running on mid-range databases)
SouthWare Excellence Series (running on high-end databases)
$7,360
$11,780
$11,200
$17,920
$13,840
$22,144
$21,120
$33,800
$49,980
$79,970
SYSPRO $14,880 $22,290 $27,860 $50,010 $124,600
Traverse 10.0 $12,000 $13,600 $15,600 $21,600 $51,600
Visual AccountMate 5.0 - LAN5.0 
Visual AccountMate 5.0 - SQL Server or AS 400 
$10,955
$13,950
$10,995
$13,950
$13,445
$18,925
N/A
$35,925
N/A
$110,850
For the beginning ERP market
(companies with revenues from $25 million to $500 million)
Single User 5
Users
10
Users
25
Users
100
Users
ACCPAC Adv. Enterprise Edition (SQL Server)  $24,000 $34,000 $44,000 $74,000 $224,000
ACCPAC Executive Series  $72,000 $78,000 $84,000 $102,000 $192,000
Navision on the MDE Database $9,100 $13,300 $22,400 N/A N/A
Navision (2) on the SQL Server or Navision database $13,000 $19,000 $32,000 $53,000 $160,000
Axapta $40,041 $48,441 $58,941 $90,441 $234,441
MAS 500 (Small Bus Edition  to 10 users, then Std Edition) $18,500 $22,500 $27,500 $62,500 $232,500
Great Plains $20,000 $28,000 $38,000 $65,500 $198,000
Macola Progression $12,550 $13,250 $15,950 $28,050 $80,874
E by Epicor N/A $85,000 $94,500 $120,000 $225,000
SAP Accelerated Financials R/3 (pricing includes all modules) N/A $22,500 $45,000 $112,500 $450,000
Solomon IV  $20,000 $28,000 $38,000 $65,500 $198,000
SYSPRO $14,880 $22,290 $27,860 $50,010 $124,600
Take Stock (Software Solutions) (6) $2,200 $11,000 $22,000 $55,000 $220,000
TRAVERSE running on SQL Server $20,000 $23,200 $27,200 $29,200 $99,200

Note 1- Pricing includes the following modules: general ledger, accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll, inventory, order entry, job cost and system manager.

Note 2 - For Navision, this assumes that customers with 10 or less users would not purchase consolidations, budgeting, or allocations granules; customers with 25 users would add budgeting and allocations; and 100 users would add consolidations. Multi-language and multi-currency capabilities are not included in these price estimates.

Note 3 - It is interesting to notice that the least expensive products at one user or five users are not necessarily the least expensive products at 10 or 25 users. This is because some vendors price their modules higher, and their incremental user licenses lower while other vendors employ the opposite strategy. Please note that a few products do not offer job cost modules. In this case we have included the price for an additional inventory module instead - to arrive at a more relevant pricing comparison that includes 8 core modules across the board. In the case of SAP's R/3 software, the price includes the complete SAP product line - not just 8 core modules. ACCPAC discovery provides for a maximum of 3 users, but not 5 users. Peachtree, QuickBooks Pro 2002 and others include more than 8 modules in their standard price.

Note 4 - Blackbaud is a non-profit solution which does not include Inventory, Order Entry, or Job costing; therefore, I substituted these modules with the Blackbaud's Cash Management, Fixed Assets, and POS modules. In general, Blackbaud is priced from $2,000 to $4,000 for core modules, with the general ledger and POS pricing ranging from $2,000 to $20,000 depending on the number of users.

Note 5 - FACTS software is priced from $1,200 to $1,500 per user for 8 core modules. We used $1,500 per user in our calculations.

Note 6 - Take Stock is priced at $2,200 per user for 8 core modules.

Note 7 - BusinessVision pricing includes 16 to 18 modules.

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