But then the other trend is that other companies that were using Sage Software MAS 90 accounting package, Great Plains, a custom package or a package that was built in house have found that these applications are either becoming too complex for their needs or have become obsolescent, Lucchini said. This is when they take a look at QuickBooks, he said. "Some of those companies are pretty big and weve found that we have closed the door to some of them with the number of seats we allow," he noted."So by taking it up by one more notch, we open the door the door to more customers in terms of scalability," Lucchini said. The license covers concurrent users so a 20-seat license might actually serve as many as 30 to 35 users during the course of a business day, he noted. For Steve Simmons, a partner in S&S Hospitality, a 55-employee catering and event management service based in Kennewick, Wash., the biggest benefit from using QuickBooks has been its ability to grow with the business. Simmons, one of the attendees at the QuickBooks user conference, said the company purchased QuickBooks in 2002 mainly because they wanted a package that was easy to install and use. "QuickBooks let us get up and running quickly and wasnt too complicated to use," he said. Click here to read about a patch management tool introduced by Intuit. "We use it to do all of our payroll in house and all of our financial reports," including sales, profit and loss, he said. At tax time, the company is able to send a consolidated QuickBooks report to its tax accountant with the details on revenue, profits, payroll and expenses, he said. These are valuable features for a steadily growing company that is now catering more than 1,500 events a year, he said. Besides the new 20-users package, QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions 6.0 users can process twice the number of items, customers and vendors than in the earlier QuickBooks Pro and QuickBooks Premier editions. The enterprise package also has new inventory management features, including bills of materials tracking that accounts for both material and non-material costs, which lets users estimated how many finished products they can assemble with current inventory. Editors Note: This story was updated to add information about the QuickBooks Merchant Service. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis about productivity and business solutions.
QuickBooks sells licenses in five-seat increments with the first five seats starting at $3,000 and each additional five seats costing an additional $1,500. The 20-seat license will cost $7,500 to new customers and $6,750 for an upgrade.