QuickBooks desktop Enterprise is an on-premises, Windows-based accounting system, specifically designed for small to medium businesses. It’s perhaps Intuit’s most advanced platform under the QuickBooks brand offering more capacity and especially better advanced inventory features. The software’s strong inventory management features, including advanced tracking and automation, are particularly beneficial for businesses managing complex inventory across multiple locations.
QuickBooks Desktop Enterprise offers industry-focused editions with tools and reporting tailored to specific business needs, enhancing customization.
Our team has tested and reviewed both.
QuickBooks Enterprise is specifically designed for small to medium-sized businesses. With it typically being used by businesses that have between 10-50 employees and revenues ranging from $1M to $10M, it is particularly popular in the accounting, construction, and information technology sectors. On the other hand, Acumatica is favored by small companies with 10-50 employees and mid-level businesses with 50-200 employees.
For a majority of businesses, we’d recommend QuickBooks Enterprise, especially if you’re on the Windows platform. Its platform works great for medium to large businesses, and it’s particularly useful if your needs include advanced inventory management beyond what QuickBooks Online offers.
Acumatica has an open architecture which paves the way for rapid integrations. Its mobile accessibility also ensures smooth operation from anywhere. Conversely, QuickBooks Enterprise is more desktop focused, compatible only with Windows.
QuickBooks has a starting price of $880 per year per user, making it a decent choice for businesses looking for a cost-effective solution without sacrificing functionality. Acumatica, however, takes a different route with no fixed starting price as it uses a pay for what you use model.
Both systems require an annual contract. Also Acumatica requires a consultation call to get pricing details. Moreover, Acumatica comes with a high learning curve and can be a bit of a challenge to set up.