Integrated time billing, project management, and accounting for professional services.

About BQE Core

BQE Core is a flexible and powerful business management solution with a full range of time and expense tracking, billing, project management, and accounting capabilities.

Designed specifically for professional services firms by industry experts, Core automates repetitive tasks, allows for streamlined collaboration, centralizes information, and offers incredible insights. It consequently helps you stop billable time from slipping through the cracks, greatly increase productivity, and better plan for the future.

Core is cloud-based, so you can access it from anywhere and you never need to worry about updates. Its revolutionary à la carte pricing model means that you don’t need to pay for features you won’t use, and monthly, quarterly, and annual plans make it cost-effective for firms with seasonal employees or shifting demand.

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BQE Core Features

The main capabilities included with BQE core include:

Accounting

An accounting center lets you write checks, reconcile accounts, generate balance sheets, connect to bank feeds for automatic reconciliation, and more all in one place. Additionally, Core gives you the ability to create a chart of accounts for income, expense, assets, liability and credit card accounts, record general journal entries, print detailed profit and loss reports. Additionally, there are virtually endless customizable report templates.

Apps

Core comes with free, fully functional native mobile apps for Android and iPhone to track time and expenses, manage clients and projects, and send out beautiful invoices with ease.

Billing, Accounts Receivable, and Payments

Flexible billing functions include automatic billing, progress billing, ability to create invoices in either batch or manual mode, retainer invoices, recurring invoices, percent completion invoices, fixed invoices, hourly invoices, hourly “not to exceed” invoices, etc.

Dashboards

Unlimited, customizable dashboards to monitor KPIs and metrics including but not limited to: time, activity, client, and employee performance; effective pay rate; gross margins; earned value; and income and expense breakdowns.

Integrations

Integrations with QuickBooks Online, MYOB AccountRight, Dropbox, Google Drive, Amazon Web Services, and more make Core fit seamlessly into your business ecosystem.

Projects

Core offers comprehensive project management capabilities with multi-level submittal and approval workflows, forecasting tools, real-time tracking, and more.

Time and Expense

Intuitive time and expense tracking in multiple formats, from straightforward timecards to smart timers, lets you track overtime, compensation time, sick time, vacation and holidays. With each entry you can record unlimited notes about the entry.

BQE Core Pricing

The cost of BQE Core starts at $7.95/user/month for the time and expense subscription. Accounting subscriptions starts at $22.95/user/month. These figures are based on a 5-year plan. There is a free trial available. There is no free version available.

Product Overview

Industry Focus

Ratio of reviewers by sector.

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Consulting
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Professional Services
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Software Development

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User Reviews of BQE Core

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Submitted on July 28th, 2020 by Ryan Roch from Intrepidium Consulting Inc.

Billing process is easy and intuitive as we can provide clients with a detailed invoicing if required. Core is really helping us manage time and expense tracking. On the project management side we can easily forecast capacity in hours and can create detailed estimates with minimal efforts. Ability to manage subcontractors pretty much like our employees is very helpful. Last but not the least we are enjoying excellent customer service and support.

The Good…

Time and expense, project management and billing features in Core have definitely helped us solve problems. Most importantly providing detailed work instructions and budgets to our team.

The Bad…

Improving intelligence for notification features.

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Submitted on July 28th, 2020 by Debra Woodward from Madrone Environmental Services

Core has allowed us to keep all eggs in the same basket. Billing team using the same program as timesheets has saved hours. Setup of Core was easy. Training has been very supportive and useful. Support has been very helpful and quick to respond and follow-up. BQE Core has allowed us more time to focus on the completion of a project rather than collecting information and scheduling from different sources

The Good…

Definitely billing and time tracking. Having one integrated platform is saving us time.

The Bad…

Providing more details in help within the program, a pop up link to a detailed explanation of what the field is will be helpful.

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Submitted on July 21st, 2020 by Douglas Teiger from Teiger Consulting

The real time performance metrics of projects on beautiful dashboards keep our management team informed about the project management aspects of our projects. Invoicing is very flexible and easily supports different invoice formats. I am very pleased with what I am experiencing with CORE. It’s simplicity in Time and Expense tracking and the way it handles all types of invoicing needs of design professional services is excellent.

The Good…

The fact that we do not have to deal with multiple apps to run our firm is in itself a huge deal. Time and expense reporting, invoicing, accounting and project management are the areas of our business that are solved by Core

The Bad…

Cannot think of anything specifically. However, more industry specific chart of accounts will be helpful to users from different industries

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Submitted on July 20th, 2020 by Majdi Ataya from Onward Engineering

The flexibility of Core is exceptional, and their technical support is top notch. Core has helped us manage our projects and streamline our billing process, which includes 3-tier structure. Prior to Core we use to use excel to manage our multiple database.

The Good…

Easy time tracking, expense reports and billing are some of the best features we like in Core

The Bad…

As soon as Core includes Payroll we will have everything in Core

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Submitted on July 20th, 2020 by Cathy Flamenco from INsite Architecture Inc

CORE has given our principals and project managers more access to real time data reducing the potential for errors in reporting and data transfer in multiple areas to better service our valued clients. CORE has eliminated need for complicated spreadsheets and various other methods of housing project data. Coming from QuickBooks desktop accounting which we have used for almost 19 years, CORE accounting subscription has given us access to company financial data anywhere.

The Good…

Project management and accounting real time data metrics anytime and almost anywhere through cloud based hosted subscriptions allowing quick response time to our valued clients.

The Bad…

Online Payment: sometimes Client have complained that payment functionality does not work. Would like to also see ACH payment option available which is promised to be in Core in August.

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Submitted on July 1st, 2020 by Tracie Giles from Third Place Design Co-Op

We use Core in all roles of our business - Time Tracking, Invoicing, Project Management and Accounting and I am increasingly impressed at the capacity of BQE Core and it’s abilities. There are many ways we see Core streamlining our business processes.

The Good…

First and foremost is the technical support team! Each call I have made to them has increased my operational knowledge of Core and provided needed assistance with resolving issues

The Bad…

We would like to see more information/description links

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Submitted on June 30th, 2020 by Lisa M

All aspects of project management and keeping track of accounting records all in one place. When I began working at RBM, invoices were being generated through excel and snail mailed which took almost a week to complete especially when having to retrieve weekly timesheets. With BQE, this process takes less than 1 day to complete.

The Good…

BQE keeps all project management and keeping track of accounting records all in one place. BQE support is genius. After explaining a situation for a project our firm will be performing in the next month, he was able to assist me with not only the setup but had some suggestions with regard to report filtering to reduce time spent on what I think would have been a monumental and time consuming task. Support team is an asset to your organization.

The Bad…

I’ve encountered issues in the past that have affected prior year’s data and researching is extremely time consuming. However, I haven’t encountered these issues in the past 2 years - yeah!

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Submitted on June 25th, 2020 by an anonymous BQE Core user.

BQE Core is very user friendly. We have been using the software for little over a year and it has definitely helped us get efficient. The time entry process is extremely easy and it has improved the way we process invoices and make payments.

The Good…

Ease of use because of user friendly interface, time tracking and invoicing are the other two areas that has solved our pain points

The Bad…

Some of the reports needs better explanation

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Submitted on June 22nd, 2020 by Teresa Harmon from Briscoe Doddo and Associates CPA PA

It took me many years working in a very outdated software until I felt I found the right program (Core) to switch to for time and billing. It has met all of my needs so far! Love it. I have not had to call in for customer service often but when I do everyone has been helpful and I have not encountered any issues what so ever. I have not worked in the Project Management or Accounting modules of the program. The flexibility for invoicing. The ability to email the invoices right from the program.

The Good…

Being able to use the program from anywhere a browser is available although I personally have not had to log in anywhere other than the office but some of my staff has. Core has also solved Time and Billing and reporting pain points and these are the areas what we mostly use Core for. It has met all of our needs so far.

The Bad…

The downside is the refresh rate. At times there is lag due to internet connection which is obviously not an issue with Core itself but the internet connection.

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Submitted on June 10th, 2020 by Claudia Ramirez from JA Del Rio

After switching to Core it has definitely helped us get more organized. BQE Core has a easy and intuitive user interface which makes our day to day processes easier. With Core being a cloud software close to 200 employees are using it on a daily basis for time and expense tracking, billing and engagement management. All the processes are faster and better with Core. It is is our main business management software and before BQE Core we had a local system installed on our servers

The Good…

The easy and intuitive user interface allows our staff capture time and expenses in time and helps our team of 50 plus billing managers invoice accurately and on time.

The Bad…

More options to customize invoices and reports by ourselves will be greatly appreciated.

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Submitted on June 2nd, 2020 by Carmen Florek from SSA, Inc.

We are getting more and more use out of Core in a little over 1 year of using the software. So far we are just diving in, but it has helped our time tracking and expenses and keep our documents in one place. We are using our custom report for allocations and it is working well for us.

The Good…

Allocation and forecasting, project management and time and expense setup are all helpful features in Core to run the business

The Bad…

Any changes, we pass through ideas and so hopefully they are updated as new features - we would like to know the status of our requests just so we can discuss in our meetings.

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Submitted on June 2nd, 2020 by Junaid Qurashi from M Design Architects

We have been using Core for more than year and a half. After testing many other products in the market when we were deciding to switch, I can now say for Architects Core is by far the best product. And your ongoing feature videos are the best learning tools. The features and power are so vast that I believe BQE should offer certification courses for Core. We still are in early stages of exploring all the amazing features of Core, but there is no question as a firm we have become more disciplined in managing client expectation on budget and project performance as a whole.

The Good…

We definitely like; Reports, especially project analysis and performances. The ability to activate / deactivate phases on a project. We have been invoicing out of Core and recently I am appreciating ePayments and stripe integration and project management dashboard.

The Bad…

We are not utilizing the allocation and forecasting feature to its full extent till all our scheduling needs are met. We have submitted our feedback and overall BQE is doing a fantastic job listening to user feedback

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Submitted on May 28th, 2020 by Maggie Bloom

Love the customer service. Recently, I needed a help with resolving a report issue I was having the support engineer came straight to my aide. I really enjoy BQE software it really makes our report process much cleaner and quicker.

The Good…

Time entry, reports and of course the customer service.

The Bad…

It would be nice to have a chat box in the bottom of the screen for tech support.

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Submitted on May 27th, 2020 by Susan Wilson from Viridian Inc.

That it is available online is a big plus for us. So far most of our employees have transitioned from the old software to Core fairly easily.

The Good…

We use Core for time and expense entry, project management and project tracking, and we are very satisfied with the results.

The Bad…

I’d like easier access for at least one other employee to enter vendor bill expenses without subscribing to a billing subscription.

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Submitted on May 26th, 2020 by Laura Davidson

The centralized time keeping and invoicing works great for us. The invoicing platform is particularly neat as all our employees track the project time and expenses in Core.

The Good…

Invoicing and time tracking are the features we enjoy the most.

The Bad…

Gant chart feature needs improvement before we can fully use it.

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Submitted on May 11th, 2020 by Laura Stedenfeld from Omnes

As a startup, I was researching for the best integrated accounting, time and expense tracking and billing software. I selected BQE Core because it had an intuitive interface, easy reporting and it was on cloud. For any startup business the cost is always a big factor, the fact that BQE Core was a fraction of other similar software packages was an added bonus! We use BQE for our integrated accounting, time/expenses, and invoices, and it has been integral in helping us to understand and grow our business in the first year. At every moment, I have the info available to understand my cash flow, liabilities and A/R all in one interface, which never would have been possible if I used other accounting software.

The Good…

We use Core for our integrated accounting, time/expenses, and invoices, and it has been integral in helping us to understand and grow our business in the first year. I was really happy with the initial experience of Core. If you have a base-level understanding of accounting, just watching the instructional videos will give enough information to set up your full account. Having staff available 24/7 for questions has also been very helpful when you’re stuck and figuring something out during late-night invoicing!

The Bad…

At this point it serves our needs but I am pretty sure we will have suggestions for improvement.

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Submitted on May 4th, 2020 by Jessica Ramirez from J Cruz and Associates

Moving to Core has definitely helped us eliminate the manual data entry process. Prior to using Core the time entry process was not that easy and we had to enter time manually for all the employees in our old software. Another area that so far we like in Core is the powerful invoicing.

The Good…

Easy time entry and invoicing feature are the best so far that we enjoy in Core. We also appreciate the excellent customer service support team. They always go above and beyond to help out.

The Bad…

Needs to be more user friendly. At time we did experience glitches which were rectified in a timely manner.

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Submitted on April 28th, 2020 by Kim Prewitt from Capstone Project Services

Our small but rapidly-growing architectural firm was looking for a project management and billing solution. We were particularly impressed with CORE’s user-friendly, “all in one” design.

The Good…

It provides us with a single source to record employee time, manage project tasks, budget, invoice and track project performance. We took advantage of the various training packages and technical assistance BQE offers to help us get up-to-speed with CORE in a matter of months. BQE also worked with us to develop a custom invoice that provides our clients with current and past billing information in a clean and easy-to-read format. With the mobile app, our partners access CORE data anytime, anywhere, and can record travel expenses directly from their smartphones. BQE has demonstrated to us that they listen and responds to suggestions on how to make CORE an even better program for its users by providing regular updates and enhancements that incorporate our suggestions. We are very pleased with CORE and BQE."

The Bad…

Everything is working for us and if it does not then that is what support is for. Like any other new software implementation there is a learning curve. We took advantage of the various training packages

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Submitted on April 14th, 2020 by Bronwen Fitzsimons

We are an architecture firm and it is clear Core is geared to us. We are new to Core, so it’s hard for me to name features i like most. Definitely like it. Time management and auto reports have helped us a lot. What I love so far is the 24 hour support. The agent I usually speak with has been especially helpful. He is patient and a great teacher. He points out issues/features that I had no idea about. He has been extremely helpful.

The Good…

Software is has features for our industry. As mentioned support is great and so far we have benefited from time management and report automation

The Bad…

I would like to see more free webinars about new features, or tips.

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Submitted on April 9th, 2020 by Christina Ballarino from Douglas Design Studio Inc.

After using BillQuick for more than 10 years we switched over to Core. The transition was extremely smooth. Core is an excellent product which my staff transitioned to with ease. The online tutorials were so good that staff just dove right in to working with Core with almost no support needed.

Any questions that I have as I was setting things up were quickly answered but staff who are always quick to respond, extremely knowledgeable and always friendly. I would definitely recommend Core to anyone!

The Good…

User friendliness and definitely excellent customer service

The Bad…

Would like to see incomplete time card monitoring soon in Core. I was told it is already on the road map.

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Submitted on April 3rd, 2020 by John Mercer from Mercer Engineering

Prior to using BQE software I used Wind-2 and SEMA4 which are costly programs. I was not a newbie to using project management software when implementing BQE. My greatest frustration in using those legacy programs was that they did not have any flexibility in them that allowed me to update or “correct” erroneous entries into the system database without having the data reprogrammed in some way by the vendor. Support for BQE can assist making changes on the fly if need be and hopefully will continue to support the services industry in the future. I have witnessed the mission of BQE to continue to improve the software and support for its users. I am happy to say that I took a leap of faith in upgrading my office to BQE and have not been disappointed.

The Good…

SIMPLICITY—it is an easy transition from paper time sheets in a format that employees can easily understand. Employee time entries can add memos that are invaluable to explain charges to clients or counsel employees on their activities. FLEXIBILITY—Some projects require slightly different reporting/invoicing formats to fit the client;s needs. BQE support assists with accomplishing just that at a reasonable cost. SUPPORT—With a gold support subscription, issues in understanding inputs or reporting have been addressed in real-time, on-line, to help maintain operation schedules for billing and reporting. REPORTS—Both summary and detailed reports are available that can include memos to help clarify time and expenses. One can look at a project from different facets based on a manager’s needs.

The Bad…

Some of the labor reporting modules need to be reviewed that use an integer formatted numbers that round off and be updated to use an accounting formatted number with 2 decimal places. My accounting department uses two report for payroll that use incorrect time (rounding up) instead of an exact job time/cost figure

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Submitted on March 24th, 2020 by Autumn Hostetler

Core has been a huge time savings for us. The ease of creating invoices, making and customizing reports, and entering time has improved our ability to get more done overall. We have been very pleased with all aspects of customer service, the integration team, custom reports team, trainers, and call center for the one off type questions and issues. We would recommend Core to anyone on the fence about the service. It is such a user-friendly software program.

The Good…

it is such a user-friendly software program and the customer service is definitely great.

The Bad…

There was a bit of a learning curve in the beginning and training coordination was somewhat challenging but nothing extraordinary.

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Submitted on February 19th, 2020 by Sandy Jauregui from Tri City Engineering

Having project assignments, time tracking using the multiple timers and of course recurring billing for automating our invoicing process are the most productive features of Core. We are done with entering data, so far, i am liking everything I see and I am looking forward to seeing the reports. Employees enter their own time. Recurring bills negate entering the same info each month.

The Good…

On the Dashboard, it’d be nice if you had the option to click on a widget, and it takes you to the report.

The Bad…

On the Dashboard, it’d be nice if you had the option to click on a widget, and it takes you to the report.

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Submitted on February 13th, 2020 by Lori Cook

The time card entry process seems to be better than our old system. Lot less steps for our staff to get their time sheets in. We are still in the learning process, I can say one thing about BQE support personnel…they are helpful and very patient and understanding. I appreciate them very much

The Good…

Definitely technical support and better time entry

The Bad…

For vendor ID, you have to choose either a tax ID number or a SSN. Vendor’s can be either, so you should be able to have both.

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Submitted on February 6th, 2020 by Lori Petrites

What we like the most about Core is the way everything is integrated in one application instead of using standalone apps that do not talk to each other. The ease of pulling up the needed data is definitely helpful. I have liked how some of my suggestions to Core ideas have been implemented. If more of these could be fixed and added to the software, the use of the software would be more efficient and effective.

The Good…

The way everything is integrated. The ease of pulling up needed data

The Bad…

Although, BQE is working on a payroll module and i have to use a a separate payroll software to process payroll. On projects when you assign a group it doesn’t let you assign to all phases and this feature addition would be great.

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Submitted on January 29th, 2020 by Stan Morris

I liked the flexibility and design once I gone through the learning curve. The reports are straight forward and serve my purpose without customizing.

The Good…

I have used BQE products for years and the software is simple to use and pretty straight forward. Today was the first time I needed customer support. The response was as always excellent and the problem that I was experiencing was fixed.

The Bad…

I find the billing process steps a bit awkward but I am used to them now. It is annoying to have to look for the most recent invoice under Invoice Review once the invoice is processed as final.

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Submitted on January 26th, 2020 by David Price from Liggett Design Group

We transferred 12 years of “Project History” to bqe-CORE effective January 1, 2019. I am the Business Manager and I report directly to the owner of the Company. I keep current the clients we work with&…and all project-phase information for the company, billing-invoicing, using the CORE operating system. As a former Marine Corps officer&. then commercial banker (15 years) I believe that People make the difference&… not machines. The people at bqe CORE, particularly the HELP DESK, are all professionals they know what they are talking about and they care. I highly recommend bqe CORE!

I value honesty, and I value those that take ownership. I recommend bqe-CORE. I just designed a ‘custom report’ for our company utilizing the CORE ‘Custom Report’ section. They were great to work with. We are now using “my” Company report starting January 2020. This “custom report” pulls in all our client “project data” real time. It shows what’s important to us&. our project team. We have many concurrent project-phases (hourly or not to exceed contract phases) under the parent project, that start one year and end the next. This custom report is a great tool for us& color-coded “RED”, showing when over budget (time or “not to exceed” contract fee).

The Good…

The flexibility of customizing features to meet our growing business needs. he people at bqe CORE, particularly the HELP DESK, are all professionals

The Bad…

It would be nice to see more built in invoice/report customization features.

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Submitted on January 24th, 2020 by Felice Geoghegan from WhiteSpace Architects, Inc.

Time entries are easy for the project managers. When everything is entered correctly Core does give a good view as to where we are with invoicing, budgets, contract etc. For most part calling customer service is easy and the staff is knowledgeable and patient when we are asking for help.

The Good…

We love the customer service and of course ease of use with robust features is a plus.

The Bad…

I am not a fan of write up/down feature and wish we could turn it off as our firm does not use it. There is room for improvement in reporting area as find some reports do not show totals at the bottom and more invoice customization options would definitely help.

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Submitted on January 24th, 2020 by Mark Halvorson from MPA Architects

I have to say it has succeeded with flying colors after being bombarded with all kinds of unusual circumstances with hundreds of our architecture projects! Well done! I’m constantly amazed how well thought-out the original approach was in Core’s basic design allowing it to handle all of our client’s weird situations, and we’re just one of the zillions of other companies using Core who do things so differently than we do. I say this with a little authority, as well, because I wrote my first program at age 15 in 1968 and I have seen (and suffered) everything in all the eras of computing since. Core is badass. Every system has issues, but it’s important we all stop and appreciate the unimaginable amount of work that went into making Core really effective. No one paid me to say this and I’m not getting any brownie points. I’m saying this because I know intimately what the developers have gone through to make today’s Core possible. Whew!

The Good…

Core’s powerful time and expense tracking, simple but yet powerful invoicing and amazing project management features makes it a power house.

I’m constantly amazed how well thought-out the original approach was in Core’s basic design allowing it to handle all of our client’s weird situations, and we’re just one of the zillions of other companies using Core who do things so differently than we do.

The Bad…

Core has an amazing catalog of built-in reports. One thing we find ourselves often wishing for was a kind of Quick List report that would output a list of something, one item per line, single-spaced and nothing else but a clear statement of the search and filtering criteria at the top.

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Submitted on May 28th, 2019 by Robert from SB&O, Inc.

BQE Core was at the top of our list when our company was researching a replacement for our current accounting software. The cloud-based software was a great solution, but ultimately we decided to go with another software because our CEO decided that a local server-based system was a better fit for our company.

The Good…

I was impressed with how much thought was put into the creation of this software and how many steps we would have been able to cut out of our daily routine by using this software.

The Bad…

I think if they offered a local server-based version that worked exactly like their cloud-based software, we might have made a different decision.

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Submitted on May 1st, 2019 by Tim Schoellerman from TS & Associates

By far one of the most beautiful and powerful software for engineers and architects. We switched from a very expensive software. Everyone at the office fell in love with Core immediately. Highly recommend.

The Good…

The business intelligence and the entire BQE support team.

The Bad…

I wish it had payroll. I have to export the payroll report every two weeks. No big deal though.

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