The race is on to identify the best accounting solutions in AccountingWEB’s annual Software Satisfaction Awards.
This year more than 5,000 users rated 12,000 products in this year’s online survey across nine business software categories, and these are the ones that made it through to our shortlists, which are published below.
A word about the figures and shortlists
The lists you see below are NOT the SSA13 winners. Instead, they show which companies are in the running for the Awards. Our statistical team is working through each category to confirm the ratings and prepare commentaries on the different software types and the final results will be announced on Thursday 7 November.
The figures that are shown indicate the share of the category ratings that each supplier received, but not the ratings on which the Software Satisfaction Awards are based. The percentage shares are a significant consideration. With so many votes coming in and big differences in the sample sizes across the nine categories, we use a statistical threshold to ensure that a handful of enthusiasts for an obscure program don’t prevail over a product that might have been rated by many more of its users.
To allow for the differences in voting patterns, our threshold is based on achieving 50% of the category average. This is shown as the “bar” figure in the headings for each section. For a category such as SME accounts with a very big pool of ratings (4,850) spread among a large number of contenders, this threshold can be as low as 2.5% of the sample, while the bar goes up for smaller categories contested by fewer developers - for example 6% in the case of business intelligence, which remains something of a minority interest among AccountingWEB members, with just over 200 votes cast.
Small business accounts (bar 2.5%)
|Big Red Book||(3%)|
Mid-range financials & ERP (bar 3%)
|Corero Resource 32000||(4%)|
|Microsoft Dynamics GP||(3%)|
|SAP Business One||(13%)|
Payroll (bar 2.5%)
|Big Red Book||(3%)|
|The Payroll Site||(3%)|
Expenses management (bar 5%)
Business intelligence (bar 6%)
Tax (bar 3.5%)
Accounts production (bar 4.5%)
Practice management (bar 4%)
Document management (bar 3.5%)
What happens next?
Over the next two weeks, the AccountingWEB stats team will work with our survey partners at Smith & Henderson, the ICAEW IT Faculty and the CIPP to analyse what’s happening in each sector of the accounting software marketplace. We will publish more detailed commentaries on the contenders during this period, leading up to multimedia announcements on 7 November.
After that, the results will be compiled into AccountingWEB buyer’s guides for each category of software.
The results will also be compiled into benchmark reports for software vendors. For more information on these detailed market insight documents, please contact the AccountingWEB sales team.