The 2013 Software Satisfaction Awards confirmed that specialist tax and practice tools remain split between specialist tools and integrated suites. John Stokdyk takes a closer look at the results in the tax, accounts production and practice management categories.
While many accountants have embraced integrated software suites to manage in-house activities such as accounts production and tasks, these programs tend to be overshadowed in the Software Satisfaction Awards by smaller, “best of breed” applications.
The ratings across the three tax and practice categories in the SSA13 survey confirmed the existence of these two strands. While specialist applications tend to score more highly in the individual category ratings, many practice software users opt for the functional integration and convenience in dealing with a single supplier.
IRIS claimed 18-25% of the respondents across the three SSA13 tax and practice categories to confirm its leadership of the practice software market.
Sage’s samples were in the 7-17% bracket, CCH at 4-8% and Digita 3-8%. With the addition of TaxCalc, which now has a 2% foothold in accounts production and practice management to accompany its 11% of the tax sample, and a smattering of full-range PTP users, roughly 40% of our practitioner survey respondents use integrated tax and practice suites.
Register with AccountingWEB and log in to read the full analysis. In addition to highlighting the leading specialist applications across the three categories, this article identifies which of integrated suites has the strongest satisfaction ratings.