I am a TAS fan, and have used their software for over 10 years; I think it's a brilliant package. However, the lack of job/project control drives me nuts. I have written to TAS several times, they have introduced a very useful but rudimentary system now, but it needs to be enhanced. I would be very keen to hear views of others with aim of a mass petition to TAS to force them to take this more seriously.
Established users will be aware of the Tag Code feature, by which you can allocate sales, purchase and cash book transactions to a Tag code. This then forms a pot to accumulate all such transactions applicable to a project/job or anything for which you want to accumulate revenues and costs. This analysis is additional to the usual nominal ledger analysis, and is extremely useful.
However, there are severe limitations. Firstly, and most importantly, the tag codes cannot accept entries from the nominal ledger. Therefore it is not possible to allocate to jobs/projects direct wages or any other centrally incurred costs, and no form of acrruals or period end adjustments can be entered.
Secondly, one transaction can be allocated to only one tag code/project/job record. So if a supplier invoice includes costs applicable to more than one job that invoice cannot be split between the 2 jobs.
For the life of me I cannot understand why they have gone to such enormous lengths to include all the complexities of full stock control and invoicing, yet totally ignored the need to track revenues and costs back to individual pieces of work. In my experience the latter is more often required than stock control. Integrated stock control is useful only for those companies that hold significant stocks. Yet many more companies have a need to track the profitability of each piece of discreet work they undertake. This will apply to most businesses where each piece of output is a unique blend of sales price and resources consumed.
Anyway, the point is does anyone else share this frustration and if so, 1)Would you write to TAS to inform them of the fact, and 2)I would love to hear from you with a view to persuading them to do something about it.
TAS is such a good package but is blighted by this one shortcoming. They have made a start on rectifying it, but I think they need a big push to make them finish what they started.
If anyone is interested in hearing more of how I feel they could improve things I can send you a copy of a document I have written on this subject.
Thanks for your interest.