I have a client who has several groups of companies which, for a number of historical reasons, are using different accounting packages. They are considering adopting the same software across the groups. Sage and QB are in the running as is Xero. I am very familiar with Sage and have a working knowledge of QB. But I know nothing about Xero apart from having an initial play with their demo data; to date, it seems very similar to QB.
I intend to try out the Xero 30 day trial but I was wondering if anybody who has experience of both QB and Xero could point out the main differences between them in day to day use, if any, and any major shortcomings.
Most of the companies are fairly simple for accounting purposes but one of the companies is in a start up phase at the moment and is likely to become quite complex including overseas operations probably with stock and possibly including manufacturing. Does this favour one of the options?
I realise this is quite a widely drawn question but a search has not really yielded anything. Any comments welcome; preferably printable but not essential.