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Best data and expense management software | Software Awards 2020 shortlist


The Data and Expense Management Software category in the Software Awards for Accounting Excellence 2020 was once again a fierce fight.

10th Nov 2020
Editorial Director Sift Ltd
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The coronavirus pandemic accelerated demand for automated expenses management and data capture during 2020 as it became less practical to rely on manual bookkeeping processes when everyone was working from home. While accountants across the board are focused on many other emergencies, the benefits of seamless financial data integration are becoming much more obvious.

Within the expenses and data management app category, some of that integration has been going on within the big accounting software houses that now have their own data capture tools. These developers now dominate the 2020 shortlist, but Receipt Bank and Clear Books continue to fly the independent flag. The full 2020 shortlist includes:

  • AutoEntry

  • Clear Books

  • FreeAgent Mobile

  • Receipt Bank

  • Xero Expenses

Xero's win in 2019, came as a surpise after it had only launched the year before. The award symbolised how expense and receipt capture were becoming core accounting platform functionality. Shortly after last year's Data and Expense Management Software of the Year Award was announced, Sage acquired AutoEntry.

Can Xero Expenses snap up the prize for pre-accounting processes for the second year running? Or is it time for one of the other developers to take home the award?

Come back on Tuesday, 1 December 2020 to find out who prevails when we announce the winner of this year's Data and Expense Management Software of the Year Award.

The 2020 Shortlist

AutoEntry is faster, more accurate and more economical than manual data entry. Provide higher value services with AutoEntry: Spend less time on data entry and chasing documents; and more time on insight, analysis and meaningful conversations with your clients.

Read more about AutoEntry

Clear Books accounting is simple, intuitive and award winning accounting software for small businesses and accountants. Save time and work smarter by managing your accounts in the cloud, so you and your accountant can access your books anywhere, anytime, from any device.

Read more about Clear Books

FreeAgent is a UK-based award-winning online accounting software designed specifically for small business owners and their accountants and bookkeepers. With over 100,000 active users, FreeAgent’s powerful end-to-end accounting functionality simplifies the admin associated with your small business clients and gives you the robust features and proactive alerts that your practice needs.

Read more about FreeAgent Mobile

Receipt Bank extracts the key information from your clients receipts and invoices, removing the need for time consuming manual data entry. We then enable you to publish this data directly to clients' accounting software.

Read more about Receipt Bank

Born in the cloud, Xero is a beautiful, easy-to-use accounting platform for small businesses and their advisors around the world. Xero provides its 2+ million subscribers with connections to a thriving ecosystem of 800+ third-party apps and 200+ connections to banks and financial service providers.

Read more about Xero Expenses

Accounting Excellence Software Awards 2020

Every year, the Accounting Excellence Software Awards celebrates the very best in accounting technology. Voted for by the UK public in what is now proudly the UK's biggest survey of accounting software, independent voting across multiple criteria means that the Software Awards are valued by both the audience and the winners alike. 

This year, the Accounting Excellence Software Awards will be run online via the AccountingWEB and Accounting Excellence websites. Shortlists and winners for each of the categories will be announced on AccountingWEB with the keenly-fought Practice Suite of the Year announced live at the Accounting Excellence Firm Awards 2020. 

Read the full Software Awards 2020 shortlist rundown

AccountingWEB Data and Expense Management Software Reviews

Read more about the best data and expense management software for UK accountants at our dedicated Software Reviews page.

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