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Practice Suite of the Year | Software Awards 2020 shortlist


The Practice Suite of the Year category in the Software Awards for Accounting Excellence 2020 pitted a pure-cloud platform against more established players.

12th Nov 2020
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Capium, Nomisma and latterly Taxfiler have challenged the reigning practice suite giants for the past few years and the pressures of 2020 have not been kind to suppliers of integrated applications.

The small practice specialsits BTCSoftware and TaxCalc asserted their credibility among voters as integrated suites this year, after helping firms migrate clients into the MTD for VAT last year. But some other well known names are missing from the 2020 shortlist, which includes:

  • BTCSoftware

  • Capium

  • CCH by Wolters Kluwer

  • TaxCalc

The Practice Suite of the Year is based on aggregating the ratings for best tax software, accounts production and practice management tools from users of all three modules and then assessing the qualifying vendors on their average scores.

Sage and IRIS, who used to dominate the integrated practice software marketplace, did not attract enough combined votes to make the cut. While remote working appears to have been a challenge to integrated desktop suites, CCH has been holding on to its market share among medium and larger firms.

However the big vendors are going to come under more pressure over the next 12 months as Taxfiler and Xero Tax ramp up their integrated offerings. These latest entrants now have the full suite of products available to users, but did not pick up enough ratings to be considered for this category in 2020. Next year might be a different story.

Who will walk away with the first place? Come back on Thursday, 3 December 2020 when we announce the winner of this year's Practice Suite of the Year Award LIVE at the virtual Accounting Excellence Awards.

The 2020 shortlist

BTCSoftware develops feature-rich and cost-effective software products that make life easier and more rewarding for accounting professionals. Our abiding ethos is that quality, practice grade software should never be expensive.

Read more about BTCSoftware

Capium is a cloud based accounting and practice management package, which meets the daily demands of accounting practices. There is now no need for separate systems, as Capium allows you to run your whole business under one system. With our six key modules, we allow accountants to conduct all processes in a secure, speedy and user friendly manner.

Read more about Capium

CCH Central is an integrated suite of accounting software tools to support managing your practice, providing compliance and added value services. It includes accounts, tax, practice and document management functionality. CCH Central gives you a ‘client centric’ view. Contact details, WIP, debt, billing history, accounts, tax returns, task lists and more, can be accessed from a single application. 

Read more about CCH Central

TaxCalc make high quality, innovative and affordable integrated software, trusted by over 8,000 accountancy practices, backed up with industry leading levels of customer support provided at no further cost. Innovation to us means continually improving and creating new products to add to our growing portfolio. All our products work beautifully together on the same platform, seamlessly sharing data and featuring our famous SimpleStep and Check & Finish processes.

Read more about TaxCalc

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 Software Reviews

Read more about the best accounting software for UK accountants at our dedicated Software Reviews page.

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