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Accounting Software Selection Challenge #3: Microsoft vs. Infor (Difficulty = Basic)
I just want to make a quick point to address a popular software selection misconception. Here’s the misconception:  “The best accounting package for my business

my weigh scales grams  best accounting package for my business is the software that supports the most comprehensive breadth of accounting functionality.” And below are a couple of graphics from TEC Advisor  (based on a hypothetical accounting software selection project) that show why this is flat-out wrong (click to enlarge the images):   In an evaluation of over 4,100 accounting criteria, Infor FMS SunSystems [ see TEC's competitor rating analysis for Infor FMS SunSystems ] outranks Microsoft Dynamics GP [ see TEC's

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