QB2006 - Premier or Enterprise


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Our firm is an electrical contracting company, using QB2003 Premier
Contractor with DIY payroll. There are 3 'active' users and two owners who
want to be able to look at the data and maybe print work order sheets from
proposals (we have a template that removes the pricing columns and the
totals).

It is time to upgrade, the sun is setting.

On the plus side, various consumer sites report QB2006 as a really good
upgraded version.

Question: What are the advantages to the Enterprise edition over the Premier
Contracting editions (if any).

I see the Intuit support options, and a promise of faster, cleaner db
operations - but we are not experiencing any real slowdown in performance
after 4 years of data, and have never had the need to call support, so those
are not issues for us.

I believe in buying the 'best fit' for my operations.. should I stick with
Premier, or am I missing something in the Enterprise edition?
 
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Mike Block - Tax Cut C.P.A.

Enterprise has long been faster, especially with larger files. It also can
have 5, 10 or 15 users at once. The specific extra features may or not be
important to you. The details about these are on the quickbooks.intuit.com
website. The extra cost is not too significant, especially if you normally
get the support contract already bundled with Enterprise and buy it at a
discount. My Lowest QuickBooks Prices are the lowest for direct-from-Intuit
Enterprise since I rebate the 6% commission Intuit pays me. I quickly
decided in beta tests what PC Magazine said about QB 2006: it is a must
upgrade. This also apples to Enterprise.

Some QB2006 and Enterprise 6 users are now having problems with large files.
I believe these may begin at 32m, thought Enterprise handles up to 2g files
and normally runs fast in my 80m test file. However, I cannot use the
Multiple Reports feature and others cannot save invoices in a reasonable
time. (e-mail address removed) heads a team of engineers helping all who report
such problems. Partial solutions include memory of up to 1g and installing
an extra free copy of QB on a dedicated server in "Host Mode." I also know a
solution for Novell servers. Here is other Speed Up QuickBooks data:
http://www.quickbooksgroup.com/qblibrary/Tips/speedup/?@406.AyGRaQRVdYd@.
Intuit recently copied the content for this from my website with my
enthusiastic consent.
I expect a more complete solution and probable program upgrade next week.

Until you know this works I would not rush to convert large files to QB2006
or QB Enterprise 6.


Mike Block - QuickBooks Tax Cut C.P.A.
Intuit paid me to make QuickBooks better!
http://www.blocktax.com/
http://www.quickbooks-add-ons.com/
 
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Mike Block - Tax Cut C.P.A. said:
Enterprise has long been faster, especially with larger files. It also can
have 5, 10 or 15 users at once.
We have only 5, and so far, speed has not been an issue with us
The specific extra features may or not be important to you. The details
about these are on the quickbooks.intuit.com website.
Well, actually, no. The compare products only showed me 3 differences,
speed, number of users, and bundled service.

I was really hoping someone here could tell me what other differences there
might be.
The extra cost is not too significant, especially if you normally get the
support contract already bundled with Enterprise and buy it at a discount.
My Lowest QuickBooks Prices are the lowest for direct-from-Intuit
I went to your website, and clicked on the link for Lowest Prices.
Unfortunately I saw no prices there, and no links other than to add-ons.
Am I missing something? I have purchased through you in the past, and was
extremely satisfied.
Enterprise since I rebate the 6% commission Intuit pays me. I quickly
decided in beta tests what PC Magazine said about QB 2006: it is a must
upgrade. This also apples to Enterprise.

Some QB2006 and Enterprise 6 users are now having problems with large
files. I believe these may begin at 32m, thought Enterprise handles up to
2g files and normally runs fast in my 80m test file. However, I cannot use
the Multiple Reports feature and others cannot save invoices in a
reasonable time. (e-mail address removed) heads a team of engineers helping
all who report such problems. Partial solutions include memory of up to 1g
and installing an extra free copy of QB on a dedicated server in "Host
Mode." I also know a solution for Novell servers. Here is other Speed Up
QuickBooks data:
http://www.quickbooksgroup.com/qblibrary/Tips/speedup/?@406.AyGRaQRVdYd@.
Intuit recently copied the content for this from my website with my
enthusiastic consent.
I expect a more complete solution and probable program upgrade next week.

Until you know this works I would not rush to convert large files to
QB2006 or QB Enterprise 6.
Hopefully my files are not too large. In any case *I* am not the one who is
rushing, Intuit has set a date for me to 'upgrade' or lose payroll
capability.
 
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Mike Block, QuickBooks CPA

You are right about the QB site no longer letting you enter your
version of QB and get a comparison with current versions. I think that
is a big mistake and will try to get it changed. You can email me for
the What's New summaries for each year. You also can avoid buying a
copy of QB for users only needing read only access.
 

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