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There's a book that's ostensibly the reference guide to the entire subject matter of this wiki page. It's Douglas Potter's, Automated Accounting Systems and Procedures Handbook. The only difference I see is that this Wiki page freely names commercial products and their interests (for example, in two click's from this Wiki, I'm being asked to add Michael Kalinowski's White Paper to my shopping cart from I suppose most people looking at this Accounting Software Wiki are, in fact, operators of Daycare centers and are desparately looking for Child Care Administrative Software and therefore its highly appropriate to leave these commercial links in place.)

My point is Potter's book has no such commercial content and is strictly an intellectual guide to the subject matter of what accounting systems (or accounting software) do and how they work. Here's two links to the book's content from articles that I've republished under permission:

The book is currently out of print. I'm not interested in promoting Potter's book or my reprinted articles, but the author has asked me to help this wiki page by connecting the book or some of its content with the subject of this Wiki page.

What would be the most appropriate way to do this? Rvas411 (talk) 20:39, 16 May 2010 (UTC)


I am in disagreement with reporting being lumped in as a non-core part of accounting software...Certainly one cannot merely input data without a method or scheme for retreiving it 9contrary to what many implementers will tell you!)


==I have removed


Since 2002, the global step of reduction of costs and optimization of resources became a legal constraint, an obligation for all the highly-rated corporations or unquoted in the stock exchange.

Everything began with the law SARBANNES-OXLEY in the United States in 2002 who returned compulsory internal control. From 2003, Canada and European Economic Community took measures aiming at identical objectives:

1- The realization and optimization of the operations of reduction of costs and management of the performance;

2- The reliability of the financial information of costs and performances;

3- Correspondence to laws and to current regulations, notably standards of management of the quality;

4- The implementation of the rules of good governance “to play collective” :

-Every individual member of the company contributes to his level of responsibility in the internal control;

-The responsibilities of the staff of frame vary according to hierarchical levels;

- The general manager assures ultimate responsibility; he is responsible for the system of internal control;

-The directors of the various units are responsible for the internal control bound to the objectives of this one;

-The financial executives and their teams play a role of dominating piloting: they follow and analyze performances, by report not only in objectives bound to financial information, but also to those bound to the operations of the company and to the legal obligations.

These measures which impose the internal coherence as base of the management put company in front of a major technological challenge: the integration of their system of internal control.

Internal control directed towards “realization and optimization of the operations of reduction of costs and management of the performance" gets organized indeed around the notion of inductors of costs, the unforeseen phenomenon, the abnormality or the dysfunction which provokes an increase of costs. By opposition the inductor of activity is the event which activates the activity of the company.

To understand difficulty recovering, it is necessary remember yourself that the most known methods of management arise from the cost accounting which depends on the financial accounting itself. So very wide-spread methods such as the ABC (ACTIVITY-BASED COSTING), the ABM (ACTIVITY-BASED MANAGEMENT), “Cost killer””, etc., rest on the inductor of activity and not on the inductor of costs.

It is only very recently that multi-field searches in management drove to the normalization of the inductor of costs and to its standardization through the new technologies of information and the communication.

See :

It seems off-topic. Maybe it should go to cost management or corporate governance. mydogategodshat 06:37, 21 Jan 2004 (UTC)

Can someone more knowledgeable than me please write some more about free accounting software? I'll just start something stubby right now... Guaka 13:30, 16 Apr 2004 (UTC)

Accounting Software[edit]

Accounting Software requires a brief description of the Modules within it. Here the modules that can be implemented as a part of ERP Finance System

i agree abt the ERP systems modules implementation.erp system is the backbone of financial information,managing all of the data associated with financial transactions.Anoopnair2050 (talk) 14:58, 21 July 2008 (UTC)

pls explain how to improve the article Sanjiv swarup (talk) 02:33, 22 July 2008 (UTC)


Not sure what section this belongs in. CYMA is at

Why removed Accounting Software Wiki[edit]

Why has S.K removed the link to an accounting software wiki at ?

I have removed it, because when I follow the link, there is only a start page and nothing else to guide me. Not really relevant from the looks of it. Not even About WCSKB leads anywhere meaningful, the whole page was accessed 82 times as of now, .... Maybe the page can be readded if it has any meaningful and accesible content. -- S.K. 15:30, 1 February 2006 (UTC)

First accounting software[edit]

I keep seeing VisiCalc mentioned with the history of accounting software. I see its relevance, but there was accounting software before there was VisiCalc. In 1978 Mike Wise, a CPA, and a contractor combined their efforts to create a program called "Contractor III," now known as A-Systems JobView. It was fully integrated accounting and job costing software.

Use by Non-Accountants[edit]

Use by Non-Accountants:

Suggested linkages. : online free software suggestions requested. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Sanjiv swarup (talkcontribs) 11:27, 26 February 2008 (UTC)

knowing an accounting package cant make u accounts manager —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:21, 19 July 2008 (UTC)

Looks like some citations needed. Particularly to show that smaller firms are not benefiting by reducing accoun ting cost overheads in using their own software. (talk) 17:35, 19 March 2010 (UTC)

Regulatory compliance software[edit]

There probably should be some mention of regulatory compliance software in the accounting field. It is certainly a feature in many business and personal packages. There are also stand-alone packages devoted to that field. (talk) 21:23, 9 September 2008 (UTC)


I just wanted to suggest that perhaps "Financial software" and/or "Financial Software" should redirect here. -byron —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 01:53, 22 April 2009 (UTC)