Sometimes QuickBooks Pro or Premier users wonder if they should upgrade to Enterprise.
Sometimes Enterprise users wonder if they should downgrade to Pro or Premier.

So bottom line, what’s the real difference between QuickBooks Enterprise and the lower editions? In a nutshell…

* Enterprise has more sophisticated inventory tracking features and reporting
* Enterprise has more sophisticated role-based user permission control
* Enterprise works better with large data files (although some still need a supercondense)
* Enterprise allows for more (up to 30) simultaneous users
* Enterprise is more expensive to buy and support

There are other differences (here is Intuit’s comparison chart), but to me the above are the most important. Do you agree or disagree?

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We were curious. So we evaluated all of the new members of the QuickBooks Forums so far this year, and tabulated the results by version.

chart of most popular versions of quickbooks
As tabulated by new member data in the QuickBooks Forums

What about editions of QuickBooks? We tabulated the editions that new forum members this year reported using. We limited that to users of 2012, 2011, and 2010 versions. Here’s the breakout:

graph of editions used by quickbooks users
Breakout by edition for users of 2012, 2011, and 2010 versions

“Other” includes Mac, EasyStart, and Plus versions.

Interestingly (to us, anyway), the proportion of Enterprise users to the overall share was much higher for 2012 version users than 2011 or 2010 users. Does that mean that companies that can afford the software and support costs associated with Enterprise can also afford to upgrade to the latest version every year? Perhaps.

Along that same line, the proportion of users using the Pro edition, 2010 version, is much higher than the comparable proportion using the 2011 or 2012 versions. Perhaps there is a greater cost sensitivity, and therefore a lower tendency to upgrade every year, with small business users of the Pro version.

What do you think? Would most Enterprise users upgrade every year as a general practice?

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