"...which offers similar services"
What's that then? Not that I can't google, but you know, it's kind of central to the article?
Geordie accountancy specialist Sage is in the race to buy Australian firm MYOB (from Mind Your Own Business) which offers similar services down under. The deal could close for as much as A$1bn (£637m) according to sources quoted by Reuters. MYOB has been in business for over 20 years and claims a million Aussie and Kiwi …
I used to use this and was paying an annual 'maintenance' fee but was told that they had been bought out and I had to buy an upgrade to cover all sorts of crap I didn't want. Told them this in no uncertain terms and the response was 'well tough, you won't get any more PAYE/NI/VAT updates even though you have 9 months left on your annual agreement'.
Fortunately GNUCash works really well, is free, and HMRC now have their act together in providing simple information to do payroll stuff.
I had personal experience of it straight out of the box.
What a dog. For some reason they moved the development team to a different state and seemed to have lost some key people. Result 10-20 secs moving between records in a 2000 rec database.
As always benchmark software (fully patched) *before* you buy.
Expect your MYOB performance to go down the gurgler ASAP.
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