Gartner Research

Accounting-Based Small Business Management Applications Market Exhibits Slow Growth for 2003

Published: 11 November 2003

ID: G00118049

Analyst(s): Robert Anderson


The No. 1 application used by small businesses is an accounting package. The market for accounting-based small-business management applications has continued to remain strong through 2003, albeit slowly.

Table Of Contents
  • Executive Summary
    • Key Findings
  • Introduction
    • Study Objectives
    • Methodology and Source Data
    • Market Segmentation
    • Accounting-Based Small Business Management Applications Definition
    • Related Research
  • Accounting-Based Small Business Application Market Trends
    • Overview
    • New Technologies and Products
    • Partnerships
  • Demand for Given Features and Functions
    • Rich Built-In Reporting Capability (1)
    • Rich Integration With Other Applications and Platforms (2)
    • Business Analysis and Decision Support (3)
    • Transaction Drill-Down Capabilities (4)
    • Ease-of-Use Features (5)
    • Rich End-User Customization (6)
    • Rich Import/Export Capabilities (7)
    • Ability to Classify or Categorize Transactions (8)
    • Industry-Specific Processing Capabilities (9)
    • Rich Inventory Management Features (10)
    • Ability to Make On-the-Fly Pricing Adjustments (11)
    • Variable Pricing Levels Assigned to Inventory (12)
    • Improving Secure Access to Internal Systems (13)
    • Ability to Confine Users to Specific Tasks (14)
    • Stronger Developer/Partner SDKs (15)
    • Project-Costing Features (16)
    • Automatic Quote-to-Order Conversion (17)
    • Web Store and E-Commerce Capabilities (18)
    • Richer Multicurrency Support (19)
    • B2B Web Portals (20)
    • Credit Limit Assignment Capabilities (21)
  • Market Visionaries
    • NetSuite (Formerly NetLedger) (1)
    • ACCPAC (2)
    • Intuit (3)
    • Best Software (4)
    • Microsoft Business Solutions (5)
    • iCode (6)
    • Softline North America (7)
    • MYOB (8)
    • Intacct Corp. (9)
    • Open Systems (10)
    • Cougar Mountain Software (12)
    • Red Wing Software (13)
    • CYMA Systems (14)
  • Market Drivers
    • Barriers to Entry/Vendor Challenges
    • Go-to-Market Approach
  • Opportunities and Recommendations
    • Recommendations
    • Conclusion
  • Glossary of Terms

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