Switching From Quickbooks Desktop to Sage Intacct Construction

Sockeye + Sage Intacct enables construction companies to become proactive business leaders with total control over every aspect of project financial management.

Quickbooks to Sage Intacct



Provide unlimited access from anywhere.

There’s no reliance on on-premise servers or infrastructure, no need to maintain networks/IT staff, and no more issues when trying to remotely access the system using hardware that could potentially lead to issues.


Do away with the version control headache.

Year-end updates and version control issues are a concern that is nonexistent when your entire team is working off a web-based version of your financials.

Frequently asked questions

Before purchasing new accounting software, you want to feel confident in your investment. Here’s a list of commonly asked questions:

What are the biggest differences between Quickbooks Desktop and Sage Intacct?

  • No obsolescence! Your cloud platform is constantly up to date and using the latest technology.
  • Sage Intacct offers a more comprehensive feature set, including project management, inventory tracking, and international accounting capabilities.
  • The majority of your IT expenses are converted from capital to operational, adding valuation to your business
  • Consolidate multiple entities in minutes instead of days. No spreadsheets required.
  • Slice and dice your data with easy to use, multi-dimensional reporting
  • Secure data centers with leading providers
  • Automatic backups of your data
  • With Sage Intacct, view live data from angle with multi-dimensional reporting, without exporting to Excel

How can I trust that this is the right move for my company?

Sage Intacct is recognized as for financial leadership. It is the only preferred provider of the AICPA, the World’s largest membership association for CPA’s which sets the standard for the accounting profession. We are the only vendor to have earned this endorsement.

What’s happening with accounting software in the construction industry?

Construction companies are increasingly choosing cloud solutions, which are quite mature and offer superior features to on-premises solutions. In addition, cloud solutions offer an enhanced user experience, intuitive reporting and analytics, streamlined integration, and access from anywhere on any device with just an Internet connection.

Sage has invested heavily in Sage Intacct as part of its “Sage Business Cloud” initiative. Their acquisition of Intacct in August 2017 was a central part of their strategy for growing business.

How does a solution like Sage Intacct compare to Quickbooks Desktop?

Sage Intacct has many of the same features as Quickbooks along with additional capabilities like:

  • Deep financial and operational insight with unlimited data dimensions
  • Real-time reporting, dashboards, and KPIs
  • Automated multi-entity management to support intercompany transactions, continuously consolidated financial and operational reports, centralized payables and receivables
  • Advanced features including deferred revenue management, project accounting, multi-currency and global consolidations.
  • Pre-configured integrations with other best-in-class applications such as Salesforce,  AvidXchange, HR Solutions, Expense Report and countless others with hundreds of Marketplace Partners through modern Application Programming Interfaces (API’s).
  • Web-based access from any device

What problems does Sage Intacct alleviate?

  • Over-reliance upon Excel spreadsheets for reporting and analytics

  • Too much paper shuffling

  • Too many emails 

  • Inefficiencies in accounting department

Who should explore Sage Intacct?

Sage Intacct is ideal for many companies and certainly worth the exploration. This doesn’t mean that you have to migrate immediately, but it’s always strategic to understand your options, especially if one of more of the following is true of your organization:

  • Rapid growth: Happening now or anticipated in the next 12 – 18 months
  • Multi-Entity / Location: Managing a complex organizational structure requiring consolidations, eliminations, inter-entity transactions, allocations, etc.
  • Integration: Using one or more cloud solutions for lines of business that need to integrate to core finance
  • Release Management: Falling behind on enhancement releases and updates.
  • Infrastructure: Struggling to manage servers, operating systems, security patches and protocols to protect against malicious hacker threats, backups and recovery, etc.

What are some of the specific benefits for my organization of migrating to Sage Intacct?

Our clients have consistently seen significant benefits in three areas:

  •  Improved project reporting and visibility

  • Real-time reporting and dashboards

  • Automated business processes

  • Streamlined integration

  • Business intelligence / AI

Relying on a Cloud solution makes me nervous. Why should I consider cloud-accounting?

The benefits of online financial software can transform your business. Sage Intacct offers a lower cost of ownership than legacy on-premises solutions. Sage Intacct delivers world-class security backups, and disaster recovery, protecting your financial data at a much higher level and at a lower cost than if you did it yourself.

Sage Intacct also delivers automatic quarterly software updates —no business disruption, no costly hardware upgrades and no additional service costs for your organization. You’ll always be on the latest release of the software.

Switching solutions sounds a lot like work; how can Sockeye help?

We understand that moving to a news solution is a lot of work. Sockeye is uniquely positioned to provide a smooth migration from Sage 50 to Sage Intacct.

Sockeye has converted many clients to Sage Intacct through our proven Customer Success Plan which includes implementation, data migration, and training resulting in a successful project.

We recently renewed our Quickbooks support plan. Are there incentives to recoup some of that investment?

Yes! Sage and Sockeye want to make sure you have the best solution and technology platform to operate your construction business effectively and profitably. There are customer loyalty incentives that reward your existing relationship with us.

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Quickbooks DeskTop

Network-based technology

Manual backup, updates by client/IT resources

Limited scalability and options

Multi-tenant cloud platform

Resides on secure data center with SOC1 and SOC2 compliance

Data automatically backed up regularly

Automatic quarterly enhancements


Traditional perpetual license

Upfront cost

Annual subscription fee

Subscription price includes software updates and hosting services


Payroll application offered as standard module

Payroll application offered as standard module

Integrates with many of the top payroll providers


Limited partner integrations

200+ Sage Intacct Marketplace Partners


Report Writer

Crystal Reports

Limited visibility and customization

Interactive Dashboards

Interactive Custom Report Writer

API’s for third-party business intelligence tools

Excel Integration


Basic reports through Financial Report Writer

Limited financial insights

Interactive financial dashboards provide ultimate flexibility with the use of dimensions to combine or focus on business entities, job types, markets, etc.

Built-in Excel integration


Limited ability to customize

Highly customizable workflows and fields


Feature set to record subcontractor agreements, subcontractor change orders, manage lien waivers, certificates of insurance and retention

Flexible and customizable subcontract agreement workflows with change management

Smart Rules for monitoring vendor compliance



Standard with increased workflow flexibility



AIA billing templates

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Quickbooks vs. Sage Intacct

Take an in -depth look at the two software features head to head, and decide for yourself which Sage product is best for your construction business.

A Modern Cloud Financial Solution 

  • Native-cloud accounting on a true cloud technology platform
  • Best in class platform with open API’s to integrate with other industry leading  solutions
  • Realize savings with lower IT and Admin costs when you move to the cloud
  • Modern, State of the Art Cloud Solution
  • Thoughtfully Designed and Highly Customizable
  • Real-Time Visibility through Interactive Dashboards
  • Provide all stakeholders a single source of the truth.
  • Software that is very intuitive and easy to Use

Recognized for Finance Leadership by Experts

  • Rock solid financial core
  • Intacct is the only preferred provider of the AICPA, the World’s largest membership association for CPA’s which sets the standard for the accounting profession. We are the only vendor to have earned this endorsement

Advantages over Quickbooks Desktop

  • Deep industry functionality to reduce work arounds and save you time
  • Improved workflows over the way you do things in Quickbooks today.
  • Improved efficiency with automated AP/AR processes providing 20-40% efficiency gains
  • Built in business intelligence with predictive analytics
  • Reducing average month end close by 25-50%
  • Enabled the finance team to increase time spent on analysis and business strategy from 25% to 75%
  • Continuous consolidation of multiple locations and entities
  • In addition to Sage Intacct Payroll, you can easily connect to outsourced Payroll providers
  • Multi-Currency
  • Integrations with industry leading CRM platforms
  • Options to choose outsourced providers for HR
  • No more relying on imports, exports, or sync buttons
  • MyAssistant, Office Connector and Create-A-Check are all great products, but are not required with Sage Intacct as this functionality is native in the software
  • No more going to lunch while waiting for reports to process.
  • Automatically create retention invoices

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Make the Switch to Sage Intacct and Get Total Control of Your Project Financial Management

When you make the switch to Sage Intacct, you can expect to cut your close time in half each month. Finance teams typically see a productivity boost of 40 percent or more. And with Sockeye support, you’ll always have a trusted partner by your side making sure your software is helping you stay proactive and maximize your profitability. Contact us for a one-on-one personalized demo today.

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