by September 4, 2000 0 comments

Year Winner
2000 Tally
1999 Tally
1998 Tally
1997 Tally
1996 Tally
1995 Tally
1994 Tally
1993 E-X
1992 E-X
1991 Munimji
1990 Munimji
1989 Munimji

Indian programmers have always been prolific in developing
accounting packages. This year too saw a host of accounting packages, with
different features, at different prices, catering to different types of
organizations. But none made an impact worth mentioning. Tally–the winner for
the past six years–reigns supreme this year too. E-X Next Generation from TCS
had made it to third place last year, but has crashed out from the User’s
Choice Club this year. Self-developed accounting systems now stand at second
position, and custom packages get ranked third.

Custom packages are the ones that organizations get made to
suit their accounting needs. Last year, these packages had finished second, but
this year they have come down a notch. Our survey shows that Microsoft Excel and
FACT are also used, but not so widely as to create any impact. Wings had made an
appearance in the survey last year, but hasn’t been able to sustain its
presence. Wings’ efforts to distribute the personal version of the software
for free may bring in some results in our next survey.

Among the currently owned packages too, Tally came at the
top. Local and self-developed 

Accounting Software

User’s Choice Club  UPI
Tally 100
Own Development 15
Customized 14

packages came next. This shows the tremendous
brand loyalty that Tally enjoys. This is true of the corporate segment as well
as households. No wonder that the maker of this package–Peutronics–has
changed its name to Tally Solutions to capitalize on the brand name.

When looking for an accounting package, quality and ease of use are the top
concerns of a user. Financial accounting packages now pack features for
multi-company accounting, stock management, multi-currency support, and high
security. Tally has been the winner in this segment for seven consecutive years
now. Will we see it retain its title for the eighth time? We’ll account for
that next year.

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