We’ve talked to several CFOs at banks, and many report that their existing accounting software isn’t designed to accommodate the unique complexities of accounting for banks.
Here are just a few of the key problems that are often mentioned:
To help solve these challenges, we analyzed various accounting solutions for banks and compiled a list of our top picks. We’ll also introduce you to our own product, SoftLedger, which several banks are currently using as their accounting software solution.
Flexi is another popular accounting solution for financial institutions. The key features they highlight are:
Along with general ledger software, they offer solutions for accounts payable, accounts receivable, workflow automation, workflow automation, and financial reporting.
Reviewers praise Flexi for its user-friendly interface and responsive customer support.
AvidXchange offers accounts payable automation for banks and credit unions with its two solutions; AvidAscend and AvidPay.
AvidAscend is their automated accounting solution. It enables users to efficiently manage invoices, prepaid and accruals, fixed assets, and expense reports. Here are a few key aspects of AvidXchange:
AvidPay is payment automation software designed to make online payments and billing easy.
While the main platform only automates the accounts payable functions of the system, it can be a powerful integration for your core banking system. A few of the systems they integrate with include DCI, Symitar, CSI, Finastra, Jack Henry, and FIS.
The benefits AvidXchange highlights include faster payment processes, reduced risk thanks to its advanced e-payment options, and remote usage capabilities.
FPSGold is a popular accounting software solution for banks. It offers core banking, online and mobile banking, CMS, and wire transfer software – all designed specifically for banks.
Drilling down to their core accounting solution, they enable:
While their core accounting system might not be as robust as some of the other solutions on this list, it’s an excellent all-around system that offers plenty of different features for various needs.
Reviewers say it is user-friendly, and customer support is responsive and helpful.
Netsuite is a popular accounting solution that offers robust features for larger enterprise companies. It offers everything from inventory and asset management to cash flow and audit trails.
While it offers both cloud and on-premise software, Netsuite is an older solution. Therefore, isn't as flexible as some of the more modern online accounting solutions.
For example, it's tricky to build integrations with its API as it requires proprietary knowledge of its programming language.
However, it can be a good solution for businesses with 2,000 plus employees and extensive complexities.
TallyPrime is gaining popularity in the accounting industry and enables users to perform all of the basic accounting needs. For example, managing multiple entities, inventory management, financial and banking transactions, and fast reporting.
Here are a few specific things that reviewers like about TallyPrime:
However, a key complaint among reviewers is that the UI is not very user-friendly, especially for non-accountants.
Freshbooks is designed for freelancers, small business owners, startups, and bookkeeping professionals that need a simple solution to manage basic accounting processes. So while it isn't ideal for large corporations, it can be a good option for those that just want a simple, user-friendly solution.
With their basic accounting plan, you'll have access to:
They also make it easy for anyone to get started with step-by-step guides to most general accounting processes and templates for processes like invoicing.
Expense tracking is also super easy as you can set up bank feeds and automatically import expenses into your Freshbooks account.
Freshbooks also offers a mobile app (for both iOS and Android) so that you always have easy access to your financial data.
SoftLedger is designed specifically for multi-entity companies, and there are a few key things that set it apart from other solutions:
The digital banking platform, Power, is an excellent example of a company that adopted SoftLedger early on as its core accounting solution, and they've reported that it efficiently handles many complexities like:
You can read more about how Power uses SoftLedger or stick with us as we explain why SoftLedger's accounting software is uniquely designed to help banks improve their accounting processes.
There are usually two different camps when it comes to multi-entity consolidation:
Either way, there’s some friction at the end of the month, therefore you never really have an accurate picture of your current financial status.
We wanted to eliminate these cumbersome processes, so SoftLedger automatically performs all calculations involved with the multi-entity consolidation process (such as multi-currency consolidation and intercompany eliminations) and then consolidates the entities for you automatically.
This entire process happens as soon as a new transaction is entered for a single entity, so you always have an up-to-date general ledger and can drill down to any specific entity.
By automating these processes, you’ll be able to eliminate most of the manual processes associated with multi-entity consolidation and close the books faster.
A key differentiator between SoftLedger and other accounting software is that SoftLedger users always know exactly how the company is performing at any given moment throughout the month.
This is possible because SoftLedger automatically consolidates multiple entities, multiple currencies, and performs any other calculations necessary to provide an up-to-date general ledger.
So if an executive wants to make a new investment, they can make a better decision based on real data. Similarly, if the bank overspends at the beginning of the month, you can course correct it before the end of the month and avoid going over the budget.
When Power was looking for a solution, the team knew their banking platform would need a highly flexible solution that could quickly accommodate a high volume of complex transactions.
As SoftLedger uses a REST API, 95% of the platform is entirely programmable via API. This was a key factor that made SoftLedger a perfect solution to accommodate the unique needs of Power.
With small business accounting software, users are limited to integrating with only the apps available in their marketplaces. While larger legacy accounting systems enable users to build customer integrations, the process is often laborious and resource intensive, requiring developers to deal with proprietary protocols.
With SoftLedger, developers can easily access the documentation necessary to execute the integration, and the overall process is quick and easy.
Despite its powerful capabilities, SoftLedger is also user-friendly and designed so that anyone can quickly learn how to use the platform. Our onboarding process is also quite fast, averaging between a few days to a week or two. For example, despite Power's extensive complexities, it only took 2-3 days to integrate, and the team was comfortable using it in just a couple of weeks.
Our customer support team will also be with you every step of the way to ensure your team feels comfortable in their new workflow, and we're also open to feature requests and other ideas.
There are plenty of different accounting software solutions for different needs, but finding one that suits your needs can be tricky.
We built SoftLedger because we couldn't find an accounting solution that:
Today, SoftLedger is that solution. If you want an accounting solution that can easily handle the complexities of banking accounting processes, schedule a demo of SoftLedger today and see if it can solve those problems for you.
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A CPA with extensive experience in financial analysis, forecasting, and strategy, Chrissy has a unique blend of accounting and finance knowledge. She has put these skills to work Ernst & Young, Fannie Mae, Citadel, and Wedgewood.
Chrissy holds both a B.S. and Masters in Accounting from George Washington University, and an MBA from Northwestern University.