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Ben Kepes is a technology evangelist, an investor, a commentator and a business adviser. His business interests include a diverse range of industries from manufacturing to property to technology. As a technology commentator he has a broad presence both in the traditional media and extensively online. Ben covers the convergence of technology, mobile, ubiquity and agility, all enabled by the Cloud. His areas of interest extend to enterprise software, software integration, financial/accounting software, platforms and infrastructure as well as articulating technology simply for everyday users.

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3 responses to “Review – Pearl 2.0”

  1. Chris Chapman

    Great review of the new Pearl 2.0 and all good points that you raise.

    I’m looking forward to seeing the progress that Pearl now make on the back of all this great enhancement and product development. I’m still searching for a product that can go toe to toe with Pearl in the SME market, but the space seems to be dominated with accounting only vendors or those relying on API’s with 3rd party partners for CRM, e-commerce etc functionality.

    Chris

    http://www.blog.sopris.co.uk

  2. More about pricing: open source and commodity services | AccMan

    [..] Earlier in the week,Pearl produced a revised price listthat includes a free option. Tomorrow, a well known CRM vendor will announce price cuts. What’s going on? [..]

  3. Brandan

    I like Pearl – it does seem pretty comprehensive. One thing that I like is that its accounting function allows for a bank reconciliation, which is something which is not available on a number of the smaller SaaS accounting packages.

    While it does seem to provide an integrated product which addresses back to front needs of certain operations (I agree – small to medium e-commerce would find it useful). My main concern is that in attempting to address so many needs and provide so comprehensive a solution, the team might be stretched thin when it comes to keeping the software updated and responding to bugs which arise.

    Somehow I think that it would be wise, and in the spirit of what SaaS is becoming to have an open API and focus on easy integration with other specialized tools. A great product but the lack of an API is quite a big deal for me.

    Thanks for the reviews – keep them up.