One of the major areas of improvement touted for Timeslips 2010 is the presence of a new and improved billing engine. That sounds nice, but how much faster could it really be? I decided to take it for a test drive so I can give potential upgraders some hard data.
I have a client using Timeslips 2008 that is very frustrated by how long it takes to print bills – typically around two hours just for the printing stage, before approval. I created a copy of their database and decided to do a comparison. I no longer have Timeslips 2008 on my system, so I ran the first test in Timeslips 2009. The only filter I used was slip date, which I limited to the month of June. There were 2042 open clients so I printed to a PDF file in order to conserve paper. Bills were generated for 912 clients, and the process took an hour and 45 minutes. It then took another 3 hours to approve the bills. I could see why my client was frustrated.
The next day I took the original Timeslips 2009 database, created before I generated the bills, and converted it to Timeslips 2010. I then generated the same batch of bills, and it only took 7 minutes. 7 minutes! That is some improvement. Kudos to the Sage development team.
Unfortunately, it still took 3 hours to approve the bills, so there is some further improvement to be done on that side of things. The billing process has gone from over 5 hours to around 3, though, so that is a pretty significant upgrade.
Do you feel the need for speed? TriStar is currently offering significant discounts on Timeslips 2010, so order your upgrade today.