Data Conversions: Garbage In/Garbage Out

Data Numbers

It’s the data that make conversions complicated. Starting books from scratch is simple. That’s why we must ensure there is clean data going into QuickBooks. It’s also why we have identified the following problems and solutions to conversion projects:

Problem: Not all data converts. Simply due to the way different programs are structured, 100% data conversion is very rare. This causes heartburn in some clients, but 10 years of history is a very substantial amount of data to work with.

Solution: We recommend clients keep their old accounting system running for historical reference.

We also recommend clients import no more than 10 years of data into their new QuickBooks system. Why? Old data doesn’t always add value. Importing more than 10 years can also increase your chances for errors and bog down the system.


About Marjorie Adams

Our head QuickBooks trainer and guru, Marjorie Adams, is Founder and CEO of Fourlane, Inc., an award-winning consulting firm and Intuit’s #1 QuickBooks Reseller Partner. Fourlane’s team of experts offers several QuickBooks oriented services including consulting, training, programming, integration, and more. Over the years, Fourlane has helped over 10,000 customers across many different industries with their QuickBooks accounting software. Marjorie Adams is considered one of the top QuickBooks trainers in the country. She was listed on CPA Practice Advisor’s 40 Under 40 in 2014 & 2015, and has been recognized as Intuitive Accountant’s 2015 QuickBooks Desktop ProAdvisor of the Year. Marjorie sits on Intuit’s VIP Program, is a frequent contributor to Inuit Accountants News Central, and has developed Intuit’s QuickBooks Enterprise Certification training. She has also been published in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, BusinessWeek, American Express Open, the Huffington Post, and Inc. Magazine.

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