2014 Review of CCH Axcess Practice

Best Fit: Firms who are using the CCH Axcess suite of next-generation applications for midsized and large CPA firms.


  • Axcess is built on the latest cloud database and programming platforms which gives firms maximum flexibility in how they choose to configure their technology infrastructure.
  • The user interface is very flexible and can be customized to meet the needs of almost any practitioner.
  • The workflow engine within Axcess Workstream is how all workflow is managed in Axcess, and this model is sold separately.

Potential Limitations:

  • The application is only available as a hosted solution on CCH’s server farm.
  • The user interface includes a ribbon component similar to that included in Office 2007 and later. New users may find that the user experience changes significantly between the legacy application, ProSystem fx Practice Management, and the current application, Axcess Practice.
  • Although there is an open integration platform for the CCH Axcess applications, CCH has not far thus exposed many of the applications and data in the suite for use with add-in applications.

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