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About CTS Guides

For over 30 years has helped thousands of companies evaluate and select new software. Our goal is to help business owners and managers make an informed software selection decision. To meet this goal, offers independent software reviews, selection tools and resources, as well as our free Smart Shortlist™ consult and personalized software recommendations.

The staff at will walk you through the business and accounting software selection process, highlight must-know product differentiators, and provide tailored software recommendations based on your company’s specific requirements and budget. Our mission is to make the overwhelming and time-consuming process of software selection manageable, efficient and successful.

We do not sell software or earn commissions for referrals. Vendors pay a flat fee to support the site so you don’t have to. This is a free service!

About Sheldon Needle,
President and Founder of CTS Guides

Sheldon Needle of CTS Guides

A former CFO, consultant and software designer, Sheldon Needle has authored or co-authored more than 20 books on software selection and has contributed articles to major publications, including the Journal of Accountancy and Nation’s Business. has the distinction of being the very first company to do hands-on, independent evaluations of software for the middle market.

Sheldon speaks with business owners and managers every day about software selection and makes personalized recommendations based on their needs and budget. He is widely known and respected throughout the business software community for his independence, integrity and expertise.

As part of registering for our free software selection kit, you receive a 15-minute consult with Sheldon. Sheldon understands financial and business issues and speaks your language. He knows the leading software companies—how they compare, their strengths and weaknesses, where they fit into the market and which ones would be suitable for your business.