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QuickBooks Mobile Apps – Post 1 of 5 – “Add Alerts”

Friday, May 11th, 2012

If you are a small business owner using QuickBooks, I bet you wish that you had more time to keep your company file in tip-top shape on a day-to-day basis. You know, so that on that unusually slow Friday afternoon, you could crank out your financial statements and do some real strategic thinking about the future of your company.

Instead, you are probably a bit like the guy in the Staples commercial — the small business owner that has 10 different jobs to do and somehow tries to stay on top of all of them (my favorite part of the video is where “Dave” is repairing the copier, moving packages around the office, and opening the day’s mail all at once).

If we guessed right — that you are a little like the guy “Dave” in the Staples commercial — then there is a good chance that when you finally get around to checking QuickBooks, you might find that the balances in your various registers are far from what you expected (maybe in a good direction, maybe in a bad direction).

We Can Help

Never be surprised again, when it comes to:

  • High balances in your Credit Card registers
  • Low balances in your Bank Account registers
  • High Accounts Payable balances
  • High Accounts Receivable balances

Just set a push alert, using ProOnGo’s new app Add Alerts, and your customized alert level will trigger a push alert to your phone (only during reasonable daytime hours, of course!):

Add QuickBooks Alerts

Add QuickBooks Alerts

…also, we should mention that we built the app in a way that lets us add all kinds of additional alerts. So, feel free to let us know (pun intended: “alert us”) of what additional types of metrics and thresholds this app should make available.

QuickBooks Mobile Apps for Road Warriors

Friday, May 11th, 2012

If you found this blog, there is a good chance that you are both a QuickBooks user and a road warrior.  After all, most of our posts here are about ProOnGo Expense, our solution for QuickBooks Pro, Premier, Online, and Enterprise users who need to track receipts, mileage, and/or time. We’ve been honored to be able to help you from the moment that you incur these expenses — to the moment that a CPA or ProAdvisor is reviewing quarterly financial reports in QuickBooks! And, you’ve been an endless source of inspiration for improving our QuickBooks compatibility.

You Asked for More

If there is one thing we’ve learned from serving you QuickBooks road warriors for the past four years, it’s that you are thirsty for more mobile apps that give you easy access to a broad range of QuickBooks scenarios, not “just” for your expense tracking needs. We hear it from you directly just about every day — by email, by phone, on Twitter, on Facebook. We hear you loud and clear: you like our Expense app, but you want more, high-quality, QuickBooks-compatible mobile apps of all kinds.

Mobile Apps on Intuit App Center

There is plenty of room for an ecosystem of QuickBooks-savvy mobile app developers to create all kinds of delightful QuickBooks-compatible mobile apps. And month after month, we keep seeing new QuickBooks-compatible mobile apps arrive on Intuit App Center (that’s the place to find apps that integrate with Intuit’s cloud-based platform). I’m sure there is also a growing list of mobile apps that integrate via IIF files or the old QuickBooks SDK, but we shy away from recommending those, for reasons beyond the scope of this post. At the time of this post, there are 15 QuickBooks-compatible mobile apps listed on Intuit App Center, compared to just a scant few a year ago.

So, the ecosystem is growing, and that means more options for you. And that’s a good thing.

But it’s Not Growing Fast Enough

The pace of your thirst for new QuickBooks-compatible mobile apps vastly outruns the pace at which we are seeing good new QuickBooks-compatible mobile apps arrive on Intuit App Center. And we just can’t let that happen.

Over the years we’ve developed a dazzling array of libraries that we use internally to make it easy to build QuickBooks-compatible mobile apps, and it seemed like a shame to only use those for our ProOnGo Expense app. We finally decided that we just must help you get more access to QuickBooks scenarios while you are on-the-go, even if it means going a little beyond our normal domain of expense reporting.

Here’s How It Works

We picked five of the most popular requests that we’ve received for QuickBooks apps. We picked simple ones, and we prioritized based on which requests we’ve heard the most. These apps are a lot more like a butter knife than a swiss army knife: they are each built around one specific scenario, they are good at that one scenario, and they don’t have 73 additional features cluttering the UI.

Here are the five scenarios we’re going after:

  • …being able to snap a picture of an invoice from your smartphone, and have a new Vendor Bill created in QuickBooks
  • …being able to snap a picture of business cards from your smartphone, and have a new customer created in QuickBooks
  • …being able to view your employees’ time activities from your smartphone
  • …being able to view your QuickBooks credit card registers from your smartphone
  • …being able to set up push notifications for low balances, high A/P, or low A/R.

These five scenario-based apps go live on iTunes App Store over the course of the next five days, one app per day. Hover over the calendar days below, to see when your favorite scenario goes live!