New QuickBooks Hosting, Confusing? Who?

Filed in Intuit QuickBooks by on February 24, 2010

Confusing? 

Some features of the new QuickBooks hosting program are confusing. It is confusing that Intuit put the new QuickBooks Hosting with TurboTax at  http://affiliates.turbotax.intuit.com/public_interface.html?pi=14&pic=107

It is confusing that nothing in new QuickBooks hosting documents mentions TurboTax or its professional versions. It is confusing that the new QuickBooks hosting limits QuickBooks Enterprise to five users, when Enterprise can scale to 30 users. 

It is confusing that Intuit says the performance of the new QuickBooks hosting can approach the experience of QuickBooks on a local PC, depending on your internet connection, host and many factors. This is true, but it is confusing that they refer to a local PC, not the slower local networked PCs. Based on long QuickBooks hosting experience, the new QuickBooks hosting operating system is very important. Studies show Citrix runs three to four times faster, with about 73% less bandwidth, than the Microsoft Terminal Services (to which Intuit refers).

It also is confusing to see AccountingWeb refer to only one new QuickBooks hosting company. Intuit approved three companies before its new QuickBooks hosting announcement. Around a thousand companies were doing this before the new QuickBooks hosting announcement.

Who?

This is a very important part of the new QuickBooks hosting. Intuit says the new QuickBooks hosting is for, “certain Commercial hosting companies, Certified<spanbold”> QuickBooks ProAdvisors, and Intuit Solution Providers.” This new QuickBooks hosting is very good in terms of Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisors. These Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisors pass difficult annual QuickBooks tests. About three times as many untested so-called QuickBooks ProAdvisors buy grossly misleading Intuit diplomas, signifying nothing. Until recently, Intuit was again referring users to these complaint-prone QuickBooks ProAdvisors. I was among those who twice got such referral stopped. An Intuit survey of hourly rates soon showed the predicted result. The spread between the groups increased from a disgraceful $1 an hour to $8 an hour. QuickBooks users still waste a fortune by paying so-called QuickBooks ProAdvisors far more than they pay seemingly qualified clerks, but the waste is becoming less.

Intuit always seeks user input, so we may soon have answers and revisions.

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  1. Hi. It doesn’t need to be confusing- Uni-Data is one such Intuit Authorized Commercial Host for QuickBooks hosting everything from one QuickBooks Pro User up to 30 simultaneous Enterprise users, and every variant in-between, incuding CPAs and bookkeepers looking to host their client’s files in a secure SAS 70 Type II data center supported by a 24 x 7 Help Desk. Pricing starts at $37 month, and add-ins like Microsoft Office make the cloud based desktop experience a viable alternative to running software locally.
    Often, accountants are the “go-to” business advisors for ROI questions, and Uni-Data looks to this market segment to validate and recommend their solution to their clients, with generous incentives for referrals. Contact Bob Babcock @ 718 445-5600 x 3180 or sales@unidatait.com for more information.

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