Quickbooks (Australia) On Your Android – Review
QUICKBOOKS HOSTED BY RECKON ONLINE
REVIEW – WEALTH CREATOR MAGAZINE
BY NATHAN ELCOATE, AXIS IT CONSULTING PTY LTD
The Login Process
2011 marks the year that Reckon’s Online offering, QuickBooks, Hosted by Reckon Online “grows up”.
No longer bound by antiquated Browser security shackles, nor held ransom to Windows, Reckon now have you covered on almost any device you choose to travel with.
Simplifying the login process to a single icon click, identical to the Desktop edition of QuickBooks, Reckon have closed the gap that once existed in both the range of devices able to run QuickBooks Hosted, and also in the end user experience.
Once setup on either my iPad, Android mobile phone or Macbook, I found logging in via the Premium Service, to be as seamless as the desktop edition. This is a huge step forward for Reckon.
Another vast improvement that impressed me no end with the 2011 released Premium service, was the speed.
Dare I say it is now faster for me to have Reckon host my datafiles, than it is for me to host my own files on my own server!
Reporting speed was the same whether I was running a quick client look up on my Android mobile phone, or running a detailed Profit and Loss report from my iPad. The experience is very seamless.
The first thing clients say to me when I set them up on QuickBooks Hosted, is “oh it’s exactly the same as my old version.” A masterstroke by Reckon, is the fact that functionally, QuickBooks Hosted is exactly the same as the Desktop version! And in some cases, better.
This is due to the fact that Reckon have chosen to base the Hosted product on the Rolls Royce of QuickBooks, the Enterprise version. Hence every feature that is available in QuickBooks 2011, is also available online.
My favourite new feature is the Company Snapshot. Containing up to 27 finance widgets, the user is able to customise a “control panel” of their business, just for them!
With a single mouse click on my iPad, I can see at any time my Top Customers, how much money I have in the bank and who owes me the most money. On one screen, on my iPad, from anywhere in the World!
It’s no secret that the race is on amongst software makers to conquer the cloud. And the Accounting Software world is no different.
What I found really sets the QuickBooks Hosted product apart from the rest is its’ familiar look and feel. For added security, users also have access at any time to downloading a copy of their data (which can be opened on the desktop QuickBooks Enterprise), or export reports into Microsoft Excel and save it on their PC. This is a feature that competitive products are sadly missing.
I was also able to re-upload a more recent copy of my local data file, straight up to the Hosted service, from my Desktop.
Not to mention I am able to pay all of my staff, manage all of my inventory, lodge my BAS via Reckon Gov Connect ; and provide my Accountant a login to my data which saves me real money.
I truly believe Reckon have an outstanding product on their hands this year and thoroughly recommend the Premium service to all mobile business people, Bookkeepers and Accountants.
Quickbooks Hosted is accessed by the Citrix Receiver, available from Google Play