We’ve completed coding the initial features for syncing invoices and payment to QuickBooks online. Now we move to error logging and then our QuickBooks adviser and bookkeeper will be testing the sync using real customer data. Concurrently we’ll be working on the User Interface. It might even be possible to get the integration submitted to Intuit this week.
Progress is being made!
It’s official, we’ve sync’d an invoice from Lodgix to Quickbooks Online!
In our development efforts to far we’ve been able to sync:
- Invoice rental charges
- Invoice fees
- Invoice taxes
- Invoice discounts
- Invoice payment methods
We are now working on isolating problems in the guest sync process as it tends to take a considerable amount of time and is prone to failure, forcing it to restart again. Those problems appear to be solvable but will require some time to sort out.
We still have interfaces and guest payments to code, as well as a lot of testing, and then we need to get the app approved within the Intuit marketplace which can take 2 to 6 weeks. And all of this is for QuickBooks online only.
The good news is that QuickBooks desktop, in theory, should only require some relatively simple tweaks to get it to work. Our primary concern for QuickBooks desktop is getting it to work consistently using Intuit’s tools, which are not the most stable software components.
Here is a JPG of our first official invoice sync’d to QBOE.
Some great progress made so far in our bid to offer the best vacation rental software quickbooks sync on the market today! We’ve established the initial link to QuickBooks Online and are working through Intuit’s requirements (which are quite strict), that will allow our new sync app to get listed on the Intuit App Store: http://appcenter.intuit.com/search/a-works%20with%20quickbooks%20online
Next step will be getting a few authentication tweaks worked out and then comes the hard part of actually moving data between qbooks and Lodgix and vice versa. Fingers crossed! No timeline yet as to product launch.
Our most requested feature is a Quickbooks sync. We’ve been promising this feature for over 18 months, but to date we’ve failed to implement it. The reasons for this are many, but mostly it’s because Intuit (makers of Quickbooks) have encouraged new integrations to use a method which wasn’t quite baked. As a result, they’ve changed their business model many times over the past several years which has cost many firms a lot of money as they’ve had to recode their sync applications multiple times.
I’ve wanted to avoid that and so each time we did the research, it seemed it was better to wait.
This time however we are ready to go as the integration specs seem to be somewhat stable and our own requirements much more clearly outlined. We’ve spoken with at least six vendors and interviewed many others and we feel we have a real good idea on what needs to be done and how to do it.
The one issue we have come up against is that the integration cost varies significantly from vendor to vendor. I haven’t really figured out why and no one has really been able to give me any great reasons why one vendor can charge $10,000 upfront with no future monthly residuals and another requires nothing upfront but $1,500 a month in monthly access fees? I even found one enterprise vendor that wanted $30,000 a year!
To get a better handle on the challenges, costs and potential hit on the support side of things, we are going to develop a prototype internally using Intuit’s REST API and see how that works when attempting to import invoice, guest and payment information into quickbooks desktop and quickbooks online.
This process has already started and we remain committed to getting a Quickbooks sync feature out the door this fall.