Cloud bookkeeping software house KashFlow has unveiled a new system to cater for practitioners who want to work with clients’ accounts on the Web.
Called Orbit Accounts, the new system sits within a customisable web portal that connects clients using KashFlow into the accountant’s work area. The Orbit tools let accountants configure users’ charts of accounts and control the reports and modules they use. It also gives the accountant control over the chart of accounts and the ability to lock transactions.
Orbit supplements the core KashFlow bookkeeping engine and reflects a growing emphasis within the fast-growing software house to work with accountants. Orbit lets them co-brand the users’ accounting home page and a whitelabel version is available for firms that want to retain an independent identity.
Claiming to sign up 70 businesses a day to its free online trial, KashFlow said the majority don’t work with accountants. The sign up process will now include a referral process that will alert users about accountancy firms that use Orbit Accounts.
“Other accounting software vendors tend to just offer accountants pricing incentives to get them engaged with their products”, said KashFlow sales director Michelle Gorsuch. “We’ve gone a big step further by developing software that’s tightly integrated with our core KashFlow product and specifically tailored to assist the accountant in practice.”
In a video interview on his blog page, KashFlow managing director Duane Jackson said the new module was part of a long-term programme to overhaul the application’s user interface. Along with the new client portal, Jackson mentioned an application speed up data entry – a long-term issue that accountants and bookkeepers have raised about Cloud accounting applications.
The idea drew praise from Charles Verrier in AccountingWEB.co.uk’s Cloud computing discussion group. “SaaS apps are not great for the traditional data-entry tasks - but it's something that early Windows applications also had to deal with when faced with staff who could play their numeric keypad like a piano and didn't want to stop and click stuff with a mouse,” he said.