Tech insights: Invoicing, apps and business cloud

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This week’s tech insights include new apps management and billing through QuickBooks Online Accountant, changes to Sage Business Cloud (previously Sage One) and new invoicing features in Pandle.

Intuit launches QuickBooks Accountant Apps

Intuit has announced the new QuickBooks Accountant Apps, which aims to help accounting professionals work more efficiently when purchasing and managing apps for their clients. Accountants can take advantage of preferred pricing when purchasing selected partner apps and receive a single bill each month for all the apps they supply through the program.

“This new program helps accounting professionals be more of a trusted advisor to their small business clients because they are able to recommend and easily implement apps that help their clients be more successful,” said Rich Preece, leader of Intuit’s accountant segment, small business and self employed group.

The apps included in the program, such as Expensify, Float or Tsheets, can be accessed directly from the apps tab in QuickBooks Online Accountant.

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Sage One changes to Sage Business Cloud

Sage One is now known as the Sage Business Cloud, a change that will not affect the service offering of Sage One Accounts, Accounts Extra or Cashbook. Although Sage said the changes will be mainly cosmetic, the new Business Cloud does include some new features.

The new Sage Accounting mobile app is now available for Accounting Start and Accounting customers to help users manage their business on the go, from invoice functionality to keeping track of expenses. Additionally, new invoicing functionality has been added to Accounting, aimed at product-based businesses such as retail and ecommerce to track and manage their stock.

In the next few months, the company will also be introducing updates to further enhance Sage Business Cloud, with updates to bank feeds, new payments solutions and improvements to invoicing.

A product demonstration of the new Sage Business Cloud will take place at the Sage Sessions event in Bristol on 21 March.

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New Pandle feature: Customer grouping

Pandle has added new of invoicing features to its software. The new customer grouping features have been designed for businesses who work with fixed services and packages and need to send many similar invoices. The customer grouping feature enables the user to send out an invoice of one set amount to a group of customers simultaneously.

Additionally, a new recurring invoice feature can now be used to invoice the same amount to a group of people on a regular basis.



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