Intuit's New QuickBooks Services Bridge the Desktop and the Cloud

Andres Ferrate
Oct. 27 2009, 11:48AM EDT

Intuit has announced the release of several new resources for developers to integrate desktop applications with web-based applications. The new Intuit App Center allows QuickBooks users to access third party web applications developed with the Intuit Partner Platform. This move effectively bridges Intuit's suite of desktop accounting software with applications that run in the cloud.

Intuit App Center

Access to QuickBooks data on a user's desktop is made possible via a new Intuit Partner
Platform Data Services API
(our a href="http://www.programmableweb.com/api/intuit-data-service">Intuit Data Services API Profile), which provides access to several types of accounting items, including jobs, accounts, transactions, invoices, and much more.

As some of you may remember, we previously reported on a relatively new open source community sponsored by Intuit at code.intuit.com, which is aimed at encouraging developers to work with the Partner Platform (over 500 developers are now registered). The addition of a new data-centric API provides an additional avenue for developers to work with this platform. Some additional features available for developers working with the Intuit platform include billing entitlements that allow for variable pricing based on features and Google Analytics reporting for tracking app usage.

According to Intuit, there are approximately 25 million users within companies that use QuickBooks, so there is a fairly large user base that could potentially use a third party application developed with the new platform and distributed on the new App Center. Several new applications developed with the new platform can be viewed at workplace.intuit.com.

Andres Ferrate

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The IPP is a weird beast. Instead of opening APIs to QuickBooks Online, Intuit has created this combination gatekeeper/application market and then forced developers to use it. It has a level of overhead, including forcing the end users to sign up manually for an IPP application, and forcing end users to install the Flash plugin. In my opinion, the IPP hurts QuickBooks more than it helps.