Amazon, Intuit Team on Small Biz Apps Storefront

Tuesday Jun 24th 2003 by Mark Berniker
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Industry-specific small business applications developed by Intuit's network of developers will be available from an Amazon-style storefront. The site will sell a variety of different small business applications designed to work seamlessly with QuickBooks 2003 products.

Amazon.com and Intuit are rolling out a new online boutique for QuickBooks-related apps.

The two companies said they are looking to spur small businesses to consider QuickBooks Software Add-ons and to get involved with the Intuit Developer Network.

The Amazon-style storefront will be selling a variety of different small business applications that will seamless work with QuickBooks 2003 products.

Developers, which are members of the Intuit Developer Network, are creating a variety of applications, which small business owners can simplify their finances, sales and automation of customer relationships.

Intuit says that a study it conducted showed more than half of QuickBooks customers are most interested in working with software applications, which specifically address the interests and needs of their particular industry.

"We know from our research that many small businesses, which already use QuickBooks, also use another application and there is a huge time-savings because these applications actually share the data," says Michael Thacker, spokesman for Intuit.

Intuit's QuickBooks has more than 2.6 million small business customers, which utilize a variety of different small business accounting applications within the software program.

"Small businesses have a variety of different needs, and we've found with QuickBooks that some of these third-party software developers are able to create applications which meet the specific interests of particular small businesses," Thacker says.

The Intuit Developer Network currently has more than 16,000 members, mostly business software applications developers, consultants and companies.

"Under the terms of the agreement, Amazon.com will process the transaction for the customer while the respective IDN (Intuit Developer Network) member will manage inventory and order fulfillment, and customer service and support with the software product," the companies said in a joint statement.

Thacker said the latest version of QuickBooks 2003 came out last fall, and he would not say when the next version of the software would be out.

"We have published several new editions of QuickBooks 2003, back in May we came out with versions for non-profits and the healthcare industry," Thacker said.

Thacker said later this week on Thursday Intuit will announce it is coming out with a new QuickBooks Software Developer Kit (SDK). He said the SDK will offer some new functionality, including a feature that will allow third-party applications developer allows for applications on LANs.

Adapted from internetnews.com.

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