The October QuickBooks Connect conference left me with conflicted feelings. On one hand, Intuit dominates its market and there doesn't seem to be any competition that can threaten it. On the other, the conference felt chaotic—not from the get-people-to meals-and-the-exhibit floor way, but in terms of messaging. At all levels, Intuit employees did not seem to have all the information you'd expect, very siloed.
Intacct has struck a deal with American Express that portends a much broader relationship in the payments arena. Payment service via Intacct's cloud-based accounting software starts with the Intacct Check Delivery. Business can send check payments to suppliers and GL automatically updates, as they always say, with the click of a button. Amex will write and mail the paper checks. But it is the promised additional "card- and non-card payment solutions" that the partners said are coming soon that interested attendees at this week's Intacct Advantage conference.
Unit4, which markets the Coda and Agresso lines, has established a Global Partner Organization. The Netherlands-based company has named Anwen Robinson as senior director to lead the group. Robinson, managing director of Unit4 U.K. and Ireland. Robinson has been replaced in the U.K job by Helen Sutton, who is currently running sales and marketing in those islands.
Xero held its first Xerocon North America in the fall of 2013 and then decided to skip the event this year. But this week, the New Zealand-based cloud accounting software vendor said it will have the second event in early June in Denver next year. Whatever the exact date, Xero is obviously regrouping in this country and needs to reassert some kind of message in the market in the United States.