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Mobile apps and SaaS might be the future of Intuit’s developer toolkit for QuickBooks, but don’t tell that to the thousands of developers who are still using QuickBooks’ Software Development Kit (SDK) to make desktop applications.
To ease the transition, Intuit has announced that the company currently has “no plans to retire the SDK” while it nudges third-party developers toward the cloud with the new Intuit Partner Platform (IPP).
To enhance the accounting software for small businesses, some developers have already started using the Intuit Partner Program for more interactive services such as Box.net for Intuit, a file-sharing app, or Feetens, which displays customers on a Google map.
But it sounds like the new system is having some problems.
“IPP is not perfect today,” admitted Intuit partner platform director Alex Chriss in a blog post. “The data available is improving, but it’s not complete nor simple yet. We have some apps doing very well on Intuit App Center, but the traffic and first use experience are not yet best in class to deliver great results for developers. That is why it remains a big priority within our organization, one that we will continue to invest in heavily. Our platform future is in IPP and our investments will reflect that.”
Added Chriss, “I believe we have the right strategy and are on the right journey to achieve this vision. But we also know, until our ecosystem chooses to adopt it, we need to continue support to all the great ways to integrate with QuickBooks.
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