Intuit Hosting Program Website Goes Live
Intuit’s official website supporting the Authorized Host for QuickBooks program is now live. The new site located at IntuitHostingProgram.com, provides information about Intuit’s QuickBooks hosting programs and providers, and outlines the program benefits for customers and the hosts that serve them.
Everyone, it seems, is adopting outsourced IT and cloud computing models and Intuit is among those companies that recognize that one size does not fit all when it comes to serving business – whether it’s software or infrastructure under discussion. When “QuickBooks” and “cloud” are mentioned in the same sentence, most people are likely to think about the QuickBooks Online Edition, which is Intuit’s version of QuickBooks accounting software that was developed specifically for the web. But QuickBooks Online isn’t the only QuickBooks “flavor” finding success in the cloud. QuickBooks desktop editions are making their way into more online and hosted deliveries, giving customers the ability to run the business and grow the organization with the software they’ve already invested in, but running the apps in the cloud.
Years ago, as the Application Service Provider model was just getting started, Intuit adapted the End User License Agreement for QuickBooks to protect against users running the product in unauthorized and potentially sub-par infrastructure. Likely intended as a means to protect and preserve the customer experience while using the product, as well as protecting customers and their data from poorly delivered or protected services, the language in the EULA is quite restrictive. In short, customers who run their licensed QuickBooks software products with unauthorized hosts or on outsourced infrastructure risk losing their rights to the product. Service providers risk even more by hosting QuickBooks without Intuit’s blessing, entering into areas of unauthorized software distribution and/or copyright violations.
With the introduction of Intuit’s Authorized Host for QuickBooks Program (and now the new website to support it), it is clear that the popularity of desktop application hosting continues to grow. QuickBooks Online lacks the features and functionality present in the desktop product line, and the range of 3rd party applications which integrate with QuickBooks desktop is huge. All of these connected software products need a way to run in the cloud and provide customers with mobile and remote access capability, and the support by Intuit of the hosting model is making it a lot easier to accomplish.