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OneSaas – web apps talking to each other

Taking your business software into the cloud opens up lots of possibilities. But once you get a taste of the good life, you don’t want to settle for second best – so why can’t all the online services you use talk to each other?

These days, pretty much all the major cloud based services have some form of API (application programming interface) that allows different systems to talk to each other. But there are just so many out there, creating direct integrations between each one can be an onerous task.

OneSaas has spotted this opportunity and developed a common gateway where you can for instance, suck eBay sales data into OneSaas and push it into Xero as an invoice – without all the heavy lifting! With 20 different connectors built and more in the pipeline, perhaps this could be the answer to getting all your favourite web apps to talk to each other.

We’ve been testing how OneSaas connects Xero with the likes of Harvest, Freshbooks, Highrise, Trademe and Basecamp. And given that dozens of Xero customers have chosen to use OneSaas in the pilot phase, we think this is sure to be a big hit.

Check out the different types of OneSaas integrations that connect to Xero:

eCommerce Email Billing CRM
eBay Campaign Monitor Harvest BatchBook
Trademe Mailchimp WHMCS Highrise
Business Catalyst Marketo Freshbooks ZohoCRM
Shopify iTunes Connect
BigCommerce Contacts Project
GetShopped.org Google Contacts Payments Basecamp
Westpac Payway WorkflowMax
Events Fulfilment
Eventbrite Exalt

At Xero we’ll still continue to build our own integrations in response to user demand, but the OneSaas specialisation is a great way to get your favourite cloud based apps to sync, quickly and easily. You can find out more about the Xero integration with OneSaas, here.

 

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9 comments

Nick Houldsworth
15 July 2011 #

Smart idea. Only thing missing on there is point of sale. If only we knew of one…

;)

Chris Heaslip
15 July 2011 #

Awesome, finally Xero/Harvest integration.

Shaun Williams
15 July 2011 #

Regarding POS – I am in the know and can confirm there is at least 1 in talks with OneSaas. So just a little waiting and its on its way.

James Stevens
15 July 2011 #

Hi

I have been looking at your blog over the last few months and noticed that you seem more interested in the bigger picture and topics such as cloud computing, apps, productivity, business methods etc. This is all well and good but as a subscriber to Xero what I would really like to see is improvements to your accounting platform. We have a list of features that we feel should be included in the most basic accounting software but are missing from yours. Don’t get me wrong – I like using Xero – I just feel that your focus should be on site itself as everything else will follow.

Dizdar
16 July 2011 #

The Problem with Software as a Service is Fragmentation of Storage
Many companies today rely on cloud storage solutions (such as Dropbox or Sugarsync) and Software as a Service or SaaS solutions (such as Basecamp and Google Apps). The convenience of having your applications and storage hosted remotely gives small and medium businesses the computing ability equal to enterprise-class solutions. What’s more, it’s cost-effective because it helps businesses save on purchasing the hardware and training a dedicated IT staff to maintain servers.
There’s practically a cloud computing solution for any business’s needs. For creating documents and spreadsheets, there’s Google Docs. For storage, many companies and individuals rely on Dropbox, and Basecamp for project management; one SaaS for each business process.
The dilemma that SaaS users have is that their documents, files, and other assets are spread across different services. To modify a specific asset, you have to use the specific service. Your work is ‘locked in’ to each SaaS solution. This situation causes a fragmentation between the different cloud computing solutions that businesses use and will only become more complicated as the services they use increase.
This is one of reasons we developed cloudHQ for Dropbox and cloudHQ for SugarSync. With cloudHQ, you can integrate and synchronize all your cloud computing solutions in one simple service and interface. You can keep your files on Dropbox and Google Docs synchronized and attach them to your projects on Basecamp. You can choose to edit your documents in Microsoft Office if you don’t have access to Google Docs and vice-versa, all the while keeping your files backed up continuously on Dropbox.

Jerry
18 July 2011 #

sweet!

Kirsty Harman
18 July 2011 #

@James – Thanks for your feedback, we try to have a good variety of relevant blogs that will be interesting and helpful for all our customers. Whenever we release new functionality we send out an email to all users and do a blog, if you aren’t receiving these you can email us at newsletters@xero.com to get added or let us know what you’d like to see more of on the blog.

Paul B
13 June 2012 #

Hey, just what I want: To spend more money on a piece of middleware that doubles the functionality already built into the systems I’m paying for.

Guys, let’s be honest. This is a cop-out.

Ronan Quirke
13 June 2012 #

@Paul OneSaas are offering an option here, but I understand your point of view. We track requests for applications our users would like to see integrated with Xero and the number of apps stands at well over 200. It just is not feasible for every application to integrate us, so I believe there is a market for applications like OneSaas, and their success since we blogged about them last year shows that many customers see the value too.

If you have a number of disparate applications, (CRM, Xero, e-commerce), then running them through a middleware integrator like OneSaas can actually prevent duplication of records across systems – different benefits for different use cases.

On the other side of the coin, we have over 90 applications that integrate with Xero (http://www.xero.com/accounting-software/add-ons/) – the vast majority are direct integrations (not middleware). We will continue to put resources into supporting developers that want to integrate with Xero – we provide free developer support & a free partner program.

Finally, I mentioned we keep track of integration requests – if you want to pop over to our forum and vote for the applications you would like to see integrate with Xero, we will keep the pressure on them: http://xero.uservoice.com/forums/28866-integration-with-other-products

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