Opportunity: Conversion tools for old accounting software
Are you a QuickBooks tech guru? Or perhaps you’ve had a look under the hood of MYOB, Sage or some other accounting system – if so we’re really keen to connect with you.
There are plenty of things to consider when converting from one accounting system to another and we’d like to make this process as easy as possible for our customers. We already have a number of features to help out – but we’d like to take this to a whole new level.
It’s a great opportunity for gurus in desktop software, consultants and integrators to create value as small businesses move from the desktop to the cloud.
Because there are so many different flavors of accounting software, with many different versions, we thought the best approach would be to provide a standard import format that Xero will support. Once the file is populated it would allow an organization to be set up in Xero in a single step – everything needed is imported and in the right format.
This would remove a lot of the pain associated with conversion by consolidating exported organization settings, accounts, historic invoices and contacts.
If you’re one of the smart people out there who could build these sorts of tools, we’ll make sure you have the ability to upload the resulting files directly into Xero. And to make this magic happen, we’ve defined a data format that contains all the information you would normally need when setting up an organization in Xero.
This draft XML format contains the information collected through our set-up wizard, plus a section to include contact information. Before the final schema is confirmed, we’re interested in hearing from anyone who can verify that this sort of information can be extracted from other systems (which you’re familiar with) and find out if we’ve missed anything.
Interested in working with us on conversion tools or perhaps you’d like to know more? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us feedback in the comments below.
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