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API updates for easier integrations

Tony Rule at Xerocon Developer Day in Sydney

As announced at the recent Xerocon Dev Day in Sydney, our latest API updates – v2.27 and v2.28, are stacked with improvements to make your integrations that little bit easier.

Credit note refunds via the API are now supported. This offers the opportunity for more advanced job management, ecommerce and retail integrations with Xero.

We’ve added quite a few additional elements on GET requests so you can access things like discount rates, batch payment details and tax rate component details.

Default payment terms are now accessible, both at an organisation-wide level and also for individual contacts. These defaults are only applied in the Xero app, but are useful if you want to retrieve the Xero defaults so you can offer these as options in your app too.

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Xerocon Sydney 2013 wrap up (+ award pics)

Xerocon Sydney 2013 is over. See our Live Blogs Day 1 and Day 2 and to get an overall sense of it visit the Flikr stream.

We were overjoyed with the turnout of over 900 people in what is now easily Australia’s largest technology conference for the accounting industry. It’s a big statement and one I wouldn’t have believed possible after the first of our annual conferences in Melbourne in 2011 with a modest 130 partners in tow.

Xerocon 2013

Thank you everyone who made the content so relevant and compelling. We had over 40 speakers over the two days. Many were partners who gave up their time to provide valuable insights and practical lessons learned in their journey to the cloud.

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Xerocon All Stars band 2013

Xerocon Awards Stage

A huge highlight of the Xerocon Sydney 2013 Awards Dinner on Friday was the band entirely made up of Xero staff and partners. A call went out beforehand to staff and Xero partners to see what talent was out there and we received an amazing response. People with an amazing range of talents and interest in different genres from Funk, Jazz, Metal, Rock and Classical. From managing directors to bookkeeping singing teachers, everyone brought something special to the table.

Larissa McKay sang beautifully performing her own material during the solo sessions and there were booming renditions of Joe Cocker by Wayne Triplett – it was hard to believe that this was his first time singing in a band.

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Xerocon Sydney 2013 – Day 2 Live!

If you haven’t seen it, note yesterday’s Live Blog

We’re back for Day 2 at Xerocon Sydney. To get you warmed up, while we’re waiting for everything to kick off, check out this time lapse photo of yesterday’s exhibition area from our photographer for the event Alexander Kesselaar, if it doesn’t show then try clicking on this link.

Don’t forget to check back regularly. Follow twitter activity on #xerocon or see the #xerocon wall on strea.ma. Also, there’s loads more photos during the day in our flickr album

Peter Switzer is back, giving a bit of kudos to the event, especially the audience, announcing some prize winners, a bit of housekeeping, a bit of self-promo (obligatory book being held up – bit of a laugh) and why not! A great choice for MC.

Peter Switzer 2

Let’s get on with the show!

Celebration

Xero Australia Managing Director Chris Ridd is up and this will be both a celebration of what Xero and partners have achieved as well as where together we can go in Australia. Think of the first Australian Xerocon with 130 people compared to the crowd we have today, and as Chris says, it’s only just beginning.

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Xerocon Sydney 2013 – Day 1 Live!

Here we are at Xerocon Sydney 2013. What an amazing location at the Australian Technology Park.

Xerocon Australia entrance

I caught up with our CEO Rod Drury before the conference started and he was saying how in the beginning they dreamed that one day we’d have conferences in multiple countries, with multiple streams, guest speakers and a big trade show.

Well it happened. Xerocon Sydney is kicking off with over 900 people and a massive trade show. We believe this is a little bit larger than the Microsoft Australian partner Conference last week and believe it is also Australia’s biggest accounting conference.

Xerocon Australia Day 1

We’re live blogging today and tomorrow with loads of pictures and posts, so check back regularly. Follow twitter activity on #xerocon or see the #xerocon wall on strea.ma. Also, there’s loads more photos during the day in our flickr album

Next door there are 53 exhibitors, which is massive.

Arriving at Xerocon Australia

Looking around the exhibition stands the breadth of solutions and services is incredible – from the full range of Add-ons to integrators and technology services.

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Xerocon Sydney 2013 – Developer Day

Xerocon Develoer Day 2

We are now past halfway at another record-breaking developer day at a Xerocon conference, with over 200 attendees at the Australian Technology Park in Sydney.

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Total Synergy: Practice management software for designers

Xero Add-on Total SynergyXero add-on partner Total Synergy provides business management software for designers. This means the architecture, engineering and construction design industry (AEC) has more time to do what it loves: design!

Synergy software makes it easier for AEC businesses to manage projects more efficiently, accurately and profitably. Because Total Synergy is software for designers, it has a whole bunch of industry-specific features and management tools. These include project and account management, document management, drawing register and transmittals, resource and capacity planning, contract administration and loads more. That means more time for design!

Synergy Cloud Services gives AEC professionals flexibility with online access to timesheets, contacts, projects, support and accounts via mobile, tablet or desktop with Synergy Cloud App.

How Total Synergy works with Xero

Synergy and Xero integration allows seamless, synchronized transfer of data from Synergy Practice Management to Xero to provide a single point of entry of all project related financial documents. Synchronized data includes invoices, supplier and sub-consultant invoices, staff expenses and contact information. It also includes invoice payments sent to or retrieved from Xero.

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Rate your Add-ons

Last week we released a new feature in the Xero community: Add-on reviews.

As the variety of Add-ons that integrate with Xero grows, customers and partners are asking for more information to help decide those that work best for them. In fact one of our most common requests from partners was helping them in the discovery of quality add-ons.

Add-on reviews is the first piece of this project and it marks an important step in the Add-on journey. It strengthens the community connections between Xero customers, partners and Add-on providers, letting everyone have their say on how well Add-ons work with Xero.

Add-on Reviews

In just the first week, we have seen some fantastic participation with over 150 reviews submitted, and some healthy competition between Add-on partners on who can get the most customers reviewing:

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Live blogging at WDCNZ 2013

Here we go again at Web Developer Conference New Zealand (WDCNZ) – tech talks for web devs! All the action is happening at the Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington with over 380 participants, well up on last year.

Your live bloggers today, thanks Xero dev team, are Tokes, Liam, Craig and Owen. That’s Owen Williams not Owen Evans the WDCNZ organiser, but thanks to the latter Owen for organising, along with Charlotte Hinton of course.

Jason Naylor from We Do Photography is official photographer. We’ll post some here with more ending up on Flickr. Video will be available on vimeo.

You can follow the conference on Twitter with hashtag #WDCNZ. Sponsor Strea.ma from the Hawkes Bay, will be presenting tweets, facebook posts and instagram pics as they happen on the big screen and the web using their exciting cloud software.

Let’s get in a mention of the rest of the sponsors – Xero, Heyday, 3Months, Github, Rackspace, Wellington City Council, TradeMe, LilRegie and Campaign Monitor – check out their details.

All the programme details and speaker information are on the WDCNZ website

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Go fast, go global – Developer Day Sydney

We know from our own experiences, that moving from a local to a global stage is not without it’s challenges. This is why the focus of Developer Day at this year’s Xerocon Australia at the end of August is all about growing globally.

Our customer base has been growing dramatically in Australia, and it’s great to see Australian Add-on partners leveraging that growth. And given the Xero API opens up your products to Xero customers anywhere in the world, it makes sense to also go after the global market.

Small businesses in Xero markets
Map of the world showing the number of small businesses in Xero markets

Selling overseas is already a trait of our most successful Australian Add-on partners: the top 5 have an average of 45% of their customers based overseas. Not just across the Tasman either – USA & UK figure strongly in these numbers.

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