One of our readers Sheryl commented today:
Sad to see that Xero is not going full steam ahead with their own practice management system… even a fully integrated system is still separate and will inevitably look and feel different unless you have a direct say on the interface and functionality.
We decided not to do Practice Management for a few reasons:
- We don’t believe Practice Management fits a fully online model yet, as good Practice Management should be fully linked with you document management and email management systems, which are still predominantly installed applications;
- Good Practice Management is a very specialised and localised application, and so should be tailored to the unique needs of each accounting practice;
- When we saw what our friends at Acclipse are doing, it was clear that we should partner with them, while still providing links to the existing systems available today.
The exciting aspect of the relationship between Xero and Acclipse is that our teams are working very closely together to provide a seamless experience for accountants, from Practice Management to the newly released Xero Accountants Edition and to end customer accounting.
Check out this screen from Acclipse Practice Manager to see what we mean:
We think that is pretty seamless.