For professionals in need of accounting software on a daily basis, QuickBooks has long been the go-to program. Remote access capabilities, remote payroll assistance and outsourcing, electronic payment functions, online banking and reconciliation, mapping features and marketing options through Google, and improved e-mail functionality through Microsoft Outlook and Outlook Express. No wonder why it’s so popular.
But have you taken the time to truly consider the power of QuickBooks in the hands of your mobile employees? Though the possibilities inherent in the software seem virtually limitless, the capabilities of certain mobile devices dictate the QuickBooks experience. Be thorough in your research of available devices and wary of the needs of your mobile workforce. Your employees will thank you, and so will your bottom line.
You are probably used to QuickBooks while at your desk, but how do you perform crucial QuickBooks tasks on the go? Businesses that provide personalized anytime, anywhere service can quickly distinguish themselves—and QuickBooks can help you do that. Tasks such as generating reports and creating estimates are critical for mobile employee productivity, and while mobile apps for iPads and Android tablets can provide basic functionality, why settle for basic when you don’t have to?
It’s crucial to understand the reach and limitations of QuickBooks on mobile devices because some devices might support your mobile employees’ needs better than others. Because of this, Intel commissioned Prowess Consulting to put multiple devices running QuickBooks to the test, and the results were impressive.
Prowess Consulting evaluated QuickBooks options for mobile users and examined the software’s capabilities and user experience on a range of mobile devices. The QuickBooks user experience varies notably between different mobile device platforms. Of the devices Prowess tested—the Dell™ Venue™ 11 Pro, the Samsung® Galaxy Note® 10.1, and the Apple® iPad Air™—they concluded that the mobile device best suited for productive QuickBooks use was the Dell Venue 11 Pro powered by an Intel processor and running Windows 8.1.
The tests conducted on the three devices ranged from basic mobile tasks like comprehensive reporting to standard banking, importing data to exporting data. Using the Dell Venue 11 Pro, users were able to create up to 40 times more reports and get deeper customer insight. They enjoyed four additional ways to do more with reports: Print, email, save, or export them for more productive collaboration. Customer service saw improvement with twice as many ways to access richer features, functions, and customer data. And QuickBooks data was better leveraged by exporting it as an Excel spreadsheet available for use anywhere.
Users often aren’t surprised that they have to sacrifice for the convenience of mobility on iPads and Android tablets. However, employees who perform full-sized accounting or bookkeeping workflows on a hand-sized device might come to wonder if the trade-off was worth it. Workarounds take time, customers get frustrated, and productivity is lost when employees have to wait until they can get to their device to do what it promised to do.
QuickBooks users can go mobile in a variety of ways. However, take care that your choice of mobile device does not require you to sacrifice important functionality. A tablet such as the Dell device Prowess tested, powered by Intel architecture and running Windows 8.1, makes that trade-off unnecessary in its delivery of both full functionality and mobility. Why settle when you can succeed?
For more on the Prowess QuickBooks study, head to “Do More with Intuit® QuickBooks®” to read the full text.
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