Takeaways from QuickBooks Connect 2014


If you didn’t have the opportunity to attend QuickBooks Connect 2014, I highly recommend you try to make it next time! We had a great time connecting with our fellow #QBOchat participants and discussing all things QuickBooks Online. From October 21st to October 23rd, San Jose was a wealth of information. Here are some of the key takeaways about the future of QBO.

Inspirational Speakers

I had the privilege of meeting Bill Rancic at QuickBooks Connect. His energy and enthusiasm for small business are palpable and contagious. Arianna Huffington’s presentation about relaxing and recharging after a burnout really resounded with me. Everyone needs some downtime here and there in order to be more efficient, effective and productive. In fact, pretty much every speaker on the main stage shared brilliant messages that were inspiring.

QuickBooks Online Accountant Changes Are Coming

Beginning December 2014, a limited rollout of changes will take place, with the global rollout happening throughout 2015. Here are some of the features discussed at the conference, with more details on the way in the coming months:

  • Better options for organization and communicating with all of your clients, not just those on QBO
  • Customizable dashboard
  • Accountant tool menu
  • Improved employee access
  • New management reports
  • Enhanced books-to-tax feature
  • Client document center
  • Better access to your ProAdvisor account
  • Improved wholesale pricing

You can read more about the details here.

40+ Developer Team Working on New and Improved Apps

Intuit led an amazing 26-hour Hackathon, where $100,000 in prizes were awarded. Our friend Kaydee Peterson with Peterson Business Services was one of the judges for the event and has written an article about her experience.

I stopped by the Hacakthon for a few minutes. It was something else to see everyone so focused on programming and working their butts off to create some interesting apps. I also finally met David Leary in person. Sadly, we confirmed that neither of us are unicorns!

Rubbing Elbows With Great People

I’ve been hosting #QBOChat for some time now, and while I’ve enjoyed meeting panelists, learning about QuickBooks Online updates and seeing continual progress in the QuickBooks Online apps arena, it was wonderful to finally meet many of the #QBOchat participants in person! And the cherry on top? Catching up with some of the great folks at Intuit!

For those who weren’t able to make it to QuickBooks Connect 2014, you missed a great time, but don’t despair. There is already talk of a QuickBooks Connect for Fall 2015, so start getting ready now!

Want more insight into QBO and other important business needs? Come back to QBOchat.com weekly at 3pm EST to participate in the newest discussion. Our conversation includes a wide array of participants, from small business users, accountants, developers and others. Check out our Archived Chats to view previous discussions. Got a suggestion for a future topic? Shoot us an email! We can’t wait to chat with you on Thursday!

Looking for the transcript from this tweetchat? Here you go!

QBOchat Admin

#QBOchat began in July 2013 with the simple idea to host a weekly Twitter conversation around QuickBooks Online (QBO). We have since grown into a very strong community comprised of a diverse group of users. Our weekly tweet chat is held each Thursday at 3:00PM Eastern. The discussions cover a wide range of topics including QBO’s latest features and updates, business operation tips and apps that integrate with QBO, to name just a few.

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