A few years ago, Intuit introduced a program which allowed application service providers and hosting companies to provide application hosting and management of the QuickBooks® desktop edition products, along with subscription rental licensing. As the market moves to online application service and cloud computing models, the importance and value of having QuickBooks desktop editions available in the cloud is proven through the consistent growth and growing popularity of the QuickBooks hosting model. Intuit has recently introduced a number of changes to the Authorized Commercial Host for QuickBooks (ACHQB) program – changes geared towards increasing opportunity for both hosting providers and hosted customers alike.
The ACHQB program grants participating service providers the rights to install QuickBooks software on their servers and offer it has a managed hosted application service to customers. Further, the Authorized Commercial Host for QuickBooks designation provides member hosts with the ability to license QuickBooks Pro and Premier products as monthly subscription license rentals to accompany the hosting of the application. Among the changes introduced to the program is the ability for member providers to now offer QuickBooks Enterprise Edition and Advanced Inventory functionality via a subscription rental licensing model.