QuickBooks Plus Subscriptions Provide Supported License Option for Hosted QuickBooks
Hosting Intuit QuickBooks products can be easy or difficult, depending on the business model and functionality desired in the solution. Because QuickBooks was designed as a standalone, single-user application, there are a number of challenges when it comes to preparing it for server-based use. Among these challenges is the QuickBooks licensing model, which is not particularly INTUITive (sorry). With the introduction of QuickBooks 2014 and some new subscription license options, hosting QuickBooks may have become a little bit more attractive for service providers because there is a way to license hosted QuickBooks and not have to take the customer phone call about how to use it.
Licensing hosted QuickBooks applications comes with two different sets of implementation issues: the technical implementation and the logical allocation of licenses to users. Service providers have enough to worry about with these two elements, and are generally not excited about the prospect of also taking calls about how to use the product. These are generally technical organizations, not QuickBooks trainers or consultants, and they are certainly not in a position to tell people how to perform business bookkeeping or accounting. Installing and managing the application and making sure the licensing model is compliant is enough.