Reckon showed off a live demo of its cloud accounting program Reckon One to a packed room of 600 partners in the ballroom of Sydney’s Ivy Hotel on Wednesday. BoxFreeIT asked three attendees for their impressions of Reckon One, which will launch in beta in July. BoxFreeIT covered the highlights earlier in the week.
Sue Maxwell, Effective Training: “I love the interface and the visuals are very clean and crisp. And I just really enjoy all the pie charts and graphs. I know that my male clients in the building and construction industry will absolutely love seeing they don’t like figures, they like looking at graphs instead. It seems fairly user friendly as well.
BoxFreeIT: Any surprises in there for you? Anything you wished was in there?
Maxwell: Obviously (I would like) the payroll and the inventory. But I would rather that they wait and make sure the payroll is compliant first. And inventory will come.
BoxFreeIT: Will your clients be into this over desktop software?
Maxwell: Some of them will. There are still a lot of clients, especially at the end of their working life, they are still going to be sitting on desktops. They don’t want to go digital or electronic in any way.
What I did like is the interface for the devices. I felt that was quite clean. I was expecting when I looked at my iPhone or iPad that I would be looking at the same screen (as the browser program) but it was actually a lot easier to read.
And I like the fact that when they did a report (on the mobile device) only one screen popped up. So you’re not going to have to scroll up and down, getting the information that you need.
Unlike (Reckon Accounts) Hosted which I can access on my iPad, but it looks like desktop software on a small screen.
I was quite excited about that.
BoxFreeIT: Margaret, what did you think of Reckon One?
Margaret Carey, Business Eez: It’s really exciting to see it. For me it’s posed more questions than it’s answered. I like the look and feel of it. I think visually it will appeal to people. The colours were very vibrant, it was very clear, and the fact that you can customise the dashboard is really good.
It’s similar to what you can do on QuickBooks at the moment but you can’t customise the dashboard on other cloud programs to the same extent. So I think that’s going to appeal to people.
I was just a little bit surprised that they concentrated so much on projects but I guess they’re looking a lot at the tradies market to start with.
I would have liked to have seen more of the accounting behind the scenes. Dean just said it does do cash and accruals. We’d like to have a bit more looking at the reports and so on.
But in the slightly longer term I think it’s going to compare really well with the other cloud products on the market which certainly gives Reckon a competitive edge.
The fact that they can build up on their existing product knowledge, and meet requirements from their customer base, so I think it shows a lot of promise.
BoxFreeIT: How will you be recommending Reckon One versus Xero?
Carey: I’m reserving my judgement until I get my hands dirty and try it out.
Maxwell: One thing I do like is that you can switch off what you don’t need. Quite often QuickBooks comes with a lot of the modules switched on and some people go, ‘I don’t need all that’.
If you select the core (accounting module) and invoicing that’s all you’re going to see. Payroll is a separate module. It’s quite clean how they did that, to give you the choice and the level of choice as well.
Roslyn Ahtee, Proactive Edge: I’m not a Reckon user. I do bookkeeping and accounting and I’m checking out products in the cloud. I’ve been checking out Xero and thought I’d check out Reckon One.
BoxFreeIT: What did you think?
Ahtee: It looks pretty good. I like the way it looks on a mobile device as well. I thought it would look too small and it would be too much information. But the way they’ve set it out on a mobile device is very user friendly and easy to read.
BoxFreeIT: And versus Xero? How does it stack up?
Ahtee: I think this product is a bit more comprehensive. It’s got a bit more meat to it and functionality in terms of reports. Obviously I haven’t played with it yet but from what I’ve seen it looks really promising. I’m definitely going to go home and get a free trial and see which one I prefer.
BoxFreeIT: Are you a partner?
Ahtee: I’m not a Reckon partner but I think I should be.
BoxFreeIT: Are you a Xero partner?
Ahtee: Working on it.
Image credit: Reckon (Melbourne launch)