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While the release of QuickBooks 2011 won't happen until this fall, it is never too early to put together a wish list of features and functionality I hope to see in the new release.
While QuickBooks 2010 brought us the document management center and the ability to copy and paste information directly from Excel, here is my wish list for QuickBooks 2011:
- A remit to address for vendors - c'mon already - this should have been added years ago
- Better tools to manage accounts receivable - after all, they are the lifeblood of many small businesses today
- A redesigned set of tools to customize reports - the current options within the "modify report" button are really tired and need a refresh
- The end of forced phone-in registration to get a license code. You can follow the dialogue on this issue at this very popular blog post.
- A fix on the problem that occurs with average cost on inventory items in some cases when the on-hand count goes below zero.
BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE...
- A refresh of the customer center - seriously, room for just 2 contact names, phone numbers and e-mails? What business doesn't have the need for more functionality here without having to purchase a CRM add-on.
- The ability to purchase two additional licenses for QuickBooks Enterprise instead of being forced into buying five at a time. Businesses don't grow their staff in nice even 5 user chunks.
- An upgrade to the budgeting tools - I don't think those have been touched in more than five years
- Reduced in-product advertising - it seems to me like this has really increased over the last several versions of QuickBooks.
- The ability to customize statements - very little can be done with this form currently.
- To Do items that are unique to the user and that aren't shared on the master to do list
- The "pressing Enter moves between fields" preference to be on by default. This one keystroke derails many new users to QuickBooks right away
- Stop asking each user if they want to enter memorized transactions. Designate people who even see this box in the first place.
- Control the process of installing software updates - Centralize that activity in the Admin account, especially after the oodles of problems that R9 in QuickBooks 2009 caused.
I'm sure I will think of more to add to this list. This is plenty to get started :-)
More importantly, what is on your QuickBooks 2011 wish list? Feel free to post a comment below!
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Scott Gregory is a specialist with QuickBooks Pro, Premier and Enterprise accounting software. He has been helping businesses "think beyond the ledger" for over 25 years.