Here is some breaking news especially for those using the Warehouse Management software that has been included with QuickBooks Enterprise.
From the Intuit news release:
"Beginning January 1, 2011, Intuit will no longer be supporting Warehouse Management. To help prepare for this transition, as of September 27, Intuit will no longer be selling Warehouse Management. Customers who wish to continue using the service after January 1, 2011 must purchase a subscription directly from AccuCode Inc.
What does this mean for me?
AccuCode is the developer of the Warehouse Management service and currently hosts the product while Intuit markets and sells the product, manages the billing and provides technical support.
As of January 1, 2011, Intuit will no longer be supporting Warehouse Management. At that time you will benefit from a consistent experience with one service provider as AccuCode will continue to host and maintain the application, while also managing the billing and providing customer support.
What do I need to do?
You do not need to do anything at this time. Subscriptions to Warehouse Management ES will continue to work just as they have in the past. Intuit will continue to manage the billing and provide your customer support through December 31st. You can reach the Intuit support team by calling 866-340-7237.
Over the next 90 days we will provide you with additional information about these changes, including how refunds will be issued for Warehouse Management pre-paid service plans at the time of the transition and the steps to follow if you wish to continue using Warehouse Management after January 1, 2011." (end of Intuit news release)
SO THERE YOU HAVE IT
Intuit mothballs another highly touted "additional feature" of their Enterprise software, just as they did with the Business Intelligence module and the phase out of the Sales Management beta project that ran for nearly a year. Will we see the same fate for the Field Service Management module in QuickBooks Enterprise 2012? We'll have to wait and see on that.
WHAT SHOULD YOU REALLY DO NOW?
My suggestion is that you invest the time to review other advanced inventory modules that can serve as very good (maybe even better) substitutes for the Warehouse Management module. These software apps have complete integration with QuickBooks:
- Acctivate - your contact at Acctivate is Ryan Moeller at (817) 870-1311
- FishBowl Inventory - your contact at FishBowl is Chris Mann at (800) 774-7085 x. 4111
I'm sure you have invested a lot of time and sweat equity into getting the Warehouse Management module going. I think it will be in your best interest to compare other advanced inventory alternatives at this time as well, especially if you have found the Warehouse Management solution to be missing some key features or functionality.
Intuit is releasing a new "Advanced Inventory" module for QuickBooks Enterprise 2011. I'll have more details on that feature in an upcoming post. I do know that the cost for the software is $699 per year. I'll know more of the specifics soon. Given their history in relation to modules for Enterprise, I'd be wary of investing in this new program just yet.
If you find the prospect of evaluating new inventory software to be a daunting task, no worries! Contact me and I can arrange a consultation with you on your best plan of action from this point.