I’d be remiss if I didn’t share the amazing time we had at the QuickBooks Connect Conference where we chatted about #QBOchat and all things QuickBooks Online. From October 21st to October 23rd, San Jose was an overload of information, and here are some of the fabulous takeaways about the excitement and the future of QBO.

The speakers were as inspirational as anticipated

I had the privilege of meeting Bill Rancic, and his energy and enthusiasm for small business are incredibly contagious. Arianna Huffington’s presentation about relaxing and recharging after a burnout really resounded with me, because everyone needs downtime to be more effective and more productive. In fact, each celebrity on the main stage shared brilliant messages that were inspiring to every attendee.

QuickBooks is rolling out major changes to replace the current QuickBooks Online Accountant product

A limited rollout will be occurring in December 2014, with the global rollout happening throughout 2015. Intuit rebuilt QBO from the ground-up and is actually another instance of QuickBooks Online, so they have even more flexibility to add on to the product after the rollout. Here are some of the features mentioned at the conference, to be elaborated on more in the upcoming months:

  • Ability to organize and communicate better with all of your clients, not just your QuickBooks Online clients
  • Customizable dashboard
  • Accountant tool menu
  • Improved employee access
  • New management reports
  • Enhanced books-to-tax feature
  • Client document center
  • Access to your ProAdvisor account
  • Improved wholesale pricing

Read more about the details in this article.

Learning more about the 40+ developer team working on new and improved apps

Intuit led an amazing 26-hour Hackathon and gave out $100,000 in prizes. Our friend, Kaydee Peterson with Peterson Business Services, was one of the judges for the event. She has put together an amazing article about her experience.

I had stopped by for a few minutes and everyone looked so busy focused on programming and just working their butts off to create some amazing apps. I also got to finally meet David Leary in person and we were both able to confirm that neither of us are unicorns!

Meet amazing people

I’ve been hosting #QBOChat for some time now, and while I’ve enjoyed meeting panelists, learning about major changes to QuickBooks Online and seeing continual progress in the QuickBooks Online apps arena, it was even better getting to finally meet many of the #QBOchatters in person! An additional bonus was catching up with some of the great people at Intuit, too.

For everyone who couldn’t make it to the QuickBooks Connect Conference, you missed an amazing time, but don’t despair. There is talk of a QuickBooks Connect Conference for Fall 2015, so start getting ready now!

Keep up with everything current on QuickBooks Online by joining us for our weekly fun and informative #QBOChats on Twitter, every Thursday at 3:00pm EST. We welcome all types of QuickBooks users, from small business users, accountants, developers and others. Check out our Storify for previous #QBOchat sessions.

Cathy Iconis, Unicorn Kim Hogan, David Leary

Cathy Iconis, Unicorn Kim Hogan, David Leary

Cathy walking the red carpet

Cathy walking the red carpet

Intuit 26-Hour Hackathon

Intuit 26-Hour Hackathon

Cathy with Stacy Kildal and Hector Garcia

Cathy with Stacy Kildal and Hector Garcia

Cathy with Bill Rancic

Cathy with Bill Rancic