For several years, Intuit has had a Quickbooks marketplace wherein developers could create and sell add-ons to Intuit Quickbooks.
Recently, Intuit created a new offering Federated Applications,
which enables Web applications built with any programming language,
database or cloud computing resource to be easily published to the Intuit Workplace and marketed to the nearly 25 million employees in small businesses that use QuickBooks.
Developers with existing applications need only to configure their
application to connect with Intuit’s PaaS, rather than having to
Instead of just using PC-based applications that serve as add-ons or
otherwise with Quickbooks you can take advantage of a huge range of
hosted applications that are seamlessly integrated into Quickbooks.
When you visit Intuit Workplace you’ll see a designation for those
applications that are Federated Applications. Applications without this
designation will not have to adhere to the Federated Application
standards, such as having one logon.
Intuit’s Federated Applications have the following traits.
Data: Federated Applications that want to integrate with Intuit
Partner Platform data must program against APIs provided by Intuit to
enable data synchronization.
Login: A Federated Identity Web API allows users to use their Intuit
Workplace login credentials to access the Federated Applications within
User management and permissions: Intuit provides developers with a
Web API so that their application can handle processes such as inviting
additional users to their application.
Navigation: Developers with existing SaaS applications may have to
make minor User Interface adjustments, such as removing
sign-in/sign-out links within their solutions. The Intuit Workplace
provides this in its toolbar to provide users a seamless experience
If you use Quickbooks and want to get more out of Quickbooks check out Intuit’s Workplace.
If you’re a developer looking for a new market for your applications
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