The mobile app marketplace continues to grow with each passing year, presenting new opportunities for developers. As small business owners and entrepreneurs look towards the cloud for solutions, there’s an inherit void to be filled with apps. Well, Quickbooks maker Intuit is hoping to fill this void by helping to educate developers on how to create apps.
In a recent report published by Intuit, the company found that approximately 600 million small businesses operate in the cloud. The Application of Small Businesses found that the average small business spends $630 per year on software solutions, and that they are willing to spend even more money in the following years. But the most interesting take away from this report is that nearly half of all small business owners rely on their smartphone as their primary device to run their business. That’s a pretty substantial amount considering the fact that there are more than 600 million small businesses that utilize the cloud.
“This research provides concrete evidence of why developers should pay attention to the small business opportunity, and how they can go about creating game-changing apps,” said Avi Golan, vice president and general manager of the Intuit Developer Group. “We believe that developers hold the key to unlocking the true potential of the small business cloud. That’s why we’ve turned QuickBooks Online into an open platform with best-in-class developer tools and a dynamic apps store.:
So, how does Intuit plan to help developers build apps for small businesses? As you may already know, Intuit offers the single most popular cloud-based business management solution. With more than one million customers, Quickbooks Online leads the pack in terms of popularity. But Intuit isn’t stopping there, as the company recently launched a new portal on its website to help developers.
You can learn more about the Intuit’s initiative to help developers create apps for small businesses by visiting http://appcenter.intuit.com/promos/devopportunity. Here, developers can sign up for an account to explore Quickbooks Online tools and API. Some of the topics covered in the portal include software-as-a-service (Saas), simple apps, sandbox, PaaS, payments API, Azure, security, and more. Feel free to clink on the link previously mentioned to browse through Intuit’s developer center.
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