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Accounting software company Xero has established new partnership agreements with Uber for Business and Adobe Sign, which it says are aimed at reducing friction for business advisers and their small business customers.

The New Zealand-headquartered company announced the new partnership agreements at the business’s 2019 Roadshow, which will visit 20 cities and regional centres across Australia from 5 to 21 February.

According to Xero, its annual Roadshow, which was last year attended by over 7000 accountants and bookkeepers, will showcase the latest technological developments in the accounting industry, and exhibit innovative products and practice tools.

Jared Baker, Xero’s Platform Growth director, said, “We are continuing to evolve and grow our ecosystem to integrate the best partners and tools to increase business productivity and help our customers to not only survive, but thrive. Our data shows that on average, the more digitally connected a small business is, the better business outcomes they have.

“Partnering with two successful global brands like Uber and Adobe, that we know our customers already use and love, will enhance our platform capabilities and simplify administrative tasks, saving valuable time.”

Xero is partnering with Uber for Business to create an integration which it says will allow companies to more easily manage how their employees use Uber for work purposes.

The new integration will go live in Australia and New Zealand later this year and will allow Xero users to automatically import their invoices for their Uber for Business account, eliminating the need for manual data entry.

“This will help companies save time processing expenses, simplify the reconciling of spend on the use of Uber, and provide an easier experience for employees using the service. Once the connection is enabled between Xero and Uber by the customer, bills will drop in to Xero on a monthly basis,” Xero says.

Commenting on the partnership, Georgia Foster, head of Uber for Business, Australia & New Zealand, said: “Our customers are looking for streamlined technology solutions to improve business travel. A lot of employees already use Uber for safe, affordable and reliable rides at home and while travelling, and we believe this integration with Xero will improve their experience even further by reducing admin time.

"We’re pleased to partner with Xero as an innovative company operating on a global scale, to further help local businesses achieve cost and time savings for corporate travel."

Xero has announced it will expand its existing partnership with Adobe beyond Australia and New Zealand and bring the benefits of Adobe Sign to business advisers and small businesses around the globe.

The first integration planned for later this year in Australia will enable accountants and bookkeepers within Xero HQ to compile, combine and deliver document packs to be digitally signed using Adobe Sign.

Xero says business advisers will have the ability to import and combine documents from various locations including financial reports prepared in the Xero platform and tax returns from Xero Tax.

According to the company, Xero Tax has been growing rapidly with over 4000 firms lodging tax returns digitally for small businesses directly to the ATO in a matter of minutes.

Xero says the integration with Adobe Sign will help advisers reduce friction in document management and reduce administrative burden so they can spend more time adding value to their clients – and small businesses will also benefit from the ease of being able to quickly use digitally signatures when working with their accountant or bookkeeper.

Chandra Sinnathamby, Asia Pacific head of Document Cloud, Adobe, said: "Building on the initial success of our partnership focused on Adobe Sign in Australia and New Zealand, we're thrilled to be deepening our partnership with Xero to help more small businesses and advisors around the world get access to best-in-class cloud solutions.

"Adobe and Xero have a mutual commitment to help small businesses succeed by accelerating business processes, simplifying tasks and providing efficient, time-saving solutions that help small business deliver great customer experiences. We look forward to working together to create new integrations which will provide a more seamless and beautiful solution for key tasks and business critical times, such as tax time."

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