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Integration plans for MYOB cloud service

As MYOB prepares to launch its AccountRight Live next-generation accounting software, how will it integrate with other cloud or conventional software. And what does the company's CTO see in his crystal ball?

As previously reported, MYOB expects its AccountRight Live desktop/cloud accounting system available to all comers within a month.

But how will the company's 800-strong developer partners fit in with the move away from conventional desktop software?

MYOB CTO Simon Raik-Allen told iTWire that the company is building APIs to allow integration with other systems.

Access to the general ledger is top of the list, followed by invoicing and payments, reflecting the way many of MYOB's developer partners offer reporting products.

This emphasis is expected to continue, with integration with other applications being very much a runner-up.

But Mr Raik-Allen does expect to see tools to synchronise contact information and other data with services such as Google Apps and Apple's iCloud: "someone will build that on our platform," he predicted.

He said there was no demand for MYOB's cloud services to provide integration with Active Directory or LDAP, though there was some demand for the ability to use MYOB credentials to log into other systems.

As AccountRight Live is a cloud-enabled desktop application, it works on Windows 8 tablets "but we haven't got a mobile version yet," said Mr Raik-Allen.

Asked about the possibility of a Windows RT version, he replied "Not yet. We'll see what the demand's like."

Mr Raik-Allen did mention that a cloud-based client (presumably accessible via a browser) is part of the company's longer-term vision, which also includes a gesture-based user interface to take advantage of notebooks with built-in Kinect-style hardware.

"That'll be the biggest change to user interfaces," he said, pointing out that MYOB is already thinking about what accounting software would be like with a gesture UI.

Closer to hand is the addition of Live Accounts style bank feeds (which enter or match bank transactions with the business's accounts on a daily basis) to AccountRight Live.

This feature is "in development and looking great," he said, and the development team is currently working on the way this data is presented in order to provide "a delightful experience."

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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.