Intuit Promises Easy Set-Up Process

Intuit Inc. is promising customers
who use its QuickBooks Site Solutions software that can have a Web site up and
running in 10 minutes.

Even clients with no previous knowledge can set up their site, from domain
name server search and purchase to Web page design, using the Web-based
setup wizard that takes five steps.

Dan Nye, Intuit’s small business division vice
president and general manager, said the solution makes it easy for everyone
to utilize.

“Intuit’s fanatical focus on ease of use has allowed us to lead the market
in multiple categories,” Nye said. “With QuickBooks Site Solutions, we
have applied that same approach to helping small businesses establish
themselves on the Web.

“Until now, the small business market has been
underserved by the industry. By reducing Web site development to a
simple five-step process and offering it at a nominal fee, Intuit is making
it easy and affordable for almost any small business to build a
professional-looking site in just minutes.”

The setup wizard is programmed to take the first-time or professional user
through the Web site process, from conceptualization to putting the site on
the Web.

Intuit’s popular suite of finance and accounting software for personal and
small business use has been expanding the past year. It’s hoping to
leverage its software dominance onto the Internet.

The company currently
has an exclusive contract with America
Online Inc.
, to provide personal financial support,
as well as deals with Excite
and Webcrawler.

In June, it announced a deal with TriSense Software Ltd. to expand its
e-billing solutions. The company currently has more than 45 companies
signed on, including CheckFree, Princeton e-com
and YourAccounts.com.

In March, the company penned several alliances to give its Internet service
the bells and whistles to market to the small business market. Its deals
with Critical Path, Inc. , Internet Names
Worldwide
, iQ.com, MadeToOrder.com, Photos to Go and Switchboard, Inc. , ensured a common benchmark of design, content and marketing
tools.

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