QuickArrow Inc., an Austin, Texas-based company that specializes in billing automation and management software for professional service organizations, today announced a new version of its Enterprise Consulting Suite.
This new release adds American Express integration, enhanced Microsoft Project bi-directional integration and more advanced invoicing capabilities. The new features are designed to allow consultants to devote more time to billable tasks rather than administrative chores, according to QuickArrow. The software also allows for great visibility into billing for management, the company reports.
The American Express integration features are designed to allow consultants to download expenses from online American Express statements and automatically populate their expense tracking. The immediate access to expenses is designed to reduce lost billable expenses and allow for faster turn around on billings to clients.
QuickArrow reports that its bi-directional Microsoft Project integration is designed to allow consultants to automatically upload and download critical data for day-to-day operations such as hours remaining, actual hours worked and percent complete from ECS into Microsoft Project. In addition, they can staff resources from Microsoft Project by automatically creating project tasks.
QuickArrow’s invoicing module was built to group transactions based on a client’s invoicing preferences. For example, customers can apply appropriate taxes, print and e-mail invoices, or integrate billing data with enterprise resource planning (ERP) and financial systems. Additionally, service organizations can adjust draft invoices and credit memos created after an invoice is posted.
In May, QuickArrow announced it had achieved Salesforce.com Ready certification. The goal of the certification program is to validate the integration and the market-readiness of QuickArrow’s Enterprise Consulting Suite and Salesforce.com services. As a result of the integration, QuickArrow reports, professional services organizations that use both applications can share sales opportunity information that is important to the planning processes.
The integration of QuickArrow’s Enterprise Consulting Suite and Salesforce.com is designed to deliver the following benefits:
- Improved revenue forecasting for the professional services business, enhancing forecast accuracy and understanding.
- Decreased time in staffing engagements, with the capability to soft-book resources on service engagements that reach a predetermined probability to close.
- Increased insight into resource requirements (e.g., certifications and skills) for deals in the sales pipeline.
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