Last month we shipped* a new feature which allows the automatic and unattended transmission of repeating invoices in Xero – it works on the basis of you creating a simple billing schedule which Xero automatically picks up, executes and then follows to email out your invoices – even while you’re sleeping – billing Fairies anyone?.
The unattended transmission capability was the new part; most accounting and bookkeeping systems have had repeating invoice templates since forever.
Building in the unattended transmission capability was an obvious extension and in today’s connected tech era, not overly remarkable. But having spoken with a few clients and accounting firms about it over the last few weeks, I’ve been struck by how some have seen this feature as being much more significant capability which, taken as a whole along with the regular repeating invoice function, will save small businesses lots of time every month as well as levelling up their billing operations a couple of notches to rival those of much larger and deeper-pocketed firms.
The big picture is interesting also, as slowly we’re seeing technology and infrastructure beginning mature sufficiently (and become more affordable) to enable it to take on a different role in our working lives by executing more and more basic tasks and functions to boost productivity. It’s no surprise therefore to learn that Google and Motorola paid George Lucas lots of cash to license the name ‘Droid’ for their new iPhone challenger.
We’re not quite at the R2D2 stage yet, but we’re heading that way for sure.
* Xero doesn’t ‘ship’ updates, obviously. It’s more like we emit them…
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1 December 2009 #