If you are shopping for QuickBooks hosting provider then you must have come across Intuit Authorization and this might have made you think that whether you should go for Intuit Authorized hosting provider or non-Inuit Authorized QuickBooks hosting provider.Well, the simple answer to this question is you should never make Intuit Authorization as the only parameter to judge different hosting providers but it is not that much easy to say and understand. Therefore, in this blog post, we will be discussing why non-Intuit Authorized hosting providers can turn out to be a better choice for you.
But before understanding that only Intuit Authorization doesn’t make a hosting provider good, we should first understand what Intuit Authorization actually is.
What is Intuit Authorization?
After the introduction of cloud computing in the accounting industry, many players entered into the market of QB hosting and the list of competitors kept on growing as everybody understood the importance and advantages of cloud accounting and that made them shift from their desktop installed QuickBooks to QB hosting.
Soon, Intuit realized the growing demand for QB hosting and that’s when it decided to have a better licensing control over the hosting market through in which it will give a certification or a label of authorization to those hosting providers who fulfilled their specified requirements and who are ready to $3k in order to become accredited with the MSP Alliance. You should know that MSP is an independent third party testing organization and it is not related to Intuit in any way. This testing party checks the hosting providers on different parameters and after complete assurance; they allow the hosting provider to have the label of Intuit Authorization.
Why Intuit Authorization shouldn’t be your only criteria for judging QB hosting providers?
It is true that Intuit Authorization is a label given by Intuit itself but it doesn’t mean that while shopping for QB hosting providers, this should be your only parameter to judge. There are many people who think that they should choose a hosting provider only on the basis of Intuit Authorization but that’s not the right way to switch your hosting provider or move to the cloud. Intuit Authorization doesn’t make a hosting provider fit for your business as different businesses and accounting professions have different requirements and they also set different goals for the shift to cloud. Therefore, if you want to choose the best hosting provider, then instead of just looking for Intuit Authorization, you should also look at the following points:-
Extra charge for Intuit Authorization
You might be thinking that you have chosen an Intuit Authorized hosting provider and it going to be an economical deal for you but you should know that your hosting package also includes an extra charge of Intuit Authorization. After looking closely at your QB hosting package you will find that there is a surcharge of $5 included in it. So it means that that if the original price of QB hosting is $35/month/user then you will be charged $40/user/month and that is because of the extra $5 surcharge.
So, if you will choose a non-Intuit Authorized hosting provider then you will be able to find a much economical deal because in the hosting price of such cloud providers, there is no surcharge included. This Intuit surcharge is included in your hosting package because the hosting provider has to pay an annual renewal fee of $5k to Intuit in order to maintain the Authorization.
You will be able to find the best hosting provider for QB only if you look at the different aspects. Judging a QB hosting provider only on the basis of Intuit Authorization will be like narrowing down your vision of parameter to only one end. There are different things like speed, security, availability and much more which all together makes a hosting provider eligible for your business and profession.