Two Excellent Web Apps Connect: Solve360 and Xero

solve-big1File under “two great tastes that taste great together.”

Solve360 is a web-based CRM, built by a small self-funded Calgary company called Norada. It’s a terrific tool for managing your customer list and nurturing prospects. It’s similar to, except much less painful to use and without the features that only big companies need.

Xero is a web-based accounting system, built by a much bigger New Zealand company. Generally, Xero does what QuickBooks does but in a more web-native fashion.

xero-logo-hires-RGBI evaluated Xero earlier in 2012 for a customer, but we elected to use QuickBooks since Xero didn’t have a Bank of America feed.

Xero has added a lot of US bank connections since then — and none too soon, since so many firms are transitioning to a cloud-based business systems infrastructure.

Anyhow, last week Norada announced that Solve360 users could pull Xero-based customer invoice data into the Solve360 contact profile views.

This gives your sales and support teams a fuller context when communicating with customers. Read about the feature here — page 3 shows the payoff.

Strategically, this makes it easier to include the two apps as part of a full “recipe”. We think they are solid tools for most small businesses.