fmAccounting Link (Xero Edition) and FileMaker Pro v15

We’re pleased to report that fmAccounting Link (Xero Edition) v1 is compatible with FileMaker Pro/Pro Advanced v15 that was released today. We haven’t encountered any issues so far in our testing and have been able to authenticate, download from Xero to FileMaker and upload from FileMaker to Xero successfully.

If you encounter any issues with fmAccounting Link (Xero Edition) v1 and FileMaker Pro v15 please let us know.

fmAccounting Link (Xero Edition) Customers Map

Every now and then I like to generate a map and see where in the world our customers are located. We’ve shared some maps of where our fmSMS Customers are located and I’ve just generated a map for our fmAccounting Link (Xero Edition) customers. Xero currently reports that it has over 600,000 subscribers in more than 180 countries, however these 4 countries/regions represent their largest customer base:

  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • UK
  • North America

Xero will be announcing their annual results next month, but we know that as of 30 September, 2015 these countries/regions had the following subscribers:

  • Australia: 262,000
  • New Zealand: 163,000
  • UK: 102,000
  • North America: 47,000

Xero UK total subscribers recently overtook Sage 50, the UK’s #1 desktop accounting software product for the past 30 years. Australia and New Zealand is seeing subscriber growth of over 50% and North America is their fastest growing region.

It came as no surprise to see that our fmAccounting Link (Xero Edition) customers reflect these Xero numbers – as you can see in the following map all fmAccounting Link (Xero Edition) users are based in the four main Xero target markets:

fmXERO Customers April 2016

It will be interesting to see what happens over the next 12 months – based on Xero’s growth we’ll see more Australia, New Zealand, UK and North American customers, but we’re also expecting to see some interest from other countries that Xero is actively targeting such as Asia where Xero did it’s first ever Roadshow in February.

fmAccounting Link (Xero Edition) and the Xero API SHA2 SSL Cert Migration

Last year Xero advised developers that they will be migrating the Xero Developer API websites to use SHA2 type SSL certificates in place of the current SHA1 certificates on March 9th 2016. Xero has provided a test API site with the SHA2 SSL certificate installed for developers to run some tests to ensure their applications work with the new SSL certificates.

We’ve run a series of tests using the fmAccounting Link (Xero Edition) solution file against the test API site and are pleased to report that everything worked successfully. We were able to authenticate, download and upload data correctly, so at this stage we don’t anticipate any issues once the new SHA2 type SSL certificates go live in March.

If you encounter any issues with your own testing please let us know so we can address these ASAP.

FileMaker Developer Conference Show Specials – 10% Off

Databuzz will once again be demonstrating at the annual FileMaker Developer Conference this week in in Las Vegas, Nevada. To celebrate we will be offering a DevCon show special for the entire week – all versions of fmAccounting Link and fmSMS will be discounted by 10%.

The discount will be applied automatically so no need to enter any coupons and it will run from July 20 – July 26, 2015.

You can purchase fmAccounting Link via the Databuzz website and fmSMS from the fmSMS.

If you’re attending the conference please stop by our booth and say hello and we can demonstrate our SMS and Xero integration solutions.

fmAccounting Link (Xero Edition) Videos Available

We’ve been busy recording a number of new videos that demonstrate how to integrate the fmAccounting Link (Xero Edition) solution and how easy it is to get up and running. The first three of these videos are now online and cover:

  • Private Application Setup and Authentication with Xero
  • Downloading Accounts, Tax Rates and Tracking Categories
  • Create an Invoice in FileMaker and Upload to Xero

You can find a list of all the videos on our fmAccounting Link (Xero Edition) Videos page. We’ll be recording new videos and updating this page over the next few weeks – let us know if there’s a particular video you would like us to record.