When we say ‘version 2’, we do not mean this to be a catchy word! The DataDear engine has been completely redesigned and rewritten – a project which kicked off with a super cool idea over a year ago. Twelve months later we are ready to launch DDv2 – with a new engine aimed at improving the DataDear experience for the accountants and small businesses that use the Excel add-in.
Earlier this year, we communicated our commitment to move to a new architecture on the Microsoft Azure services as a PaaS. For technical reasons, that project was revisited and it was decided to merge with this whole rewrite project – all of which will be released with DDv2 – which is coming this November (22/11).
What to expect from this release?
DDv2 is not a simple facelift exercise to increase the version number – in fact the Excel toolbar did not change much. Instead, the team focused on upgrading the existing functionality and improving areas causing major frustration – such as moving between sheets. We strongly believe the app is now smarter and faster, in turn offering more to the DataDear users.
This release is predominantly made up of the following:
Same app … with a new engine – You can expect to see several improvements when working with the DataDear toolbar in Excel. For example, there will be no need to ‘logout’ from DataDear when working in Excel – the switching between sheets and workbooks no longer has a negative effect on the way you work. Retrieving data will also be noticeably faster with less OLE warnings coming up.
New look – post templates – We have published new improved templates for all post templates – they are now easier to use and contain a Notes and Controls sheet to help you get things right before posting. Templates have been cleaned from any unnecessary information and the focus has shifted to providing a simple layout for bulk data entry. You can keep using the existing versions but it’s worth giving the new ones a shot!
New Reports – We are launching 2 new reports – ‘Trial Balance’ and ‘Balance Sheet’ with improved reporting details. Frequently requested by accountants who need to map the account codes with the TB and BS figures – vlookups will now be so much easier and in some situations not required at all!
QuickBooks Online – DataDear has extended it’s reach from Xero to also connect to QuickBooks Online. So if you are using QBO companies and wish to try out DataDear, let us know as initially this will only be available to a selected pilot user group. Read more on the DataDear-QuickBooks integration in this article.
Microsoft Azure – DataDear is moving to Microsoft Azure – a step which clearly indicates the maturity of the product. Azure is used by about 80 percent of Fortune 500 companies including 3M and Boeing. We love it and are confident you will love it too! Eventually we see this move facilitating integrations such as Office 365 and Power BI.
Promo Codes – We will be launching promo-codes soon. You will be able to redeem promo-codes for newly added organisations / companies – more on this will be communicated later on, depending on your country and industry.
DataDear API – Techies will love this feature! It will now be possible to connect to and exploit the DataDear’s engine directly via our API. The API will give you access to all Xero and QuickBooks data tables / reports including reports developed by DataDear such as the Trial Balance – Multiple Period report. If you wish to make use of this functionality, contact us for more information on how it works.
Naturally the team took the opportunity to address some issues reported by the users over the last few months – especially those related to the architecture. Nonetheless, we are not perfect and more is coming in the next releases. In addition to finalising the Quickbooks Online integration, we have plans to add more functionality especially around the editing of existing data in both QBO and Xero.
But now, let’s first taste DDv2 on the 22nd November!