A weekly blog on the add-ons we have come to know and love.
With so many add-ons emerging under xero’s wings it can get a little confusing to figure out which one works for your business (now that you’re on Xero of course). This is where Engine Room steps in, over the next couple of months we will be going through our favourite add-ons that we not only use for our own productivity but also for many of our clients. Our dedicated implementation team know all the ins and outs many of the add-ons, they’ll spend time on the research so you don’t have to.
GeoOp was developed in the early stages of cloud technologies just when the smartphones (particularly the iPhone) were booming. GeoOp uses the power of mobile devises to connect with workers in the field, informing them of jobs, allowing them to enter real time data while at the job, only leaving the admin for the office. If you have workers out on the field then this is the solution for you, field workers can see, and are notified of, all allocated jobs, they can add time & parts and notify you when they are at all the different stages of a job. GeoOp connects to Xero so you are able to invoice out without having to enter information twice.
We have been involved in many implementations over the last year and have become very intimate with the software, its capabilities and it’s little niggles. We love the interface and the fact you can easily create jobs and seamlessly assign them to workers. Its simplicity really appeals to us and gives confidence to our clients to use the software, they have achieved an Apple Inc./Xero look and feel.
Since the listing back in 2013 the company have become a little sluggish when it comes to dealing with problems and software updates, but this may be down to the fact they are working on a much larger full system update. We have also discovered that updates to contacts (which have fed through from Xero) in GeoOp do not then subsequently update in Xero – no 2-way syncing – you have to update the contact in Xero first for it then to update in GeoOp. This is a real bug bear seeing that you are creating jobs within GeoOp – you shouldn’t have to go to Xero until you are at the invoicing stage.
All in all we feel it is a great solution (when combined with Xero) for your finance and job management function and we have no hesitation in using GeoOp with our small/medium sized businesses.