What does it take to create a payment/invoicing system like Podio uses for all its customers? It would be absolutely wonderful to have a system like this in place for our clients to pay monthly bills and single invoices! Is this in the works - or something your dev team has discussed at all?
As is, I have coded Podio and built apps to do most of what Freshbooks does including Projects, Products, Timesheets, Reports, Quotes (using Podio to QuoteRoller integration as a VAR), and Invoices (using Podio to Freshbooks integration as a referral partner). Ultimately I would like to keep this setup for demos and referral sales. HOWEVER, I would like to have my in-house system use something similar to Podio's system. This would also allow better transparency as to how Podio stacks up to more complex accounting / CRM integrations like Netsuite (currently working on chipping away at a $100k NetSuite competitive bid).
I feel like this offering could be ONLY for Podio Authorized partners. Justifications are as follows should your team agree:
- MUCH lower merchant processing fees, and the ability to work with partners in that space. This create a revenue center as opposed to a cost.
- Fully integrated, self-serve system allowing Partners to stay focused on doing what we do best - selling, customizing, extending and training on Podio.
- A case study / demo showcase of how truly flexible Podio can be for complex API problems or application designs
- Already coded, so as a result, this should be easy to replicate and update with a global feature release correct? (Don't want to assume here)
Anyhow - this is a very nice to have. However the current system I have in place works - just at a larger cost, cannibalizing potential Podio revenue (reaching there). Very interested to see the response.
BRAVO on Podio dev team! IT. JUST. WORKS! Even with all the crazy changes and experiments - one of the best software reseller experiences we have had thus far. That's a kudos to the whole support team too!
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