Monday, 29 October 2012

OfficeBooks price increasing

On Mondays, we hold our regular team meeting at OfficeBooks.

This week, we decided to tackle a rather difficult issue - pricing.

From the start, we envisioned OfficeBooks as an "accessible" package, that all small businesses can afford.  But as we've worked to develop the application, we have come to learn that the total package (with work orders, sales, purchasing, and detailed inventory control) is worth way way more than we charge for it.  Our pricing strategy has kind of worked against us in some ways.  We frequently heard from prospective users that our price point was so far below the competition, that they didn't take us seriously.

Our metrics also suggest something we hadn't anticipated - people don't want the total package.  They just want one thing.  Some users want accounting, others want work orders, and others (most of our users) just want a purchasing tool.

In light of this - we've made some changes.

Starting November 1st, OfficeBooks pricing will increase to $179 a month.  We will also break out purchasing (purchase order management) as a standalone product priced at $19 a month.  In both cases, a discount will apply for users paying an annual rate.

The new pricing will not impact current paying users (your price will remain unchanged).

This is one of those tough business decisions you have to make every once in a while.  We're confident the new pricing still represents incredible value for a business management application.

On this topic especially - we would welcome your feedback.  Post a comment here, or email me directly

Thursday, 25 October 2012

More development updates!

This morning, we released another new version of OfficeBooks.

Changes you'll notice include a refined approach to purchasing.  Most users weren't catching on to the concept of releasing a purchase order, so they were only getting half the magic OfficeBooks has to offer.

To address this, and to make the overall process more simple, we've bundled the release process in with some other stuff that happens in the background (so you don't have to release POs anymore).

The changes also include a new button layout that is in-line with the typical workflow for PO generation (just follow the buttons from left to right).  We'll monitor user interaction with the new user interface and if the response is positive, we'll adopt similar approaches to button layouts on other stuff like sales and work orders.

Your comments are VERY valuable to us - so don't hesitate to get in touch with your thoughts.

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Sending quotations by email

Hi everyone -

A quick post with a development update.  Our latest release features the ability to send quotations by email.

To do this, simply create a sale, select your customer and add the items you want to quote, then click the "Email Quote" button.

Remember, a sale is just a quote until you click the "Release" button.

What else are we working on?

We're really beefing up the Request for Quote (RFQ) functionality.  Soon you will be able to send RFQs to multiple vendors and have them quote online.  OfficeBooks will help you identify the best vendor based on lowest price or shortest lead time.  The system will also alert you to vendor performance issues (on time delivery problems) so you don't keep placing orders with a vendor that doesn't deliver as promised.  You will even be able to post your RFQs for public bidding - your own personal tendering system!

Have a feature you want us to work on?  Post a comment, or drop us a line -