September 24, 2012 2 Comments
Q&A with Lisa Rogers:
Lisa Rogers is a Group Product Manager in the Strategic Payments Initiatives division at Intuit
Q: How long have you been working on the Intuit PaymentNetwork (IPN) team (and at Intuit)?
Almost two years on PaymentNetwork, and eight years at Intuit. I love making products that help people manage their financial lives better than they imagined possible.
Q: IPN now integrates with QuickBooks for Mac 2013. Can you tell us what you team did to help push that integration forward?
The IPN team partnered with the QuickBooks for Mac team. They designed and developed the Mac user interface that controls the appearance of “Pay Online” links on QuickBooks invoices, and the feature that downloads payment information right into QuickBooks. We provided the website where the customers go to pay the invoices and the back-end payment processing.
Q: IPN has integrated with QuickBooks Pro/Premier/Enterprise (PC–based versions of QuickBooks) for a couple years. What spurred the interest in integrating IPN with QuickBooks for Mac? Have you seen a big up-take in Mac users?
Lots of Mac users asked us to make IPN work for them. They could use our website to request and receive payments, but it wasn’t integrated with their invoices. They couldn’t automatically record invoice payments in QuickBooks. Now they can!
QuickBooks for Mac 2013, including integration with IPN, went on sale today via Intuit channels, so we’ll see how it goes. Knowing how Mac users love elegant, efficient new technology, we’re expecting lots of customers.
Q: What benefits do small businesses receive from integrating IPN with QuickBooks (either QB for Mac or PC)?
They get paid a lot faster, because their customers find it convenient to just click to pay. No hassles with paper checks, stamps and envelopes, or trips to the bank. And it costs only 50 cents per bank payment processed – no monthly fees, no minimums, no cancelation fees. If that wasn’t good enough, they can also download payment information right into QuickBooks in a few seconds. That’s a big time saver and it reduces the chance of posting errors.
Q: What do you like to do in your free time outside of working with the IPN team?
I’m a pretty fair cook, an amateur gardener, and an avid reader. My husband and I love music so we’ve seen a lot of jazz and rock greats perform here in the Bay Area.