​Xero partners with Adobe, Bigcommerce, and Insightly

Xero has announced a handful of add-on applications with Adobe, Bigcommerce, and Insight to further win over small businesses.
Written by Aimee Chanthadavong, Contributor on

Cloud accounting software Xero has announced partnerships with Adobe, Bigcommerce, and Insightly.

In partnership with Adobe, Xero will be integrating its Adobe Document Cloud eSign services across Xero to enable accountants and small businesses to electronically sign and submit their tax documents. The integrated feature will be available from mid-September.

Meanwhile, from later this year, online store owners part of e-commerce platform Bigcommerce will be able to push their sales data directly into Xero to help retailers reconcile their transaction information.

Xero's partnership with web-based CRM and project management software Insightly will enable small businesses to have a whole-of-business view of their sales process, removing the need for manual data entry.

Another partnership that Xero is working on for the last year has been with Veda, which co-founder and CEO Rod Drury said is "not quite ready yet". When the service is due for launch at the end of 2015, Xero will provide an add-on Veda application to its platform, giving businesses access to a directory that they can use to search and verify contact records, such as credit risk information.

"We'll be able to take that enterprise world of credit scoring, make that available to small business, and be able to reward good behaviour to those small businesses who pay bills quickly, and we'll be able to promote that," Drury said.

Additionally, Xero will be plugging Google for Work directly into its accounting platform to allow accountants to keep track of their correspondence with clients.

"We know small businesses don't actively do CRM, most of their interactions are through email so we're just bringing that together," Drury said.

The news comes after Xero announced a partnership with Dropbx at the end of June. Delivering on this partnership, the two companies announced on Thursday morning the integration of Dropbox for Business with Xero Tax to simplify the process of storing and sharing documents between accountants and bookkeepers with their clients.

The company has also announced that it has more than 400,000 paying subscribers across Australia and New Zealand. Xero ANZ managing director Chris Ridd said he believes in Australia its reach will surpass 250,000 subscribers.

Xero also recently announced it has over 540,000 subscribers globally.

Disclosure: Aimee Chanthadavong travelled to Xerocon 2015 with Xero.

Update: Headline changed to clarify relationship between Xero and its partners.

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