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Hey guys aloha, was getting call this week from alldata and it seems like a goo thing for a small 2 man 2 rack and 4 flat shop with no secretary or office person. Seems like it would save us time making estimates and invoices. But does it really interstate that well with quick books. Will it be better for me or more work for me??? Thanks special offer ends this week.

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FYI: the Quickbooks Online integration was a feature announced for ALLDATA Manage Online in their November 2015 release.

 

http://support.alldata.com/article/whats-new-alldata-manage-online

 

ALLDATA Manage Online is one of our partner management systems that have our latest MyCARFAX tools directly integrated. Make sure check them out when you see the product!

 

Thanks,

Thomas

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At one time carfax had partnered with Mitchell in order to use the vin decoder. As it were carfax was also gathering the customer data. I said no.

 

Hi Jeff,

 

You are correct. CARFAX did previously have a partnership with Mitchell1 for their management system. To clarify, at no time was an customer information reported to CARFAX. The only pieces of information shared with CARFAX were the VIN, what services were reported on that vehicle, and which shop performed the work. If you think about a CARFAX Vehicle History Report, we only receive information necessary to add a service record to that vehicle.

 

Since that time, we've continued to build out our program - adding more value and benefits for the 37,000+ participating service locations every day.

 

If you haven't taken a look at our mobile app, myCARFAX, take a look! You might find that this would be a great program that you can promote to your customer for FREE, where we promote your shop as the place for their next service appointment.

 

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to private message or reply.

 

Thanks,

Thomas

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I use all data manage on 3 computers with quickbooks on a server and all of the alldatas talk to the quickbooks on the server making the book keepers life more easy. My server is also set up to automatically back up the quickbooks to a cloud just incase.

 

I have never been a computer guy but IT dude said to buy it and life will be easier and it has been so far. But HOLY CRAP I knew it was over kill but some kind of 12 terabyte 6 hard drive 126 gigs of ram monster was expensive but I always try to buy things that will not need to be replaced in the next 10 years. Also try to get windows 7 lots of stuff doesn't agree with 10 yet.

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I have used Alldata Manage since I opened 11 years ago today. I tried the QB integration and quickly disabled it. I timed 5 of the first 6 invoices I posted with it and in order to post the invoice without QB integration Manage is done in about 2 seconds. With QB integration it took over 1 minute plus I had to have new accounts set up in QB that my CPA didn't like. I won't use QB integration again.

 

Also, did you know the people who wrote the Manage program are "no longer with the company?" That's what I've been told several times. The desktop version hasn't been updated or "maintained" for over 2 years except a recent beta patch to update YMME. Alldata doesn't care about its customers enough to maintain what we've been paying for. All their efforts and attention have been directed towards their cloud program. And remember, despite what those never-read-always-agreed-to EULAs and You-Have-NO-PRIVACY Privacy Policies say, courts have decided that they who own the servers own the data. It's not your data, you only have a license to access it. Once it's on their servers, AllData OWNS "your" data and use it for whatever purposes they want. And that's another concern, once you decide you don't like or want to pay AllData for their program anymore, good luck accessing "your" data. At least with the desktop program , without a current license or HASP subscription key you can at least still access your data. You just have VERY limited options to add or edit.

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