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Access via Internet

Both QuickBooks and DentaLab for QuickBooks (DQB) offer a number of worthwhile ways to use the Internet:

  • QuickBooks invoices, statements and reports can be emailed to customers.
  • Credit/debit card and other payment solutions can post directly into your QuickBooks customer accounts.
  • DQB email notifications provide reports to the dental offices on cases received and shipped.
  • Through the DentalRx supplement, online prescriptions, preferences, pickup requests and other memos from the dental office communicate directly with your DQB database. This can be linked directly from your website.
  • Images and electronic documents sent by dental offices can easily become part of each case's record for quick lookups, communications in DQB.
  • Remote access from an authorized computer can use your lab system for entry, viewing, analysis, and support of both QuickBooks and DQB.
  • Tablet apps for mobile devices such as Apple’s IPad, Google’s Android and Microsoft’s Windows 8 to track case assignments and progress, timings, workloads and schedules.

To those labs needing remote access on a regular basis, we highly recommend Remote Desktop Services (RDS), which is a technology offered by Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 and above. Some of the benefits of RDS are:

  1. Multiple users can access applications, databases and virtual desktops tied to a central server. The users can be local or at a remote location.
  2. Administration and security measures are simplified because software needs to be installed only on the server rather than on each client station.
  3. Application programs can be accessed remotely via a web page, an icon or an access point in the Start Menu of the remote station.
  4. This technology can provide significant long-range savings in time and money that easily recoup the licensing and installation cost.

If you would like to move DentaLab for QuickBooks to the cloud

We have found that most of the labs that use DentaLab for QuickBooks (DQB) prefer to keep both their hardware and software in-house. For the labs that have expressed an interest in moving DQB to the cloud, we have tested and found its performance successful using the leading cloud provider Amazon Web Services.

Amazon has been continually ahead of the pack in providing a wealth of choices, solid performance and affordability. Its data centers have the highest level of security, co-locations, reliability and speed. The good news to this approach is:

  • You can continue to have the wealth of features available in DQB that have been developed over the years.
  • You do not have to perform data conversions or go through a transition.
  • You and your staff do not need to learn and setup a new system
  • The cloud provider will not have access to the program source code and therefore will not be able to easily view your confidential information.
  • If ever you wish to return to an in-house system, this can easily be accomplished.
  • Amazon Web Services offers a variety of programs for service and payment so you can choose whether to limit to a short period, to have elastic resources, to add extras if you wish.
  • Built into the Amazon services are two automatic backups daily.
  • You will have your own private space within the cloud and will not have to share a database with other labs.
  • You can still have custom features not typically available in web-based systems.
  • You may be able to keep your current in-house equipment for a longer period.

If you are interested in pursuing this possibility, we have available a white paper giving more of the details and can offer assistance in the transition to the cloud.

We are pleased that technology and security have progressed to this point where we can now offer you a choice between on-premise or in-the-cloud.

For QuickBooks Pro Plus:

From your mobile device, you can update QuickBooks customer information, create/email invoices, estimates, sales receipts.

If you would like to discuss the possibilities for your organization, please send your request from the Contact section of this website or give us a call at 1-800-257-4535 or 215-256-4535 (USA).

"I have been on the hunt for a new laboratory software program probably for the past 2 years. Now that my partner has retired I can now make it happen. We have used a custom program written just for our lab since 1979. Yes, it was state of the art then, but now it feels quite inadequate to me. We started using QuickBooks in 2005 and I really like it?s simple, easy to learn accounting methods, it works.

When I found an article about DentaLab for QuickBooks I quickly contacted Elaine at Mainstreet and drove to their office with my laptop in hand, our current programs inefficiencies written down, and 3 pages of my wishes, oh, and my wife as well who has no dental lab understanding.

Needless to say I was sold and my wife as well since it made clear sense and that she was even able to follow some of the steps involved in entering the work. Nathan was able to customize our work ticket right away to help me sell it to my office staff, this proving to be more of a challenge then I ever would have expected. Even though our old system had many inefficiencies, they still knew it well and were too comfortable with its use.

I purchased DentaLab for QuickBooks, had Nathan spend 2 days in lab, and had all of them sold, even my ex-partner. Nathan is a tremendous help on the telephone and very calming to the nervousness of my staff. We are using the program now and are able to easily navigate thru it and make adjustments as needed.

Thank you Elaine for designing such a great user friendly program and to Nathan for your help in person and on the phone."

Scott Klaire
Metalcraft Dental Lab, New York, USA

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