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 Dan Wernkoff, IntuitiIntuit plans to unify the code bases for its consumer and professional tax preparation applicatons into one common base. The general outlines of the plans were given recently at Intuit's Investor Day by EVP Dan Wernikoff, who leads the software company's consumer tax operations.

"What we are in the throes of doing his a single tax platform than can span the needs from consumers to large pros," Wernkikoff said.

The company would move from products with different different code bases. That would unify Lacerte, ProSeries and TurboTax. Intuit's online ProConnect software is built on the Lacerte code.

However, the difference might not be apparent to users as Intuit will maintain different interfaces. Where endusers should see a difference is in the ability of Intuit to bring new features to market much more quickly, Wernikoff said.

Wernikoff explained the advantages of the new approach. "It breaks up the architecture into more module components that are easier to maintain," he said. So there will be a single data layer and a single logic layer, representing the American and Canadian tax codes.

"We can innovate faster," he said. Where it might have taken months to bring changes to markets, Intuit will be able to accomplish the same tasks "in a couple of weeks". The new architecture should also enable Intuit to provide personal experiences in the software.

Bob Scott
Bob Scott has provided information to the tax and accounting community since 1991, first as technology editor of Accounting Today, and from 1997 through 2009 as editor of its sister publication, Accounting Technology. He is known throughout the industry for his depth of knowledge and for his high journalistic standards.  Scott has made frequent appearances as a speaker, moderator and panelist and events serving tax and accounting professionals. He  has a strong background in computer journalism as an editor with two former trade publications, Computer+Software News and MIS Week and spent several years with weekly and daily newspapers in Morris County New Jersey prior to that.  A graduate of Indiana University with a degree in journalism, Bob is a native of Madison, Ind
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