There is a Web page detailing all of Fishbowl’s integrations with other business solutions. These include desktop and online software, as well as hardware and operating systems that Fishbowl is compatible with. There is also a separate Plugins page that has about two dozen solutions that go beyond simply integrating with Fishbowl and are full-blown plugins to the software.
This begs the question, what is the difference between a Fishbowl plugin and an integration? I can answer that quite simply.
The Difference Between Them
A Fishbowl plugin is an integration that is built into Fishbowl’s software. It doesn’t need to be installed, but simply activated. An integration is a connection to any outside solution that is not part of the Fishbowl interface. Integrations are not built by the makers of those solutions, but by third-party developers using those solutions’ open API.
So every plugin is an integration, but not every integration is a plugin.
Most plugins are purchased separately from the main Fishbowl software and then activated as modules within Fishbowl’s interface. Basically, Fishbowl comes with all sorts of inactive modules known as plugins, which can be accessed at any time by companies wanting to take advantage of even more advanced features. Integrations, on the other hand, are completely separate entities that Fishbowl can transfer information to and receive information from.
All right, have I explained it to death yet? I feel like I’m saying the same thing over and over at this point.
Now let’s list all of Fishbowl’s plugins and integrations, so you’ll be able to see for yourself which ones are embedded in Fishbowl’s interface and which are not. These fall into many categories, including ecommerce platforms, accounting software, merchant services, shipping solutions, CRMs, and more. I have simply organized them into alphabetical order.
- Fishbowl’s Forecast Module
- Fishbowl’s Sales Data Module
- Fishbowl Anywhere
- Fishbowl Commerce
- Fishbowl Go
- Fishbowl Time & Labor
- QuickBooks Online
- Zen Cart
- Fishbowl Hosted Services
- Fishbowl SalesPoint
- Microsoft Surface
- QuickBooks Canada
- QuickBooks Payments
- SPS Commerce
- United States Postal Service
- Wasp Barcode
I’m currently publishing a series of blog posts discussing every single one of these integrations and plugins in great detail. Be sure to click the links above to check out the Integrations and Plugins pages for more information about how these solutions work with Fishbowl.
Robert Lockard is a copywriter with Fishbowl. He writes for several blogs about inventory management, manufacturing, QuickBooks, and small business. Fishbowl is the #1-requested manufacturing and warehouse management software for QuickBooks users. Robert enjoys running, reading, writing, spending time with his wife and children, and watching movies.