The IT Manager who will definitely be replaced by a Robot

Files upI asked a client's IT manager what he thought about moving to a cloud based accounting system for one of the companies in the group, and had the following reply:

"With regards to your second question, which brings into scope any cloud-based software utilised by us, let me first enumerate the risks of using cloud-based software against in-house software.

1. Loss of data: Cloud-based companies go bankrupt just as normal software companies do, and the difference is that you can lose access to an application that you rely on overnight. There have also been several examples where data has been lost from cloud-based systems.

Colchester Accountants

Wizard AccountantYou may have read that we are cloud accounting specialists and experts in QuickBooks Online, Xero, SageOne and Kashflow so in theory we can act for any clients anywhere. Despite only being a small firm of accountants based on a rural business park on the outskirts of Colchester we have clients in Wales, Scotland, northern England and on the south coast. These relationships have mainly been because those clients started locally but when they moved away still retained us to act for them.

QuickBooks Connect London 2017

 On 6th and 7th March I will be attending The QuickBooks Connect Conference in London where I am on stage both days for one of the panel discussions. There is a fantastic lineup of speakers including some famous names such as James Caan, Mary Portas and Lord Sugar. The first day is for accountants only but the second day is for business owners and you should consider coming along.

A full on day commencing with the keynote speakers and then 3 potential workshops on a wide variety of subjects.

The Agenda for the business owners’ day on 7th March is as follows:

8.30-9.30am    Registration, Breakfast and Networking

Is Your Head in the Cloud? It Should Be!

Let’s be honest; you probably didn’t go into business because of your passion for accounting, (unless you are wood and disney, of course!)

Financial administration and management is one aspect of business that we all want to be as straightforward and simple as possible.

If we were asked to come up with a wish list for an ideal accounting software solution, it might look a bit like this:

  • Intuitive and easy to use

  • Accessible from anywhere with an internet connection and always available

When is “traditional” a bad thing?

 There are far too many choices in our lives…

Too many brands of soft drinks to choose from.

Too many types of washing powder.

Too many types of mobile phone.

As a result we resort to tradition, which means we revert to doing what we have always done because it is easier and more importantly it feels safer. But should we really be buying products or services on the basis of “better the devil you know”?