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IRIS and Tolleys cosy up

From an emailed press release sent via IRIS PR: Tolley and IRIS have teamed to provide premium tax content in version 2 of IRISOpenPortal, launched at IRIS World, London on October 2nd. Tolley is providing a selection of its popular tax data as well as practical guidance for tax and accounting practitioners, at no additional cost to IRIS, PTP and Drummohr customers within the IRIS OpenPortal. [...]

Industry

Budgeting, planning and forecasting: are we well served?

For as long as I can remember, budgeting, planning and forecasting have been something of a Cinderella activity. While often recognised as essential activities, it is surprising how little there is of use in the cloud space. Sure – there are plenty of potential candidates but are they up to snuff? This was a question [...]

Cloud Computing/SaaS

CCH & Twinfield now joined at the hip

Some 16 months after acquiring Twinfield, CCH has announced a comprehensive integration between its accounts production and the Netherlands based accounting solution. From the PR blurbs: Efficiency – with direct integration between bookkeeping and accounts production systems, accountants can automatically synchronise hundreds of new entries in seconds, automating a raft of processes. Direct iXBRL filing to [...]

Startup Beers

October 10, 2012 Progressive practices

I am definitely in the wrong business. Check out this Eventbrite invitation. Sadly it is only any good if you happen to be within staggering distance of the Sydney area. Even so, I do love the inventive spirit of Interactive Accounting. I guess it must be an Aussie thing.      

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CCH & Twinfield now joined at the hip

October 10, 2012 Cloud Computing/SaaS

Some 16 months after acquiring Twinfield, CCH has announced a comprehensive integration between its accounts production and the Netherlands based accounting solution. From the PR blurbs: Efficiency – with direct integration between bookkeeping and accounts production systems, accountants can automatically synchronise hundreds of new entries in seconds, automating a raft of processes. Direct iXBRL filing to [...]

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The UK cloud accounting market 2012-2015

October 8, 2012 Cloud Computing/SaaS

The other week I was asked to give my predictions through 2015. I hate those questions because 98% of predictions are flat out wrong. So before anyone asks, this isn’t one of those definitive prediction posts. It is more a way of expressing how I see the market shaking out and where I think it [...]

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Choosing the right video publishing platform

October 8, 2012 Innovation

I am seeing more practitioners and vendors getting into video. It’s a great medium and will become increasingly important over time both as a communications and marketing vehicle. GoodmanJones has done some great work in recent times. So – you’ve crafted your first epic and are wondering where to place it. If you don’t choose [...]

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Smart casual, sort of smart, very smart

October 8, 2012 Humour

There’s a bit of a theme going on here…apart from the socks. Almost Pythonesque? From left to right: Rod Drury (CEO Xero), yours truly and Richard Anning (Head of IT Faculty, ICAEW) Image from the official Xerocon set on Facebook ht: Melanie Dowie      

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IRIS World cloud sessions packed

October 5, 2012 Cloud Computing/SaaS

I wasn’t able to get to IRIS World this year – too much time away as it is. But I did ask how the conference tour is doing. This from the company’s Tweet machine: @dahowlett Going well. Cloud sessions are most popular & full to the rafters, marked difference to last year. 500 at London, [...]

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IRIS and Tolleys cosy up

October 4, 2012 Practice

From an emailed press release sent via IRIS PR: Tolley and IRIS have teamed to provide premium tax content in version 2 of IRISOpenPortal, launched at IRIS World, London on October 2nd. Tolley is providing a selection of its popular tax data as well as practical guidance for tax and accounting practitioners, at no additional cost to IRIS, PTP and Drummohr customers within the IRIS OpenPortal. [...]

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The surprising state of social at work

October 3, 2012 Progressive practices

While I was on my travels I dropped into Appirio’s offices in San Francisco. If you don’t know them then it doesn’t matter too much unless you’re looking for some funky Salesforce.com integration or custom build. What matters more is that they recently produced a survey into the state of social at work both in [...]

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Bundling by professionals can mean more profit

October 3, 2012 Progressive practices

Last week I was intrigued to learn that Stephen Paul, managing partner Valued Accountancy Services has developed a novel way to increase profits while reducing client bills. Think that’s impossible? Well it’s not when you work it out. He told me that he has reduced the cost to clients while increasing profitability. He said that [...]

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The new breed of professional accountant: ignoring everybody

October 2, 2012 Practice

In my Xerocon summary, I wasn’t able to truly explore what I sensed coming from the practitioner speakers but is an important topic for everyone. Let’s preface this by referring to ICAEW’s 2011 study that said only 3% of practitioners surveyed out of a total of 700 were either going to or already ‘in’ the [...]

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