The attached audio file represents most of what was discussed last week at ICAEW between both Xero practitioners and business users. Rather than try chop it up I felt that offering the full, unexpurgated version would give the best flavour of our discussion. Warning – it runs an hour so think about bagging this over lunch or on the commute.
Around the table we have:
Mike Case – Red Top
Sean Price – iBox Security
Kim Ashurst – Feist Hedgethorne
David Chiverton – Lux Monkey
Peter Czapp – The Wow Company
Chris Reid – Chris Reid Ltd
Each brings a unique perspective of what SaaS accounting is delivering to their respective businesses and practices but throughout you’ll hear the same broad message: ‘saas has changed our world’ in almost drumbeat fashion. I’ve never met any of these folk before other than having had a phone conversation with Peter Czapp and seeing Kim briefly at a previous ICAEW event. Their perspectives are as fresh to me as they will be to those wishing to hear what’s said.
The business users say that saas has allowed them to understand what’s going on in their business in ways that simply were not possible in the past. From the practitioner side (and to address some of Adrian Pearson’s arguments) we hear that practitioners are standardising on Xero.
Standardisation has always been something of a practitioner’s Holy Grail since it makes administration much simpler than hefting many packages. I am not sure this model will persist into the future but it is one that clearly works today.
I’ll publish the video files in separate pieces in the coming days.