Cloud Computing/SaaS

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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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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Xero’s future strategy: it’s all about the data

October 2, 2012 Cloud Computing/SaaS

Apologies for yet another Xero related piece (and apologies in advance as there will be another one soon) but then Xerocon was packed with so much great content. At the end of the day I managed to get a few minutes with a tired but still energetic Rod Drury, the company’s CEO. We’ve spoken a [...]

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Xerocon London: a great success and a glimpse of the future

September 27, 2012 Cloud Computing/SaaS

I tipped up at Xerocon London (live blog) not knowing what to expect. I knew that I would be in the ‘coconut shy’ with Rod Drury CEO Xero and Richard Anning who leads the ICAEW IT Faculty. I also knew I would have a panel of Xero customers. Beyond that I was flying blind. There were [...]

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IRIS OpenSpace: close but no cigar

September 13, 2012 Cloud Computing/SaaS

The other day, IRIS launched OpenSpace, a cloud based file repository aimed at the professional accounting market. AccountingWeb draws a direct comparison with DropBox: IRIS OpenSpace will take on rival products on two fronts. The need for a more secure way to share files than email and the move to paperless practice processes has encouraged [...]

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Xero snags CCH veteran for national sales

September 12, 2012 Cloud Computing/SaaS

If you read that headline and wondered if Howlett was having an unusually slow news day or that I am throwing (yet another) sop to a sponsor then you’d be wrong. On both counts. Most PR people with whom I have regular contact know that I don’t read press releases. I still don’t know why [...]

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ClearBooks hikes prices 90 percent for new users

September 3, 2012 Cloud Computing/SaaS

ClearBooks is finding out the hard way that price competition alone in the cloud accounting space is not the way to go. Once a very cheap offering, ClearBooks is now bringing its prices in line with what it perceives as its competition. Details here. Existing customers are not subject to the price hike. Here is the [...]

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Sage retires Billing Boss but no get of jail free card

August 24, 2012 Cloud Computing/SaaS

Sage US is retiring Billing Boss in favour of promoting SageOne. The announcement, made by email today says: We would like to thank you for your support of Sage Billing Boss, our free online invoicing solution. Due to the need to focus on newer online technologies, Sage has decided to retire Sage Billing Boss effective December [...]

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Sage can survive and thrive if…

July 17, 2012 Cloud Computing/SaaS

There’s an interesting Twitter exchange going on right now as Sage gets its analyst day underway in Newcastle. The gist of it goes like this: Sage is now being outgunned by the SaaS/cloud players (which I have said the last two plus years) and has little wiggle room to grow in the face of reported [...]

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