Business

Vendors rant at ICAEW. Now get over yourselves

September 27, 2010 Cloud Computing/SaaS
Thumbnail image for Vendors rant at ICAEW. Now get over yourselves

Here’s one for the books: Richard Messik was clearly annoyed at the content from last week’s ICAEW cloud computing conference: My heart sank when I saw the agenda. @richard: that agenda has been in the pubic domain for months. If it wasn’t to your taste then why not say something at the time or if [...]

Read the full article →

ICAEW Cloud Computing for Accountants: dead book keepers

September 26, 2010 Innovation
Thumbnail image for ICAEW Cloud Computing for Accountants: dead book keepers

Apologies for those who are done to death by my ICAEW videos. I felt it was appropriate for readers to see and hear from users who talk candidly about their experiences, the issues they come across and the benefits they are getting. Chunking them into small pieces gives everyone an opportunity to decide what they [...]

Read the full article →

ICAEW Cloud Computing for Accountants, report 4: Horses for courses and customization

September 26, 2010 Cloud Computing/SaaS
Thumbnail image for ICAEW Cloud Computing for Accountants, report 4: Horses for courses and customization

In this 3 min 10 sec video segment, the user panel talks about what they might have done differently and why selecting the right solution matters depending on size and requirements. Rex Harrison starts the discussion by talking about wishing he’d spent more time planning but then that’s a common issue in almost all implementations. [...]

Read the full article →

ICAEW Cloud Computing for Accountants, report 3 – SaaS training and benefits

September 26, 2010 Cloud Computing/SaaS
Thumbnail image for ICAEW Cloud Computing for Accountants, report 3 – SaaS training and benefits

Once again we have the user panel talks candidly about issues that require consideration when selecting SaaS solutions in this 3 min 1 sec segment. John O’Nolan talks about the embedded video help provided by FreeAgent. Rex Harrison and Gary White take a different position. They both said that switching from (say) Sage to the [...]

Read the full article →

SaaS security: McAfee's response

September 23, 2010 Cloud Computing/SaaS
Thumbnail image for SaaS security: McAfee's response

One question that gets raised time and again: Is SaaS secure? The answer depends on with whom you speak. My take is that any vendor that cannot answer a set of well defined questions is probably not going to meet the minimum requirements for me to recommend a service. Earlier today I attended a Salesforce.com [...]

Read the full article →

SaaS benefits part 436

September 22, 2010 Innovation
Thumbnail image for SaaS benefits part 436

The other day Phil Wainewright declared: I’ve set myself a new task of going out and evangelizing to business people why they should adopt cloud computing and services. It’s not simply about cloud computing being faster, cheaper, better than conventional platforms. More than all of that, cloud computing, when it’s done right, frees businesses to [...]

Read the full article →

FinancialForce gets jiggy with iPad

September 21, 2010 Cloud Computing/SaaS
Thumbnail image for FinancialForce gets jiggy with iPad

I’ve been hearing that development for the iPad is relatively easy. Here’s proof. FinancialForce.com today announced a win with Life Champions. From the blurbs: Life Champions is a specialist membership management organisation working on behalf of local and international charities and not-for-profit membership organisations to offer incentives to existing members and to encourage new ones. [...]

Read the full article →

KashFlow's Orbit: a work in progress

September 16, 2010 Cloud Computing/SaaS
Thumbnail image for KashFlow's Orbit: a work in progress

When I first started this weblog, one of the things I wanted to see was a portal that integrated client information at multiple levels along with collaborative working, the ability to fuse tax information and final accounts preparation plus a document repository into a single repository. Earlier today (US time – I’m in the Bay [...]

Read the full article →

The curious amici curiae brief on behalf of PwC

September 11, 2010 Tax and Ethics
Thumbnail image for The curious amici curiae brief on behalf of PwC

I’m not a lawyer though I’ve done my share of arguing in front of HM Revenue and Customs General Commissioners and briefing counsel on litigious matters. It can be tough yet rewarding work. Over the weekend Francine McKenna sent me the amicus brief submitted on behalf of AICPA and NYSSCPA in the case of Teachers’ [...]

Read the full article →

Sage evasive about SaaS offering

September 8, 2010 Cloud Computing/SaaS
Thumbnail image for Sage evasive about SaaS offering

The other day, the Twitterverse started humming about Sage allegedly touting a SaaS accounting solution priced at £9.99/month to sit alongside SagePay. It had to be Duane Jackson, CEO KashFlow and self appointed Sage baiter. Sage’s move sort of makes sense given the potential value in payment processing solutions for small business. I’d not heard [...]

Read the full article →