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IRIS World 2010: iPhone, OpenBooks and accounts production integration

October 6, 2010 Innovation
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In this 4 min 48 sec video segment I have assembled the essential parts of the iPhone, OpenBooks and accounts production integration demonstration. I think what this shows above everything is that once the base data has been entered, then everything else becomes automated. The client has their view of their data in OpenBooks while [...]

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Vendors rant at ICAEW. Now get over yourselves

September 27, 2010 Cloud Computing/SaaS
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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 [...]

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FinancialForce gets jiggy with iPad

September 21, 2010 Cloud Computing/SaaS
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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. [...]

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Why Sage will continue to lose momentum

September 6, 2010 Cloud Computing/SaaS
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Over the weekend I’ve been reading extracts from Different: Escaping the Competitive Herd. It is one of the very few business books I am definitely buying. ¬†Youngme Moon makes a stack of observations that resonate with me. If you’ve seen my Tweetstream from Sunday afternoon then you’ll know what I mean. Here’s a sampling of [...]

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Crappy UIs?

August 5, 2010 Cloud Computing/SaaS

How often do we hear that one of the key attractions of the new breed of SaaS applications is that the user interface (UI) and user experience (UX) is so much better than traditional applications? It’s an evergreen story I know and one that developers constantly debate. Over at Smoothspan, uber geek and all around [...]

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Google apps integration

July 16, 2010 Cloud Computing/SaaS

I missed this a few weeks ago but it seems FreeAgent has done a Google Apps integration in the sense that you can use Google Apps as a way of single sign-on to FreeAgent. Trivial? Maybe. How many of you sign into a variety of online accounts? I’m betting just about everyone. One of the [...]

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SaaS solutions need to mature. Rapidly

June 25, 2010 Cloud Computing/SaaS

A coincidence arose today that got me thinking about the relative maturity of the various SaaS players. A couple of weeks back I wrote that in one selection case, the professional preferred Twinfield over one of the newer players even though the person acknowledged the Twinfield UI could be better. Function needs to lead form. [...]

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ClearBooks research: even more bizarre

June 11, 2010 Cloud Computing/SaaS

Last month I described research being undertaken by Judge Business School MBA students on behalf of ClearBooks as ‘bizarre.’ A few weeks later, the results are in and now I describe it as even more bizarre. At the time I quoted from the blurbs saying: Their goal is to explore the online accounting market, its [...]

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Kashflow, Xero, Zappos, Zoho : nuances and ethics

June 8, 2010 Tax and Ethics

Earlier today I read an extract from Tony Hsieh, co-founder Zappos upcoming book on why they built something before taking venture funding, what happened when they did take money and what forced them into the arms of Amazon. It’s instructive for the different perspectives you see on why entrepreneurs do what they do and what [...]

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SaaS UK: state of the nation

May 27, 2010 Cloud Computing/SaaS

The last couple of weeks’ traveling combined with interesting discussions the last few days around SaaS and cloud have me thinking about where we’re at. In one conversation, the other party estimates that maybe 20,000 businesses in the UK are using SaaS accounting. I put the figure considerably higher but in the context of the [...]

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