Cloud – then and now

When I was writing about the cloud three years ago it was a concept that, whilst a no brainer to the enlightened minority, to many it was the stuff of fantasists with no place in the staid world of the Accountant. Trying to promote the concept at the many conferences I attended was akin to pushing … Continued

Cloud Connectivity

There are many well known advantages to working in the Cloud – not least, the flexibility of anytime, anywhere working. One of the least discussed aspects, however, is the ability to connect to and import from – or export to – other software applications, whether cloud based or desktop based. This enables automatic transfer of … Continued

UK Tax – Double standards?

The recent announcement of the death of Prince Rupert Ludwig Ferdinand zu Loewenstein -Wertheim-Freudenverg would normally be of passing interest. However, apart from a fabulous name and title, Prince Rupert’s main claim to fame was that he was the brains behind the Rolling Stone’s tax strategies which resulted in them not only leaving the UK … Continued

Look – no wires

I recall a visit some years ago to the Royal Festival Hall for a concert. As we passed the sound desk with cables snaking out in all directions looking like a reject from an early Dr Who set, my wife commented that it reminded her of our living room – at which point the sound … Continued

Forecast Cloudy for 2014

It has been some time since I updated my blog – due in no small part to pressures of work and other life incidents getting in the way. But I am glad to say that my muse has found me again and encouraged me to return to my keyboard. During this enforced “sabbatical” from writing … Continued

The only way is down

My good friend and Cloud Advocates colleague, David Terrar (@DT) has just abandoned his Blackberry after many years and picked up his new Iphone 4S. My first comment to him was “about time” but then I started thinking about the meteoric rise of RIM and the Blackberry and their equally steep decline. RIM were ground breakers … Continued

Technology – ignore it at your peril

At an international conference of  accountants recently I was told the following story: “A partner in a top twenty firm of accountants had a meeting with a prospective new client. After the usual pleasantries had been exchanged, the partner opened his notepad – removed the top of his fountain pen and sat poised ready to … Continued

The Cloud is here – whether you like it or not

For those who are regular followers of my blogs, my passion for all things cloud will be well known. I have been writing for some time about how the Cloud is the way to interact with your clients and that accountants need to get on board or loose out. I had the opportunity the other … Continued