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

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

The Cloud has moved on……catch up!

When I first started writing and commenting on the cloud, the main focus was that here was a groundbreaking technology that, apart from other things, would add value to Accountants and the services they would be able to offer their clients. Those who were early adopters would, figuratively, sieze the high ground and gain the business advantage that would naturally ensue. I gave … Continued

Innovation – has it reached a plateau?

An article in last weeks Sunday Times, commenting on the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas (definitely on my Bucket List by the way!) raised the question – has true innovation dried up? It raised the point that the game changers from Apple – the ipod, iphone and ipad – are actually quite old in … Continued

Email is dead…long live?

A recent article in the news caught my eye – a major UK company was seriously considering banning email as an internal form of communication. The company concerned was aware that the vast majority of internal (and probably external) emails were pointless and if the time taken to open and read were taken into account, … Continued

The Cloud is truly international

I have been spending the last couple of days in Copenhagen on one of my regular visits to E-conomic’s HQ to get up to date with the latest developments and future plans. Some exciting things on the horizon so watch this space. I always get a buzz when I visit the offices here – the … Continued

Was 2011 the Year of the Cloud?

Towards the end of last year I stated that 2011 would be the Year of the Cloud and as we hurtle headlong into 2012 (I am convinced the Government have cancelled a few months as part of their cost cutting exercise!), I thought it worthwhile to look back and see if I have changed my … Continued

Reflections on a Conference

I have just returned from exhibiting with E-conomic at the 2020 annual conference in Birmingham where we spent the day on the E-conomic stand. I can’t believe that its a year since I commented on the last conference – time certainly flies when you are enjoying yourself! Comparing the two conferences there were some marked differences … Continued