Reflections on Beijing – part 1

The first thing that struck me on arriving in Beijing was the sheer modernity of everything. Not what one thinks of when it comes to China. The airport is hi-tec and enormous as is the infrastructure that surrounds it. This is enhanced on the drive into Beijing itself. The number of new skyscrapers is breathtaking … 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

Accountants Club’s – a good thing!

All publicity is good publicity the old adage goes – however I was a little surprised by the response of some commentators – namely Adrian Pearson and Denis Howlett – to the recent announcement by E-conomic of the launch of their accountants’ club. I must at this point declare my interest in that in my … Continued

Social Media for accountants – my take

At the recent Cloud Advocates seminar – Cloud Accounting for the 21st Century – debunking the myths one of the speakers was Mark Lee known to many in the social media sphere as an enthusiastic user of Twitter and consummate blogger. He gave an entertaining and perhaps slightly controversial presenatation on Social Media for Accountants and posed … Continued

The Cloud – Debunking the myths

David Terrar and I share a passionate belief in the Cloud and all it represents, together with a frustration as to how it is explained to a broadly sceptical professional world. As a result we joined together to form Cloud Advocates – our mission to explain the Cloud in straightforward, jargon free terminology and show how it … Continued

The Cloud …if only

I was struck by a quote from Richard Branson talking about the recent fire that destroyed his house on his Caribbean Island. Talking about the loss of records that went up in the inferno he says:“……Running a business, we have a meticulous computer backup system so I’d assumed all that was completely safe. But it … Continued

Adopting the Cloud – has the chasm been crossed?

In May last year, I wrote a blog entitled “Crossing the Chasm – does it require A Bridge Too Far” when I referred to an article in Wikipedia on Crossing the Chasm: Marketing and Selling High-Tech Products to Mainstream Customers a marketing book by Geoffrey A. Moore that focuses on the specifics of marketing high … Continued

Technology conspires against us

As many of you will know, I am a self-confessed and unashamed techno geek. If something can be done using the latest gadget, that’s for me, irrespective of other – possibly quicker – ways of dealing with it. It would be safe to assume therefore that the great god of technology would see me as … Continued

The Cloud – a ray of sunshine for business

It is often said that the Cloud is the biggest innovation in computer technology since the introduction of the internet and maybe, even, the PC as the standard for computer usage. It has fundamentally changed the way we interact with others and how business operates – yet it is still has a long way to … Continued

Cloud security – perception vs reality

One of the first questions that invariably get raised when I speak about the Cloud is…”is it secure?”. I attempt to counter this by discussing the potential insecurity of most office networks and explaining that in most cases the Cloud is considerably more secure as the various applications are being hosted in dedicated data securities … Continued