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

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

(Cloudy) Reflections on a conference

I had a busy couple of days last week – on Wednesday I chaired one of the morning sessions at the 3rd Cloud Computing World Forum at Olympia and on Thursday I led one of the breakout sessions at the Accountancy Age Best Practice conference. Both were enjoyable and interesting experiences. The Cloud Computing World … Continued

Wolters Kluwer and Twinfield – Cloud comes of age

So Wolters Kluwer has acquired Twinfield, the Netherlands based online accounting provider. Wolters Kluwer who have CCH, the current owners of what was Viztopia, in their stable have made the first foray into the Cloud acquisition arena – others will surely follow. Twinfield, whilst a major player in the Netherlands, was always a bit of … Continued

Accountants…get joined up!

I have just been working on a particular client project that has involved, amongst other things, the preparation of a number of sets of accounts. I have been using the report writer functionality in my online accounting system and this has enabled me to seamlessly prepare the accounts using the same bookkeeping data without having … Continued

Apple gets onto the Cloud

The announcement by Apple of its soon to be launched iCloud service is significant on many levels. Cutting through the hype that usually surrounds any new launch by Apple (they have written the manual on effective marketing and PR!) there is a serious statement of intent as to the way they are directing their resources … Continued