The Cloud – a silver lining?

When I first became involved with Cloud Computing about 9 years ago (I didn’t realise it was called Cloud Computing then let alone SaaS!), Easycounting was one of the only internet accounting models arround. The major issue then was convincing practitioners that the concept was valid and how it would increase efficiencies and improve client … Continued

Cloud Computing – becoming mainstream?

A four page spread on Cloud Computing in last week’s Sunday Times magazine was an interesting event. The fact that a major piece of coverage was given to the concept was interesting in itself, but has Cloud Computing become sufficiently mainstream that a major newspaper is writing about it? Or is this the start of … Continued

ITV – not keeping up with the times

The news that ITV has sufferred from a loss in advertising revenues is not really surpriisng. Obviously, the current recession will have been a major factor but so would the change in in peoples viewing habits. With an increase in the use of systems such as Sky +, viewers can now choose what to watch … Continued

Technology – then and now.

Looking back at over 30+years in the profession, it is fascinating to see how the technology has evolved over that time. I remember when I was under articles (as it was quaintly called) that we weren’t allowed to use the one armed bandit type adding machines until we had passed our intermediate exams (no one … Continued

The “Why” of SaaS

I received a comment to a post that I had made on another site regarding the factors that would persuade someone to adopt SaaS as opposed to a standard onpremise solution. The comment came from Charles Verrier and his comments so succinctly explain the “Why” of SaaS that they could almost be the definitive justification … Continued

Saas – the problem with new concepts.

Nothing changes – the reason why we don’t like to try anything new! [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQHX-SjgQvQ&feature=player_embedded] Tweet

SaaS – The green shoots of acceptance?

Three apparently disparate items caught my attention this week which makes me wonder whether, at long last  the inevitable acceptance of Online Accounting may just have started. The first was Dennis Howlett’s interview with Andre K of Twinfield. It was an enlightening review of Twinfield’s experience in rolling out the product in the Netherlands. What … Continued

The Democratic requirement for a General Election

Gordon Brown’s pathetic attempts to cling onto office flies in the face of everything our democracy should stand for. Apart from the fact that the electorate never had the opportunity to vote for him as Prime Minister in the first place  – and yes I know that this is not a requirement of our constitution, … Continued

MP’s expenses – enough already

The arguments and publicity regarding MP’s expenses are in danger of becoming hysterical – with the result that  we might end up throwing out the baby with the bathwater. The excesses needed to be brought into the open and, more importantly, brought to an end. But  in most cases, the MP’s were  claiming within the … Continued

DNA Databases – fuss about nothing?

I am at a loss to understand the latest controversy about the length of time DNA samples are kept on Police databases. As I understand it, the current position is that if someone is arrested, for any reason, a sample of their DNA is taken and kept on the database, irrespective of whether or not … Continued