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I’ve agreed with John Stokdyk, as founder of this group, that it should be re-named “Cloud Computing for Accountants”. This reflects the fact that the majority of topics discussed have far broader relevance than just accounting, and are relevant to all sizes and types of organisation - in industry, commerce, not-for-profit and government.

For “cloud accounting”, do start new threads that are specific to this topic, or add comments from that perspective. Indeed I’d encourage everyone to start a new thread if there is a question or observation that would be valuable.

I see this group as an opportunity to learn from the collective knowledge of the readership. I’ve certainly picked up some useful points in recent discussions.

Do be contentious if you wish. I will be on occasions. But a gentle reminder to mind professional etiquette, in particular for vendors (and their representatives) to let users have their say. As John said at the outset this group is “a place to explore the possibilities and pitfalls in a relaxed and supportive forum”.

So let’s kick off the new era with something contentious. As I said in my own blog yesterday, I’m very impressed with Intellect’s "The Business Case for Software as a Service". It's well balanced, also taking the BBBR stance (Big Benefits Big Risks). However I disagree with some of it, and would add a few key points.

In particular, why does the conclusion say "We recognise that SaaS isn't for everyone and for all circumstances..."? With all the benefits of cloud computing, surely the cloud industry should be aiming to be for everyone, in most circumstances?

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david_terrar's picture

The group rename, and SaaS/Cloud

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Hi Chris,

I like the rename and repositioning. That makes good sense (and as you rightly say we strayed well beyond cloud accounting in any case).

You remind "vendors (and their representatives) to let users have their say".  I can't see any evidence of vendors or their champions trying to stop users have their say in any of the threads so far.  What behaviour is it that you are trying to stop? 

As chairman of the Intellect SaaS group I was the main editor of "The Business Case for Software as a Service".  The document had over 20 contributors from small SaaS startups to Microsoft. The professional author we employed to bring all of the arguments in to sensible, jargon free English and one voice did a great job (you should have seen it before he started!).  It covers Software aaS, but not Infrastructure aaS or Platform aaS.  Because of the limitations of standard SaaS (packaged) applications, it quite rightly concludes that SaaS might not be for everybody (although I would contend standard SaaS applications can, potentially, cover an awful lot of ground and work for most businesses). 

If we did a similar document to cover the Cloud business case as a whole I believe we could have concluded that there aren't any applications or business processes that could not be handled by Cloud technology, although you could argue there might be performance issues with graphic intensive application like CAD.  I asked this very question during a panel at CCWF last week, and the consensus seemed to be that for most applications, Cloud was perfectly viable, but there was a recognition that some organizations (like Banks) might still have issues over data security.  Having said that, one of the Intellect members and contributors to the report is called Ffastfill and they sell a SaaS bank trading solution. It is currently being used by 49 of the top 50 banks in the world.

David Terrar

www.d2c.org.uk and Intellect SaaS Group

 

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