Andrew Liddle, a partner at Cumbrian firm Saint Accountants, will be celebrating this Christmas after winning the prize draw for an iPad mini in cloud accounting software specialist Xero’s recent survey.
During the past two months, 657 AccountingWEB members completed the survey, which delved into accountants' attitudes toward cloud accounting and social media.
More than four out of five respondents (83%) were already using online accounting applications and 72% used social media.
Xero's UK managing director Gary Turner was also gratified to find that most accountants think the cloud is here to stay, with just 1% of respondents saying it's "just another passing technology fad".
"If we had run this survey two to three years ago, I don't think the figures would be so pronounced. This aligns with our experience in the market; the momentum is beginning to pick up," Turner said.
"There appears to be an acceptance that this is a significant change in the way we're using technology in practice."
Liddle's interest was piqued when he saw the survey, as his 14 partner firm is in the middle of considering its cloud accounting options to meet clients' changing needs.
Liddle, who was randomly picked from the list of respondents, was thrilled with his prize.