IT Healthcheck - Last time for Excel system. By Simon Hurst

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Last time we visited Chris Cooksey, of small accountancy practice Cooksey Perry, we left him dangling from the time and fees cliff edge. Should he persevere with the flexible but time consuming home-grown Excel system, or plunge headlong into a time and fees package?

During our initial consultation, we had suggested one benefit of a time and fees package was that it would provide the basis of an integrated practice management system. Chris uses IRIS for accounts production and tax, and therefore initially looked at that supplier's practice management system.

As we saw in our first follow up article, Chris was not convinced that the effort of implementing the system would result in enough benefits to make it worthwhile. However, instead of abandoning the idea altogether, he decided to approac...

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