The Practitioner's IT Survival Guide

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Followers of the Practitioner's Diary will have shared his anguish over the last few weeks as he tried, with varying degrees of success, to introduce new IT systems.

We asked our West Country practitioner to share some tips on how to survive IT in a busy accountancy practice, without losing either your clients or your sanity!

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1. Always remember that if anything can go wrong, it will - probably several times too.

2. However many days you are quoted for the job, expect it to take that many weeks before it's right!

3. Grow your own in-house IT expert. Buying in outside help is expensive, and frustrating when you need a quick fix. Appoint an IT manager - they will generate fees from added-value client services too, so this needn't just be an overhead. Then get them trained up on Novell, Windo...

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By admin
09th Sep 2001 19:08

An IT Placement Student Can Help Firms Plan & Implement Systems
If your firm is in or around London, a City University IT student could provide technical help and an extra pair of hands. We have students looking for IT work alongside their studies.
If you'd like to know more, or offer a placement, please email me [email protected]
Ginny Williams, MBCS, FCCA.
Professional Liaison Director
School of Informatics
City University.

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07th Jun 2001 11:08

Independent Consultancy
I read with interest the comments regarding appointing independent consultants. This was the very reason Nexus Technology Consultants Ltd was formed. The directors have all worked in practice as IT manager or Network administrator. We have experience with the full range of IT problems within a practice – plus their solutions. If you need further information please visit our website ).

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By neileg
09th Apr 2001 16:44

A couple more...
11. Don't under budget. If you can't afford to do the job properly, don't do it at all. An unreliable, or underperforming system will soak up hundreds of otherwise billable hours.

12. Notwithstanding point 3, if you can find a truly good, independant consultant, grab him/her. An objective view of your IT proposals/problems can be worth its weight in Pentium chips. Get someone from your firm to work with them. This person will become your in house expert (who will then hold you to ransom!)

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