Well back on the train after a day and half at Accountex.
For me there not much of a buzz this year and it seemed quite low key compared to 2015, there was very little in the way of anything new or anybody shouting much about there products.
The stars of show the seemed to be Quickbooks as there stand was very busy both days, there offering was also very good they spent a lot of time with you to help to get going using their software which I must say is very good and priced right for those who build it into an all inclusive fixed fee service. They had marketing people to help you, they had a look at my website and gave me a few pointers on what I could improve which was useful and of value to those there. There is also a marketing pot of up to £900 available to you to get users signed onto QBO which again is useful to small traders looking to grow this combined with TV adverts will certainly make people consider using QBO. Its certainly of more use the 4 drinks coasters I got off Xero.
I also happened passed the Capium stand and I have been interested in its development for some time. They seem to have a lot of features recently and it looks a great bit of kit for the money. I just wonder how far they will get before one of the big boys buys it for the platform. If John is still operating a book on the practice cloud race I might sneak a few quid on them.
I also thought that Practice Ignition and Panelatix looked useful, and something I will get demos of.
I must say I think the xero stand could work better as the add ons are restricted to a podium and 2/3 staff and it makes it very hard to get in to see them unless you stand around and wait for ages. I wanted to see the Crunchboards people but gave up in the end as they were for ever busy.
In general there also seemed to yet more new cloud bookkeeping software here and I wonder when it will end really as I had expected to see some consolidation in the market.
The guys from Exact were quite high profile again the software looks good but significantly better than what else that is available.
I managed to get into 6 or so seminars, some were useful some not so.
Quickbooks, Capium and Practice Ignition
Plus obviously the meet up wth other Awebbers & Sift guys.
I also managed to get out without been zapped by the "myfirmsapp" which is a huge bonus.