Eating Dog Food and VT Accounts
I have followed the principle of "eating my own dog food" by using my main company's software solution as the primary software application for the administration and management of that business, as well as a number of ventures with which I have been associated for the past 15 years.
For those of you unfamiliar with the term "eating your own dog food" I would suggest that a search on Wikipedia will reveal much by way of explanation.
My own introduction to this term, however, goes back to the early 1990's and is related to the fact that Dave Cutler, of Microsoft fame, insisted that the couple of hundred people involved in the development of the Windows NT operating system work with computers running the daily build of Windows NT.
In making that demand the large number of small development teams that were involved are reported to have removed the problem of system crashes that had dogged the early development phase of NT. This has been explained as a combination of immediate, useful feedback on problems using the application and a degree of pride that each of the smaller development teams displayed in ensuring that their group were not seen to be impeding progress.
One consequence of my approach in this respect has perhaps been a somewhat blinkered focus on integration with a well known small business accounting solution. That has in turn caused me to provide my external accountant with a backup of my Sage accounts, along with lots of supporting documents, and he has subsequently "imported" that data into VT Final Accounts in order to produce my statutory accounts.
I have never queried that or even sought to try and discuss with my accountant how I might make that process simpler on the basis that I had no need to interfere with his activities, but in these austere times I think we all have to seek efficiencies where we can.
A decision made nearly a year ago to extend the functionality of my company's application, and broaden the number of options that potential clients might adopt in relation to financial reporting and management, was also given a degree of impetus recently with a client whose accountancy service also used VT accounts.
I am currently part way through a bowl of dog food that involves processing my company's trading activity for the last year, using a version that posts transactions to VT Transaction+.
So far the menu has covered processing sales invoices, sales credits, purchase invoices and purchase credits but I am having trouble in preparing dishes that address financial activities beyond these. This is mainly due to the limited amount of information that I have located in the public domain regarding recipes outlining technical aspects of integration with VT - and the authors of VT have not responded positively to some tentative enquiries seeking information.
I know that VT is well liked by many accountants and just wonder whether any of those who are members of this site might comment on whether I ought to persevere with this particular task as I do wonder whether I might be trying to prepare a meal that might have limited appeal for others to enjoy.
If there is some potential in progressing beyond the point I have reached, could I appeal for any guidance that members might offer on sources of information that are in the public domain that might assist me.