Member Since: 27th Oct 2013
30th Oct 2013
Yes we've found that, and from discussions with new partners in the UK we're starting to find the same. Certainly with other vendors doing some impressive things in the market businesses and accountants are starting to listen.
Paul I'm not familiar with all products in the UK market just yet, but I'd happily point you to this independent review by the ICB over here: http://www.icb.org.au/resources/Software-wars
29th Oct 2013
I think this is the main part of the bookkeeper/client relationship that has changed/improved.
I wouldn't say a bookkeeper and the knowledge and experience that comes with that will ever be redundant because as much as SMEs embrace the new technology that has become available there will always be complexities they aren't confident with.
It may be a case of adapting by learning as much as possible about systems and how best to manage on a case-by-case basis.
Also, being competent with the emerging cloud market means that you are open to a wider audience of computer literate people who want to work with you and with whom you can collaborate online - something that wasn't possible before.
Flexibility is key.
27th Oct 2013
We've found that the accountants are definitely warming up to online/cloud accounting but it is definitely driven by demand from the SMEs. Ultimately it's they who reap the majority of benefits from moving to the cloud, but they still want support from someone who understands the technicalities that they may not.
It seems to pay off for advisors to get to know what's out there, so they can best advise each individual client rather than favouring one solution, or avoiding something because it is unfamiliar.