Recently purchased the MacBook Pro and have Bootcamp configured (sadly) to run Windows. Windows is needed because some accounting software is not available under Mac OS (e.g. SAGE - although why you’d want to .....another story).
The reason for changing is that with my desktop Dell XPS and previously Dell Dimensions I could rely on them to continually fail (e.g. Blue Screen of Death) and got to the stage where I could set my watch by it.
I am pleased to return to Mac and my aim is to phase out windows as much as possible and of course use Cloud based software at times. (Got to move with the times even if reluctantly). So far Excel and Word are fine. You can use the same file on both. If you use VBA Excel then you may find some of your coding (e.g. I have some functional add-ins) may not be supported under the Mac version. It is generally the case that you are more likely to be able to use a ‘Windows” file with Mac than the other way around.
Bootcamp is Mac’s software to enable you to partition your Mac into a Mac partition and a Window’s partition. The Windows partition will require a copy of Windows to be installed. It is not an emulator and thus you fire up Mac or Windows. However from the Mac you can access the Bootcamp directory to work on files; the same is not true the other way around.
With a decent spec and hooked up to a widescreen monitor the MacBook Pro has become a portable desktop more powerful than my old Dell machines (almost combined).
The advantage over a Dell laptop for £500? Processing power.
We have around 30 different accounting packages. At present people fill in a monthly template in excel and all the consolidation happens in Excel.
You have arguably already got the best package given the circumstances.
Can work at month end too. Shame it wasn’t their year end - you might have got a better bargain.
Honestly, why HM Treasury and HMRC don't do the smart thing and get someone who has a clue in to fix their NFP IT systems I have no idea.
Probably because all good programming software requires a specification to start with; otherwise how do you know it's doing what it should do? So given that it's highly likely no one has specified the requirements, whether through ignorance or incompetence, they could bring some one in to fix it - but they will not know how to explain what it should do.
"IF" statements are probably too advanced for them.
As for your choices, Xero and QBO are the best products on the market.
Based on what? Less than twelve transactions a year? 24, 48, 60....... One user, two, three.... ? Cash or accruals basis .........
I'm not in any contract (as far as I know) so I'm hoping I don't have to give too much notice.
Follow the evidence and when you've worked out what your contract is, leaving hope out of it, employ the same techniques to answer all your other questions. I don't have a copy of your contract; but you do! Sorry I am repeating myself.
I will be directing all new clients to Xero from now on, and if they need me to update their Sage then I'll need to login to their computer to do that.
Two of my current Sage clients are closing down shortly. The other one is likely to retire soon.
Presumably your clients do not need project costing? Do you know what level of transactions if exceeded will cause serious delays in processing? Hopefully your clients have just a few transactions not to be an issue! But if they do - have you considered this in your advice? If they leave after a few years do you know how they access their historic data?
If you are sure it's the best solution for your clients then go for it. I am yet to be convinced.
Taxfiler is completely down at the moment and on the day it's needed the most! Very unhappy as still have 4 returns to get in by midnight!
The unmistakeable benefits of cloud software; where is the hype now?
Connect via an ODBC connection and you can download the data to Excel or a database ( probably even after expiry ) all the tables you want.
Incidentally if you are saying goodbye to SAGE who are you saying hello too?
Whilst I am not the biggest fan of SAGE it serves a purpose; and when push comes to shove comparing with Xero, Quickbooks and others it appears to come out better particularly if you have project costing needs. Sadly this isn't a endorsement of SAGE rather .....
I want a replacement for SAGE but it needs to live up to expectations not hype. Interested in your views.
When would you like the refund?