Member Since: 17th Dec 2009
From roots firmly established in the IT revolution of the 1980s working for Kewill Systems plc and specialising in financial accounting solutions; Hugh Scantlebury went on in 1992 to join Systems Union, the developers of the hugely successful SunSystems (SunAccount) range of products used by over 18,000 organisations in 194 countries. As VP for Channel Sales he led a team managing business in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
Following some time spent with Sage Group plc as General Manager for their Corporate and European Division, Hugh took up the role of managing director for a 3i-backed business, Foundation Systems, which specialised in the supply, implementation and support of integrated financial and business management solutions from a range of vendors. This business became a wholly owned subsidiary of Systems Union Group in December 2003, which in turn was subsequently acquired by Infor, a US$2.1 billion corporation backed by Golden Gate Capital. In 2006 Hugh co-founded Aqilla (www.aqilla.com) - a modern On-Demand, web based accounting solution designed for business in the 21st Century.
30th Jan 2013
What Paul Scholes said unless they need a little bit more...
Fiona, Paul's got it about right! If they need a bit more sophistication they could look a more capable mid range solution such as Aqilla which amongst other things features:Built in Business Intelligence (Smart KPIs)Built in Workflow (Smart Tasks) Built in Document management (you can attached scanned / other documents in all sorts of locations).Built in data audit monitoring.Built in budgeting, forecasting and consolidation capability.It's multi company, multi currency and multiple taxonomies. It's highly suited to multi locational, distributed organisations, supporting accruals, prepayments, bank transactions and currency transfers with adaptable revaluation, reporting options. Document centric data entry - data captured in a friendly, easy to use format. Documents can easily be cloned to for frequently used journals, events to save time and effort. Full purchase order cycle and sales invoicing if required. Users can drill down-through from any financial statement / balance sheet to core entry.It features a built in Financial Report Designer (you don't have to go buy something else) which allows you to report on demand, on any period. Furthermore it features:Project costingTime-sheetsExpense processing.Automatic bank reconciliationAutomatic transaction matching Links to banks for payments / statement upload....plus a free and incredibly powerful Microsoft Excel Add-In providing bi-directional data integration. Worth a look if your client's requirements justify it.
18th Jan 2013
Stop complaining. Start earlier. Switch to Cloud.
Why does everyone leave things to the last minute? Plan. Be organised and if using a Cloud based solution not even the snow* can be used as an excuse for not getting the job done.
* Apologies to @garyturner :-)
15th Nov 2012
From what I remember...
...from about 9 years ago OpenAccounts was a good competent application (developed in Progress as I recall). The company was subsequently bought by Cedar who in turn got bought by Advanced Business Solutions a couple of years back. Not sure how much it's moved on. I think it's still on-premise based requiring the user to set up database and application servers etc..
In terms of a more contemporary mid-range solution, has your client looked at what's available in the Cloud (including our own offering Aqila)?
20th Dec 2010
...and then buy on-line
...as it's normally cheaper (no o'heads to support) and importantly you get a cooling off period of 7 working days under the Distance Selling Regulations. If you find it's not for you, you can send it back with no quibbles.
Just a penny-worth: It's 2010, the choice is the Apple iPhone or Android.
BB, like Nokia (Symbian) = old tech. Windows Phone 7 and WebOS (Palm Pre) too niche and also-rans.
Android is equally as capable as iPhone, there are options for units with keyboards and things generally work out cheaper.
Saying that, I love my iPhone 4.
7th Oct 2010
Easy with Aqilla
Set up a template once and then trigger each month or post them. Invoices for product, non-standard and service items can be emailed or printed (as can statements). You can add extensive analysis as well as standard text. Direct debits / payments also can be easily and automatically reconciled. Once the cash hits your bank, again you can upload a bank statement file and perform an automatic bank-rec. Take a look at www.aqilla.com.