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.
9th Nov 2018
Ditto on the thumbs up comment...even LinkedIn does it now!
Was a real pleasure having you work for us at Aqilla over a number of years and as you say cool that we found you via your blog! Best wishes going forward.
18th Dec 2017
Hi John, not sure how you arrive at some of your conclusions. Gartner very bullish about mid market postmodern ERP sector.
Along with NetSuite and FinancialForce we seem to be dong OK with over 2500 users in 34 countries accounting now for some £533 billion of business on the Aqilla platform.
Last year we logged 506k sessions, up 70% on the previous year. I'd hardly call that shying away.
Maybe people are just too busy to respond to surveys or something.
17th Oct 2016
Good article Tom. We also encourage our users to turn on reference data audit for Creditors so any changes to bank account or payment terms are tracked and checked prior to running a payment process.
21st Jan 2016
Been doing it for years...
What's new John?!? :-)
Integrated budgeting and forecasting have been an integral component of Aqilla for years.
Saying that Microsoft Excel still has a valid place at the table in terms of forecast preparation so long as it can link directly to the content (which it can via the Aqilla API). We have given up trying to wean people off it and Excel 2016 in all its 64 bit-ness seems to be going down a storm with big number crunchers crunching big data.
Period spread YTD, period spread forwards Budget and Forecast anyone?
#wedothat #cloud #beyondbookkeeping
12th Jun 2015
Where on earth do you live David?! Somebody call OFCOM!!!
Even out in deepest darkest Cornwall we now have the loveliness of 150 meg FTTP (Fibre To The Property) and similar FTTC (Fibre To The Cabinet) courtesy of smashing EU grants in support of the Superfast Cornwall initiative. Decent web connection now the norm for most of if not quite the whole of the Duchy.
"Proper job" as they say out West....
12th Jun 2015
Google for everything EXCEPT Excel
At Aqilla we have been using Google Apps for Business for over four years and it's brilliant. The collaboration tools are superb and easy to use.
However for the hardcore accountants amongst us we still have single licences of Excel 2013 installed.
This is because (and the only reason to be honest) Google Sheets cannot (as neither the Mac version of Excel as it happens) work as a simple web services client. Excel can send data securely over an https connection via MSXML.DLL.
Whilst Google Sheets have =importdata() or =importxml() functions it's just not enough when you want to interact with a remote data source via an API.
6th May 2014
We can (and have done) this
@JC We (at Aqilla) can restore a single instance (company) for a customer to a certain date independent of others. It takes a little while but it has been done.
@garyturner Great article. Will stop by at Accountex on Thursday and say 'Hello'.
14th May 2013
Hi Alan, I can' speak for others but Aqilla is highly extensible in terms of adding new data entities and attributes, reports, forms, views, application gateways via the two APIs and built in workflow tools...but you're probably right, for now it's the people who want Cloud who are making the move and reaping the benefits.
14th May 2013
14th Sep 2012
Best of luck
I am sure whatever you write will be as insightful and entertaining as your blog entries.
Maybe you could persuade John S. to let you do a review of Aqilla (mid range cloud based accounting and business software)!
In any event I wish you the best and hope that with the new regime your health improves.