Member Since: 10th Jan 2004
9th Apr 2015
Re Cold Calling
Well I've only been answering calls at businesses for 40 years, so I suppose I could have missed one that wasn't. Cold calls are something that I very rapidly stopped being open minded about.
But the main point is that, from the report above, this government has decided that something that should be confidential between you and your bank will now be put out into the public domain.
9th Apr 2015
An invitation to fraud?
"the legislation now requires banks to pass on details of small and medium-sized enterprises they decline for a loan to online platforms which can help match them with alternative finance providers."
That would put me off even applying, knowing that the fact that I am looking for funding might end up on the internet, for all to see, and thereby generating loads of phone calls from people out to rip me off. (All cold calls ar out to rip you off)
8th May 2014
Increasing customer demand?
"Sage's Payments Landscape 2014 report reveals more than a third of customers would be more likely to shop at outlets that offer a range of payments methods or innovative payment types.Despite this increasing customer demand"
So nearly 2/3rds are not interested?
Sounds like a sales puff to me!
8th Feb 2014
Where are the SSA results?
It is all very well have an analysis of some of the results for AccountingWEB's 2013 Software Satisfaction Awards (SSAs) but it would be nice to see a list of what won in each category.
Searching here for "Software Satisfaction Awards" does not find them
6th Feb 2007
SaaS - far from a solution?
SaaS may solve the problem of platform compatibility, but it adds a whole load of new problems.
Not only do you need network reliability, but internet reliability.
With your accounting system in house, if your software author goes away (or gets consolidated) you can still keep on using the software as long as you need to.
If a SaaS supplier shuts down you are in big trouble.
Oh, and you also have to take all "upgrades" even if you think that they are not an improvement.
31st Jan 2007
Let somebody else have the fun ...
... of discovering the bugs.
There are always bugs.
I will be waiting for at least a year, or until somebody can show me a business advantage in upgrading.
6th Oct 2006
Control needed for the protection of the young
My niece has just started work with a company, and thought that they were training her to be an accountant.
What they are actually training her to be, I eventually dragged out of her and her mother, is an accounting technician, but the term accountant is the term casually used by many who are offering accounting technician training, and by quite a few of those who have the AAT qualification.
In my experience these people do not have the training or experience to call themselves accountants, but have been persuaded by the people selling the courses that that is what they are.
I am a QBE company accountant, having been the company accountant for a number of companies over a number of years and would quite happily change that term to commercial manager or financial controller, both terms used by past employers for the post of company accountant, if it stopped people being duped into thinking that they are going to become an accountant by taking AAT.
29th Sep 2006
Why not use a proper Family tree package?
Why not use something designed for the job?
Something that will save you having to re-enter addresses/locations, that allows you to link people in families, or as witnesses, has unlimited notes, and will draw trees for you?
Brother's Keeper http://www.bkwin.net/ is shareware and holds dates in a number of formats, and sorts properly on all of them, including my own preferred dd-mmm-yyyy which avoids confusion when dealing with Americans. This is a shareware package that has been around since the days of 5 1/4" floppies and has been improving all of that time.
Oh, and it also allows you to link to pictures, scans, films and the like.
(researching MAGGS in Somerset and County Durham)
1st Sep 2006
Good workers should be appreciated not ...
... promoted to where they are uncomfortable.
"This comment surely refers to me: "Someone on this site said they would not take responsibility for decisions at work. That, they said, was not their job. ... The comment has stuck with me and continues to seem sad (I use the term seriously – what worth and self esteem is there in work with which you won’t engage?).".
What I hope I said was: not everyone welcomes being landed with extra responsibility for making decisions affecting many people. I said I was a born employee, but not that I do not take responsibility for decisions at work. I did say that I have no desire to take on responsibility for the effects of strategic decisions; doesn't turn me on at all."
I can agree with that to an extent, and have always been happy to have staff with that frame of mind. They get the work done, and are not looking to move up the greasy pole, and as such should be cherished and supported.
4th Aug 2006
Marketing and websites
I might be wrong here, but I get the impression that you do not sell into a vertical market, but to anybody who needs your product.
Therefore trade shows are just the rivals.
If you are selling to a variety of industries, a small presence at their trade shows could do wonders, in the longer term.
As to tracking leads, one of my former employers used to have different price lists and catalogues. The prices were the same, but the colours were different, and the part numbers had a leading 3 character code that indicated where the catalogues and price lists were issued.
Then an enquiry for a TS3xxx555VBR23 could be seen in an instant to have come from Trade Show 3, as opposed to TM3xxx555VBR23 which came from a trade magazine. Additionally, adverts had different phone numbers. They were just different extensions, but they indicated where the enquiry originated.
As to the web site KISS
No flash, minimal colours, good contrast, for a start. Consult with the RNIB re accessibility. Their page http://tinyurl.com/r3qpc gives some very good ideas about usable designs.
And whoever builds your site should test it in IE, Firefox and Opera at the very least. I for one am loath to do business with companies who insist that I use IE.
Just some thoughts