Infographic: software for Australian B2B, inventory-based businesses

This infographic was originally pulled together for our Apps4 Wholesalers Conference & Technology Showcase events back in 2019. Matt recently sat down and updated it to 2023.

We note there’s been a LOT of buyout/acquisition activity, particularly in the inventory management software space (DEAR bought by Cin7, Fishbowl by Diversis, Unleashed by The Access Group etc).

There have been quite a few logo changes. A few new players in traditional segments. A couple of name changes (FinancialForce now Certinia and DEAR now Cin7 Core for example).

And in 2023, the rise and rise of AI – we are seeing more traditional businesses adopt tools like ChatGPT by OpenAI for:

  • Help with writing emails and content;
  • Creating inventory information sheets and website product descriptions;
  • Fast and effective graphics; etc

NOTE: this is not promoted as a comprehensive list, quite the contrary. We openly admit there are far more tools available, but the sheer volume of what we have been able to pull together makes the point that B2B inventory-based businesses have a vast array of software tools available to them!

2021 Predictions reviewed

For the second year in a row, a hectic start to the year has meant a delay in my recurring new year’s articles. My apologies to those who have been waiting with bated breath. For those who haven’t been following along over the last few years, I generally start each year with 2 articles:

  1. Predictions for the year ahead in Biztech – with a specific AuNZ focus; preceded by
  2. A review of how I went last year to hold myself to account.
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The SMERP Dilemma – SME accounting or ERP software?

Like never before, larger and growing Small to Medium sized organisations face a common challenge to decide between SME accounting software or invest in a unified, comprehensive ERP system.

SMERP Dilemma - SME accounting software vs ERP

Which way do they go?

User-friendly, relatively cheap small business Cloud Accounting software like Xero, MYOB and QuickBooks plus operational specific third party apps ;


A comprehensive, relatively expensive and seemingly less user-friendly Enterprise Cloud Platform like NetSuite, MYOB Advanced (aka Acumatica), Salesforce or Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central.

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Not quite 19 Predictions for 2019

Over the last few years I’ve tried my hand at predicting the year in cloud accounting and related biztech ahead, publicly critiquing my efforts at the start of the following year. Call me silly, call me brave, call me whatever you like. I do it because I feel too few are willing to back up their guessing with reflection. So rather than complain about it, I do what I think others should.

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2018, how’d my predictions fare?

Predicting the future is hard.

Holding yourself publicly to account for your predictions is even harder, and probably why few people do…

Before I publish my 19 predictions for 2019, it is my tradition and want, that I review my 2018 efforts.

After a solid performance in 2017, I’m marking my 2018 edition a solid B, with comment that “the student can improve with more focus in 2019!”

Here they were and here’s how I went:

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