Recently I hosted an all-star ⭐ panel on the SMERP dilemma for the From The Trenches Summit.Read more
Wow, is it really March already?! Its a bit late to be bringing out my predictions for the year ahead with 17% of the year already gone – I know! Most of this article was actually written in January and I have been dragging my feet getting things like graphics and links sorted before publishing, due to other commitments…Read more
It’s that time of year again. The Melbourne Cup to Australia Day (#changethedate) hiatus has finally passed. Kids are back at school. Trump is gone. Time for normality to resume. And time to hold myself to account for last year’s attempts at futurism, before laying out what the year ahead holds in the world of Biztech.Read more
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.
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.Read more
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.Read more
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:Read more
Recently I was asked by Xero to contribute an article to their blog on the year that was 2018.
This was the result:
On the 18th of October, Matt joined Sholto Macpherson of Digital First fame to preview his talk at Accountech Live on the SMERP Dilemma.
As it stands in 2018, there is a challenge for larger SMEs to decide between SME Cloud Accounting platforms like Xero and QBo, plus ecosystem “add-ons”, or significantly more expensive and flexible, yet less user-friendly comprehensive Business Platforms like Salesforce, NetSuite, Microsoft Dynamics 365 and MYOB Advanced.
It’s time the mid-market accounting technology space woke up and realised its 2018. In Australia, MYOB have handed them the “goose that lays the golden eggs” with their decision not to take Single Touch Payroll to MYOB Premier (see my previous article) and yet none of them are in a position to genuinely capitalise, because they aren’t even playing the same game as the likes of Xero and Intuit!
Where are the bank feeds? How about a solid ecosystem of best of breed add-ons? How about AI and machine learning? How about a modern, mobile optimised UI with decent UX design? Why are these the domain of “small business” systems like Xero and QBo at one end and “corporate solutions” like Workday at the other? What happened in the middle?
A recent experience with a client (which is representative of what is going on in the broader mid-market) has really “got my goat” and compelled me to speak out!