Victorian accounting firm Hansens Accountants has launched a separate company to advise its clients and other accounting firms on moving to cloud software.
Hansens Solutions was recommending a suite of cloud software for professional services firms which included online accounting software Xero, job management program WorkFlow Max (owned by Xero) and Microsoft’s cloud platform for documents and email, Microsoft Office 365.
The suite was the realisation of Xero’s “modern practice” concept which described an accounting firm operating with only cloud software and no server software.
“We kicked off Hansens Solutions last week and it’s been a huge success,” said Hansens partner and Xero advocate Trevor Schoenmaekers. The consultancy aimed to transfer 20 accounting firms to the modern practice suite before the end of the financial year, he said.
Hansens Solutions gave advice on cloud software and carried out migrations for WorkFlow Max and Xero. Hansens Solutions had signed an agreement with Office 365 reseller HubOne to migrate emails and documents for clients who bought Office 365.
Hansens Accountants has been using WorkFlow Max and Xero for two years and migrated to Office 365 several weeks ago. The accounting firm was running more efficiently and had maintained its revenues despite not replacing five staff who had recently left.
“Our lease comes up in August and we’ve said to our landlord we only want a third of the space we have now,” Schoenmaekers said. However, the purpose of Hansens Solutions was not to become an IT services company, he added.
“I’m not into IT, I’m not developing anything, I don’t know how to network the computer. We don’t have to do that anymore,” Schoenmaekers said. “The whole game is moving. It’s about understanding how to use the systems and procedures for running my business.”