Businesses wanting to use cloud software were turning to accountants and bookkeepers for advice, said Simon Foster, managing director of cloud receipt scanning service Shoeboxed.com.
“Technology is no longer an IT problem, it’s a business problem,” Foster said. “When you’re looking at cloud software it’s not about whether it’s the best on Windows or Mac. It’s about whether how well will it work for your business.”
Cloud accounting software was giving bookkeepers the ability to move into tax compliance, a domain usually handled by accountants. Accountants in turn were becoming business advisers and expanding into technology-related areas, Foster said.
“The person who is going to advise you best on business decisions is not your IT guy, it’s your accountant,” Foster said.
“The IT break-fix work is disappearing. The cost of fixing a laptop is now the same as buying a new one,” he added, which was hurting revenue streams for IT consultants.
The trend was visible to other cloud software vendors involved in automating business processes for accountants and bookkeepers, Foster said.
Shoeboxed was one of four cloud software vendors holding a roadshow on the east coast. The Cloud Superheroes roadshow, which included Fathom, Workforce Guardian, Shoeboxed and Sharesight, planned to hold their first event on March 18 at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image in Melbourne.
Cloud Superheroes was also travelling to Brisbane on March 19 (Riverside Centre) and to Sydney on March 21 (Citigroup Centre).
Disclosure: Sholto Macpherson from BoxFreeIT will be MC for the Sydney and Melbourne events.