Online accounting and other cloud software companies are kicking off the year by taking their clouds on tour. If you have been wanting more personal introduction than a webinar or screenshots, take note of the dates below.
MYOB is blitzing the country with a roadshow to promote its recently launched cloud sync program MYOB AccountRight Live as well as an improved LiveAccounts. The 2013 roadshow begins in New Zealand in February (18 February to 7 March – register here) before wending its way through Australia in March (5-20 March – register here).
MYOB says it is bringing back its MYOB Bootcamp online sessions in late January and February due to popular demand – see here for details. About 3,300 accountants attended late last year after AccountRight Live’s launch in October.
Xero is kicking off the year with a full eight-state roadshow to show off a major product update due this year, report packs. Besides the usual free training and news there will be a preview of the first stage of its tax platform plus a demo of Workpapers which it acquired from Spotlight Reporting in June.
US accounting software giant Intuit is showcasing the cloud version of QuickBooks, QuickBooks Online, in four states from late January to early February. The show will be coming to Sydney (CBD and Parramatta), Perth, Melbourne (two locations), and Brisbane. Details here.
And in March there’s the Cloud Superheroes Roadshow starring receipt and document scanning cloud service Shoeboxed, cloud analytics program Fathom, online share portfolio management Sharesight and employment relations online service Workforce Guardian.
The roadshow will be travelling the eastern seaboard with stops at Melbourne (18 March), Brisbane (19 March) and Sydney (21 March). I will be coming along for the Melbourne and Sydney legs, so come along and stay for a drink. Stay tuned for more details.
The need for speed
A story earlier this week covering early feedback on MYOB AccountRight Live weighed up the program’s leading feature set against claims the software was slower than the last version to use the old database, AccountRight 19.6. One reader emailed to say that AccountRight Live was still faster than cloud rivals. I’d like to hear from readers whether they would like to see BoxFreeIT carry out an independent speed trial between the online accounting programs using a set list of tasks.
How much does the speed of your accounting software matter? Any strong opinions from the power users out there, especially accountants and bookkeepers?
If you would like to see a speed trial or have any suggestions for the types of tasks you’d like measured please add in the comments below.
Image credit: BRW caption: Paul Meissner, CA from Five Ways Group, and his Xero Kombi