137 episodes

Interviews from the Online Cloud Accounting Apps community.

Long-form interviews of people involved in the Accounting Technology community.

Together we unpack the reality of automation and productivity in accounting and business. We dissect how accountants can leverage artificial intelligence, machine learning, and big data. We share practical advice to help support small business thrive in a rapidly evolving world.

Cloud Stories is suited to Management Accountants, Accountants, Bookkeepers, Developers, Cloud enthusiasts, data experts, Virtual Chief Financial Officers VCFO, advisors and business people who are keen to learn about online cloud business solutions and platforms, that connect with Xero, MYOB and/or QBO and the associated community stories.

An independently produced podcast.

Accounting Apps | Accounting Technology | Modern Practice Heather Smith | CAANZ | ACCA | Xero | QBO

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    • 5.0 • 8 Ratings

Interviews from the Online Cloud Accounting Apps community.

Long-form interviews of people involved in the Accounting Technology community.

Together we unpack the reality of automation and productivity in accounting and business. We dissect how accountants can leverage artificial intelligence, machine learning, and big data. We share practical advice to help support small business thrive in a rapidly evolving world.

Cloud Stories is suited to Management Accountants, Accountants, Bookkeepers, Developers, Cloud enthusiasts, data experts, Virtual Chief Financial Officers VCFO, advisors and business people who are keen to learn about online cloud business solutions and platforms, that connect with Xero, MYOB and/or QBO and the associated community stories.

An independently produced podcast.

    Remembering a special colleague who had a positive impact on the accounting community

    Remembering a special colleague who had a positive impact on the accounting community

    I’m very sorry if you’re hearing of his passing from me.
    I still can’t believe he is no longer with us.
    Today's episode is about remembering a special friend and colleague. It was not a complete conference event until you saw his smile that would light up a room and had one of his huge bear hugs. He always had time for a chat, a laugh, to share thoughtful insights or guidance. I recently attended the eco-system event at the Xero HQ in Melbourne. With a swarm of people in branded T-Shirts, I kept seeing him out of the corner of my eye. I’d turn to smile at him, and tearfully remember that I’m not going to see him again.
    I’ve realised that it’s unlikely we’re all going to be together in a room, to raise a glass to comfort each other, and share our stories and happy memories of a wonderful human.
    So I reached out to his friends and colleagues and asked them to share with me some favourite memories of him, so we can smile and laugh and remember him together wherever we are in this digitally connected but remote world.
    Please keep sharing stories about him and if you need it, I’m sending you a virtual hug.

    • 32 min
    Start Up TV📺: WeCrashed, The Dropout and real stories from the Accounting eco-system.

    Start Up TV📺: WeCrashed, The Dropout and real stories from the Accounting eco-system.

    Accounting Innovation and Technology Buzz | May 22 Special Guest: Trent McLaren Head of Strategic Channels at DiviPay.
    In this episode we discuss:
    Using DiviPay to pay (and easily cancel) subscriptions (notably those trial subs).   A discussion around Futrli acquisition by Sage, and what it means in the reporting space.  Data Dear will no longer be available to Xero users, here are your options.  WeCrashed and The DropOut A discussion around the price increase from Ignition (formally Practice Ignition).  New feature from XBert Client Analytic Report which helps you quote for new clients. Upcoming conferences
    20-24 June 22 https://tropicalinnovationfestival.com.au/ 
    From the Trenches June 20/21 https://summit.fromthetrenches.com.au 
    10th June CA ANZ Future Focused Accounting Conference (I’m the host for two days) https://events.charteredaccountantsanz.com/event/ea5db209-8042-4fb7-84dc-f92382dd27a6/summary 
    Xerocon 2022
    London 20&21 July  New Orleans 24&25 August  Sydney 7&8 Sept 2022  15 Jun – Digital Practice Summit Asia 2022 Virtual https://www.terrapinn.com/virtual/digital-practice-summit/index.stm 
    Read how I strategically Partner with Apps 👉 http://EndorsementDisclosure.com
    Subscribe to the Accounting Apps newsletter here
    http://HeatherSmithAU.com/

    • 45 min
    ☎️Accounting Innovation and Technology Buzz | Mar 22

    ☎️Accounting Innovation and Technology Buzz | Mar 22

    Accounting Innovation and Technology Buzz | Mar 22
    In this episode, we:
    Congratulate Trent on joining From The Trenches as their CEO. Trent also wonders what he will do with his PI tattoo, now that they've rebranded to Ignition. Ask the question is Oh My Fraud with Greg Kyte and Caleb Newquist the only accounting podcast you can play in the car with your family listening in? Talk about the upcoming conferences, including Accounting & Business Expo 28 & 29 April Sydney, Sydney Xerocon, and Accountex 2023 News from DiviPay including a comprehensive new whitepaper for CFOs look to automation to improve team satisfaction. Unpack Xero’s State of the Australian Accounting & Bookkeeping industry report New releases from G-Accon and BGL AND Touch on an article ‘Are Niche Apps The Way Of The Future? By Michael Astreiko, CEO of Synder I’m currently working with the Team at DiviPay to help them connect with the Accounting and Bookkeeping community. If you want to read about the way I work with Accounting Apps, please visit http://endorsementdisclosure.com You can always see my strategic partners, as they are clearly labelled in pink on the headers of all of my social media platforms. I hope you like listening to The Buzz. Reach out to Trent or I and let us know what you thought, and it would really help us if you share the podcast with someone who would find it useful.
    Subscribe to the Accounting Apps newsletter here http:// HeatherSmithAU.COM

    • 39 min
    BizTech Landscape🌆: 2021 Reflections 2022 Predictions | Matt Paff

    BizTech Landscape🌆: 2021 Reflections 2022 Predictions | Matt Paff

    Matt Paff of Value Adders and Trent McLaren of DiviPay joined me today, and we reflected on 2021 and discussed predictions about the 2022 Business Technology landscape. Highlights from this episode are: The workforce of the future and the technology needed to support them How identifying gaps can help predict what the driving forces behind a business may do, and The Gap in Intuit and Xero's offerings Over the last two years, the pandemic massively increased digitalisation adoption in small businesses. So how will this impact technology uptake in 2022? I also shall mention that I actively use and partner with DiviPay, where Trent works, and you can read about how I work with Apps at EndorsementDisclosure.com. Subscribe to the Accounting Apps newsletter here  HeatherSmithAU.COM

    • 1 hr 2 min
    The Great Acquisition vs The Great Resignation | The Buzz Dec 21

    The Great Acquisition vs The Great Resignation | The Buzz Dec 21

    Today on the Cloud Stories podcast, I bring you The Accounting Innovation and Technology Buzz: Current News, Trends and Analysis for the month of December 21.
    Trent McLaren (Head of the Accounting & Bookkeeping Channel at DiviPay) and I talk about The Great Acquisition vs The Great Resignation. We also discuss news and trends that we saw in the industry during 2021.
    Highlights of this episode include:
    DiviPay Series A Capital Raise
    ACCA ranked a webinar I hosted as their 10th most popular one of 2021. Watch it here.
    Everperform produced a series called 'The Great Rejuvenation'. Content is available via their LinkedIn page.
    I've had a Xero feature request ticked off my wish list (from circa 2015). I had actually discovered the functionality and did not realise I had this feature request still active. Here's where you can post and vote for feature requests: https://community.xero.com/business/
    Square, Inc. Changes its name to Block then H&R Block sues Square to drop the name 'Block'
    LastPass announces its intention to establish itself as an independent company from LogMeIn.  
    Inspired by Blake Oliver + David Cristello's discussion on the JetPackWorkflow podcast we discuss the trends of Subscription Model & Remote Work
    Hologram-in-a-Box
    New apps: https://www.tango.us/ Create step-by-step documentation with screenshots.
     
    I hope you are enjoying these monthly tech updates and discussions, that complement both the Cloud Stories interviews, and the Accounting Apps newsletter.
    I’d like to thank you the listeners for helping Cloud Stories rank in the top 10% of podcasts worldwide, according to Listen Note. That is quite an achievement for a tightly niched topic.
    In 2021 we published 25 episodes. The most popular listening month was March 2021. The most downloaded episode that was released during the year was with my friend Martha Yasso interview entitled “Never talk directly to your clients about cash flow, and other secrets from the cash flow queen”
    If you have recently discovered Cloud Stories podcast, I’d encourage you to go back and listen to previously published episodes as many of them are evergreen or timeless. That is the content is still relevant today.
    You can read more about the way I partner with Accounting Apps, including DiviPay the company Trent McLaren works with, by visiting http://endorsementdisclosure.com. You can always see who I am currently partnered with at the top of my social media banners, clearly labelled in pink. 
    I hope you enjoy this episode of the Tech Buz.
    I hope you liked listening to the Tech Buzz. Reach out to either Trent McLaren or I and let us know what you think of the episode.
    You have been listening to the Cloud Stories podcast. I encourage you to share the podcast with an interested friend and subscribe leave a five-star review, so other people can find this podcast. Stay up-to-date with the curated content I'm sharing by signing up for the Accounting Apps newsletter, available at https://HeatherSmithAU.COM 

    • 54 min
    Accounting Innovation and Technology Buzz | Nov 21

    Accounting Innovation and Technology Buzz | Nov 21

    In this episode, we: 
    Raise a cup to thank the bookkeeping industry Congratulate the Xero App award winners Change GPS, Service M8, azupay, Moula Talk about Hub24 acquisition of Class How to win a Tesla with Expensify The Canopy 2021 Client Expectation Studies QuickBooks Desktop discontinuation in one the UK, while an connected App will be rolling out in the USA Intuits Path to Advisory ebook Xero acquisition of Locate and Matt Paffs comments on that Xero announcing a deeper integration with Shopify The announcement that the e-signature solution Annature is partnering with Qantas Business Rewards I’m currently working with the Team at DiviPay to help them connect with the Accounting and Bookkeeping community. If you want to read about the way I work with Accounting Apps, please visit http://endorsementdisclosure.com. You can always see my strategic partners, as they are clearly labelled in pink on the headers of all of my social media platforms.
    I hope you like listening to The Accounting Innovation and Technology Buzz with Trent McLaren. Let either I or Trent know what you thought of it.
    You have been listening to the Cloud Stories podcast. I encourage you to subscribe and leave a five-star review, so other people can find this podcast.  
    Subscribe to the Accounting Apps newsletter here http:// HeatherSmithAU.COM

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

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8 Ratings

8 Ratings

9958577584 ,

Awesome podcast about accounting apps

Extremely well done. Lots of insights about accounting apps. Interesting and entertaining. Loving it. Heide Robson of Tax Talks

Runchic ,

Insightful, Informative and Useful

A great podcast to learn and understanding what is evolving in the Cloud Accounting space. Heather’s curiosity and interest in all things cloud accounting shines through.
Her thought provoking questions help you to learn and get the answers you didn’t know you needed.
This is such an exciting space and Heather is leading the way in helping Accounting professionals and anyone interested in the tech revolution of accounting get informed and educated.

My Own Group ,

Building a valuable database

Heather is building a very valuable database of knowledge for the future in what is going to be an important cloud industry sector. The interviews examines the creative process involved and tells the story of each of the founders / developers revealing them to be 'real' people with the shared aim of helping start ups and growing businesses. If there were 6 stars available in the rating then this series would deserve them!

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