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*THE* podcast for accounting technology enthusiasts. Dive into the world of Accounting Apps with Heather Smith, a Chartered Accountant with a flair for storytelling and the engaging host of the Accounting Apps Podcast. Heather is obsessed with how effective automation and integration can produce timely clean data, to surface information for brave, fast data-informed decision making. Better data, better decisions, better business. She explores this topic with her guests, uncovering insights that offer you a competitive edge. Delve deeper into the Accounting Apps landscape and enhance your understanding. Hit that subscribe button now!

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Brilliant guests include entrepreneurs, founders, business consultants, accountants, bookkeepers, small business owners, cloud advisors, developers, cloud integrators and solution providers.

Each month guests share how they built their business and how your business or clients can use technology to be more effective and efficient. This may include exploring:

*How you can implement and integrate business tools with your online accounting software to automate processes, improve productivity, and profitability;
*How to build a business developing business apps; or
*How to build a tech stack that meets your business needs or introduce your clients to them.

If you have app overwhelm - this is an enjoyable podcast to listen to. Take it a step further and subscribe to the Accounting Apps newsletter: http://HeatherSmithAU.COM

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Heather Smith
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Accounting Apps Podcast| formerly Cloud Stories | Accounting Technology Heather Smith | Accountant & Storyteller

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    • 5.0 • 8 Ratings

*THE* podcast for accounting technology enthusiasts. Dive into the world of Accounting Apps with Heather Smith, a Chartered Accountant with a flair for storytelling and the engaging host of the Accounting Apps Podcast. Heather is obsessed with how effective automation and integration can produce timely clean data, to surface information for brave, fast data-informed decision making. Better data, better decisions, better business. She explores this topic with her guests, uncovering insights that offer you a competitive edge. Delve deeper into the Accounting Apps landscape and enhance your understanding. Hit that subscribe button now!

Join the free Accounting Apps community to continue the conversations.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/XeroMasterMind

Brilliant guests include entrepreneurs, founders, business consultants, accountants, bookkeepers, small business owners, cloud advisors, developers, cloud integrators and solution providers.

Each month guests share how they built their business and how your business or clients can use technology to be more effective and efficient. This may include exploring:

*How you can implement and integrate business tools with your online accounting software to automate processes, improve productivity, and profitability;
*How to build a business developing business apps; or
*How to build a tech stack that meets your business needs or introduce your clients to them.

If you have app overwhelm - this is an enjoyable podcast to listen to. Take it a step further and subscribe to the Accounting Apps newsletter: http://HeatherSmithAU.COM

Contact details:
Heather Smith
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/HeatherSmithAU/

    Unlocking Accounting Innovations: Live Banking, Global Solutions, Reporting Updates, and Xero's Invoicing Evolution Unveiled

    Unlocking Accounting Innovations: Live Banking, Global Solutions, Reporting Updates, and Xero's Invoicing Evolution Unveiled

    Tyler Caskey, Partner at The Bean Counters joins me in this episode. Here are five interesting insights we talk about in the show:
    1. Live Banking and Direct Digital Receipting: Tools like Weel and Airwallex enable real-time banking transactions, while solutions like Slyp and Tyro streamline payment processes by sending receipt details directly to accounting systems, reducing manual data entry.
    2. Global Banking Solutions: Digital technology solutions like Airwallex, OFX, Paytron, and Wise facilitate international transactions with ease, offering competitive rates and near real-time transfers and bill payments in multiple currencies.
    3. Google's Updates: Google is removing underutilised features across Android, including some related to voice controls, and shutting down its podcast app in favour of integrating podcasts into YouTube Music. This shift intrigued the author, who recently upgraded their device.
    4. Updates in the Reporting Space: Various accounting software solutions have introduced updates, such as Calxa's unlinked accounts feature for cash flow forecasting, Fathom's improved KPI library experience, and G-Accon's introduction of automatic workflows within Google Sheets.
    5. Xero's Invoices Changes: Xero is retiring classic invoicing in September 2024, prompting concerns from the community about missing features, like the ability to process an overpayment, inability to edit exchange rates, and inability to invoice bulk contact groups.  However, you can quickly switch back if you need features only currently available within classic invoicing.
    These insights highlight the ongoing technological advancements and changes within the accounting industry, offering both opportunities and challenges for practitioners and stakeholders alike. 
    Contact details:
    Tyler Caskey: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tylercaskey/ 
    Accounting Apps newsletter: http://HeatherSmithAU.COM
    Accounting Apps Mastermind: https://www.facebook.com/groups/XeroMasterMind 
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/HeatherSmithAU/ 
    YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/ANISEConsulting 
    X: https://twitter.com/HeatherSmithAU 

    • 54 min
    Full Stack Mastery – Elevate your Practice with Xbert|Cassandra Scott

    Full Stack Mastery – Elevate your Practice with Xbert|Cassandra Scott

    Today I’m speaking with Cassandra Scott, Director of Laurus Bookkeeping
    In this episode, we talk about . . .
    - Delve into how Xbert leverages AI to scrutinise client accounting data, spotlighting over 80 potential anomalies and risks.
    - Discover the power of automating routine tasks such as payroll, BAS, and bookkeeping with standardised workflows.
    - Learn how Cassandra efficiently mapped her first 10 workflows in just half an hour, enhancing consistency.
    - Explore Xbert's scheduling capabilities, enabling the assignment of recurring tasks to various cycles, from daily to fortnightly.
    - Understand the significance of using client notes to capture unique requirements for bespoke workflows.
    - Gain insights into data-driven reporting and analytics, offering a glimpse into staff performance and client engagements.
    - Uncover how customisable reporting allows practices to dissect data from diverse angles.
    - Get a peek at roadmap features like capacity management, utilising timesheet data for optimal scheduling.
    - Hear about the transformative impact Xbert has had on Cassandra's practice, facilitating work with global clients.
     
    Contact details:
    XBert: https://www.xbert.io/ 
    Cassandra Scott: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cassandrascott/ 
    Bookkeepers in Practice FaceBook Group : https://www.facebook.com/groups/1652992464953692 
    Accounting Apps newsletter: http://HeatherSmithAU.COM
    Accounting Apps Mastermind: https://www.facebook.com/groups/XeroMasterMind 
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/HeatherSmithAU/ 
    YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/ANISEConsulting 
    X: https://twitter.com/HeatherSmithAU

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Improving Data Quality and Practice Management through Innovation | Jonathan Gaunt

    Improving Data Quality and Practice Management through Innovation | Jonathan Gaunt

    Today I’m speaking with Jonathan Gaunt, co-founder of of Socket Digital, Xavier Analytics & FD Works
    In this episode, we talk about . . .
    Jonathan's transition from corporate accounting to entrepreneurship, embracing new opportunities and control over his career.
    Insights from working with Dragon's Den investor Richard Farleigh, focusing on solutions over limitations.
    Practical tips for enhancing your LinkedIn profile to attract more followers and connections with engaging content.
    The importance of storytelling with numbers and identifying the pivotal "clunk moment" in business.
    The role of co-founding Xavier Analytics in improving data quality and introducing new workflow automation tools.
    Reflections on selling a business and fostering innovation within larger organisations.
    Development of innovative proposal software for accountants, driven by needs identification and process innovation.
    Advice for entrepreneurs: be courageous, focus on controllables, and enjoy the entrepreneurial journey.
    This episode is kindly sponsored by Fathom all in one reporting, analysis and forecasting.

    Contact details:
    Jonathan Gaunt: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonathan-gaunt/
    FD Works: https://www.fd-works.co.uk/ 
    Xavier Analytics: https://xavier-analytics.com/  
    UseSocket: https://www.usesocket.com/ 
    Accounting Apps newsletter: http://HeatherSmithAU.COM
    Accounting Apps Mastermind: https://www.facebook.com/groups/XeroMasterMind 
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/HeatherSmithAU/ 
    YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/ANISEConsulting 
    X: https://twitter.com/HeatherSmithAU 
     

    • 50 min
    The Devastating British Post Office's Point of Sale Scandal| Tom Herbert

    The Devastating British Post Office's Point of Sale Scandal| Tom Herbert

    In this episode, Tom Herbert, technology editor at Accounting Web, shares his insights on the British Post Office scandal, which has been ongoing for decades, ruining the lives of many subpostmasters. Heather and Tom discussed the problems with the Post Office's Fujitsu Horizon point of sale system implementation, leading to unbalanced reconciliations and accusations of theft against subpostmasters. The Post Office used its prosecution powers and prosecuted 700 subpostmasters between 1989 and 2015, resulting in jail time, financial ruin, relationship breakdown, lost homes, living in cars, and sadly much much worse. The scandal is discussed from the perspective of an accountant, the POS implementation, the forensic accountant who aided in uncovering the issues, the suspense account, the high tax hitting the subpostmasters when they received any compensation. The story behind this scandal, Mr Bates vs the Post Office, was broadcast on ITV in January 2024. We talk about the importance of storytelling in bringing this story into the narrative of the general public.
    Contact details: Tom Herbert 
    Contact details:
    Tom Herbert https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomherbert/  AccountingWeb https://www.accountingweb.co.uk/  Accounting Apps newsletter: http://HeatherSmithAU.COM Accounting Apps Mastermind: https://www.facebook.com/groups/XeroMasterMind  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/HeatherSmithAU/  YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/ANISEConsulting  X: https://twitter.com/HeatherSmithAU

    • 42 min
    Accounting Industry Trends to Watch in 2024 | Tyler Caskey

    Accounting Industry Trends to Watch in 2024 | Tyler Caskey

    Today I’m speaking with Tyler Caskey, Partner at The Bean Counters
    In this episode, we talk about . . .
    Accounting industry trends in 2024 
    Crafting accounting stories for clients, marketing and career coaching.
    AI, Automation & ChatGPT in accounting. 
    Remote work trends and virtual teams in the accounting industry. 
    Pay raises, career progression, and work-from-home impact. 
    The role of accountants in strategic business planning and advisory
    Trends in practice management software for accounting firms. 
    This episode is kindly sponsored by
    Employment Hero: The All in One HR, Payroll & Benefits Platform  https://employmenthero.com/
    Translucent The Multi-Entity Accounting solution  https://www.translucent.io/ 
    Technology Mentioned
    Account-Kit https://www.account-kit.com/ 
    AirWallex https://www.airwallex.com/au 
    Dashboard Insights https://dashboardinsights.com/ 
    Employment Hero https://employmenthero.com/ 
    FYI Docs : https://fyi.app/ 
    Handisoft : https://www.theaccessgroup.com/en-au/products/handisoft/ 
    KarbonHQ https://karbonhq.com/ 
    XBert https://www.xbert.io/ 
    Xero Practice Manager https://www.xero.com/au/xero-practice-manager/ 
    Weel https://letsweel.com/
     
    Contact details:
    Tyler Caskey: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tylercaskey/
    The Bean Counters: https://www.thebeancounters.com.au/ 
    "The Accounting Podcast," Blake Oliver's interview with Ben Richmond, the Country Manager of Xero USA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NqSYir84htg  
    Weel
    Natalie Lennon https://www.linkedin.com/in/natalielennon/ 
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    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/HeatherSmithAU/ 
    YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/ANISEConsulting 
    X: https://twitter.com/HeatherSmithAU

    • 49 min
    An Accountant's Manifesto: David Boyar's Journey to Transform the Profession

    An Accountant's Manifesto: David Boyar's Journey to Transform the Profession

    The biggest kept secret in the Australian accounting industry: The acquisition of Change GPS by Access Group.
    This episode is kindly sponsored by
    Employment Hero: The All in One HR, Payroll & Benefits Platform  https://employmenthero.com/
    Translucent The Multi-Entity Accounting solution  https://www.translucent.io/ 
    In this episode
    - David Boyar reflects on his upbringing in his father's accounting practice and early ambitions ( he was going to be CEO of Coca Cola!)
    - He discusses founding an association of CFOs and lessons learned from scaling advisory work  
    - Boyar shares how he joined Change GPS and their aligned values (with Timothy Munro) in transforming accounting firms
    - Insights are provided on data analytics in accounting tech companies and marketing approaches, including wearing a suit !
    - Accountants take umbrage at people who've never had an accounting practice telling them what to do.
    - The acquisition of Change GPS by Access Group is explained as a strategic partnership
    - Client experience and standardised services are highlighted as priorities for the future
    Contact details:
    L: https://www.linkedin.com/in/davidboyar/ 
    L: https://www.linkedin.com/in/timothymunro/
    W: https://changegps.com.au/
    Roadshow: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/o/changegps-2988249339 
     
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    X: https://twitter.com/HeatherSmithAU

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
8 Ratings

8 Ratings

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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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