70 episodes

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.

Together we unpack the reality of automation and productivity. We dissect how accountants can leverage artificial intelligence, machine learning, and big data. We share practical advice on how a profession that’s been around for thousands of years can support small business and thrive in a rapidly evolving world.

An independently produced podcast.

Cloud Stories | Cloud Accounting Apps | Accounting Ecosystem Heather Smith | Chartered Accountant |Xero | QBO | MYOB

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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.

Together we unpack the reality of automation and productivity. We dissect how accountants can leverage artificial intelligence, machine learning, and big data. We share practical advice on how a profession that’s been around for thousands of years can support small business and thrive in a rapidly evolving world.

An independently produced podcast.

    Ep.67 Brad Ewin - B2B Content Writer + Strategist GoCardless

    Ep.67 Brad Ewin - B2B Content Writer + Strategist GoCardless

    Top Ten Tips for Writing Better Content.

    1. Have it all in the intro
    2. Write long
    3. Edit short
    4. Tell the story with
    5. headers
    6. Provide key takeaways
    7. Always have a CTA
    8. Draft 15 headlines
    9. Create a curiosity gap
    10. Make it readable
    11. Don't be a perfectionist

    I also want to let you know that I’ve created the Accounting App Content Creator Facebook group.

    • 40 min
    Ep.66 Jeri Wambeek co-founder Which Add On

    Ep.66 Jeri Wambeek co-founder Which Add On

    Jeri Wambeek in her own words:
    Having owned 3 businesses, myself from a young age, coming from a very entrepreneurial family, I live for helping business owners succeed in finding the best way forward and solving complex problems with simple solutions. As a fully qualified accountant and former tax agent, I stumbled into the world of cloud solutions when I discovered Xero in 2009 and have never looked back. Immersing myself in cloud solutions and the Add On ecosystem surrounding Xero and QuickBooks Online, WhichAddon was inevitably born in 2015 when I knew business owners and cloud advisors around the world were going to need to help to find the right cloud solutions and implement them without all the headaches.
    Over the years of accounting, cloud conversions and implementations, we have learned what it takes to move to the cloud. Our proven systems provide clean and clear data migration and optimisation, customised training, transition support and ongoing customer care. WhichAddOn We help proactive entrepreneurs grow their profitable business, one awesome cloud software system at a time!
    WhichAddOn has one purpose: to educate businesses and their advisors on how to find, understand and implement the best cloud software solutions for their business.
    Jeri and Marlon have 35+ years combined experience in business, accounting, system analysis and business consultancy. Separately they have run our own businesses and managed finance divisions for others. We have both worked in public practice and the commercial accounting arena. They both discovered Xero and the Xero ecosystem back in 2009. Together Jeri and Marlon joined forces in July 2015 to create WhichAddOn. They have both been lovers of learning since we were young, but more importantly love to share everything it is that we learn that is useful so that others can benefit from the process. WhichAddOn lives to educate and empower others to share from our experience and knowledge to find the right solution for any business.
    Connect with her here: whichaddon.com https://twitter.com/whichaddon https://www.linkedin.com/company/whichaddon-com https://twitter.com/jeri_murph https://www.linkedin.com/in/jerimurphy/

    • 48 min
    Ep.65 Ben Thompson - CEO - Employment Hero

    Ep.65 Ben Thompson - CEO - Employment Hero

    Today I am speaking with Ben Thompson from Employment Hero  In this episode we talk about

    How he combines his economic law background with a love of technology
    How his solutions enable small businesses to offer employees benefits, which are typically only afforded to the larger firms.
    What fascinates him about building employment related businesses – that combine technology with people management?

    • 36 min
    Ep.64 Martin Peirce - CEO and Founder Zahara Software

    Ep.64 Martin Peirce - CEO and Founder Zahara Software

    Reducing fraud and improving supplier relationships through digital approval workflows

    • 38 min
    Ep.63 Cameron Lynch - Founder Etani Business Platform

    Ep.63 Cameron Lynch - Founder Etani Business Platform

     
    Today I am speaking with Cameron Lynch founder of Etani Business Platform
    Cameron is a Chartered Accountant and the founder of the Etani Business Platform. He believes he can help businesses survive and prosper in today’s disruptive environment.

    Cameron is experienced with Business Intelligence (BI), Analytics, Big Data and implementing cloud-based solutions to streamline reporting systems.

    Live data has a significant role to play in assisting businesses to make wiser decisions, both now and in the future. Cameron’s passion is driven by the concept of creating vehicles to help businesses and individuals prosper.

    Cameron worked previously in Consolidated Financial Reporting. Every month, a team of accountants would send the subsidiary financial accounting data to existing, pre-filled tabs on numerous Microsoft Excel spreadsheets for consolidation. 

    While this may sound like smooth sailing, all it would take is for one person to hit the wrong key in the wrong cell, paste data into an incorrect tab, or add an additional column, without updating the SUM formula, and everything was corrupted. It was impossible to retain the integrity of all the accumulated data.

    Imagine this scenario:
    You walk into a meeting with your Board of Directors, armed only with your phone, tablet or laptop, containing live consolidated management reports. Your device can continually review all marketing, sales, finance and operational data in one place at any time. You can access updated information and answer all questions raised in the meeting, saving everybody a great deal of time and providing invaluable accurate insights. 

    Finally, Cameron has created a diverse new system, the culmination of years of experience, searching, testing, learning and an overwhelming passion to be the best. 
     
    How does the Etani Business Platform help accountants?

    When you couple Etani and Microsoft Power BI, you have a powerful system to help accountants in many different ways:

    1. Etani provides your SME and small corporate clients with the best analytics software in the world. They have full access to live business insights simply by using their phone, tablet or desktop. 

    2. Accounting firms are enabled effectively do Power BI analysis at scale

    3. You can extract data from third party SaaS software. Xero, MYOB, Quickbooks Online, Workflow Max, SimPro, Dear inventory, and many more. Live data is then streaming straight into your client’s dashboards 

    4. The Etani Bootcamp gives you 5 x 2 hour training sessions on BI in-house. Unlimited staff can attend or do the training online at your own pace. There’s plenty of on-going training available. 

    Templates:
    Etani has created a lengthy list of templates you can use inside Power BI. These cover sales analysis, budgeting, cashflow analysis, and various other scenarios. This template library continues to grow. Instead of your client struggling to make their own templates for each aspect of their work, these have been created for them, saving thousands of hours.

    Client delivery vehicle:
    Etani embeds your reports and dashboards into your own branded application. These are available on Desktops, iPhones, iPads, Androids and Tablets for your clients to use. 

    There are numerous benefits of doing this.
    • Your clients don’t need a Power BI Pro account (at a cost of $12.70 per month per user) to use the business insights.
    • You retain control of your IP.
    • The client can’t take the Power BI work you have done to another accountant.

    In this episode, we talk about . . .
     
    How his training to be an accountant, and understanding of cash flow has equipped him to run a business How Etani and Microsoft Power BI help practices deliver advisory services to SME’s. The two main reasons, Cameron thinks users love Power BI The different data sources clients

    • 27 min
    Accounting Business Expo 2019 with Tim Hoopmann + Jospeh Robins

    Accounting Business Expo 2019 with Tim Hoopmann + Jospeh Robins

    In this episode, I talk to Tim Hoopmann from Spinn Business Solutions and Joseph Robins from GoCardless about the upcoming Accounting Business Expo, in Sydney March 20 & 21st at the International Convention Centre.

    • We discuss how to get the most out of attending the conference
    • What we shall be talking about in our panel session “How to Pick the Best Apps to Drive Your Business Advisory Service”

    Spurred on by Joseph’s past life we also shared our favourite cult movies – what’s yours

    • 25 min

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