Three weeks, 14 locations, a single ledger…
We made it! To say we’ve been overwhelmed with the feedback from both existing and prospective partners throughout the Xero+You roadshow would be an understatement. Every year we hear more and more partners telling us their stories of converting to Xero and the impact it has had on their clients and practice. This year we feel the accounting industry is really starting to deliver on the concept of collaborating regularly with clients in the same place.
The big news we’re hearing from our partners this time around is that we’ve nailed the single ledger. Partners can now rethink their existing desktop software platform. They have options – for clients as well as themselves. We’ve known the single ledger is the key to moving to a monthly relationship with clients, now our partners are telling us how they’re rolling this out. So it’s working! Bringing together accountant and client-side software is creating efficiencies as well as new opportunities to interact with clients. We saw many ecstatic fist pumps from partners who said they’d finally been able to write ‘that’ letter to MYOB now they don’t need AO.
The timing of the IRD announcement for GST changes during the first week of the roadshow validated the benefit of the SaaS model to everyone there. We got a lot of feedback on how excited everyone was that Xero would provide the tools to cope with the changes as well as communicate these to clients. The campaign offer to educate clients on the benefits of Xero was well received, with GST changes acting as a catalyst for accountants to make contact with clients and advise them of the upgrade to Xero – the last upgrade they’ll ever need.
It was also great to have our Gold Partners sharing their experiences on how the new breed of cloud solutions such as WorkflowMax, e360 and SmartPayroll, has helped streamline their practice and complement the move to Xero.
27 June 2010 #