Time is running out to register for the Xero Farming Roadshow!
See how our upcoming solution, Farming in the Cloud, connects you to your farming clients over a real-time set of data.
We have hundreds of people registered to attend and don’t want you to miss out – so what are you waiting for? The event runs through May and June 2014 and we’re sure to be at a venue nearby, so sign up today!
Find out more in the video below – Ben Richmond, Xero Rural Strategy Lead, talks about what you can expect from the half-day event.
Over the next four weeks we will preview some of the new features in the upcoming first release of Xero Practice Manager scheduled for mid June.
Today we’ll preview the introduction of Filters.
One of the challenges when managing large numbers of jobs and/or clients is locating the information which is important and relevant to you. Filters allows you to create and save search conditions letting you quickly and easily locate the data you’re interested in when you need it.
Using Filters you can create search conditions to:
- List my clients only
- Show WIP for the jobs I’m managing
- Manage Draft Invoices for a specific Partner
- List Tax Returns that my team is working on
As you can see, Filters brings a new dynamic to how you view and manage your data within Practice Manager.
We mentioned in our recent blog that we’ve invited 14 of our amazing add-on partners along to this year’s Accountex. It’s the UK’s largest accounting conference, taking place at ExCeL London on 15th and 16th May. And our Xero Village stand will be the focal point for anyone who really wants to expand their understanding of cloud accounting.
We’ve already introduced you to five of the top reporting add-ons who’ll be there at the Xero Village. This time around, we’re going to profile five add-ons who deal with making payroll, staff administration, payment and cashflow an absolute breeze in Xero.
Making the most of Xero add-ons
We love the flexibility that our add-on partners bring to Xero. Having over a dozen of them on our stand is a golden opportunity to find out how Xero can be tailored to meet your cloud needs. So, lets get the next five into the Xero interview chair and hear their stories in their own words:
Mid-June will see the first release of Practice Manager, a Xero-branded re-imagination of WorkflowMax Practice Manager.
Practice Manager is a core part of Xero Practice Studio, our suite of solutions for accountants, bookkeepers and financial advisors that also includes Workpapers, Reporting and Tax.
Over the past 12 months we have applied significant resources into reimagining and rebuilding WorkflowMax, taking another step on our journey towards ensuring Xero Practice Studio is the leading integrated solution to manage your practice and work with your clients. This first release of Practice Manager is a culmination of months worth of analysis, design, engineering and investment and is a major milestone on the journey towards our Practice Studio vision.
We’ve got our biggest ever stand at this year’s Accountex – the UK’s largest accounting conference which takes place at ExCeL London on 15th and 16th May. There’s lots happening at the Xero Village and we’re pretty damn excited about what we have in store for you, as you can probably tell!
You can sign up now for free tickets in advance, so why not come down and see us. Here are a few great reasons to come along and say hello…
Xero Village with demo screens, add-on pods and breakout space to chat – meet the Xero team and get your burning questions answered.
14 Xero add-on partners on hand to answer your questions – it’s a perfect chance to find out how Xero can be adapted for your practice (you can read more about our amazing add-on partners in the mini-interviews below).
Xero theatre with full demos of the Xero platform – we’ll show you how to get the most from our cloud-based business platform.
When you watch any of our Accountex seminars, you’ll get free accredited CPD points.
Plus you get a chance to win a MacBook Air in our prize draw… oh and we’re handing out ice cream too. It’s almost too good to miss.
Direct feeds for Community Mutual are now available to our Australian customers. Community Mutual provides banking services to the New South Wales region.
More feeds coming soon
Community Mutual is our first new direct feed for 2014. We added support for Investec and Greater Building Society in December last year. We’re actively speaking to a number of financial institutions in Australia about direct feeds and have nearly half a dozen committed to delivering direct feeds over the next few months – we’ll bring you more details when we can. A list of all our Australian direct feeds is available in our Help Centre.
As our UK managing director, Gary Turner, pointed out in a recent blog on accountingWEB, cloud accounting is now at a tipping point in the UK with a recent surge in adoption among UK accounting and bookkeeping firms.
In the survey we commissioned last September, 55% of practices we spoke to had either already adopted the technology or intended to do so in the near future. And of the 28% which have already made the switch, 42% reported that it’s helped them boost their service standards and increase client satisfaction.
And it doesn’t matter if you’re a new startup practice or one of the old school. Armstrong Watson, one of the north of England’s longest established accounting firms, is a great example at one end of the spectrum. The firm has an 145-year history of providing accounting services and now has 15 offices spread across the UK. And they’ve just taken that next step into cloud accounting by graduating to the highest Platinum status of Xero partner.
Hi, I’m Penny and I’m a Product Owner for the Sniper team at Xero. While the rest of the Xero product team tackles the larger pieces of work, we’re responsible for smaller features and enhancements that are just as important. In this post I want to let you know what updates made today’s release and give you a taste of what we’re going to be working on next.
We get a lot of feedback from our users – in fact, the last three posts covering Sniper updates generated over 100 comments! My job is to listen to this feedback and also monitor comments on our Community forums and work closely with our support team. We then come up with a plan and every three weeks, release as many updates as we can.
Today we’ve made these changes:
We’re coming to a town near you to showcase our upcoming solution for your farming clients. Join us, in conjunction with Figured, at the Xero Farming Roadshow this May and June to see how we’re going to connect accountants and bookkeepers to farming clients in a real-time set of data.
Joining us for the Xero Farming Roadshow will qualify you for two CPD hours. And by attending the roadshow and completing a Xero for Farming pilot, you’ll become a Xero Farming Specialist.
Register for the roadshow today!
With our latest release to Xero, we snuck in a couple of really awesome improvements to our help menu. It’s just the beginning of heaps of cool new features we have planned for finding help and contacting the Xero support team, but for now you’ll still see some immediate improvements.
Searching within this menu now looks across multiple sources, including: the User Guide, FAQ help page, Xero TV and our Business Community. Each search result has a symbol to the left showing where it’s from, and there’s the option to pick and choose which sources you want included in your search. Consolidating these sources brings more information directly to you, saving time compared to searching each one individually.
If you can’t find what you need, you can always contact us in Support. This is the blue Contact Xero Support button at the bottom of the search results. By raising a ticket from within Xero we receive more information (rather than emailing) – like your organization’s name, product edition, your role, system, and browser version – all of which helps us find and get an answer to you faster.
Lastly, if you have a feature request you’ll now be directed to the Feature Request section of Community. This is where you can search for the feature you’d like and add your vote. If you can’t find an existing request, create your own that you and other users can vote on.
We’re just starting with new and better ways to make this an even better experience, and we think you’ll find this a quicker and easier way of raising any questions you have with us. To validate that we’re already getting some great feedback from customers like Ryan Ashton using the new Xero support features and we look forward to rolling out more!