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Taking advantage of the most disruptive technology ever

In November I delivered the keynote for the Clayton Christensen seminar at the Business Influentials day. It also provided a great opportunity to chat for a couple of hours with the “world’s number 1 business thinker”.

Themes from that conversation continue to be reported as Xero was called out on Forbes this week as a leading cloud disruptor.

Talks on cloud disruption

Clayton writes about how industry disruption has historically followed the same pattern: a new business comes to market with a product, based on a new technology, that simply and elegantly solves a customer’s problem, is easily accessible and affordable. The disruptor not only sneaks up on the competition to become the leader, but grows the market by meeting peoples’ needs who found the incumbent’s product too expensive and complex.

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Help team wins at WriteMark Plain English Awards

2013 Winner Plain English Awards Sentence Transformation

This year I was proud to win the Best Plain English Sentence Transformation award and get an Award of Distinction for the same category at the WriteMark Plain English Awards.

My colleague Ros Black received two Awards of Distinction – one for Best Plain English Sentence Transformation and another for Best Plain English Technical Communicator.

The WriteMark Plain English Awards are an annual event that recognise excellence in clear and transparent communication. It’s always a great night hearing inspirational people speak about the importance of  plain English, and mixing with others who are as passionate about plain English as  we are.

Gregory Fortuin, WriteMark Plain English Awards Trust Chair, said “Xero was warmly acknowledged as a champion of clear, transparent communication. We all know that plain English is imperative for success in business and for the public good.”

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Singapore starting to take off

Singapore is currently experiencing some great traction in the Xero ecosystem. A new Add-on payroll partner, SimplePay, is launching their product into Singapore and we are close to launching bank feeds via Yodlee for Singapore banks.

Simplepay makes Payroll easier

SimplePay is a cloud payroll solution company that started out in South Africa and then released its product for neighboring Botswana. It has long recognised the need for country specific payroll solutions. It has a product in development for the UK and has now released its product into Singapore ready for Jan 1 – the start of the Singapore financial year.

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Crowe Horwath AU offers Xero to 1,000 clients

Crowe Horwath achieves Platinum status

We’ve got some great news to round out the year here in Australia – leading firm Crowe Horwath has reached Platinum status by getting their 1,000th client on Xero. Photo from the day (from left to right): Gavin Fernandes –  Key Accounts Manager, Xero, Greg Emsley – Cloud Sponsor & Group Chief Information Officer, Crowe Horwath and me, Chris Ridd – Managing Director, Xero AU.

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Getting on board with the Small Business Web

the small business webI’ve recently joined the Small Business Web board and am thrilled to help this organization continue its journey towards creating better, more integrated web of business applications.

The Small Business Web is a trade association that believes in world where software works to help small businesses around the world be more efficient and productive. It is made up of nearly 200 companies who are pursuing a vision where anyone, without restriction, can build, sell and use software using infrastructure common by all. Continue reading ›

 

Slow Performance

1:35 am GMT (2:35 pm NZT)  We are experiencing slow performance on Xero applications including accounting and payroll.

The Xero operations team are working on the root cause of the problem and we will rectify as soon as possible.  We will provide another update at 2am GMT.

We apologize for the impact this issue is having on our users.

UPDATE 2:01 am GMT (3:01 pm NZT): Performance has returned to normal however there is a small risk that we will experience further performance issues.  We will continue to monitor the system and further updates will be posted as soon as we have any new information.

 

 

British Accountancy Awards

We think of industry awards as a bit of fun showbiz recognition for the team, and it’s always a good coping strategy to not take them too seriously because you’ll only get depressed when you don’t win.

So, in that level headed spirit we’re super-crazy chuffed that Xero won the Best Client Software category in the British Accountancy Awards at the Tower of London last night, the biggest awards in the UK accounting industry’s calendar.

British Accountancy Awards trophy

It was particularly gratifying to read the comment from the judging panel that “Xero is a poster child for the new breed of online accounting systems.”

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Adding another landmark building in Wellington

We’re pleased to announce that Xero is expanding into a third building in Wellington. We now have over 600 staff globally of which 250 are based in this city.

What has been known as the Manthel building is on the high profile corner of Taranaki and Wakefield Streets, in view of the existing Xero HQ. It is also across the road from an additional space we are leasing in Wakefield Street. The building is being repainted as shown in the picture mockup and will be called Xero Two.

Manthel building becomes Xero Two

Staff will start moving in to Xero Two from the end of December this year. We will take the ground floor of the building for an initial term of just over two years. We are excited about the location and unique character of the building and the landlord is committed to further development work around further space.

This area really is Wellington’s “hi-tech precinct”, with Trade Me, NZX, Infratil and other firms nearby. It is close to transport for commuting staff and there are plenty of cafes and facilities nearby. It’s fantastic to be able to use our growth to revitalize character spaces in this beautiful city,

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ASB adds support for more accounts

ASB logoFurther extending their collaboration with Xero after the launch of credit card feeds last month, ASB have today launched support for loans, term deposits and foreign currency feeds.

ASB is the first bank in Australasia to offer support for foreign currency accounts in Xero.  If you are using Xero’s large product and have multi-currency requirements, such as exporting income or payments to international suppliers, these feeds will help you keep on top of activity in all the foreign currency accounts you hold at ASB.

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Attach files to your financial data

Today cloud accounting moves beyond transactions and reports to include files and documents as part of the full financial data picture. Welcome to Files in Xero.

Traditionally, the files you create and receive as part of your business have been stored away in filing cabinets, shoe boxes or in some hidden folder on your computer. While many of these are directly related to your business, it’s not always easy to locate them when needed. With all your business data in Xero, it no longer makes sense to store your financial data and files separately – and this will make collaborating with your advisors even easier.

Files lets you attach multiple documents to almost anything in Xero and have them right at your fingertips, exactly where you expect to find them. Files can be associated with invoices, transactions, expense receipts, fixed assets, contacts, chart of accounts, bank accounts and even manual journals.

Xero has had single file attachments on bills and receipts for a while – but that was really only the beginning.

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