Today’s been a real blast with Xero Partner Conference (#xerocon) day 2. We’ve been completely blown away with the reaction from our partners. Kicking off this morning with our CEO, Rod Drury setting the scene for a day of fist pumping and cheering from our accounting partners. Yes, we had accountants fist pumping! And such a great turn-out!
So much was packed into one day, and we haven’t even had our awards dinner yet – photos to follow of the dance floor action. 430 cups of coffee (from Aurum Coffee including help from Kevin from Customer Care) was like fuel on the fire.
Highlights of the day:
New Zealand Minister of Small Business and Statistics Maurice Williamson, gave an open insight into the direction our government is taking with cloud technology and initiatives such as the Single Business Number.
Our Modern Practice providers gave a world-first view of their solutions working seamlessly together to bring game-changing productivity gains to the accounting practice.
CEO of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants (NZICA) Terry McLaughlin showed how they are leading the drive to help members adjust to the industry changes as accountants move to higher value relationships with clients.
Justin Hygate entertained with a lively presentation of the Companies Office web services initiatives and the future of linking to these through solutions like Xero.
Our rapid-fire session saw senior members of the product team unveil what’s planned for the year ahead. We got some cracking applause from partners who had their top requests and even some items from their dream list show up. And yes, budgets may have been on there…
But the real fist pumps came at the end when CTO, Craig Walker showed the power of our mobile vision, with expense claims on the run and attaching a photo of the receipt straight from your smart phone.
Craig also fired everyone up with a demo on address verification work we’re doing with NZ Post that automatically populates addresses into contacts in Xero and includes geo data (or maps for you non-geeks) to make it easy to find new clients when you’re out and about.
We also had hilarious interludes during the day from MC Mark Wright who kept the room entertained with a selection of his favorite quotes and sometimes fictitious introductions of presenters.
There are no words to describe how proud we were to have so many accountants come and tell us this was “the best conference ever”.
More conference photos on the Xero Facebook page.