The 2013 Australian roadshow has come to an end on wet and windy Gold Coast, but it certainly did not dampen the mood of the attendees. As I reflect on the past four weeks on the road, I’m very proud of my team for the huge effort they’ve put into the 15 events across the country, and blown away by the reactions I’ve seen from bookkeepers and accountants that have attended.
Our first roadshow in Australia this year was also the biggest globally so far, with a final count of 3700 registered attendees. Compared to my first roadshow with Xero in May 2011, when we had 260 attendees in small venues around Australia, it really demonstrates the tremendous growth we are seeing in Australia as more business advisors see the value in a pure cloud model and move to Xero.
We also talked about Practice Studio, our cloud based practice management solution. Practice Studio is a combination of practice tools that will come together over the next 18 months comprising Xero Practice Manager, Tax, Workpapers and Report Packs, all free for Silver and above partners. Microsoft and enableHR are our first partners to jump on board to bring value to the Partner Progam and you can expect many more in the months ahead. It is all about commoditizing your IT spend through the Xero tools and partner solutions that can help you move your practice to the cloud.
While we gave our partners plenty to ponder, I also learn a lot from them too. I learned that our partners love new tools that provide the most efficient way to work with your clients and free up your time. They will clap and cheer when you announce that Apple and Android users can now reconcile their bank statement data on their smart phones, even from the comfort of their bed. Cupcakes taste even sweeter iced in Xero blue, and, our partners are not afraid to tell it like it is.
Be sure to check our events page for future roadshows.