What a week! I’m here at the Sleeter Group’s Solutions14 — one of the premier accounting solutions conferences in the U.S. I had a chance to announce some exciting Xero news in my keynote presentation this morning that I want to share with you.
First off, we’ve upped the pace of our product innovation here at Xero with a soon-to-be-launched Business Performance Dashboard. This new dashboard and our vision will put small business owners and their advisors in better control and show how they compare to other businesses like them.
I’m also excited to to announce that our second Xerocon accounting show in the U.S. will take place in early June in Denver, Colorado.
Now let me give you more details on this news and a sneak peek at what’s to come.
Big data for small business
Today, most business owners don’t know how their business is performing until it’s too late. With our upcoming Business Performance Dashboard and future big data capabilities, business owners will be able to see in real time how they are doing and how they compare to others to quickly make any necessary adjustments. This is just the first step in how we’ll be looking to use big data from our global accounting platform to better serve our customers.
Business owners and their advisors can collaborate to make the timely decisions needed to drive business health and growth. For accounting professionals, this means they can use the information presented in the dashboards to help grow their firms by providing value-added services to their small business clients in terms of strategic advice and coaching.
The Xero Business Performance dashboard will be available within the Xero accounting software — for free to all existing customers — in early 2015.
Future proofing your firm with Xerocon 2015
I’m also super excited to announce that our second Xerocon here in the U.S. will take place from June 2 – 4 in Denver, Colorado. Xerocon 2015 will bring together accounting and bookkeeping professionals and software developers to hear from inspiring keynote speakers on how to grow their firms. They will also learn how to use Xero’s online accounting platform and ecosystem of over 350 integrated business apps to accelerate their practice and expand their service offerings.
At the same time, attendees will hear from their peers who have transformed their firms by leveraging cloud and focusing in on specific niches and verticals. They will also benefit from tailored content designed specifically to help them be successful in their role whether it be an accountant, bookkeeper, virtual CFO, consultant or firm owner.