We have just completed 6 Appacus App Advisory Bootcamps that we held in Birmingham, Edinburgh, Manchester, Leeds, London and Milton Keynes. It's been brilliant to share our knowledge with over 120 attendees and be able to guide them through the knowledge, process and commercial elements needed to make it a viable revenue stream for the firm.
Each session was a brilliant show of collaboration by accounting firms which we continue to see blossom in our free 500+ member Facebook group.
At each of the events, we had some breakout sessions with one of them covering the subject of "What are the internal blockers from adopting cloud accounting and the ecosystem within your Accounting firm?"
The 21 reasons captured:
However, when you re-categorise these it is down to some fundamental areas:
Sadly, there was also an undercurrent of Cloud Champions in attendance feeling that their firms were "talking the talk" but there was a lack of "walking the walk" when it came to the senior members of the firm actually backing the adoption and associated investment (resource than actual costs). Lots of people feeling frustrated that and monitoring their own firms progress with a view to is it covering their own career development and job satisfaction. Interestingly more people thought that a move to industry might be the better option as they feel it could be the same sh*t but with a different badge at another firm...
And when we ask why they are considering their future it's the same theme - "we know what we should be doing but we aren't being allowed to offer these services to our clients because we have so much existing work to complete, we aren't being given the time to make the cloud accounting world come alive and some elements of the firm aren't taking this seriously making it difficult to progress".
And we wonder why the accounting profession isn't retaining or attracting people to it... It isn't all down to a lack of sufficient applicants - we are scaring people away from the profession. One attendee said it would be "the dream" to be able to focus on cloud accounting only - really sad this is only considered a dream which seems a way off from reality.
So my message to those who are leading firms but are only dipping their toe in the water with cloud accounting - either do it properly or don't do it at all! You are risking your own firms' staff and client base by only doing a half-arsed job...
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