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AccountingWEB's Head of Insight has been with the site since 1999 and likes to spend his time studying accountants’ technology habits. When not nerding out, you can find him exploring obscure indie music and searching for the perfect organic sourdough loaf from his base in Brighton, UK.
Head of Insight AccountingWEB UK
Jun 29th 2016
They're not the only ones. Word reached us in the UK this week that the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA) has formed joined with Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) to form a global alliance with 788,000 members.
Within a matter of barely two weeks, we've just seen the hierarchy within the profession globalize itself into two massive camps. There are other national bodies outside of those alliances that might start feeling a little lonely when confronted by the giants.
I'd make the point that cross-border cloud accounting has already been burrowing away at the foundations underpinning national bodies, most of which have been wrestling with slowing growth in recent years.
But how relevant will global mega-alliances be to ordinary CPAs? They seem to be focusing on a Risk-like game for global prominence at a time when how they act locally is probably more important to their members.
Conversations about the relevance of ACCA and other professional bodies frequently appear on our UK site AccountingWEB.co.uk.
I wonder if there's the same level of unease among AICPA members?
Jan 22nd 2016
Hi Karen, and welcome to AccountingWEB.com!
Since I'm based in the UK too, It's a little funny to be talking to you via our US site, but I can appreciate your interest in the American payroll software market. I'm a little new to the scene as well, but what I do know is that AccountingWEB.com did some work on accountants' needs for myPay Solutions last year. Big national service providers like ADP are very influential, but around a third of the practitioner market likes to do it themselves, according to myPay. I don't think they'll mind too much if I let slip that you can pick up a few more impressionistic snippets from their white papers, which are available here: https://www.accountingweb.com/thomson-reuters-1
Nov 26th 2015
Can you provide a bit more detail about the nature of your question?
From a couple of vantages I'm not really qualified to offer my insights (I'm a male non-accountant), but I'm very interested to hear about your experiences and those of other accountants.
A feature of life in practice in recent years has been the number of women who come back into the profession after having children and decide to set up their own firms rather than returning to previous positions at more traditional, less flexible firms.
Running your own business is a much bigger challenge, but you can call the shots and work when and how you want. Because they are operating more flexibly, many of these firms that I've talked to are very successful at recruiting like-minded women as team members.
Sep 17th 2015
Hi Paul, Your question indicates to me that you may have strayed over here to AccountingWEB's US site, which is why you may not have received any answers to your question yet.
I'll repost it back on the UK version and see if we can find some suggestions for you there.
Sep 17th 2015
The terminology in your question suggest you've strayed over here from the other side of the Atlantic.
If you don't mind, I'll transfer the comment and your registration to our companion site in the UK, AccountingWEB.co.uk
In the meantime, thanks for your interest in our community and I hope we can find a few helpful answers to your question.
John Stokdyk, Editor-in-chief, AccountingWEB
Sep 17th 2015
Hi Old School,
In my work as an AccountingWEB editor, I’m frequently looking for ways to get in touch with important people. I’ll suggest some routes for you to explore in a minute, but I’d also like to question your assumption that Brad Smith doesn’t want to talk to you.
Even if you’re not a Wall Street Analyst, fellow tech CEO or major investor he might well be willing to listen. In my experience, good software CEOs like to get feedback from the front line. Customer satisfaction should be very high up their list of priorities, as it’s their main leading indicator for profitability and growth. And there’s no better way to collect that data than to get first-hand feedback from users.
You may have to negotiate a lot of gatekeepers to get near him, but if you’ve got an important observation or complaint about his products and services, I bet you would show up on Brad Smith’s radar. If they’ve got working online reputation monitoring systems working, I’m surprised that one of his team hasn’t already contacted you here.
If that’s not the case, here are a few ways to reach him:
• Call Intuit HQ in Mountain View CA during business hours and ask to speak to him. If you get an automated answering system, try pressing 0 and hope you get through to a human who will pass on your request.
• Find him on Twitter (@IntuitBrad), LinkedIn or Google+ and try to connect or communicate with him via social media. Twitter is probably the least effort for both you and him, as there’s a good chance he (or his social media people) will see any message you post that begins @IntuitBrad. Raise your question or make your point there and you should find they’ll listen.
• Most large organisations have a standard format for their email addresses involving last names and first names or initials in some combination. A net search should quickly tell you which one Intuit uses .. To save you the trouble, I just Googled “intuit email address format” and the example it gave was [email protected].
Finally, why not share what’s on your mind with us here on AccountingWEB. We’re just as good a vehicle to communicate with Intuit as some of those other places I mentioned and you might find that there are other members who have had the same experiences or share your feelings. The more of you there are, the more likely it is Brad Smith and his colleagues will be listening in. And responding perhaps?
Sep 3rd 2015
I think this query might be better directed to members of our sister site in the UK. Try signing up and reposting it here:
Jul 13th 2015
The first thing you may need to do is check with the professional body to which you are affiliated, Moffat, and then to see if there are any professional restrictions on practising. Both CIMA and ACCA have pretty strict rules around this, and may prevent you from operating as a practitioner unless you have obtained a practising certificate from them. But this can also vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.
Whatever the official rules are, you also need to ask yourself if you are ready to practice on your own account. Do you really have the experience to take this on? You will encounter a lot of new situations and challenges, so you need to be able to make a clear-headed assessment of your own capabilities - and do the professional thing and call in support if you go outside your areas of competence.
Finally you have to really know that it's what you want. The autonomy and flexibility of running your own practice are great, but it can also be very hard work.
As Seth mentioned, the Start Up In Practice Guide is a quick way to get an overview of some of the different aspects you will need to consider - and then start your deeper research on AccountingWEB and by asking other practitioners how they did it. I hope the site continues to provide the support you need as you embark on your journey.
Jun 30th 2015
This certainly looks to be a big issue at the moment. Scott Donnelly posted a blog today about the same topic: https://www.accountingweb.com/node/25250