Questions & Answers.

Each week we ask experts about new developments in the technology field. This week Pastel Software managing director Vincent Byrne talks through rival Sage’s take-over of TAS and the future of the accountancy software market.

Q. What will this deal mean for accountants?

A. It is still unclear as to whether Sage will remove the TAS products and simply penetrate its user base. Any reduction in choice for accountants can’t be good.

Q. Are we likely to see further acquisitions at the small end of the market?

A. There are not many options available any more. All that is left now are the relatively small independent vendors. In terms of acquisition, most would represent small user-bases.

Q. What opportunities are left for vendors in this end of the market?

A. There are still a large number of smaller businesses with no computerisation. It is not just a question of gaining market share – it is also about helping businesses to computerise their accounts.

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