Softworld special: Cloud computing roundtable

Think carefully before implementing online software, a panel of experts at
Softworld said earlier today.

Changing online technology is seen as the way to the future – but users have
to be sure before they consider implementation as this is a “new technology”,
said David Turner, Coda group marketing director.

“The reality is that this is a new type of technology and we will obviously
try to make it easier, but the reality is it is completely new technology,” said

“Make sure you know what you are signing up for”, added Bryan Richter, UK
manager at Mamut.

He added: “Not all cloud providers are created equally.”

The comments were made at a panel discussion at Softworld earlier today on
the business benefits of cloud computing.

Turner claimed that while online accountancy software currently accounts for
less than 5% of the “on-premise” market, it is growing.

Toby Davidson, director of professional services at NetSuite, the online
software provider, said there were three main categories cloud computing can
offer that on-premise can’t – flexibility, reduced costs and ability to manage
and make the most from their business.

The other panelist was Tim Knight, senior director at, and the
event was chaired by Richard Anning, head of the ICAEW IT Faculty.

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