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Keeping up a blog is hard. I’ve been at it since October 2005, posting regularly up until May last year, but then I went AWOL from Business Two Zero for a while until today. My 5 year anniversary on the web came and went with a whimper, and I felt guilty, but not guilty enough to get off my arse and blog – that’s got to change! I’ve kept up tweeting and chipping in to the conversation at various places, but I need to get back to regular posting and making a real contribution. In the intervening time there have been plenty of cloud, collaboration and enterprise 2.0 developments, and I’ve got more involved in the standards topic. I’ve also had some new technology to play with….. I’ve switched to a BlackBerry Torch – finally we’ve got a BB with a proper browser. I’ve gone Amazon Kindle, and now I can carry round dozens and dozens of books and get more reading done in the gaps and on the road. At Christmas, my wife enrolled me in the iPad generation… Expect reviews on those 3 things in the next few weeks. I’ve got a selection of books to comment on too – from Vinnie Mirchandani’s “The New Polymath” to “Graceful” by Seth Godin (on Kindle cheaper than a cappuccino), etc., etc. This year marks an inflection point when the Cloud and online accounting will become much more significant in business and in practice, so I have plenty to write about.
So what has finally shifted me from writing half a draft post and neglecting it (I have a lot of those in the repository since last May), to finishing this one and pressing the publish button? Well Sage, the market leader in accounting applications in the UK, has finally, after several false starts, released a Cloud accounting application last week called SageOne. It’s very significant for two reasons:
It will finally bring a level of validity for SaaS and Cloud solutions so that they are properly considered by the average accountant in practice and in business in the UK
It’s too little too late for Sage, and I’d argue it’s one of the ingredients in the beginning of a steady decline for the company.
The next post will be my initial commentary on SageOne explaining why I think that. So, a blog is not just for Christmas, it’s for life! it’s great to be back at this place, and I hope I can maintain a steady flow of material through 2011.
N.B. – Why Hello World?
It’s a tradition among programmers when attempting to learn a new programming language to write a “Hello World!” program as one of the first steps – something that simply displays “Hello World!” on the screen. Wikipedia is 10 years old this month, and it followed that tradition. Although the first article is dated 16 January 2001, Jimmy Wales says that his first test edit of the home page occurred on the 15 January 2001 with the text “Hello World!”.