Saasu, Xero, Freshbooks, MYOB and more at SBTUG (UPDATED)


Sydney Business and Technology User Group

UPDATED: See notes below.

I need your help please.

This month at the Sydney Business & Technology User Group (SBTUG) we’re covering online accounting, bookkeeping, time tracking and invoicing systems for freelancers and small businesses. But I need some guidance from you:

First, which products should we cover? I’m thinking products like Saasu, Xero, Freshbooks and Zoho. Which others should we include? – ideally we have time for five or six in total. What tools do you use in your business?

UPDATE: A few other products that have been suggested including:
Shoeboxed, MinuteDock, BankLink, FreeAgent, MYOB Live Accounts

And second, who would you recommend we ask to present on them? I’m hoping to have Marc from Saasu along and I’ve just started reaching out to Xero via Twitter. Is there someone you know who uses these products who would be an ideal presenter? Would you be an ideal presenter…

UPDATE 2: Many thanks for your help getting tonight’s SBTUG together. We now have the final agenda up with Saasu, Xero, MYOB, Shoeboxed and Freshbooks sessions, along with a big panel session with all speakers. Here’s the agenda:

5:45pm – Doors open
6:00pm – Welcome & Intro – Craig Bailey
6:15pm – Tech NewsNick Rayner
6:30pm – Facebook PrivacyJodie Miners
6:45pm – Saasu – Marc Lehmann (Saasu CEO)
7:00pm – Xero – Sara Goepel (Xero Product Manager)
7:15pm – Pizza Break
7:45pm – Shoeboxed – Tobbi Walter (Shoeboxed CFO)
8:00pm – MYOB Live Accounts – Tim Molloy (MYOB Online – General Manager)
8:00pm – Freshbooks – Craig Bailey (Freshbooks – User & Fan :-)
8:30pm – Panel session for Q+A & Audience Suggestions
9:00pm – Finish

And if you’d like to attend, it’s on Wed 26 May, kicking off at 6pm. Full details on the SBTUG site.

You can RSVP here to let us know you’ll be coming.

Categories

51 Comments

Add yours
  1. 1
    Ed Molyneux

    Do also check out FreeAgent (www.freeagentcentral.com). We’re UK based (so might find it a bit tricky to come along to demo!) but have a fair number of subscribers based in Australia…

    • 2
      Craig Bailey

      Hey, I like the FreeAgent site. Looks like a nice product. Can you point me to any online help that covers Australian Tax (ie BAS) returns using your product – I think it would be of interest to our members.

  2. 3
    Ed Molyneux

    Do also check out FreeAgent (www.freeagentcentral.com). We’re UK based (so might find it a bit tricky to come along to demo!) but have a fair number of subscribers based in Australia…

    • 4
      Craig Bailey

      Hey, I like the FreeAgent site. Looks like a nice product. Can you point me to any online help that covers Australian Tax (ie BAS) returns using your product – I think it would be of interest to our members.

  3. 9
    Ben Kepes

    I’d be an ideal presenter but I’m in EnZed and actually in the US that night! I’d also (if I was you) get MYOB along, they’re not sleeping on this stuff. In terms of Aus/NZ companies I’d say

    -MYOB
    -Xero
    -Saasu
    -BankLink
    -FreshBooks
    -Zoho

    Lots more about accounting software on the blog….

  4. 12
    Ben Kepes

    I’d be an ideal presenter but I’m in EnZed and actually in the US that night! I’d also (if I was you) get MYOB along, they’re not sleeping on this stuff. In terms of Aus/NZ companies I’d say

    -MYOB
    -Xero
    -Saasu
    -BankLink
    -FreshBooks
    -Zoho

    Lots more about accounting software on the blog….

  5. 15
    Craig Bailey

    I’ve just been emailed details of another site – ExpenseCloud – looks good. Thought I’d mention it here if anyone’s interested.

  6. 16
    Craig Bailey

    I’ve just been emailed details of another site – ExpenseCloud – looks good. Thought I’d mention it here if anyone’s interested.

  7. 21
    Pete

    Saasu is the only 100% Aussie 100% Online offering that matches diretly up against MYOB premier so start with them. MYOB is still working on a full offering and xero doesn’t do half the things MYOB premier does offline yet.

    Cheers, Pete.

    • 22
      Craig Bailey

      Thanks Peter. Yes, we are definitely covering Saasu. It’ll be interesting to find out what attendees are currently using, and if it’s MYOB what version (eg Premier versus other verions). We’ll definitely be covering Xero as well – they seem to be really popular also.

  8. 23
    Pete

    Saasu is the only 100% Aussie 100% Online offering that matches diretly up against MYOB premier so start with them. MYOB is still working on a full offering and xero doesn’t do half the things MYOB premier does offline yet.

    Cheers, Pete.

    • 24
      Craig Bailey

      Thanks Peter. Yes, we are definitely covering Saasu. It’ll be interesting to find out what attendees are currently using, and if it’s MYOB what version (eg Premier versus other verions). We’ll definitely be covering Xero as well – they seem to be really popular also.

  9. 29
    Sabrina Nagel

    Hi, I just came across your post. I would suggest to also look at unleashed software (nz based) which does inventory management and has just become an accredited xero partner. It might be helpful as the guys find that a lot of their customers are xero customers who need an inventory function, but it also links in with myob etc.- all about integration. http://www.unleashedsolutions.co.nz/
    disclaimer: i work for a business incubator and unleashed are one of our clients. :-)

    hope it helps.

  10. 32
    Sabrina Nagel

    Hi, I just came across your post. I would suggest to also look at unleashed software (nz based) which does inventory management and has just become an accredited xero partner. It might be helpful as the guys find that a lot of their customers are xero customers who need an inventory function, but it also links in with myob etc.- all about integration. http://www.unleashedsolutions.co.nz/
    disclaimer: i work for a business incubator and unleashed are one of our clients. :-)

    hope it helps.

  11. 35
    Andrew

    If you don’t mind looking at non-AU companies, check out http://www.openair.com. It’s not a full accounting system – but links to them – but the other features make it a killer option.

    1) It’s been around since Web 1.0
    2) it’s a great example of saas – it is updated almost every month with small new features that create huge value
    3) time tracking, invoicing, project budget management, multiple team support

    I’ve used it since 2001 and for the price ($9/month), it’s far and away a key product my business relies on

  12. 37
    Andrew

    If you don’t mind looking at non-AU companies, check out http://www.openair.com. It’s not a full accounting system – but links to them – but the other features make it a killer option.

    1) It’s been around since Web 1.0
    2) it’s a great example of saas – it is updated almost every month with small new features that create huge value
    3) time tracking, invoicing, project budget management, multiple team support

    I’ve used it since 2001 and for the price ($9/month), it’s far and away a key product my business relies on

  13. 39
    Wolf Schumacher

    For one of your next #SBTUGS we’d love to see our SaaS product for Accounting Frms covered: RSDataWeb is a data automation and integration tool, which helps its professional users to cut down drastically on data preparation time and costs. We import transactions from a multitude of reliable sources and export with one click to several professional accounting packages. RSDataWeb is currently mostly used by accountants that administer Self managed superfunds, family trusts and company accounts. Happy to present ourselves or ask client to present.

  14. 40
    Wolf Schumacher

    For one of your next #SBTUGS we’d love to see our SaaS product for Accounting Frms covered: RSDataWeb is a data automation and integration tool, which helps its professional users to cut down drastically on data preparation time and costs. We import transactions from a multitude of reliable sources and export with one click to several professional accounting packages. RSDataWeb is currently mostly used by accountants that administer Self managed superfunds, family trusts and company accounts. Happy to present ourselves or ask client to present.

  15. 45
    Mark Byers

    Hi, really enjoyed my first SBTUG session.

    For anyone looking for an Australian based complete business management system, including full accounting and payroll have a look at http://myworkspace.com.

    It also includes a Platform as a Service offering, which allows the creation of WebApplications using the myworkspace.com base and using the inbuilt website hosting environment. Also includes tradional SOAP based edge-connector webservices.

    This year, celebrating 10 years of delivering SaaS solutions and looking forward to the next 10! Our new look and feel comes out in October – very excited!

  16. 47
    Mark Byers

    Hi, really enjoyed my first SBTUG session.

    For anyone looking for an Australian based complete business management system, including full accounting and payroll have a look at http://myworkspace.com.

    It also includes a Platform as a Service offering, which allows the creation of WebApplications using the myworkspace.com base and using the inbuilt website hosting environment. Also includes tradional SOAP based edge-connector webservices.

    This year, celebrating 10 years of delivering SaaS solutions and looking forward to the next 10! Our new look and feel comes out in October – very excited!

  17. 50
    Rosie

    What was the outcome of this get together? Our manager said that sass the best, but we are using google apps and like the integration features of freshbooks. Xero’s pricing just seems to start at $50 realistically and we’ve heard some rigidity in what they offer. It would be great to see a followup about this topic

+ Leave a Comment