About Aqilla Finance and Accounting


Aqilla is a mid-market, designed-for-Cloud, Accounting / Postmodern ERP Solution that sits above the well-known entry-level SME products such as Xero, Quickbooks and Sage. It has the capabilities of products like SunSystems (Infor FMS), SAP Business One, Netsuite, Microsoft Dynamics, Intacct and many others but at a fraction of the complexity and cost.

With full accrual-based accounting, extensive budgeting, forecast and commitment control features combined with an enterprise class, robust general ledger system that includes full workflow approval and data audit features – Aqilla is an attractive choice for commercial and governmental organisations wishing to deliver faster business benefits and reduce cost.


Your Top 10 Most Asked Questions: Answered!


Finding the right Cloud accounting software can be tedious. Therefore we compiled and answered Aqilla’s top 10 most asked questions and answered them for you. Everything from set up, implementation to features and pricing.


Delivering real value


Our users experience an Online Accounting platform that grows with their needs and delivers results in an intuitive and easy to use application. API’s and plugins ensure easy integration into CRM, Business Intelligence, Excel and other backend systems. New customers can be up and running in hours not days, save by not spending money on expensive training/consultancy and removing the ongoing expense of maintenance and management.

Customers need and want something different and we give them something different – real value. With Aqilla, that is what they get:

  • Zero Deployment – If users have access to a Web browser, they can access the Aqilla online accounting system.
  • Highly Scalable – Aqilla runs in a state-of-the-art data centre and offers effectively unlimited capacity, with virtualisation, clustering and failover.
  • Access Anywhere, Anytime, ‘On Demand’ – there’s no accounting software loaded on the client device and the inherent low bandwidth requirements of a browser-based solution, so it’s possible to access the Aqilla online accounting system anywhere in the world.
  • Extranet – Provided that sufficient access controls are put in place, it is possible to give an organisation’s partners access to parts of the system providing more responsive levels of self-service.
  • Interoperability – Through the use of Web Services, functionality and data may be exposed to, or retrieved from, external systems in a simple and open manner.
  • Accounting Freedom – developed using proven value for money open source technologies that do not restrict a customer’s choice either now or in the future.
Hugh Scantlebury Director Aqilla Accounting and Finance

Hugh Scantlebury


Colin Christianson Director Aqilla Accounting and Finance

Colin Christianson

Director & Chief Product Architect

Mark Rodel-Duffy FCA

Finance Director

Hugh Scantlebury

From roots firmly established in the IT revolution of the 1980s working for Kewill Systems plc, Hugh Scantlebury went on to join Systems Union in 1992.

As EMEA Channel Sales Director he led a team managing a £30 million market which generated in excess of £11 million pounds worth of net revenue from channels selling integrated financial and business solutions in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. At Sage, working as General Manager for the Corporate and European Division, he launched two new business initiatives focusing on OLAP and e-Business development services. In 2002 Hugh took up the role of managing director for a 3i-backed business, Foundation Systems, which specialised in the supply, implementation and support of integrated financial and business management. This business became a wholly owned subsidiary of Systems Union Group in December 2003, which in turn was subsequently acquired by Infor, a US$2.1 billion corporation backed by Golden Gate Capital in 2006.

Colin Christianson

His early career was spent working for Smiths Industries where he was responsible for the implementation of a variety of mainframe and mini-computer systems.

After a spell as a senior consultant with Hoskyns, Colin joined Systems Union as a founding member and director of R&D, leading the development of SunSystems, the mid-market accounting systems leader, from its early inception in the early eighties.

In 1999, Colin recognised that solutions based on emerging web technologies offered an exciting new opportunity and left to setup ncSoft to develop a set of web based applications covering time recording, expense management, and procurement. In 2004, Infor (Systems Union) purchased ncSoft and now offers these products as part of their SunSystems procurement and productivity portfolio of products.

Mark Rodel-Duffy FCA

Since the early 1990’s Mark’s career has been firmly routed within the wonderful world of finance for technology companies. We are delighted to welcome him to the Aqilla leadership team.

Dispelling the (five) myths of accounting in the Cloud

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