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Why Cloud? Why Now?Why Cloud? Why Now?

National and international organisations explain why they favour Aqilla’s cloud accounting software and service model over other more widely-known (traditional and cloud) solutions.


With Cloud-based solutions racing up the popularity charts, vendors are jostling for position in a space which has been traditionally overcrowded, seeing this emerging end of the market as money for old rope.

Some vendors are developing quickly from scratch, hoping to gain a fast share with skinny functionality and minimal support; others have approached it with a cloud version of their traditional, on-premise product - clunky by design and still costly to implement – hoping to win the deal on the basis that it is merely Cloud-compatible.

Traditional mid-market vendors have over-developed these colossal accounting systems which are costly to feed – Cloud or no Cloud.  Discussing the challenges in evaluating mid-market systems, Managing Director of Aqilla, Hugh Scantlebury says: 

“Businesses often come to us because either they’ve been blown away by a system’s capabilities but discovered they’ve bought something they’ll never use – then have the cost of maintaining it - or they’ve tried to find ways of optimising all this functionality but end up having to spend even more on the implementation.” 

Aqilla is positioned in the middle ground; it was designed to be a smarter, faster and more agile system with an uncomplicated user interface.  Meeting the needs of mid-size businesses, the system’s price structure makes it both affordable and easily scaled.  

Switch Communications Finds A Simple Answer To A Complicated Problem

Aqilla proposed a new accounting solution for Switch Communications’ Finance Director, Gail Collett which specified what she needed, not what she thought she might want, saving precious time and expense implementing features she might never use.  She chose Aqilla over Dynamics because it could solve her complicated analysis needs and put a stop to leaking profits.  Read more about Cloud Accounting for telecommunications. 

A Stick Or Twist Decision For Pump Aid UK And Africa 

When the accounts team at Pump Aid compared the cost of upgrading SunSystems against implementing Aqilla they made a practical decision and then put new-found funds toward saving more lives.  Their new Aqilla Cloud-based system gives them a more robust and reliable solution at a fraction of the cost.  Find out more about Web based Accounting.

ITN Mark Takes A Leap Of Faith

ITN Mark’s Finance Director, Hetal Panchal went out on a limb by rejecting his Group HQ’s favoured NetSuite in favour of Aqilla.  It proved to be better value for money for the UK subsidiary and Aqilla’s Excel interface means HQ has reports in the format it needs. Read more about recruitment Cloud Software.

Leap Confronting Conflict Gets Smarter, Leaner And Faster

Faced with dramatic grant cuts while needing to meet the Charity Commission’s new reporting demands UK non-profit, Leap Confronting Conflict moved to Cloud-based technologies.  Even though SalesForce was the first of their new systems to be installed in the Cloud, they rejected FinancialForce, the vendor’s accounting offer, choosing Aqilla instead.  Find out more about Charity Online Accounting.

Collaboration Solves Complex Needs For Ristorante Semplice

Marco Torri, Proprietor of Michelin-starred Ristorante Semplice in Mayfair, had previously tried SunSystems and Microsoft Dynamics but neither could meet his reporting needs, proving to be unwieldy.  Aqilla teamed up with food and drinks system provider, etc Hospitality to build a simple solution for complex reports. Learn more about Cloud Accounting for restaurants. 

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