James Solomons

Accounting, Business & Technology; Advocate, Entrepreneur & Educator

Xero Band



Rocking the night away at Xerocon



Xerocon All Stars band 2013

Rocking the night away at Xerocon

Xero staff and partners star in the Xero Band

Recognition – Advancement to a Chartered Accountant Fellow (FCA) – Video & Transcript

On Wednesday August 1st I had the privilege of delivering the guest address at the Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand (CA ANZ) New Member certificate presentation & merit award recipient presentation. The night also held special significance for me personally as I was presented with my CA ANZ Fellowship Certificate.

Being advanced to Fellowship of CA ANZ has been a humbling experience as it recognises the contribution I have made to CA ANZ and the entire accounting profession since being admitted as a Chartered Accountant in Oct 2007.

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From the Xero band to the budget roundtable; A review of my time as Xero’s Head of Accounting

In May 2014 after the Xero roadshow, I wrote a blog that challenged Xero to take responsibility for the disruption it was bringing to the industry (for the better). Little did I know that this blog would start a chain reaction of proportions I could never have imagined.

I had spent the better part of five years writing about industry change, and the issues facing small businesses. I’d shared my thoughts on panels at Xerocon and at roadshows, played in the Xero All Stars band and worked closely with the Xero team to help the platform better serve accountants, bookkeepers and small businesses. Continue reading “From the Xero band to the budget roundtable; A review of my time as Xero’s Head of Accounting”

The rise of the agile accountant

As noted in my last post I have number of speaking commitments coming up over the next couple of months, so I’ve spent a lot of time recently reflecting on the role of a CFO and, indeed, the wider accounting profession.

During my presentations and panel discussions, I’ll be speaking to audiences from across the APAC accounting community about the tech trends that are going to shape the future of the industry.

These sessions will take a deep dive into the topics of:  Continue reading “The rise of the agile accountant”

Back on the speaking Circuit !

For reasons unknown to me I’d disappeared off the speaking circuit BUT the drought has been broken & I’m speaking at 5 premier accounting events over 3 weeks! I’m pumped!

All sessions really deep diving into the tech trends that we as accountants need to be taking notice of!

If you are at one of these events be sure to come up & say hi !

March 22nd – Sydney CFO Symposium, 11am

March 22nd – Accounting Business Expo (Syd), 1:30pm

March 26th – Count Annual Conf’ (Vietnam), 1:25pm

April 9th – CA ANZ Accounting Conf’ (Syd), 9am

April 11th – Adelaide CFO Symposium, 11:30am

Future of Accounting Podcast with Danetha Doe

Late last year I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Danetha Doe on her Future of Accounting Podcast. Its a great website for young and old finance professionals to check out !

Focus of the podcast was on the innovation occurring in the industry and unlike many of my other articles and interviews it focused more on my personal journey as an accountant, something which I rarely speak about (because frankly, everyone has a story and mine is nothing special !)

Check it out here !

Here is what Danetha wrote on her site about the Podcast !  Continue reading “Future of Accounting Podcast with Danetha Doe”

Immediate reflections on my CEO Sleepout Experience…..

Back at the office after a tough night sleeping without a roof over my head on the SCG turf. Even in an environment safe from the threat of being bashed and robbed it was impossible to get any real sleep. But this experience would not compare to what 105,000 people in Australia go through every night, including 17,000 kids under the age of 12. 
I have been so lucky in my life to have been helped by so many people to get to where I am today. A beautiful family, nice house, nice car, good education, a steady income and great people to work with everyday. Some however, from decisions they make themselves or from circumstances out of their control are not so lucky. 
When I tuck my kids into bed tonight and then later on kiss my wife goodnight and tell her I love her, then rest my head on my own pillow and try to drift off to sleep I will not be able to shake the fact that so many adults and kids in Australia will be searching for a place to curl up for the night, hoping to make it through the cold and to not be preyed upon while they sleep. 
As a society we have a responsibility to not only help those in need but to protect them when they are unable to do so themselves, regardless of the reason. Where the system fails, the rest of us need to step in.
You can still donate and I urge you to do so to help Vinnies continue the great work that they do.


Embracing Change For Start-up Success

It’s human nature to dislike change. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it – right? Why disrupt a process, or do things differently?

Usually the answer is that the process is, in fact, broken – or could be massively improved – but we’ve become too complacent to notice.

This is particularly apparent to start-ups providing a service to enterprise customers. Unlike the nimble, adaptable start-up themselves – or SMEs that can react with agility – large enterprises with multiple decision-makers are typically more change-averse simply because of their size and scale. Despite the fact that technological evolution is inevitable, and new technologies are becoming quicker and easier to implement, the process of integrating new solutions is still a risk for large organisations.

So as an enterprise start-up, how do you break through?

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