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Even though I had been using Xero for my own practice for over a year and had taken Xero's certification class, I felt that I still needed more knowledge on the product. I was looking for someone who could train me further, and quite possibly future customers as I moved forward with a Xero practice.
That is when I discovered Blue Circle Training. Their class made it easy for me to pick up on conceptual gaps I had missed, or undiscovered shortcuts with Xero. I was also great to take processing examples from my own practice and customer situations, and have them answered. One of the challenging parts of bringing on a customer to any new platform is making sure you plan and anticipate the critical accounting processing areas. That is why I chose Blue Circle to propel my Xero skills to the next level.
Jim McCarty, Fresh Look Financial
Carol-Ann presents and trains in a very approachable style and listens closely. Her knowledge is evident in her delivery and always offers a suggestion in a way I never thought of.
The course was perfect and we finished a few minutes early.. great job-enjoyed it very much.
Carol-Ann helped me develop my presentation skills, to deliver a presentation that’s organized, effective and deliver it with confidence.
Carol-Ann has the ability to create a comfortable learning environment and is very clear in her delivery of presentations.
I took more than I had ever expected from Carol-Ann’s course.” She has tremendous experience and great time saving techniques, would highly recommend any of her courses to anyone.
The Blue Circle Training team recently attended Xero’s first ever U.S. conference in San Francisco, California for the very first “Xerocon”
What could one expect attending the first ever for the U.S?
Simon, Pat and I (Blue Circle Training Team) were all “welcomed” warmly at the Welcome event held September 4, 2013.
Buzzing with enthusiasm there was a real energy in room with not only Xero staff present, but Add On Partners from around the world, sharing experiences, ideas and of course a friendly family-like welcome. This was only the beginning!
The following day (September 4, 2013) was the actual conference. The day started with Founder Rod Drury speaking. Rod stated clearly that “Xero is changing how business is done” indeed! We can now all work whenever and wherever we want.
As we continued further through day, with many presentations, it became clear that Xero is committed to the U.S. market, not only in terms of growth in numbers but commitment to an even greater product for the U.S. market with the addition of Payroll to be released in the very near future. Xero’s commitment does not end there. Additional features to look forward to include;
-Even greater Report Customization including Report Packs for Accountants to create reports for all clients
-Purchase Orders and Quotes
-A lite Inventory management and adding pictures, tags to items
-Easy touch interface
-Training-to be expanded to include sessions for Reporting and Certification (self-paced).
After the “day session” wrapped up, it was off to the Gala Event and very well organized and a great overall atmosphere. Truly a first class event.
The most surprising thing for me was the overall feel of the conference. As Xero’s first ever U.S. conference, they just “get it” in terms of organizing the event, and it really felt like everyone was on the same page to go forward in business in a new way. As I looked around the room at the conference, it was clear, Xero has everyone’s attention for both innovation and what the future holds and how to do business in a new way.
Rod Drury (Founder) and Jamie Sutherland (U.S. President Operations) are extremely approachable. I had the opportunity to speak with Rod directly, it was very clear how supportive and enthusiastic that Rod is of “Blue Circe Training” delivering training around the world.
This is the feeling throughout Xero’s incredible staff, brimming with enthusiasm, excited to work with you and look forward to sharing your success. Xero has truly found exceptional staff and it’s very evident in all that they do.
Oh yes we can all learn a software program, but to use it in a new and exciting (convenient way) and how to do business different and more efficient without wasting a lot of time on the “stuff” is really what it’s all about. By stuff I mean what many of us are used to (downloads, backups, installs) in other words….the big time wasters, or should I say just plain annoying things.
The cloud indeed changes everything. I could keep going, but will save for my next blog.
Xero has truly done a fabulous job of the first ever event in the U.S.! The orgainizing team has much to be proud of. Xerocon 2014 …can’t wait!
Blue Cirlce Training, has indeed much to deliver to it’s future training sessions! We couldn’t be more excited and challenged as Xero continue to grow and expand, not only in the U.S. but around the world.
These are exciting time for Accountants, Bookkeepers and Customers. You just may want to get on the Xero bandwagon…or you may get left behind.
Stay tuned, much more to come from Blue Circle Training. Oh and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and Linkedin and like us on Facebook.
Till next time,
Blue Circle Training
The Blue Circle Training team’s trip to San Francisco to attend Xerocon was proof positive that, even a company growing as amazingly fast as Xero can still keep its focus on the most important part of the business: The Customer.
During this one day event (it was actually repeated over two days due to the incredible number of registrations!), partners at the show had the chance to hear from Rod Drury (CEO) and Jamie Sutherland (President of US Operations) on the story of Xero, their vision of the product, and some of their goals for the company moving forward.
It didn’t stop there however, as a number of Xero’s management team from around the globe (including Andrew Tokely, Product Development Manager at Xero) took the stage to discuss upcoming features and improvements we can expect to see added in the next few months, and in to 2014. Some of these included exciting new functionality around Purchase Orders, Quotes, and managing Inventory. The fan favorites however were the new addition of US Payroll, and comprehensive document management from anywhere in the product. Needless to say, the accountants and bookkeepers that made up most of the shows audience were blown away.
Beyond the presentations given during the day, Xerocon was an amazing opportunity for Xero partners and customers to meet and network with each other, and with the Xero staffers themselves. Even Rod Drury was on the floor talking with attendees to get feedback, and provide insight and advice. Rarely will you attend a conference where the company’s staff and management team are so accessible, and so supportive of their partners. That’s really the Xero difference.
For Blue Circle Training, the event gave us the opportunity to meet face to face with colleagues on the Xero side from around the globe to discuss our growing partnership, and the importance of being able to provide a solid training foundation to Xero’s end users as well as their partners. Being Xero’s first officially recognized Authorized Training Partner, we expect the relationship to continue to grow just as quickly as Xero’s customer base.
The countdown to next year’s Xerocon has already started, and we can’t wait to see what they have in store for us then!
Check out more on the Xerocon event in Xero’s blog here.
San Francisco, CA August 28, 2013…Next week the accounting industry’s movers and shakers will descend on San Francisco for Xerocon Elevate 2013, and Blue Circle Training Inc., North America’s only Xeroendorsed and Xerocertified training partner, will be there.
Xero “beautiful accounting software”, founded in 2006 by New Zealand based entrepreneur Rod Drury, is an online (or “cloudbased”) accounting platform for accountants, bookkeepers, and those managing finances for individuals and small and mediumsized businesses. Xero allows for "financial reporting, inventory [management], payroll, expense claims" (as well as mobile invoicing and cashflow tracking), and more all from a single, easytonavigate dashboard. (For more information about Xero, visit www.xero.com.)
On September 4th, “Xeroites” of all ilks (that is, accountants, bookkeepers, and anyone who uses or plans to use Xero’s technology to streamline their accounting activities) will convene at San Francisco’s Terra Gallery & Event Venue (511 Harrison Street) to rub elbows with Xero’s founders, Xero experts, and Xero’s top accounting and bookkeeping partners. This US event (the third stop in the fourcountry Xerocon Elevate tour) brings together the accounting industry’s leaders for networking, sharing, and learning in an exciting roster of educational seminars and presentations over two days.
Blue Circle Training Inc. partners with Xero to provide worldclass training to users in North America and around the globe. Specializing in cloudbased training solutions, Blue Circle provides the training that professionals need no matter where they are to get the most of out Xero’s unique features. It's hightech training, simplified.
“Our team of expert trainers brings decades of industry experience to the sessions we deliver. We know the power that Xero holds for small and mediumsized businesses, and we've created Blue Circle to share this with you. After our training sessions, you'll be able to use Xero to its full potential and, in so doing, manage your business accounting perfectly!”
Blue Circle Training Founder and Lead Trainer, CarolAnn Brouwer, and Global Training Manager and Xero Certified Trainer, Simon Gatto, are looking forward to “talking everything Xero” at the Xerocon Elevate 2013 Welcome Evening on both September 3rd and 4th, and the Xerocon Awards Gala Dinner on September 5th. On September 6th (8:30am) Brouwer will deliver an exciting Partner Certification Training Seminar to Accounting Partners that are leaders in the U.S. market. Brouwer is a successful entrepreneur who combines years of experience in banking, accounting, and teaching with her passion for Xero to deliver worldclass training.
For more information about Xero and Xerocon Elevate 2013, visit www.xero.com/us/xerocon. For more information about CarolAnn Brouwer, XeroEndorsed Training Partner and founder of Blue Circle Training Inc., visit www.bluecircletraining.com.