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Ben Kepes is a technology evangelist, an investor, a commentator and a business adviser. His business interests include a diverse range of industries from manufacturing to property to technology. As a technology commentator he has a broad presence both in the traditional media and extensively online. Ben covers the convergence of technology, mobile, ubiquity and agility, all enabled by the Cloud. His areas of interest extend to enterprise software, software integration, financial/accounting software, platforms and infrastructure as well as articulating technology simply for everyday users.

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14 responses to “Xero – Review”

  1. Paul

    noticed something on

    Last paragraph is pretty interesting-

    “There are two version of Xero available – the full Xero and the Accountants Edition (also known as the Cashbook Client).
    The cashbook client is a simplified version of Xero that is available only through Xero partners for their clients.

    We offer cashbook version to our clients at no cost as we believe the time it will save us
    when preparing end of year financial accounts will cover what it costs us to provide it.”

  2. Tim Latham

    I’ve been using Xero for about 9 months having swapped from Quickbooks. It is the best thing I’ve ever done in terms of accounting. It is great that I can share a common data set with my accountant who can do year end painlessly.

    I really like the bank reconciliation functionality – strangely “zen” almost!

    Not the absolute cheapest but in my opinion the best.

  3. Sheree Patmore

    In relation to your comment that Xero does not provide for inventory functions so potentially isn’t a fit for manufacturing or retail operation. Posted Nov 2008.
    I would like to advise that Unleashed Solutions (specialists in Saas Inventory Software) do integrate well with Xero. Ceck out their website at

  4. PaulB

    Thanks for the review. I’ve been actively searching for the best SaaS accounting solution for some time.

    Question: Would you recommend Xero to U.S.-based small businesses? If not, what app would you recommend?

    I own a small web design firm and have been using MYOB for nearly ten years. I love the UI of Xero, not crazy about the cost … but, my real concern is it’s lack of market penetration in the U.S. and how this could potentially impact the product.


  5. Ben Kepes

    Paul – cheers for your comment and question. I don’t think you have any concerns re market penetration of Xero in the US. I understand bank integration via yodlee is a potential development for them and so the rich functionality that we have will be available to you. As to cost – horses for courses really – there’s lots of good solutions in the US, many cheaper. If they fulfil your needs and you think they’ll continue to do so – well then why spend more!

    Have a look at IAC-EZ for a start

    Happy to chat more


  6. PaulB

    Greatly appreciate the response Ben.

    I completely missed IAC-EZ in my research and will have to give them a look.