Building a Micro-multinational accounting system?


Posted by Lawrence Sinclair on 02 Oct 2009 at 14:06

I'm thinking of building a Ruby on Rails based micro-multinational accounting system. It's the last thing I want to do, but it seems like nothing else free or paid out there is adequate.

Currently, we make do with Intuit Quickbooks Pro. Compared to the alternatives, it is a pleasure to use, and makes accounting rather easy. But it has a number of fundamental failings from our perspective, and I can't find an alternative that addresses them.
Missing Essentials
(1) multi-users with appropriate permissions
(2) remote access from anywhere
(3) dealing with multiple currencies
(4) ability to create custom features and interfaces to deal with special regulations, processes and access to information for other related systems (like analysis and reporting).
(5) can be hosted on a remote...



Posted by Lawrence Sinclair on 15 Aug 2009 at 06:27

Hal Varian was quoted recently talking about Micro-multinationals as a fairly recent business innovation he has noticed in Silicon Valley in particular - small businesses made up of people spread throughout the world with some key players in the Bay Area. We understand that mode of business well. And working with an East Agile development team is a great way to augment and enable that mode of operation.