BUSINESS TECH | Xirrus seeks to lead digital accounting consultancy field
A Filipino company that provides accounting software and business consultancy services to a wide variety of industries.
Just a few years ago, local businesses grappled with voluminous, disconnected and at times, inaccessible accounting files. Some of the recordings were still done manually. Reporting to government agencies took double the work.
This scenario gave impetus to start Xirrus, Inc., an all Filipino company that provides accounting software and business consultancy services to a wide variety of industries.
“Most of the concerns then were based on the time it took clients to record transactions and generate the reports,” said John Edward T. Castillo, managing director, as he looks back when Xirrus, Inc. started in 2016. “Imagine businesses doing recordings on manual books or in a glorified spreadsheet. Collaboration between employees within the accounting department was difficult when they were keeping separate, unconnected files. Report generation ranged from days to weeks due to the tediousness of consolidating different sources of data.”
“Another concern was that they had to record the transactions twice. First in their manual spreadsheets, and second in the BIR system. One of their biggest wish lists was to have a system where they can just export the data and the same data can be fed to the BIR system to minimize double recording,” Castillo said.
Majority of the businesses in the Philippines then and now are in the MSME bracket, according to Castillo. These businesses want a simple accounting system that works, is affordable, easy to set up and easy to use. Xirrus’ purpose is to help them transition from manual bookkeeping to computerized accounting. The end goal is to have the business owners be better equipped with the right data for their business making decisions.
Xirrus tackles client issues two ways: one is by providing consultancy services and another is by introducing products specific to a client problem.
“Our product lineup is from internationally recognized brands like QuickBooks, both Desktop and Online, which is developed by Intuit,” said Castillo. “QuickBooks is being enjoyed by more than 4 million users globally. We consider QuickBooks as our flagship product. Intuit and QuickBooks have a steady development roadmap, which ensures that all product subscribers will definitely see new additions to their QuickBooks experience every year. Another brand is Sage 50, formerly known as Peachtree, developed by Sage.
For services, Xirrus offers installation, configuration, training, implementation, customization and helpdesk support. The company follows a standard methodology in delivering these services regardless of the client’s industry type.
So what is the difference between client concerns then and now? It is the
digitalization of transactions.
The pandemic has greatly changed the mindset of businesses, especially when the Corporate Recovery and Tax Incentives for Enterprises (CREATE Law) was introduced. Now, businesses are more open in generating digital invoices and sending it to customer’s email.
Along with this, the pandemic has also forced businesses to adopt and embrace the remote setup, which means that they see cloud-based systems as a viable solution to the work-from-home environment. Cloud-based systems now offer collaboration even when teams are not in the same office space, unlike in 2016 when the concerns on collaboration are based on localized, on-premise central storage of data.
Xirrus has been lucky to have had the chance of working with a diverse set of clients. They have provided products and services to trading and retail, manufacturing, distribution, construction, non-profit, general services, schools, food and restaurants, resorts and hospitality business, and other accounting firms.
Almost all of these clients are looking for one thing – to have an updated accounting solution that has steady local support. Xirrus comes in and shows clients what system or systems best work for their needs.
Xirrus is proud to say that they have a high retention rate for clients. Success stories abound. One long time client who has stayed with Xirrus from the very start has enjoyed a year-by-year revenue increase of 42 per cent. The management has gained insight on which markets they will penetrate and has determined which products were providing them maximum profitability.
Xirrus adheres to the mantra of having the three components of business success: people, process and technology. “We want each client to be aware that success lies in choosing the right people, optimizing business processes, eliminating redundant tasks and using the right technology,” Castillo ends.
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