Almost three decades ago I started my undergraduate degree. Accounting with Computing. I took courses in programming, learnt some Pascal and even Prolog. I wrote about Logo, designed a program to display words as vector graphics and even did a big 3-semester project on team resourcing at an accounting firm.
Times change. I started working in industry and quickly realised the new fangled idea of a spreadsheet wasn’t easy for everyone. Accounting software changed as well. From writing a double entry accounting system on a Dragon 32 I moved on to use countless bits of software, not only on desktop and laptops but also devices like the Palm Pilot.
Times change again. Today the vast majority of software I use is now in the cloud. Over the years I’ve become a bit of a tool junky, often times playing with new tools rather than working! I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve changed email client, tried out a new task manager or played with apps aimed to make me more productive.
I heard a new phrase the other day. Tech Stack. I will take this to mean the collection of technology, hardware and software that I use to build my business, A CPA practice. Each week I’m going to talk about one of these tools. I will give a little insight into why or how I use it. I hope you find it useful.