Joining BASDA means you’ll benefit from being part of a collective and influential industry voice, giving you access to specialist interest groups and business networking events. The BASDA community enables the sharing of knowledge and time saving in development, supporting its members in becoming more efficient and effective in today’s highly competitive market place. But don’t believe us – listen to what our members say about how sharing knowledge and experiences helps them grow as a business.
Advice from Clearbooks
Clearbooks’ advice for members is to stay abreast of all developments in the industry in which you work. By joining one of BASDA’s Specialist Interest Groups, you can gain the latest industry insights in your area of software development. Phil advised, “Respect your competitors; don’t treat them as a permanent and constant threat. Be prepared to collaborate on matters where you have a shared interest, which is the BASDA way of thinking.” He suggested that, in all likelihood, one or more businesses within the sector are going to be facing the same issues, but that BASDA brings these companies together to develop strategic relationships.
Sharing Industry Knowledge & Contacts
For GoSimple, BASDA provides access to good industry knowledge as well as contacts. BASDA also offers the latest insights into Making Tax Digital developments. Mike Parks, GoSimple’s technical director, attends the BASDA Annual summit and Specialist Interest Group meetings to gain vital information first hand, which shapes their product. Anthony commented that “we also like to find out what other people are doing, what are other people thinking, what are other people offering – there’s no point in everyone reinventing the same wheel”.
Resources to Get Our Voice Heard
“We initially joined because we wanted to get our opinions recognised. With a member of staff on the General Council and a member of staff as a Specialist Interest Group Chair, we felt that we have the right resources to get our voice heard.” BASDA has been vital in the development of Qtac Solutions and proved to be a good resource for keeping up with the industry. Budgets and time allocated to software development can be disrupted by changes in legislation, but with BASDA’s involvement in schemes such as auto enrolment and Making Tax Digital, Qtac Solutions can stay on top of these demands.
Making Tax Digital
Gary Turner, co-founder and UK Managing Director cited the lack of software engineering skills and talent as the biggest threat to the software industry today. With Maxing Tax Digital legislation approaching, BASDA is the conduit between Xero and HMRC during this digital transformation. He expressed, “we’re grateful to have representation through BASDA to help us through that”.
Working in Harmony
“What a great showcase of the software industry working in harmony with the pensions industry!! We managed to ‘earn our colours’ when we also worked together driving a much more pragmatic solution for RTI and now we’ve really ‘raised our game’ by collaborating in such a way that will make life ultimately easier for our members and, most importantly, their customers.
BASDA leads collaboration between HMRC and application providers for the delivery of new mobile apps.
Payroll Software Providers Forum
A Payroll Software Providers Forum has been established with the DWP and The Pensions Regulator (TPR) and BASDA has a number of seats at this important table to ensure both visibility of issues (current and projected) and to working collaboratively in the resolution of these, so minimising impacts upon our members and their customers.
Tim Cole, Chair of the BASDA eBusiness Special Interest Group comments on the importance of the eBIS-XML standard to the business software industry: “Interoperability is a key issue by which we can support process improvement and economic growth. This requires the support of application developers who, in turn, need a competent, flexible and widely supported framework to adopt. This approach delivers such a framework. BASDA ensures we can achieve speed to market at the same time as building a growing community of providers committed to delivering an integrated economy. BASDA members collaborate through the eBusiness Special Interest Group to ensure we continue to deliver integration processes that give our customers a clear advantage.”
Achievements Through Effective Collaboration
“Given that corresponding patents have been sought in other key territories, including Europe, we will continue our work to prevent similar exposure to our members and we are delighted to once again, highlight our success achieved through effective collaboration – one that would be too expensive or risky and lacking impact without BASDA as a representative body.”
Specialist Interest Groups
Established Specialist Interest Groups (SIG) led by members on behalf of members addressing key issues that impact the software industry and our customers.
Representing and working for members from the early stages of Making Tax Digital, we aim to ensure that future regulations are appropriately influenced at government level, before official implementation, for the future benefit of our customers and members.
Representing members at Government decision making level to influence the requirements and legislation being introduced. We provide the opportunities to help influence decision making and implementation, in addition to providing foresight and product planning information vital for development road maps.
A collaborative forum where new ideas, best industry practice and marketing information to support strategic business growth applicable the B2B environment and specifically to the business software industry is shared for the benefit of members.
Focussing on matters affecting the software products that firms of accountants use and, by extension, their clients. We provide an early introduction to matters in the regulatory and compliance environment, many of which have serious strategic impacts upon software developers, their customers and their customers’ clients.
Representing members on the Operational Forum of HMRC’s Construction Industry Scheme to contribute to the discussion on the operation of the scheme and ensure software changes are prioritised and appropriately considered.