Providing business advice
on the go
MLCS Corporate Pty Ltd was founded in 1992 by Mark Lewis, a Fellow Chartered Accountant, Registered Tax Agent and a Member of the Institute of Company Directors. With over 35 years experience working in a multitude of sectors, he and his firm now provide personalised strategic and business advice to a range of clientele located in regional areas across Australia.
Even though MLCS Corporate caters to many industry sectors, their key areas of focus are Tourism and Leisure, Native Title negotiations for Mining and Natural Resources, property investment and general business advice, especially for Indigenous groups.
What was before….
At MLCS Corporate, the accountants and advisors do a lot of consulting work that involves writing reports, agreements, advice and general correspondence. Back in the day, Mark used the analogue tape recorders to dictate and physically hand the cassettes over to the transcribers. When digital recorders came onto the scene cassette tapes were replaced by memory cards but the process remained the same. He explains, “I previously used the cassette tapes to record my dictations. When the SD card came out I switched to digital recorders which were each about $1,000 back then. It was all right to use within the office. But when you were out and about on the road most of the time, it was really hard to work with.” He further explained that despite going digital, the workflow was still constrained as he had to send back the recordings while working offsite.
The new change….
Over the recent years, Mark has gone from carrying a laptop to downsizing to an iPad and nowadays just relies mostly on his iPhone, as it is more convenient. He used to dictate with one of the pre-installed apps on his iPhone but it was hard for his personal assistant to decipher the recordings properly. “I’ve actually been using a standard voice recording program on my iPhone to dictate and send that through to my PA but she was having trouble listening to that,” Mark said. In most instances, the PA would use both the digital recorder and phone sound file to transcribe. It made the whole system clunky and cumbersome. Philips SpeechLive eliminated the entire problem altogether when Mark dictates on the road. He added, “Now when I am on the road, I love that I can use the Philips app without any issues and send off straight way for action to my PA. Since I am always on the phone, I also use my Bluetooth as well.”
Philips SpeechLive is a secure cloud solution which allows users to record and manage their dictations conveniently via their smartphone and web browser. Customers can enjoy unlimited mobility, multi-site location independency and the choice of using their own devices.