7 things the same age as bluQube's cloud accounting software

By Team bluQube

These days, cloud hosted accounting software has become the norm for most businesses. In fact, cloud software throughout your business and personal tech is such common place, how it’s hosted is barely worth mentioning anymore.


But 10 years ago this wasn’t the case. Back then, the IT industry was a very different place. But it was 10 years ago, in 2011, that we saw the first bluQube customer go live on our bespoke cloud platform – designed and built from the ground up for the high-security needs of your financial data.

2011 might seem like a distant memory to most of us, but to remind you just what the world was like back then, here’s a run down of 7 key events of 2011 that you may or may not remember…


1. 2bn people watch the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton

An estimated 2 billion people tuned in to watch the marriage of the Duke of Cambridge to Catherine Middleton in April 2011. Deemed such a significant event, the UK public was granted a bonus bank holiday!




2. Siri is first introduced to the iPhone

These days, thousands of people speak to Siri on a daily basis, but back in 2011, Apple’s voice command tech was just launching to the mainstream. Beginning life as an AI project for the US military, Apple acquired the technology in 2010 and wasted no time in developing it for consumer use. Initially launched as a stand alone app, it was then integrated in to the iPhone 4S in 2011.




3. The first Malaria vaccine receives FDA approval

Barely a week ahead of Will and Cate’s big day, the FDA approved the first vaccine for Malaria, following Phase 3 trials earlier that year. However, it was another 8 years before the vaccine was able to begin rolling out, beginning in Ghana, April 2019.


malaria vaccine



4. Icelandic volcano grounds European air travel

In May of 2011, Grímsvötn, Iceland’s most active volcano erupts and causes disruption to air travel throughout North-Western Europe.


Icelandic Volcano



5. The final landing of NASA’s Space Shuttle programme takes place

Having successfully delivered its cargo to the international space station, in July of 2011, Space Shuttle Atlantis and its 4 person crew touched down at the Kennedy Space Centre. Marking the 135th and final mission of NASA’s Space Shuttle programme.




6. Adele spends 5 weeks at number 1

Possibly the soundtrack to most people’s year, the British singer had the most successful song of 2011 with the single ‘Someone Like You’, spending 5 weeks at number 1 in the UK.




7. Netflix re-brands mail-order DVD business and sees stocks plummet

To put it into perspective how rare cloud software was in 2011, back then Netflix was still known for mail-order DVDs. It was in September of that year that Netflix opted to re-brand their DVD business as Quickster in order to add more focus to the up and coming streaming platform. However, it wasn’t all plain sailing, as they saw their stock plummet from USD$300 to just USD $70 that year!




And it was July of this year that we welcomed the first bluQube customer onto our bespoke platform, years before many of our competitors had caught up to this new way of delivering software.

These days, we are proud to have 80% of our customers hosted in the cloud, with 300,000 accountancy items processed every month.


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