Why Accounting in the Cloud?
Business owners and managers need to keep close control of their financial data. They need to know where they stand at all times, and having information available to make business decisions is essential. When the financial information is in the office but the owner isn’t, how can wise decisions be made without access to supporting data? They can’t, and that’s a problem. The solution is simple: work in the cloud.
A cloud computing model properly applied to accounting and bookkeeping systems helps businesses of any size keep their financial data and accounting applications in a safe a secure environment, yet accessible to those who need it. By locating the business applications and data in a protected central location, access to programs and data sets can be provided to authorized users regardless of location or computing platform. For a small business owner, this means that working from home or on vacation can be as productive as working in the office. In larger businesses, cloud-based accounting means the accounting department, CFO and financial advisers might all access the same financial records and applications no matter where they work from.
Cloud computing and hosted application models applied to accounting and bookkeeping represent a viable option for managing, securing and providing access to critical financial information. Businesses outsourcing their accounting or bookkeeping work find that cloud based approaches offer workflow and process efficiencies to help get the necessary information in the hands of those who need it, quickly and efficiently.
Keeping accounting and bookkeeping systems safe yet available, providing business decision makers with the flexibility of accessing their financial data from anywhere and at any time is a highly valuable service. Accounting and finance professionals can act as the trusted adviser to their clients, providing important business insight and information, with guidance in developing cloud computing and online accounting approaches being among the benefits the firm offers. Working closer with clients allows professionals to produce better, more accurate and insightful results. Cloud computing models remove distance barriers and allow professionals and their clients to work more collaboratively with applications and data than ever before.
Many firms are just recently discovering the relationship between technology adoption and business competitiveness. Those that embrace new computing paradigms gain the ability to meet client requirements in innovative, efficient and timely ways while those that do not adopt these new models continue to struggle, unable to communicate value and differentiation in their service offerings.
There are some recognized truths in business, and one is that is isn’t what you know but who you know. Another truth, an understanding that is just now being fully recognized, is that it’s not what you do, but how you do it that matters. Accounting and bookkeeping for business is absolutely an area where cloud computing and the wise application of technology and service can improve cost efficiency, accuracy and turnaround times, allowing the firm to provide a higher level of service to clients. Accounting in the cloud is a technology-enabled approach which propels the firm into an entirely new range of capabilities and potential service offerings, reaching higher levels of performance and profitability.