Why cloud accounting is good for your business
By Yana Robinson & Charles Talbot
Do you want to save time? Gain efficiencies? Improve collaboration regarding key business decisions?
Then make the move to the Cloud.
At WDF Professional we pride ourselves on being up to date with technology. We regularly attend accounting technology expos and conferences
which allow our staff to gain an insight into where technology is heading and the impact this will have on the accounting profession and our
clients. Once again 'cloud' based accounting products were the focus and this was a great opportunity to meet with the experts in person and
see live demonstrations of what these products can do.
Cloud computing refers to transactions performed over the Internet. It’s simply using the internet to access software rather than physically
installing it on a computer. There are many advantages to switching to “the cloud”. Below are some of the key advantages for business:
Accessibility. You can operate the accounting software from a single computer with a standard modem providing an internet
connection, without being connected to a server or having specific software installed on the computer. Your information can be updated and
accessed from any computer anywhere in the world.
Collaboration. Business owners can interact with their accountant in real time instead of having to send the data file to
the accountant each time. No more cumbersome transfer of data that can be corrupted or is out-of-date. We can both work on and view your
accounting data at the same time! The result is real time collaboration enabling us to assist making business decisions based on current and
Cost savings. A monthly access fee is paid to the software provider which usually works out less than the cost of buying
the software and then paying for annual subscriptions or updates. The software is automatically kept up-to-date by the provider meaning that
you don’t need to download updates such as new tax rates where the payroll module is used. Further, it is expected that many software
developers will move more towards only releasing and supporting their product in the cloud.
Data security. The privacy and security of your data is taken care of and is stored on secure servers, where it's backed up
regularly. Your data is encrypted and it has the same level of security as internet banking. This means even if your computer is hacked or
destroyed, your data is safe.
Real time data and time savings. The software imports your bank data so you can keep abreast of your cashflow daily. This
data feed enables you to view your financial information in real-time and it gives you an up to date picture of the profitability and
cashflow of your business. It also saves considerable time. You are able to memorise repeating transactions and the software will
automatically match customer receipts and supplier payments to invoices raised. This results in a significant time saving in data entry and
in reconciliation of your bank accounts.
If you would like to know more about which accounting package is right for you please contact our office today. We have an enthusiastic and
capable team of professionals available to help you.
Client Services Manager