Understand Cloud Computing
Cloud computing got you perplexed? You’re not alone. Most of us talk about “the cloud” without even realizing what it really means. We’re clearing the air on cloud computing and how it can benefit your small business.
So what is the cloud?
Traditional banking vs internet banking
Traditional mail vs web mail
Traditional filing vs cloud storage
Traditional shopping vs online shopping
Traditional accounting software vs cloud accounting software
Problems with traditional accounting software
- The data in the system isn’t up to date and neither is the software.
- It only works on one computer and data bounces from place to place. For example, on a USB drive. This is not secure or reliable.
- Only one person has user access. Key people can’t access financial and customer details.
- It’s costly and complicated to keep backups (if done at all).
- It’s expensive, difficult and time consuming to upgrade the software.
- Customer support is expensive and slow.
Cloud myth busting
The cloud isn’t all rainbows and sunshine, we’re tackling the tough questions about cloud computing so you can be prepared before moving your small business to the cloud.
Isn’t cloud computing just the internet?
Isn’t it possible to lose your data in the cloud?
Isn’t the cloud an Apple product?
Aren’t you stuck if the internet goes down?
Isn’t cloud computing just a fad?
Isn’t cloud computing expensive?
Don’t I lose control of my data?
Isn’t the cloud only for tech people?
Let the cloud set you free
As you can see, the big benefit of cloud computing is that it lets you get at your data anytime, anywhere. The cloud breaks the chain between your office computer and your business information.
Need access to your business bank account while you’re on the move? No problem with the cloud. Want to buy office supplies while you’re on the train? It’s easy. Need to update your accounts while you’re out of the office? Now you can.
With the cloud there’s no need to keep all your files and applications on a single computer – no need to worry about backups, theft, data loss, support and upgrades. It’s all taken care of by dedicated teams of technical people. You no longer have to worry about what’s happening behind the scenes.
The cloud takes the stress out of computing. It lets you use computers, laptops, tablets, smartphones and other devices to access all your business information – seamlessly, securely and in real time. Just log in and go, anytime and anywhere.
|Modern Accounting||Old-fashioned Accounting|
|Transparency through cloud tools||Desktop accounting|
|Real time data and accessibility||Loss of control|
|Constant collaboration||Annual meetings|
|Valuable lifetime relationship||Necessary evil|
|Low monthly fees||High annual fees|