The benefits of Cloud Computing for Accounting firms
The benefits of the cloud are varied and wide ranging depending on what you want to achieve in your firm. Below are some examples of how the cloud can improve your business and some of the benefits it brings.
Using collaborative tools in the Cloud environment gives you the ability to communicate easily with your team outside of traditional methods. A project doesn't have to come to a grinding halt just because certain employees are out of the office, applications like Skype for Business allow employees to communicate wherever they are, as long as they have an internet connection. This is especially handy for businesses that have multiple offices, contractors or just want their different departments to interact more.
Technology such as Cloud Computing can enhance productivity by standardising devices and systems, so all staff have the same experience.
A Cloud Platform can allow all your devices to access a Remote Desktop Server (Terminal Server). Connecting to a Remote Desktop basically means that your device becomes a ‘dummy’ device as all the hard work is done by the server.
A good Cloud provider will maintain all your software licensing and updates, so there is no internal time wasted chasing vendors and updating systems.
Being able to access your business from anywhere means you can work from anywhere! You don’t have to waste time waiting at the airport because you can’t access the latest file to work on, or stall a project because a key member is out of the office.
The accessibility of the cloud means you can manage your entire business effectively and efficiency, giving you time to take a step back and work on your business, not in it.
No more updates
There are many times in life when we think to ourselves, "that's 30 minutes of my life I'll never get back", and while 30 minutes in a lifetime isn't a big deal, 30 minutes every working day is.
If you’re staff are having to sit around and twiddle their thumbs because they can’t login or are waiting for updates your business is quite literally pouring money down the drain. Seriously, we’ve done the math!
The problems with a growing business using servers is that they have to guess how much they will have grown by in the next 5 years. Say you have a staff of 20 and you think you will probably double your staff within 5 years to 40 employees. Typically you keep your servers for 5 years, so in year 1 you need to buy enough server power for 40 employees, even though you may only have 20 for the next 2 years.