Traditionally, accounting was prepared using software hosted locally on your desktop computer’s hard drive (e.g MYOB, Quickbooks Desktop). Cloud accounting, on the other hand, is accounting that is prepared using software that is hosted remotely on the cloud – i.e online.
In simplest terms, cloud computing means storing and accessing data and programs over the internet instead of your computer’s hard drive. The cloud is just a metaphor for the internet, Which has disrupted and transformed many industries over the past several years, allowing businesses to operate more efficiently, cut costs, and amplify results.
What are the benefits of cloud accounting?
The cloud accounting software landscape encompasses many solutions designed to serve a number of accounting/bookkeeping functions. For instance, Xero is cloud-based accounting software, whereas Expensify is a cloud-based solution to help manage employee expenses (which integrate with accounting software).
Although benefits will vary between solutions, on a general level, some of the benefits of cloud accounting applications include the following:
Is the cloud secure?
Given the sensitivity of the data associated with cloud accounting applications (e.g. banking and financial data), security is a top concern in the cloud accounting space.
When compared to traditional desktop accounting software, which could be compromised if a company computer is stolen, lost, or damaged; cloud accounting software has many security advantages. Each cloud accounting solution should have its own security policy outlining how it protects sensitive data. Most solutions use state-of-the-art measures such as multi-factor authentication and encryption, ensuring sensitive data will remain secure.
What will happen if I don’t adopt cloud-based technologies?
The cloud is the future. Even if your on-premise accounting solution seems to function “just fine”, or if you’re diligent about managing your traditional processes, the world of accounting is inevitably changing, and its important for your business to keep up. The risks associated with maintaining old processes isn’t a question of capability – rather, it’s a question of whether or not you want to grow your business and maintain a competitive edge.
Change can be difficult, but if the potential business benefits outweigh the costs, then its worth your consideration. As daunting as a transition to the cloud might seem, don’t be intimidated – our team will be happy to answer any of your questions and help to make the transition as easy as possible.
– Nathan Lindsay, Accountant & Partner
At Lawrence, our diverse team of specialists will be able to help see how this could simplify and streamline your business operations.
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