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How The Cloud Is Changing The Face of Data Syncing and Transmission

Thanks to its worldwide adoption within a few short years, cloud computing has succeeded in its... read more

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Why iCloud, Google Drive, and Dropbox Can’t Truly Protect Your Data

Today, most people understand cloud applications and cloud computing, but some still question the... read more

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Lina BarfootEditor at SavvySME
Interesting thought that cloud storage is not designed as aback-up, I think many people think of it exactly like that. It would be devastating to lose important data, especially for a business. Definitely something to think about!
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Innovative Solutions: Securing and Storing with ‘Cloud’ Computing

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Gavin KeaneOwner at Cloud Made Simple
Hi Federica, Thank you for your comment. To answer your questions: No, every cloud provider offers different solutions. Some offer only one type, some a few options, but the great providers offer all options. Xero is a public cloud application. I hope this helps - Gavin
Federica Spooner
Do all cloud providers offer public, private and hybrid? Is this a common thing? E.g. Does Xero have this feature?
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Cloud Computing For Your Business

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What cloud solutions do you recommend?

Are there more to this list? Skype, Xero, SharePoint, BaseCamp, Asana, Office365, GoogleDrive,... read more

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Steven FreemanOwner at Evolved Sound
SAASU as alternative to Xero.Mailchimp for email marketing.Zoho for entry level CRM capabilities.Just to name a few...
Brad Lyons at Rodcha
A lot of cloud services available to the market today can be installed on your own servers so you have full control over the data plus have the advantage of using cloud. A lot of people will say you have to give up something for convenience. Most common thing people give up is privacy, however in the business world the only thing you need to give up is money, and that is only if you don't want to use the free software. If you want the benefits that come with cloud services then you can simply host them yourself. Dropbox: can be replaced with OwncloudSkype: can be replaced with an opensource voip platformFacebook: I have my own version of Facebook running on my servers for testing and developmentSalesforce: Very easily replaced as there are heaps of alternatives. I have an alternative to Salesforce running on my servers, clients can login, see updates on their accounts and interact with me. All on my servers.Desk.com: Yep there are even alternatives to this lovely piece of software.The truth is opensource is very popular with the general public but not as popular as it should be with the business sector. The beauty with opensource is the community of developers working around the clock to improve the software. In a lot of cases you will find opensource software more stable and reliable than commercial software. Microsoft Windows/Linux is a good example. Another more well know opensource project is called Android. Chances are if your not using a iPhone you are using an Android phone, in fact Android has market share over the smart device market. More people are using Android then iPhone, more people use Android devices than any other smart device competitor. So when it comes to cloud solutions it pays to have a look around at what is available. In most cases if not all cases, an opensource version will be available. Enjoy the benefits of cloud and enjoy retaining ownership of your own data.
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What are the main differences between cloud and desktop accounting software?

I'm considering the two options mentioned above, but I'm not that sure about what the differences... read more

Steven FreemanOwner at Evolved Sound
A key main difference for small business is it efficiently gives you, your staff, contractors, book keeper and accountant all real time access to the same primary account system. Automated bank feeds can reduce cost / time in doing reconciliations.Other benefit is it can provide seamless integration into other cloud systems you may be running, such us shopping carts, CRMS and billing systems etc.
Tim HoopmannOwner at Cornerstone Group
Hi Federica,Personally having used both within my business and judging by your requirements, a cloud-based solution would be the best option suitable to your needs. Basically, desktop is the original method of managing your books. With the advent of technology there are other options for you to choose from. In the long-run desktop will be less effective, more costly in terms of system updates and doesn’t offer flexibility for your firm. The cloud however, is a platform that allows for you to access your data online – anytime, anywhere and from any device! Major benefits of the cloud: 1. Being in the cloud allows for you to work remotely, you don’t always have to be in the office giving you more freedom 2. It is secure and backed up daily 3. It is extremely easy to navigate 4. All of your financial data is available in real-time and from one source of truth 5. You have access to real-time, accurate financial data which gives you a better understanding of your cash flow 6. If you are to grow your business, your accounting platform can easily adapt to the expansion Disadvantages of Desktop Accounting: 1. It is not as flexible in comparison to the online platforms 2. If your computer was to crash you could possibly lose all of your data, unless you back up daily 3. You can’t connect cloud based apps or add-ons to desktop software. Apps often provide greater functionality for your business 4. Due to manual processing, you may have higher bookkeeping fees. A cloud platform will allow for you to streamline the majority of your processThere are many different cloud accounting platforms you can choose from, the major ones being Xero, Intuit QBO & MYOB. One great point to mention however is that as you have 22 casual staff, automated payroll solutions will be great for you as you can move away from manual time sheets and your employees can access all their details, payslips, entry to request annual leave and entry of their daily hours all in one location! Have a look at the services of HR2PAY www.hr2pay.com.au which would be great for your payroll and HR needs.Please contact me for any further information and hope this has helped.
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Innovative Solutions: 5 Signs your Business is ready for a Cloud Solution

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My Work Phone transforms personal smartphones into cloud-based work phones

Business owners usually juggle their lives between their personal and work phones. Two phones allow...read more

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Is your business using a cloud computing solution? If yes, what do you like about it?

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Shaun L at mdfjumpers.com.au
Hi GavinYes, our business runs on cloud computing in a way.we dont have a server and we use VoIP trunks and lines for our communications inbound.
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Top 5 myths of moving your business to "The Cloud"

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Great Article Gavin. The beauty of point four is that it forces you to clean up your filing system too!
Lina BarfootEditor at SavvySME
Great article! One objection to cloud computing that I've hear often is that people think it will just be too difficult (which I don't think it would) move to cloud computing. I think for a lot of companies it's worthwhile even if it requires a little bit of extra work.
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Innovative solutions: What is Cloud Computing?

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Yee TrinhCo-founder at SavvySME
Amazing piece Gavin. Great series too.
Steve OsborneOwner at Smarthinking
Well-written article Gavin, thank you.
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What Cloud Computing Tools Can Do for Your Business -- with Examples

The Cloud Cloud computing is making your data, files and even your software accessible securely... read more

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Jef LippiattOwner at Startup Chucktown
Macartan, I by no means was trying to talk down about the services or what you provide. I just wanted those additional points for context. I believe every person/business needs to use whatever system works for them. I looked into Xero myself, but I decided to start out with Wave (not sure it is available there or not).
Macartan GaughanConsulting Manager at Knightstone Partners
Very valid points Jef, the accessibility and security of the data is very important and each providers terms and conditions need to be considered before you commit. As regards a doomsday situation where the service goes down or out of business, localised copies of the files either in soft or hard copy are recommended of course - these form back of your back up strategies. However, that does not deflect from the stated benefits. In our firm, for example, we use Xero, QBO and MYOB for accounting files for our clients to mitigate the risk of relying on only one and we hold offline copies of final accounts for each client. While, I am a very strong enthusiast for these services because of the systematic improvements they are bringing, there are always risks of course. However, they are very similar to those that exist in pretty much all computer software in general, cloud, desktop or otherwise - Rather than using them as an excuse not to explore these new exciting services I prefer the approach where clients mitigate the risk so that they can enjoy the benefits!
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Is Accounting Sexy Yet..? (No - but Xero is Trying…)

Walking into Xero’s slick Melbourne office in Richmond conjures up images of what 1 Infinite Loop,... read more

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Jef LippiattOwner at Startup Chucktown
I agree when the person/business has plenty of options to choose from everyone benefits. I think once there are too many options available professionals can step in and guide them to the proper platform(s) based on their needs.
Macartan GaughanConsulting Manager at Knightstone Partners
Thankfully, there are a good few more players joining the party in the cloud accounting field in Australia with ReckonOne and SageOne launching recently. I'm all for competition! However, having become a certified advisor for Xero, QBO and ReckonOne, I have to say that Xero is still the best in class, with QBO behind them and ReckonOne no where near competing yet. I gave Wave a look just now, I am looking forward to them entering Australia properly.
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3 Reasons Why MYOB is Not a Cloud Accounting Firm....Yet

Allow me to tell you a story of the first and last time I explored MYOB’s “online” accounting... read more

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Macartan GaughanConsulting Manager at Knightstone Partners
MYOB's recent IPO has presumably given them a war chest of funds that they will hopefully use to improve their services, but I fear that their entitled attitude is too engrained in the company. It is up to MYOB to show that they care and that begins with customer service and experience. If they don't accountants and their firms will continue to leave their service in droves!
Michael PriorPrincipal at PB Advisory Group
Macartan, like you I just cant understand why MYOB just don't get it! As you have said both Xero and QuickBooks Online support leaves MYOB for dead. Earlier this year I went to the MYOB Roadshow and was flabbergasted that they were promoting an enhancement as leading edge when both Xero and QuickBooks had been doing the same for years and with better functionality.
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What to Look for When Choosing Cloud Computing Services

Cloud this and cloud that. Private Cloud, Public Cloud, Virtual Servers so on and so forth – it is... read more

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Forget the cloud, the future is in the 'fog'

I'm as big a believer in the transformational power of cloud computing as anyone you'll meet....read more

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Risk considerations - cloud or in-house

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Reasons for moving business to the cloud

Most owners of small businesses limit the scope of accounting to filing tax returns. Just think... read more

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Wendy HuangFull Time Blogger and YouTuber at A Custom Blog in 4 Minutes
Great article Thivaharan!
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Reasons for moving accounting to the cloud

Most businesses limit the scope of accounting to filing tax returns. Just think of it. What good... read more

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Ling LeeDirector at Japanese Sword Auctions Australia
Does cloud accounting have a management accounting function?
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I am often asked -private cloud, public cloud or the old Inhouse server room? here is my take.

Technology doesn’t generate revenue for most companies. Business processes powered by technology... read more

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Wendy HuangFull Time Blogger and YouTuber at A Custom Blog in 4 Minutes
Thanks for your take Andrew! I'm also very partial to cloud :D