Cloud Migration Assistance – No Pain, All Gain

cloud migration assistance is always provided by Cloud9 Real TimeWhile cloud technologies offer many valuable business related benefits,
 – full-scale cloud transition is not as easy as it may seem at first glance

Taking your first cloud migration steps can be a challenging proposition, especially for cloud newbies. Everyone needs a helping hand when it comes to cloud technology; more precisely cloud migration assistance.

See also: Small Business Cloud Migration (part 1)

Cloud migration is something your business can do itself, one way or another, with greater or lessor effort and required time. However, if you want to migrate to cloud for your business successfully, then cloud migration assistance should be your number one option. It’s not surprising that almost one in two business owners look for outside help and guidance during the cloud migration and transition process. There may be too many new, unfamiliar aspects for your IT staff and infrastructure to handle successfully while introducing the cloud into your business and IT process initially.

Cloud migration assistance can easily be the cheapest and most efficient way to go through this critical period smoothly and with no pain at all.

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Free Webinar Weds Dec 17th 11AM-12PM:
Make Your Business More Profitable w/ Cloud Computing

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Join Robert J. Chandler, President/CEO of Cloud9 Real Time as he runs down
the fundamental aspects of how Cloud can make your business more profitable

Register for Webinar Wednesday 12/17 @ 11AM-12PM PST
– Make Your Business more Profitable w/ Cloud Computing

The advantages of moving to the cloud are apparent across many industries and in businesses big and small. Cloud-hosting solutions are a major way to trim down costs. The monthly reduction in maintenance and other IT costs will deliver a real return-on-investment in businesses, especially small businesses. Turn your IT hours, back into billable hours.

Register for Webinar Wednesday 12/17 @ 11AM-12PM PST
– Make Your Business more Profitable w/ Cloud Computing

Considering the robust adoption of cloud computing among organizations around the world, how do we realize real business value from these new technologies? Simply stated, cloud computing has the potential to accelerate the economics of your business, offering key business benefits from a capital and operations-related expense perspective.

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Cloud Accounting Technology Advantages
New Infographic: The Evolution of Accounting

Modern cloud accounting technology is evolving quickly
Modern accounting is evolving quickly, directly correlated to the
increased demands that accounting firms are now responding to …

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Today, practice clients not only desire more and better but they are also open to trying new modalities of working – using Skype, virtual CFOs, daily reports and rolling forecasts, for instance. Concurrently, accounting firm costs are rising and often partner profits are down. For these reasons, firms that depend on compliance work and paying significantly for desktop software are particularly succumbing to competition from more agile competitors.

See also: Cloud Accounting or Traditional Accounting?

Cloud Accounting Technology Factors

The biggest factors contributing to the rapid increase in cloud accounting technology include the possibility to cut practice overheads like travel and data input costs, as well as improved service and increased client satisfaction.

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CPA Technology Change – Not Just Another Cloud App

cpa technologyPull together an array of cloud accounting and CPA technology authorities in a room, and there’ll be much differing of opinion about the speed of change among accounting practices and its implications.

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That’s basically what Bob Scott of Progressive Accountant did in a recent special update about the cloud and CPA technology, in which he interviewed a cross-section of thought-leaders in the profession, including AICPA president, Erik Asgeirsson.

 CPA Technology Consensus

There is one area of CPA technology consensus, Bob found: “There is no doubt that Internet-based software is fundamentally changing organizations and how they conduct business.”

At Cloud9 Real Time, we concur. We believe that cloud computing and related emergent CPA technology make client accounting services a tremendous growth opportunity for practices.

Rick Armstrong, for example, is using our accounting partner virtual server solution to offer QuickBooks and other application hosting, outsourced management and virtual-CFO solutions: 

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Moving To Cloud Computing –
– What You Need To Know And Do

The Cloud World Forum, held earlier this year, was nothing short of exciting.
Here’s one of the most common questions we heard from SMBs while there:

What sort of a learning curve is involved when moving to cloud computing?

Not every company requires High Performance Computing, but every company can benefit from the cloud without exaggeration. Moving to Cloud computing makes it easy for SMB owners to take advantage of the latest technologies without spending a fortune on expensive computer hardware, software and IT specialization.

Top 6 Benefits of Moving to Cloud Computing

  • Email Communication – With cloud computing you can access your emails from virtually any place and anytime. In addition, with cloud corporate email service becomes a more reliable one.
  • Reduced Need For Local Storage – Once your business finishes moving to cloud computing, you can access your data from any device you use. Forget about local storage.

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Webinar Thurs Dec 11: 7 Steps to Cloud Business Success

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Join Robert J. Chandler, President/CEO of Cloud9 Real Time as
he runs down 7 steps for adopting the cloud for your business.

Register for Webinar Thursday 12/11 @ 11AM-12PM PST
Cloud Checklist: 7 Steps Cloud Business Success

cloud business success is coming in wavesCloud Computing has great strides in the business world in recent years. Moving to the cloud offers many benefits for businesses, including reduced costs and improved productivity, but, before adopting cloud business success solutions, companies should carefully consider what effective cloud computing will look like at their organization.

Register for Webinar Thursday 12/11 @ 11AM-12PM PST
Cloud Checklist: 7 Steps Cloud Business Success

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QuickBooks Remote Access Alert:
Webex Service to be Discontinued in January

quickbooks remote access bombshellIntuit Drops a Bombshell! – “After much consideration, we’ve made a very difficult decision to discontinue our QuickBooks Remote Access service. All subscriptions and support will end on January 31, 2015.”

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What you need to know now:

  • After December 31, 2014, no new QuickBooks Remote Access subscriptions will be sold and existing subscribers may no longer make changes to their subscription levels.
  • One month after your December billing date your service will be cancelled automatically, unless you have chosen to cancel sooner. The Remote Access Closure FAQs include instructions to determine your billing date.
  • After January 31, 2015, all service and technical support for QuickBooks Remote Access will cease.

QuickBooks Remote Access is being Retired, What Now?

The answer is Cloud9 Real Time, the accounting industry’s most award-winning Application Hosting Service Provider (ASP) deploying a platform that is Secure, Seamless and Simple. Providing users with the benefits of a custom environment, Cloud9 does not limit its clients on what they can host. Instead, we listen and deliver! We build a custom solution for your business and then integrate your different desktop applications with your SaaS solutions (online apps) to give you an all in one virtual office solution with singular sign on.

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New White Paper: Cloud Based Archiving Solutions

“Cloud based archiving provides both defense and savings”

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There are many of ways to rationalize the price of cloud based archiving solutions. Osterman Research recently produced a new white paper with three “before and after” examples that explore a variety of scenarios for archiving and how it helps to reduce corporate costs.

Staff sometimes delete content that they will need at a future date, such as Word docs, PDFs, spreadsheets, emails – they have spent considerable time writing an email with a compelling communication to a prior customer, or a presentation, and poof!

Let’s assume a 16-person firm and each needs to recover just 1.5 documents per month. This results in a total of 300 documents that need to be recovered annually (16 employees x 1.5 documents per month x 12 months).  Assume that IT requires an average of only 20 minutes to recover each document from backup. Assuming that IT might even have the bandwidth to recover all of these documents, IT will spend a total of 65 hours annually (300 documents x 20 minutes per document) recovering this content. The total IT cost of document recovery, therefore, will be $5,000 ($50/hr).

cloud based archiving is very cost effectiveAssume that a cost-effective cloud based archiving solution has been configured to allow individual users to recover their own content. Assume that five minutes will be needed to recover a document and that the average staff salary is $60 per hour, then the total cost of staff recovering their own documents is $1,500 annually (300 documents x five minutes of recovery per document x $60 per hour). Annual savings compared to IT recovering the lost docs is $3,500. Factor in the cost of the archiving system (average of $1,000 per year) and the cost savings from end-user access to the archive is still a significant $2,500 annually.

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Free Webinar Thurs Dec 4th: A Careful Comparison
– QuickBooks Online vs QuickBooks Desktop on Cloud

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Join Robert J. Chandler, President/CEO of Cloud9 Real Time as he deep dives into QBD and QBO giving the pros and cons of both, and the radical nature of cloud-hosting QBD. This session will be followed by Q and A of QBD in the Cloud.

FREE WEBINAR THURS 12/4 12-1 PM PDT

Intuit is really pushing its QuickBooks Online these days, but it isn’t a product that most financial pros are confident with.   

For many if not most QuickBooks professionals, using QuickBooks Desktop (for Windows, Mac is another story) for years, this is where our comfort zone is.  Intuit keeps attempting to push us out of that comfort zone.

They ARE Different

FREE WEBINAR THURS 12/4 12-1 PM PDT

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Cloud Computing Innovation: Six Key Aspects

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Individuals, businesses, non-profit organizations
and schools and universities are off to the cloud.

Cloud computing innovation is rapidly transforming the business workplace as increasing abundance of data is being generated and stored. Business software applications are being accessed via anywhere and everywhere and the way workers are accomplishing their job duties is changing. The cloud era is here to stay and it’s changing how professionals manage their companies.

It can be overwhelming to find the right service that fits your business. That’s where this primer comes in.

Connecting your business to cloud computing innovation

SMB owners are fully aware that they’re in a desperate need for solutions that can deal successfully with the growing pressures of immense data flow and constantly changing working environs. Cloud computing innovation can easily turn out to be the right thing to embrace.

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Cloud Computing Agility: A Key Business Reward

New research shows a connection between cloud computing
agility and big increased business competitive advantages …

Cloud Computing Agility HBR Report

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The figures from a Harvard Business Review Analytic Services survey sponsored by Verizon are quite impressive: 74% of survey participants reported a significant improvement of their business owing to cloud computing agility. In addition, they emphasized decreased response time, improved data accessibility, and optimized business communication.

See also – Doug Sleeter: “Cloud Agility Trumps Ability

It is worth mentioning that awareness of the true potential of cloud computing agility for improved business markers among SMB owners/managers has rapidly evolved. The first thoughts about cloud were about its costs and time friendly character. Nowadays, business owners have realized that the only way for cloud computing agility to ensure business efficiencies is to use it properly.

Cloud Computing Agility Trumps Ability

The survey has shown that participants are eager to explore new opportunities. Significant costs cut and faster business responsiveness are simply not enough anymore. The word is out that cloud computing agility offers improved business metrics. Both public and private sectors are standing in line patiently to try out this new concept.

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Cloud Computing Trends of 2014 and Beyond

cloud computing trends for 2014 and beyondEmerging new cloud computing trends of 2014

One is associated with our expectations about the expanse of positive cloud computing developments. Another has to do with our willingness to embrace new promising technologies.

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The RightScale 2014 Survey, “Cloud Computing Trends: 2014 State of the Cloud” has drawn our attention to the following SMB stats:

  • 94% use the Cloud
  • 18% are Cloud Enthusiasts
  • 31% are Cloud Explorers
  • 35% are just getting to know the Cloud
  • 16% have 2nd thoughts on the Cloud
  • 90% have experienced notable changes with the Cloud

Seven Magnificent Cloud Computing Trends responsible for our optimism:

Cloud Computing Trends #1: Cloud The Innovator – The gathering point for new exciting technologies such as Big Data, Predictive Analytics, and Mobile among others. It is more than likely that innovative entrepreneurs will use the cloud for launching new ideas and concepts.

Cloud Computing Trends #2: Cloud The Hybrid Opportunity – The number one corporate choice for improving data security and decreasing the costs. According to Gartner more than 50% of large corporations will embrace the Hybrid Cloud by 2017.

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Ensuring SMB Growth With Cloud Computing

how the prospect for smb growth is enhanced by cloud computingSmall and medium business owners are aware that the best possible course of ensuring survival in the market is through constant growth and development. Cloud-computing services can easily provide the ideal environment for rapid SMB growth.

Why? There are two main reasons: On one side, cloud computing allows SMB owners to avoid increased costs, which are often associated with business growth. On the other side of it, cloud computing can help SMBs to stand apart from competitors.

According to the findings of INC it has become obvious that quick responsiveness and adaptation are key factors for SMB growth. SMB owners who have embraced the cloud technologies without hesitation report a 13% compound annual growth rate (CAGR). Those SMBs who haven’t applied cloud computing can only expect 3% CAGR.

What’s the catch with the 10% difference that SMB Growth can’t ignore?

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BYOD Policy – New Report Says Think Twice!

BYOD POLICY is critical for corporate data security
BYOD Policy (Bring Your Own Device) is one of the critically important
points in ensuring fully adequate and compliant corporate data security

The statistics bring sobering news. Almost one in two company’s mobile devices gets stolen. For the ITC Infotech this is more than enough to conclude that ignoring solid BYOD Policy means leaving an open door to potential security data breaches in the future.

According to the most recent Samsung research, in the UK alone 47% of the interviewed companies reported that a work handset has been lost or stolen during the last year. As a direct consequence, we see 38% of companies are determined to adopt solid BYOD Policy by 2016.

 “Laptops, mobiles and tablets can cost many hundreds of pounds per year for each employee, so BYOD has become very attractive. However, far from enjoying flexibility and lower costs, companies that rush into BYOD without a strong policy face considerable risks,” comments Hardeep Singh Garewal of  ITC Infotech.

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Webinar Thurs 11/20: Cloud Checklist:
– 5 Steps to Effective Enterprise Cloud Solutions

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Join Cloud9 President/CEO Robert J. Chandler on the essential steps of migrating to cloud and best practices associated with enterprise cloud solutions implementation.

 Register for Webinar Thursday 11/20 @ 12-1 PM PDT
Cloud Checklist: 5 Steps to an Enterprise Cloud Solutions 

For the first time ever, enterprise cloud services have made it possible for SMBs to run enterprise-level cloud solutions cost effectively.  Your SMB can grow at its natural pace without having the cost of technology slow it down.  You will know how much you’re paying every month, no costly downtime, maintenance, or IT consultants to worry about.

Unlike their large enterprise counterparts, it seems that SMBs are continually tightening their belts and struggling to make ends meet—and not just at quarterly budget assessments, either.

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The Small Manufacturing Cloud: Going Global and Mobile

small manufacturing Cloud in blueThe Need for anywhere/anytime access to data and applications from any smart device is fomenting a trend by CPA firms — and their small manufacturing cloud clients — to move mission-critical software applications, like desktop-version QuickBooks, to the cloud.

See also: Small Manufacturing Cloud Computing, it’s a Revolution!
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Small manufacturer owners and managers are rapidly recognizing that cloud and mobile technologies provide easy, cost-effective access to applications that streamline small manufacturing cloud computing is a revolutionoperations and enable them to manage projects fast and efficiently. After employing new manufacturing software on the cloud, small manufacturers  instantly obtain a better understanding of how their facilities function, how to estimate resources for new projects and how to better manage resources. The end result is increased efficiency, improved customer satisfaction, lowered operational cost and, resultantly, increased profits.

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QuickBooks Payment & Invoicing Alert:
Intuit No Longer Supports IPN Sync for Desktop

IPN payment processing not supported in Quickbooks 2015

If you’re considering an upgrade to QuickBooks 2015, be aware that IPN (e-invoicing with a payment link and auto-reconcile and sync) is no longer available except in QuickBooks Online.

Not to worry, however, there are several low-cost add-ons that provide for this essential functionality (and arguably do it better than Intuit ever did).  We will explore a few of them that work great whether the QuickBooks software and file are hosted on Cloud9 or in your office. Each add-on provides a unique mix of payment solutions, including the potential replacement IPN QB sync. This is not an exhaustive list, but a sampling of some of the more popular solutions …

First, The Lowdown -

You will not be able to include a pay link on invoices in the QuickBooks 2015 desktop versions.  You will be able to continue to use IPN outside of QuickBooks to request payments, but you will be required to manually add pay links to your emailed invoices.  You will also need to manually reconcile the deposits and fees.  If you have already invoiced via the IPN in 2014 or earlier version prior to upgrading to 2015, you will still be able to receive payments for those invoices.

Update From Intuit

Integration of Intuit PaymentNetwork will be unavailable in QuickBooks 2015, you will not be able to include a pay link in any invoices you create and send from QuickBooks 2015. If you upgrade to QuickBooks 2015, you may continue to use Intuit PaymentNetwork outside of QuickBooks to request payment, but you will need to manually add pay links to your emailed invoices and manually reconcile the deposits and fees. See below for how to do this.

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Listen to Sleeter on Cloud Talk Radio:
… In the Cloud “Agility Trumps Ability”

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Guest host and accounting technology uber-guru Doug Sleeter talks with
CloudTalkRadio.com about the importance of agility over ability for SMBs

CloudTalk Radio lrgBIn a recent segment on Cloud Talk Radio, hosts Keith Eneix and Robert Chandler discuss how Agility Trumps Ability when growing your business with guest Doug Sleeter of The Sleeter Group, a company that helps accountants and small businesses work together to increase efficiency and profit.

Listen at left as Doug Sleeter explains in the interview that by accountants and small business owners having the most efficient and up-to-date accounting tools they are able to grow their business more effectively.

Sleeter shared with Cloud Talk Radio that he was inspired to start The Sleeter Group out of a passion for small business. With a background in accounting and seeing the growth in accounting software he knew he wanted to work with small businesses to increase access to that tech.

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Free Webinar Friday Oct 17: Cloud Computing
- Best Practices for Your Business Move to Cloud

cloud best practicesOnce a tool only available to large companies, it’s now in the hands of the SMB!  Join Cloud9 Real Time as we deep dive into best practices for moving your business to the cloud.  The presentation will cover cloud essentials as well as red flags when looking for a provider.  To be followed by a best practices checklist and a Q&A.

Register for Webinar Friday 10/17 @ 11AM-12PM PDT
– Cloud Computing – Best Practices for Your Business 

SMBs that plan to transit to cloud computing should avoid the most egregious deployment mistakes by following these tips …

- Plan for cloud security upfront

Most of those in IT won’t dig your initial movement to cloud computing, and they’ll spout the usual FUD around security and whatnot. It’s best to take this off the table as an install issue by providing a formal plan and technology solution. In this plan, make sure to include security testing and validation, which should put most fears to rest and move you to a much more secure final solution.

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