Webinar Wed July 30th:
Anytime/Anywhere QuickBooks Desktop in the Cloud

 

Accounting Hosting Cloud Webinar the future of QuickBooks QuickBooks 2014 desktop versions and 500+ other business applications
via customized, managed cloud hosting is a real game changer. What else is in store?
Join the Cloud9 Webinar and get up to speed fast!

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QuickBooks Desktop in the Cloud
Wed July 30th, 2014 @ 11AM-12PM Pacific Time

Intuit has many options for small to medium sized business owners in terms of accounting software choices including different flavors and versions of QuickBooks Desktop such as QuickBooks Pro, Premier, Premier Accountants Edition, POS and Enterprise 2014 are now all available in the United States to host AND Lease! Save time and money while gaining the benefits of working in the Cloud. Find out on this free webinar, the new features of QuickBooks 2014 and how you can Lease all the versions of QuickBooks desktop editions, have anytime, anywhere access while turning all the IT responsibilities like backups, updates, server maintenance etc to Cloud9.

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White Paper: Digital Tax Practice Cloud Hosting
– A Paperless Environment, the Flexibility of Paper

 

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A Key Component of the Digital Tax Practice is OCR

Tax preparation has come a long way since the days of service bureaus, couriers and paper forms. Personal computer-based tax software allowed tax returns to be prepared entirely in-house. Now, some tax document automation solutions are allowing firms to embrace a completely digital tax practice. Through Optical Character Recognition (OCR), source documents like W-2s, K1s and brokerage statements can be scanned and automatically bookmarked and organized. Then, the relevant tax data from those source documents can be exported to tax software.

digital tax practice sureprep white paperIf your goal is increased efficiency, the time you save with a Digital Tax Practice by not having to organize your files and key punch data into tax software is important, very important, but it isn’t the most important component of a truly automated digital tax practice. To understand the most important component, think about how and when a 1040 tax return flows through your office.

File Types and Workflow in a Digital Tax Practice

With most tax document automation solutions the process works like this: You scan the paper documents that were provided by your client then you run the scanned documents through OCR.

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Cloud Accounting: Three Thought Leaders Weigh In

 
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Robert J. Chandler

Cloud9 CEO Robert Chandler and Fannit CEO Keith Eneix, hosts of CloudTalk Radio, interviewed some of the thought leaders in the accounting industry at the AICPA conference last month held in Las Vegas. Some changes happening in the accounting industry are impacting businesses all over and it is worth getting it straight from the horse’s mouth.

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cpa academy talks cloud accountingScott Zarret, CEO of CPA Academy, discussed how access to continuing education for accounting firms and CPAs though MOOCs (massively open online courses) has changed the types of materials you can earn CPE credits on. A lot of accountants now can more easily and cost efficiently stay educated about a variety of topicslike how to become their client’s financial advisors in addition to being compliance based bookkeepers and tax accountants.

doug sleeter talks cloud accountingDoug Sleeter, CEO of The Sleeter Group, is always an interesting interview. His concepts on ‘Chunkification’ and ‘Digital Plumbing’ as it relates to the accounting industry are holding true.

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New Report from Deloitte –
– The Cloud-Based Accounting Revolution

 

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The coming year will be a defining time for businesses adopting digital technology

– SMBs, failing to leap, risk missing out on the cloud-based accounting revolution

In a recent report from Deloitte, Harnessing The ‘Bang’, Stories From The Digital Frontline, Deloitte updated its assessment of the effect of digital disruption, underscoring that the speed of change is accelerating and impacting businesses big and small across Australia and the world.

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The next twelve months will be a turning point for SMBs; whether they embrace the digital disruption or not. Current research on cloud computing highlighted that nearly 70 per cent of businesses are still not utilizing cloud technology in a fundamental manner.

Thus two thirds of business owners are failing to capitalize on a key fundamental strategy of competitive advantage: cloud-based accounting.

This hesitancy among SMB owners and managers may be attributed to the fact that many are simply not cognizant of how far such technologies have advanced during the past 48 months and thereby unmindful of the positive influence cloud technologies can have on their business.

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Webinar Thurs June 5th – Virtual Cloud Solutions
10 Reasons Your Business Needs The Cloud NOW!

 

Virtual Office and virtual Cloud solutions are the future of businessGet up to speed fast on Cloud9′s innovative and award-winning Virtual Office and Virtual Cloud Solutions for Your Business.

Is your in-house server a dinosaur?  Have you pushed it to the edge of its life?  Has it reached the phase where it’s time to do something about it?  You’re not alone. Ditch that old server!

By taking advantage of cloud services SMBs can reap the benefits of not having to invest in a physical infrastructure like in house servers. Additionally, the anytime, anywhere availability of these solutions, leads to a hassle-free collaboration among business partners, employees, and clients. Get affordable enterprise solutions whether you’re an entrepreneur, small office, or mom-and-pop business.

Register: Thursday, June 5th 2014
…………….11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PST

Countless other business are in the same place you are. Join Cloud9 Real Time and let us show you why a fully managed Virtual Server will make solution for your business.  Your company deserves increased efficiency, fewer IT headaches, dramatic cost savings, enhanced security and greater mobility.  

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Sleeter Group Cloud9 Review – A One Year Assessment

 

Sleeter Group Cloud9 Review began with its move to Cloud9 Real TimeIn recent years Sleeter Group’s Doug Sleeter has written often about how small business owners who are “addicted” to desktop version software should get their mission-critical desktop software hosted in the cloud.

“At The Sleeter Group, we moved our whole back office (QuickBooks and all of our add-ons) to Cloud9 Real Time in January 2013. It was one of those “practice what we preach” decisions, and boy are we glad we did it. Our hope was that by using a hosting solution, we could move to the cloud without having to retrain all our staff and switch to new workflows all at the same time.”

True to his commitment last year, Doug Sleeter is back with a Sleeter Group Cloud9 review on how hosting QuickBooks and back office applications with Cloud9 is working out for The Sleeter Group.

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Cloud Summit 2014 – Sept 17-19 – Do The Math!
– The Cloud Accounting Conference Not To Be Missed!

 

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5th annual cloud accounting conference – Your business and clients are busy, and your competition is growing … September 17-19 Cloud Summit 2014 won’t just help you keep up - it will give you the tools and training to be more efficient, productive and secure!

See also: Here Comes Cloud Summit 2014 – Earlybird Discount Ends 5/31!

In fact, 97% of attendees surveyed said they would recommend attending the Cloud Summit 2014 cloud accounting conference to their colleagues and friends, and 94% said their business improvements outweighed the cost of attending more than 5-fold. Follow the math below!

Cloud Summit ’14 cloud accounting conference combines keynote talks by some of the most influential thought leaders and tech experts in the industry — including Orvel Ray Wilson, Doug Sleeter and Greg LaFollette – with hands-on workshops, 1-on-1 training, educational and marketing sessions and time for networking with other professionals in every stage of implementation.

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Cloud Hosted QuickBooks Point of Sale 2013
– Ring Up More Sales with Cloud9 Real Time!

 

Cloud Hosted QuickBooks Point of Sale is a game changerThroughout the many years that Cloud9 Real Time has been supporting accountants and their business clients of all shapes and sizes, one of the most requested applications to host, or support in various ways, has been QuickBooks Point of Sale, also known as POS. And granted, after hearing the various reasons from these users, it’s understood why the requests kept pouring in almost on a weekly basis. But Cloud9 Real Time has been ready, since early 2013, to take your business POS needs to the Cloud with the industry’s best hosted QuickBooks Point of Sale solution, tailor-made for each and every unique retail, POS and accounting needs.

See also: Moving QuickBooks POS to the Cloud

Cloud Hosted QuickBooks Point of Sale 2013 can ring in more salesCloud hosted QuickBooks Point of Sale 2013 allows for the capability to sync  all orders, inventory, customer lists, employee records (such as time clock history, payroll management and security,) and payroll information to your Cloud hosted QuickBooks Accounting software with just the click of a button using the End of Day Procedure feature.

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Cloud Accounting & Practice Marketing Visionaries
To Present Compelling Keynotes At Cloud Summit 14

 

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Conference to explore current & future
technology + new marketing strategies

San Diego, CA  April 25, 2014 – The co-sponsors of Cloud Summit 2014 –Cloud9 Real Time, BMRG LLC  and CloudSway – have announced their selection of keynote speakers for this fall’s 3-day exploration of implementing and marketing cloud accounting.

“Today’s accounting professionals and small businesses need help making the transition to cloud accounting,” said Kacee Johnson, Executive Vice President at Cloud9 Real Time. “Our keynote speakers — leading voices in today’s technology and tomorrow’s vision – will provide the insight, tools and marketing expertise that are needed to advance to this critical next step.”

Five of the industry’s most prominent cloud accounting and marketing experts will address attendees in keynote speeches September 17-19, 2014, in San Diego:

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Cloud Accounting or Traditional Accounting
– Why Cloud is Better for Small Businesses

 

Cloud Accounting or Traditional AccountingRegardless of what type of business you run or the size of it, accounting and paper work are essential components. Over the years accounting software has advanced even further, and now business owners are faced with oodles of options to meet the individual needs of their own profession.

Cloud Summit 2014 Cloud computing conferenceTracking expenses, invoicing applications, bookkeeping and accounting is tedious – no matter how good you are at the math and organizational side of things. But, if you don’t stay on top of it or make it a priority, it doesn’t take long before your business becomes a hectic mess or worse – and funds are lost or unaccounted for.

See also: Infographic: Cloud Accounting Software
– Why You Should Move Accounting to Cloud in 2014

With the emergence of cloud accounting solutions creating huge media fanfare in the last 3 years, traditional accounting software has been forced to improve their programs and fight for its place in the business world. Despite cloud accounting’s success though, business owners are still juggling with the concept of which software is right for their business. We delve into the two and uncover why cloud accounting software is the hottest thing for business owners right now, and why it’s the best solution for you.

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The 8 Most Read Cloud9 Blog Posts for 2013

 

best cloud computing posts of 2013What subjects and articles were our readers following last year? Take a another look at our 8 most popular Cloud9 blog posts in 2013. Some of these saw their traffic buoyed by good search visibility while others enjoyed better social media popularity.

The top Cloud9 blog posts for 2013 in reverse order:

Doug Sleeter cloud computing moving office to cloud with Cloud9 blog posts#8: Sleeter Moves to Cloud, How & Why
When does one consider moving office to cloud? Business owners and practice managers are all abuzz about moving their office to cloud computing as though one could just wiggle their nose (apologies to Samantha and Jeannie) and instantly switch from software to paperless workflow systems. However the reality for most businesses and practices is that moving office to cloud, regardless of how motivated, will take some strategic planning.

#7: Interest in Paperless Law Firm Capabilities Picking Up
Recent studies show that law firms are more and more embracing technology as the key differentiator in a competitive market for the paperless law firm storing files digitally is less expensive, more convenient, and more eco-friendly than printing and stacking boxes of paper files

office wifi password hacking cloud9 blog posts#6: Office WiFi Security is Vulnerable to Hacking, How?
A past article in Ars Technica rekindled a healthy a nerve with many professionals and business owners regarding general password and office WiFi security…  Passwords are the keys that secure virtually everything nowadays. Use a weak password and the outcome could be disastrous.  And one of the areas where passwords are the weakest are the standard issue office and home WiFi networks now universally ubiquitous.

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Infographic: Cloud Accounting Software
– Why You Should Move Accounting to Cloud in 2014

 
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Infograph source: Sage UK

Cloud accounting has become the cutting edge of paperless professional practice applications in recent years, with increasing numbers of businesses selecting to move to the cloud in order to make the most of the benefits cloud accounting software and cloud computing has to offer.

If you are thinking about moving to cloud computing and cloud accounting software, we have included an infographic from Sage that examines the wins that businesses have already received after embracing everything cloud and the benefits that can make the most of by adopting a cloud-based practice approach. Also shown are some of the common phobias about cloud computing and cloud accounting, which include security and privacy concerns, in order to give you a comprehensive review before you take the leap.

Cloud Accounting Software Efficiencies 

Any business manager understands that bookkeeping and accounting are important components of operation that require time and energy away otherwise spent on the revenue-generating aspects of the business.

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How Business Application Hosting Minimizes Headaches

 

In recent years, cloud-hosted virtual server solutions and services have accelerated in popularity, for good reason, and many or most SMBs and financial firms are at least investigating this new paradigm for financial, business and IT management.

Business application hosting provides that your company’s business software applications and data are kept online in high-security datacenters rather than installed locally on your laptop or office server computer. Cloud-based application hosting from Cloud9 Real Time provides a range of advantages that your business can realize near instantly.

Reduced Business Application Maintenance

Application maintenance responsibilities, including security patches, the testing and deployment of which are handled by Cloud9 Real Time, is a fundamental business application hosting advantage.

Cloud9 virtual server and business software hosting solutions enable you to leverage, integrate, customize and deploy business applications as your business requires, and are fully supported by industry-recognized security and disaster recovery standards; delivering great flexibility, amelioration of risk, capital savings and rapid access to your office data and software.

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QuickBooks Cloud Backup, Best Practices!

 

[Editor's note: Best practices advice from a real pro:  All Cloud customers using QuickBooks should avoid the risk of a problematic bloated TLG file by running an occasional manual backup and verification. Los Altos CPA and accounting technologist Victoria Cameron provides a good tutorial just added to Cloud9's support Knowledge Base.  Sure we spoil you with a fully managed custom solution, and everything is always backed up and disaster ready, but don't forget, the basics still apply!]*

One of the best parts of Cloud9’s hosted QuickBooks service is that your data is always backed up, painlessly, every night. So now you never need to use the backup routine in QuickBooks for making periodic backups – Right? Wrong!

Victoria Cameron QuickBooks Cloud Backup guest post at Cloud9 Real Time

QuickBooks Cloud Backup Done Correctly

Best practices in maintaining a healthy QuickBooks file on Cloud9 still dictates performing a manual QuickBooks Cloud Backup on a regular basis. Not using the actual QuickBooks Cloud Backup process can lead to trouble with your data file down the road. The reason for it are three little letters – TLG.

The .TLG file is one of several files that QuickBooks creates every time you open your company file in a new place. The main file has the extension .QBW. Then there is a .QBW.ND file which helps the QuickBooks Database Server manage access to the file.

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Cloud9 Named to INC 500|5000 Ranks!

 

INC 500 Cloud Computing - Cloud9 added to INC 5000Cloud9 Real Time has been recognized as one of America’s  fastest growing private technology companies by Inc. in the magazine’s 32nd annual awards. Started in 1982, the INC-500|5000 is a prestigious list of the nation’s most successful private companies and has become a hallmark of entrepreneurial success.

Cloud9 Real Time President/CEO, Robert J. Chandler commented, “It’s a great honor being recognized by INC, one of the few publications dedicated exclusively to privately held companies that are producing innovative ideas.”

INC 500 Cloud Computing now that cloud9 joins INC 500

Cloud9 made the Top-60 in IT Service nationally, Top-100 private companies in California and number 9 among San Diego County companies. A complete list of all companies awarded can be found at www.inc.com/inc5000/list.

“Cloud9’s growth has been tremendous over the past 4 years and we are looking forward to an even stronger 2014!,” added Mr. Chandler.

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Requests for Sage Cloud Hosting Surge

 

Sage Cloud Hosting grows at Cloud9“With the recent surge of practice managers and business owners selecting Sage cloud hosting of Sage 50 Accounting, and other Sage applications, as their financial accounting software of choice, Cloud9 Real Time plans on enabling more cloud computing options, including more application add-ons and additional OS options for Cloud9 clients to select from.”  - Kacee Johnson Cloud9 EVP

Graph showing surge in Sage Cloud Hosting requests

The Future is Sage Cloud hosting

At Cloud9 Real Time, we are perpetually assessing data and the trending popularity of software applications that business owners and practice managers are asking to have cloud hosted on their private virtual servers. This allows Cloud9 to remain current and informed as to what our clients are seeking from their Cloud9 services plan. Sage cloud hosting is a case in point. 

Over the past 12 months, we have seen a strong surge in the popularity of Sage cloud hosting with dramatically increased requests for that accounting software suite than in any previous year.  In assessing the most recent time span from 2012 to 2013, we uncovered a 434% increase in requests for the cloud hosting of Sage 50 Accounting.

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Tax Application Hosting on the Cloud

 

Tax Application hosting on Cloud

Tax application hosting – No longer limited to QuickBooks and Microsoft software cloud hosting!

Cloud9 private virtual server solutions provide clients with a private cloud to host all their desktop office, organizational, and financial applications including tax application hosting, time & billing programs, CRM systems etc. Tax application hosting allows users to access the programs anytime, anywhere via internet access and work remote with their tax applications being hosted at a SSAE 16 Type II Data Center.

See related: Cloud9 Real Time has been honored with the 2012 & 2013 Reader’s Choice Award by CPA Practice Advisor for Favorite Accounting ASP/Hosted/Cloud Solution Provider

tax application hosting by cloud9 voted #1 by more accountants and tax preparersWhy would you want to host your tax software? A multitude of reasons! The most common reason for hosting tax software is that the firm does not want to buy and maintain a local server. Second, the firm has remote employees or the need to work outside the physical office on their programs. Finally, the firm desires to have a more secure infrastructure then the traditional client-server infrastructure.

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Cloud Accounting: Pros w/ Few Cons

 

CPA Practice Advisor Cloud Accounting Hosting AwardMany small company owners & managers know the benefits of maintaining the business books; they also know just how time intensive it can be!

Proper bookkeeping is solely for the benefit of operating a company; it is a must for business owners to keep up to date with their P&L and revenue targets.*

Kacee Johnson Cloud9 Real TimeFrom CPA Practice Advisor by Kacee Johnson

Get the White Paper – A Specialized Cloud for Accountants

Presently there are MANY accounting software packages available off the shelf, with some being industry standards, and some being more niche specialized.  Amidst the decision-matrix there is a growing move towards selecting cloud-based accounting and virtual server software hosting, which functions and is accessed via the web. This basically means that the bookkeeping and accounting processes happen online, rather than localized to an individual PC.

Cloud Accounting Concerns

One essential concern company owners have with cloud accounting is data security. This in itself should not be an overriding concern; cloud access is only granted by permission from authorized account holders. The best cloud hosting companies invest significant capital in security and backup.  Essentially, data may actually be safer than if it was stored locally. For example, data could be lost through theft of hardware or failure when stored on an office computer or server. Such risk is minimised when data is stored in the cloud and protected by high levels of security and backup procedure.

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