Webinar Wed April 9th:
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?
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QuickBooks Desktop in the Cloud
Wed April 9th, 2014 @ 10am 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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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.

Cloud9 Free Cloud computing and Application Hosting webinarsTracking 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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White Paper: Digital Tax Practice Cloud Hosting

digital tax practice basics to advanced for serious digital tax practitioners

                                                  - Image credit: Fast Company Digital Tax Prep Tools

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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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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Webinar Wed Oct 30th
– Virtual Cloud Solutions for Your Business

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!

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 the best holiday gift for your business.  Your company deserves increased efficiency, fewer IT headaches, dramatic cost savings, enhanced security and greater mobility.  

Register: Wednesday, October 30, 2013
………………11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PST

Don’t bother replacing the old server, move to the cloud.  It’s easier than you think with Cloud9 Virtual Cloud Solutions.  Virtual Cloud Solutions offer enterprise-class cloud computing services powered by a nationally recognized state-of-the-art data center. 

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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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Moving QuickBooks POS Hosting to the Cloud

quickbooks pos hosting from the cloud computing platform IaaS” QuickBooks POS hosting by Cloud9 Real Time is a terrific game changer for many small businesses …

… QuickBooks POS hosting reduces IT costs and shifts the focus from IT to billable hours while providing the luxury, security and convenience of anytime-anywhere access while Cloud9 manages the servers, data center, backups, and any and all software updates and glitches!”
 (Enthused POS pro at CloudSummit ‘12)

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QuickBooks POS Hosting on Cloud Computing from Cloud9

Newly unveiled, Intuit QuickBooks Point of Sale 2013 POS software organizes and tracks sales, customer information, and inventory counts. The new Cloud9 QuickBooks POS hosting using version 2013 includes improvements in the navigation and user interface, as well as a valuable new mobile sync feature. Combined with Cloud9′s virtual server (cloud computing) solution, the newest version of Intuit’s POS software offers an unparalleled advantage to account for and synchronize multiple business locations from a single ‘bank-level’ secure access point. 

QuickBooks POS Hosting Now With True Mobile Access

Mobile QuickBooks POS hosting and access on Cloud9With QuickBooks POS hosting of version 2013, business operators can also easily accept credit card transactions via smart-devices, iPads,  iPhones, Droids, and Blackberries, so its natively mobile now, allowing shopkeepers and retailers to transact commerce anywhere, from the middle of an eatery to a vendor booth at a conference or a delivery at a job site. All smart device originated transaction and inventory updates instantly synced to QuickBooks POS 2013 hosted on the cloud.

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Debuting a New, Safer, Seamless & Simpler Cloud

Cloud Computing for CPA Firms

A Newer, Safer, Seamless & Simpler Cloud Computing Experience for Practice Firms

Cloud9 Real Time is bringing dynamic Cloud solutions to the 2013 Winning is Everything conference January 16-18, 2013 at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, Nevada. Winning is Everything is the Practice Management event of the year, providing forward-thinking accounting firms with a global vantage point on all practice management related topics.

Accounting practice Cloud ComputingCloud9 Real Time Executive Vice President Kacee Johnson stated the importance of the event: “The attendees of Winning is Everything are all very highly educated professionals that are really looking to take their firm to the next level. We enjoy being a part of the conference as we meet with truly ground breaking individuals in the accounting profession looking to streamline their office and business processes.”

Cloud9 shows firms how the Cloud can work for them and the cost savings advantages available over managing a local in-office server. Moving to the Cloud provides accounting firms and professionals with a secure data center, outsourced IT, automatic backups and a disaster recovery plan.

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Managing AP & AR with Cloud Computing

BILL.com and Quickbooks Cloud Hosting sync

Bill.com is a Cash Flow Command and Control System that manages accounts payable and receivable for businesses of all sizes.

Offering online bill pay, custom invoicing services and collections, unlimited document storage, collaboration tools, and mobile access, Bill.com’s services easily syncs to users’ accounting software, QuickBooks hosting clouds and online bank accounts to better control company financials.

See also - White Paper: Next Generation AP & AR Move to Cloud

Bill.com syncs with Cloud hosted appsA big hit at this year’s CloudSummit 2012, Bill.com guards against errors and employs enterprise-class fraud protections that current desktop methods cannot match. More than 100,000 users are now paying millions of bills worth billions of dollars using Bill.com.

Small-business accounting software has greatly matured, but gaps in SMB business procedures still remain. Bill.com successfully addresses one of those gaps by expanding on the accounts payable functions of your accounting application. Bill.com can serve as a standalone application or as an integrated add-on to QuickBooks.

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White Paper: Firms Harnessing the Power of Cloud Accounting

Cloud Accounting White Paper

Newly published cloud accounting white paper …

… from the AICPA and derived from recent research conducted by Silicon Valley tech consultant, author and managing director of consulting firm TCG Advisors, Geoffrey Moore, describes the impact that cloud accounting is having on client accounting services for companies of all sizes.*

*Sources: SourceMedia and BusinessWire

See also: Cloud9 Named #1 Cloud Provider by 5000 CPAs poll

Geoffrey Moore Accounting White Paper

Dr. Geoffrey Moore

Moore interviewed dozens of accounting leaders and technologists and discovered that work involving client accounting outsource – has rapidly become a cloud-accelerated field of growth for accounting firms. His findings are assembled into a new AICPA research report, titled Accounting Services: Harness the Power of the Cloud.”

Moore lays out three mega-shifts that are fueling innovation in the CPA and financial professions: transitioning from paper to digital, Internet-based solutions; practices moving from a physical to a more virtual presence; and from being a “generalist” practice to specialization in particular industry niches.

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Webinar: Effectively Run Your Business From A Tablet

Transform your business to be more productive and efficient using iPads and other mobile devices.  

Register for WebinarWed 12-19-12 – 10AM-11AM PST

Because more CPAs, bookkeepers, and other financial pros are using iPads and other tablets and smart devices, software companies and other providers of web-based tools will continue to evolve rapidly to meet the demand for more and efficient ways to engage business and tasks completion on the fly. iPad for quickbooks cloud accountingTogether with BMRG president Jennifer Katrulya, and Cloud9 CEO Robert J. Chandler, we are pleased to announce next week’s “Run Your Business From a Tablet” webinar, which offers ways for accounting and financial practices to work full time on iPads and other tablets.

Register for WebinarWed 12-19-12 – 10AM-11AM PST

According to accounting technologist Jennifer Katrulya at her blog, “The portability of a tablet is great, but security and privacy isn’t always assured. That’s a potential problem when you’re trying to run a business on a tablet.” Adds Jennifer: “Storage space is another and potentially huge hindrance for tablet users who wish to handle even a moderate amount of data. Fortunately, some promising developments in the world of tablets and cloud computing are taking away the barriers that once faced tablet users.”

Register for WebinarWed 12-19-12 – 10AM-11AM PST

This webinar will explore the challenges tablet using practice managers and business owners face and offer solutions that will allow you to work efficiently from anywhere.  We hope you’ll join us!

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Webinar: How the Cloud can change YOUR practice

free application hosting and office cloud computing webinars

Cloud computing is creating new openings for accounting practices and other professional practice firms

Register for WebinarWed 12-12-12 – 10AM-11AM PST

You can perform billable work quicker and with improved client communication and retention with increased data security. But transiting to Cloud-based business and maintaining confidential data accessible over the Web raises deployment and security issues that professional practice firms must assess.

Jennifer Katrulya talks cloud computing for professional practices

Jennifer Katrulya CPA & Accounting Technologist

Now you can learn from one of the accounting technology industry’s leading experts how to successfully move your firm into the cloud.

Register for WebinarWed 12-12-12 – 10AM-11AM PST

Jennifer Katrulya, CPA, is founder and CEO of Danbury, Conn.-based Business Management Resource Group, a firm that uses cloud-based accounting systems to provide outsourced accounting and advisory services to clients across the U.S. and internationally. She also educates other CPA firms in how to make the most of Cloud-based best practices. 

Ms. Katrulya’s extensive cloud-plus-accounting experience and knowledge includes advising hundreds of small and mid-sized business clients on utilizing cloud computing and cloud accounting technologies to profitably build their practices. 

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