Free Webinar Wednesday January 14th:
– 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.


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!


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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 …

cloud accounting technology is evolving infographic

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

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                                                  – 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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Free Webinar Thurs Sept 11th:
Requests for Sage Cloud Hosting Surge, Learn Why!

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.”  – Robert J. Chandler CEO

Graph showing surge in Sage Cloud Hosting requestsFree Webinar Thurs Sept 11, 11AM-12PM PDT
Join Cloud9 as we deep dive into Sage hosting solutions. Lean how to save money while increasing productivity. We host every version of Sage software.presently supported.

The Future is Sage Cloud hosting

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

 Free Webinar Thurs Sept 11, 11AM-12PM PDT

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

cloud accounting event in san diego…… Speakers …. Sponsors …. Special Events …. Hotel …. Register

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 Robert J. Chandler 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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Better iPad Cloud Computing with ‘C9 Mobile!’

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Cloud9 Real Time has announced the release of C9 Mobile, its new mobile app download via iTunes that delivers true iPad Cloud Computing by giving users access to all of their desktop software applications via iPad or iPad Mini. 

…… See also – iPad Your Practice for Productivity!

QuickBooks desktop using iPad cloud computing from Cloud9

C9 Mobile enables the Cloud9 platform for iPad users to easily access their hosted applications, connect with tech support, submit tickets, add users, etc.

Cloud9 Mobile App = iPad Cloud Computing

iPad Cloud Computing just got better with the release of C9 Mobile!

C9 Mobile debuted at the Sleeter Solutions 13 Conference in Las Vegas earlier this week. C9 Mobile provides iPad and iPad Mini users with access to the full desktop version of their applications while on the go.  With over 500 applications hosted and/or integrated the combinations are endless for users. iPad Cloud Computing has arrived!

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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.*

QuickBooks Cloud Hosting & More!From CPA Practice Advisor –

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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Benefits of QuickBooks Hosting vs QuickBooks Online

9 Distinct Benefits of Quickbooks Hosting vs Quickbooks Online

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1. Access to many important QuickBooks Features

Benefits often not available with QuickBooks Online Include tracking inventory, generating purchase orders, assigning multiple price levels to items, and enhanced online bill pay functionality.

See also – Good QuickBooks Hosting vs QuickBooks Online

2. Save time and money through a more efficient system

Depending upon such issues as the number of businesses owned versus the QBOL selected, the costs of Cloud9 Real Time Hosting are less. 

quickbooks online vs quickbooks cloud hosting3. Superior Functionality

Cloud9 Real Time hosting functions as if it is running on your desktop computer or laptop; the layout and user interface are the same as your desktop QuickBooks version. QBOL, conversely, has the functionality of a website mechanism.

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Managing AP & AR with Cloud Computing and Quickbooks Cloud Hosting 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,’s services easily syncs to users’ accounting software, QuickBooks hosting clouds and online bank accounts to better control company financials. syncs with Cloud hosted appsA big hit at this year’s CloudSummit 2012, 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

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

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CPAs Vote Cloud9 an ASP Hosting Favorite for a Second Year

2013 Readers Choice Award Cloud Accounting Hosting

Cloud9 Real Time is recognized by the annual Reader’s Choice Awards, AGAIN!

Cloud9 Real Time has been honored with a 2013 Reader’s Choice by CPA Practice Advisor readers, for favorite accounting ASP/Hosted Solution Provider. This is the second year in a row that Cloud9 has been recognized for its outstanding service, value and user experience out of dozens of ASPs and cloud solutions providers.

See also: Cloud9 #1 Cloud Provider in 2012 CPA poll

CPA Practice Advisor Cloud Accounting Hosting AwardASP (Application Service Providers) are an increasingly popular solution for accounting firms and small to medium sized businesses that need anytime, anywhere access to their applications and data. Users can login from any PC with internet connection anywhere in the world at anytime.

“Moving to the Cloud also saves businesses money by reducing the cost of IT labor hours, investment in hardware infrastructure as well as software licensing, backups and maintenance,” notes Robert J. Chandler, Cloud9’s president.

“We have been very fortunate to have many accolades for our technology in the past year but the Reader’s Choice award is especially gratifying as it shows that our users’ experience is a great one, without which we would not have the great successes that we are having.”

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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: How the Cloud can change YOUR practice

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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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Infographic: Goodbye to Office Toolus Extinctus

Office Tools Going ExtinctA new study, survey-ed more than 7,000 professionals worldwide …

… and queried which tech and trends are likely not be seen by the year 2017. 1000s of business and practice managers agreed they could likely soon see such office tool staples  as the tape recorder, fax machine, and Rolodex at science exhibits alongside petrified wood and Brontosaurus skeletons.

According to the survey, the top ten tech and office
trends soon to be going the way of the Dodo Bird are:

Dodo Bird Office tech being phased outTape recorders (79 percent), Fax machines (71 percent), Rolodexes (58 percent), Standard working hours (57 percent), Desk phones (35 percent), Desktop computers (34 percent), Formal business attire – suits, ties, pantyhose, etc. (27 per-cent), Corner offices for managers  and executives (21 percent), Cubicles (19 percent), and USB thumb drives (17 percent)

“Business pros from around the world also suggested several key dream tools they’d like to see in the future. These include having a clone or assistant to help them (25 percent), a place in the office that provides natural sunlight (25 percent), and a quiet place in their office where they’re allowed to take a nap (22 percent). In a funny twist, 19 percent of respondents said they wish they had a mute button for their coworkers so they don’t have to hear them talk.”

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Tax Preparation Software Survey Highlights

2012 tax preparation software survey

2012 AICPA tax preparation software survey highlights

“Cloud Computing a growing trend”

Over 6,000 certified public accountants assessed the tax prep applications they used to prepare year 2011 tax returns, indicating what they did and did not appreciate about their tax software in a recent survey by the AICPA.

This year, the tax software survey also examined newer methods of utilizing tax software, finding that cloud computing, while not yet proliferate, is a distinct relative shift among tax return preparers.

See also:  Tax Software Hosting and Cloud Computing

Overall user bliss was close to those surveyed in 2011, with the ratings for most applications hovering near the 4.3 (out of 5) average for all tax prep softwares (in 2011, all apps also averaged 4.3). UltraTax won the overall #1 spot again this year at 4.5, narrowly besting out Lacerte (4.4)


For 2012, the survey examined respondents’ adoption of new trends in technology, such as cloud computing. Cloud computing has achieved common phenomenon status outside the field of tax prep software, both in consumer software applications and in business.

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Hosted QuickBooks: Understand Your Service Options First

Hosted QuickBooks for the Modern World of Business

award winning cloud9 hosted quickbooks software hosting21st century technology is altering the way businesses and their CPAs do accounting. The agencies that stay on the cutting edge of this trend will benefit from improved efficiency, reduced IT costs and greater flexibility. However, embracing this technology also can mean considering new business models.

Hosted QuickBooks is a simple concept

A case in point: The way hosted QuickBooks works is easy to grasp. Instead of paying a licensing fee to have software installed on your local desktop or office server, you pay a monthly service fee for a hosted QuickBooks provider to host the application remotely. You then access the hosted QuickBooks from any computer, and because your data is now as well hosted on the provider’s remote servers, anyone who uses the hosted QuickBooks system sees the data in real time.

See also: Cloud9 Nabs Top Accounting Cloud Hosting Award

Get the: Accounting Cloud White Paper

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Numbers Have Moved To The Cloud…

Together in the Cloud

– An excerpt from Robert J. Chandler’s new book Together In The Cloud, which was released earlier this year. This excerpt orginally appeared in the Feb 2012 edition of CPA Practice Advisor.

– Rob has recently been nominated for Small Business Trends’ 2012 ‘Small Business Influencer ‘ and you may vote for him HERE.  

The Benefits Of Online Client Accounting

The Cloud has changed the world of accounting. This concept is not new—it actually dates back to the early 1990s—but the biggest growth by accounting firms starting to take advantage of this online technology has been within the last few years.

Robert J. Chandler

Robert J. Chandler

Today’s technology is used by more and more accounting professionals and business owners to accomplish their tasks with far more convenience and efficiency. These new methods provide mutual benefits as owners and accountants work together in the Cloud.

While most of the advantages have been around for some time, they are now finally being utilized as they should be. Consider four unique mutual benefits of online client accounting.

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New Infographic: Assessing Cloud Accounting Applications

INFOGRAPHIC cloud-accounting-software

The ideas of cloud computing and cloud accounting are simple.

The accounting and other office applications are on the Internet, which CPA practices do not need to purchase, load, or maintain. There isn’t anyneed to hire technicians because these firms only need a broadband Web connection and a browser. Gone are the network switches, operating systems, applications, and servers at the local area. For cloud-borne operations, such things belong to the cloud, the Internet, and the cloud computing provider.

Infographic source: CloudTweaks

A CPA or other accounting firm can benefit from cloud computing in different ways. One, the overhead is quite low. System administration, upgrades, and maintenance become the responsibility of the supplier and everything happens in the cloud. Therefore, the practice need not pay a manager to monitor any software/hardware work which usually occurs during weekends or at night. For a small firm of 100 employees, cloud computing software typically costs 50% less than software installed in the firm’s premises, in a span of 4 years.


Remember us. Cloud9 Real Time was voted Best Accountant’s Cloud by more accounting  professionals. Get a free demo or take a 7-day test drive and discover why Cloud9 is the favorite cloud computing provider in accounting today!

New Cloud Accounting Survey

Cloud accounting & cloud computing survey results

The new Cloud Accounting Institute (CAI) is launching its first ever survey to determine how many companies have adopted or intend to adopt cloud accounting solutions and why (or not). In addition, CAI seeks to know how many employees will engage the new cloud accounting applications and whether they are centrally located or use the application from remote locations. This time around the percentages will be the big story, but when Cloud Accounting Institute refreshes its data at the end of the year, we expect that the Institute will begin making its own predictions.

The survey aims to relate adoption decisions to company size, perceived benefits, perceived concerns, and experiences with installed software packages.

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Webinar: Private Accounting Cloud For Your Firm

What is a ‘Virtual Server for Accountants?’

Do you need a server or are tired of having to maintain a server in your office? Are you an Accountant, Bookkeeper, Tax Preparer, CPA or other accounting professional? Do you have multiple applications that you need access to and don’t want multiple ways of accessing? Do you have clients that need to access as well?

This webinar is on the Cloud9 Virtual Server for accountants solution. Learn how you can outsource your server and IT!

Stop the chaos and streamline your practice!

CLICK TO REGISTER: 11AM Weds January 11th

#1 QuickBooks Hosting SolutionVirtual Servers are the wave of the future and are a value savings alternative to traditionalal office servers. Virtual servers allow you real time access anytime, anywhere – and you can even private label your office portal for clients to login to their files!

Register now, discover what all the hubbub is about and why Cloud9 Real Time was voted #1 cloud host by a majority of accountants in the most recent Annual Readers’ Choice of CPA Practice Advisor.

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Cloud Computing For Accountants White Paper

Accounting Cloud Service and Cloud Computing Accountants White Paper from Cloud9Accounting Professionals are bombarded in literature, emails, conferences and by consultants to move to Sage and/or QuickBooks cloud computing for accountants. They think they know what it means and they know there are some benefits to the technology, but have a hard time grasping exactly how it can benefit their firm, and more importantly – their clients. In an attempt to gain a competitive advantage over their competition, they want to stay ahead of the game, offer the latest in services, technology and security while minimizing costs during a global economic downturn.* (The answer of course is Cloud Computing For Accountants)

*Related – 2012 Accountants’ New Year’s Resolution Survey

This conundrum has led to many questions that will be addressed here, but first lets answer the most important question: What is Cloud Computing For Accountants?

What is Cloud Computing for Accountants?

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Cloud9 Now Authorized for Sage Peachtree Hosting

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Sage Peachtree hosting is here!

Its official! Cloud9 Real Time, the leader in cloud-hosted financial applications, is now an Authorized Commercial Host for Sage Peachtree Hosting. The Sage Hosting Provider Program qualifies hosting providers based on an array of criteria and ensures the host provider meets Sage requirements. Sage is a leading developer for financial applications, most popular for their Peachtree and Simply Accounting products.

Sage Peachtree Hosting cloud hosting serversSage Peachtree Hosting is a very popular solution for accounting firms and small to medium sized businesses that need anytime, anywhere access. Users can login from any PC with internet connection anywhere in the world at anytime. Another great benefit of moving to the Cloud is that the business owner no longer needs to buy the hardware or pay IT consultants for the maintenance and technical support, thus reducing the overall IT expenses by up to 70% each year.

While both forms of Sage implementation provide a way to manage finances, generate reports and deliver key customer facing services, some businesses are more suited to the hosted path. For small businesses, the hosted solution provides a cheap and convenient method of implementing a Sage system. It can be a good way to trial Sage software without committing to capital expenditure on IT infrastructure.

The typical benefits of hosting Sage are:

  • Quick to set-up
  • Low initial set-up costs
  • Unlikely to need extra hardware of infrastructure
  • You can use the software as soon as you have bought the licence
  • Easy-to-budget monthly fees
  • Covered by our dedicated 24/7 support

Examples of typical Sage Peachtree hosting solutions:

Sage 50 Accounts – A single instance of Windows 2008 Server configured for desktop services allow multiple users to connect and work on the shared system. As you have a managed service Reporting and Printing locally to your office printer is achieved with assistance from our Help Desk that can help you get setup and on your way.

Sage 200 Accounts – Usually 2-3 instances of Windows 2008 Server with an SQL database server, application server and optional domain controller. A heavier application footprint, but still easily virtualised and affordable in the cloud. Fully managed and backed up with Helpdesk Support, your Sage 200 system can be available at all times from anywhere in the world.

Cloud9 Real Time, the #1 cloud hosting solution for accountants and Sage Hosting.

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The Ascent of Cloud Accounting

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As “Cloud-based” systems for software applications and programs are becoming mainstream…

…financial accounting programs like QuickBooks are rapidly embracing this shift thanks to specialized third-party office and accounting-hosting providers (like Cloud9 Real Time) .

According to John McMahon, a developer of spreadsheet tools, typically these are Software as a Service (SaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) subscription-based Web applications, which provide a solid subset of the standalone product functionality.

Assuming a dependable broadband Web connection, and that the account(s) are kept current, the new cloud approach offers key benefits versus buying and maintaining both the desktop software and the localized in-house server and IT costs and risks.

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Webinar: Introducing Simply Cloud9!

QuickBooks Hosting

Introducing Simply Cloud9: QuickBooks hosting and beyond: Faster and safer and seamless, oh my!

Simply Cloud9 is built on the foundation of all Microsoft 2008 R2 technology and offers clients increased security with 256-bit Encryption thru portal login. Additionally, the new technology allows for clients to embed a login page directly on their website for accountants and clients to access their Cloud financial and office applications.

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Free Webinar: Moving to the Cloud


Most small and mid-market businesses, let alone accounting firms, are still reluctant to moving their business processes to the cloud.

This is in part  because companies and their IT departments are hesitant to leave the “legacy paradigm” of their current infrastructure.

Moving your firm and your clients to the Cloud can be a little scary – see how Frederiksen Crawford CPAs did it and what they learned through the process. Discussing implementation of the Cloud to your firm as well as to your clients and how to host all your Tax software, QuickBooks files and Microsoft Office in one central location.

Join us on 12/13/2011 – Register Now –

How We Moved to the Cloud, An Accounting Firm’s Perspective and Tips!

Tax Software Hosting on the Cloud

Tax software hosting and tax preparation software cloud computing is a Cloud9 specialty

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

The Cloud9 virtual server solution provides clients with a private cloud to host all their desktop applications including Tax Software Hosting, Time & Billing programs, CRM systems etc. Tax software hosting allows users to access the programs anytime, anywhere via internet access and work remote with their applications being hosted at a SAS70 Type II Data Center.

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

cloud9 tax application hosting by cloud9 voted #w by more accountants and tax preparersWhy would you want to utilize tax software hosting? A multitude of reasons! The most common reason for cloud 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 than the traditional client-server infrastructure.

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Simply Cloud9: Faster, Seamless

2012 Readers Choice Cloud Accounting Winner

QuickBooks hosting and beyond: Faster and safer and seamless, oh my!    

We are readying for the general release of Simply Cloud9. The new infrastructure is set to change hosting as it is known today and will be released forgeneral purchase beginning December 1st. President and CEO, Robert Chandler notes, “Our new technology will deliver seamless application streaming without the hassle of downloads! The new technology is faster, more secure and offers extra private labeling features to our clients.” Simply Cloud9 was debuted at the 2011 Cloud Summit and User Conference and received a standing ovation from attendees.

Simply Cloud9 is built on the foundation of all Microsoft 2008 R2 technology and offers clients increased security with 256-bit Encryption thru portal login. Additionally, the new technology allows for clients to embed a login page directly on their website for accountants and clients to access their Cloud financial and office applications.

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Intuit Commercial Hosting Questions … Know this:

Intuit Commercial Hosting and authorized Intuit QuickBooks Hosting Cloud

Intuit Commercial Hosting

For years Intuit fought with ways to enforce QuickBooks licensing in a hosted environment and in February of 2010, the Intuit Commercial Hosting program was launched with a few select hosting providers being licensed.  Today there are still fewer than a dozen Intuit Authorized  Commercial Host companies on the planet.

The Authorized Intuit Commercial Hosting program is a way for Intuit to license seasoned hosting companies in the delivery of QuickBooks applications, and enforces guidelines relating to the treatment of the customer, installation of software, and the hosting of data.

The Authorized Intuit Commercial Hosting providers for QuickBooks are the only lawful entities allowed to lease QuickBooks desktop editions.  Leasing QuickBooks licenses as part of a subscription service provides businesses and accountants with a new affordable alternative to buying QuickBooks each year, and helps offset the hosting fees. Leasing QuickBooks allows users to always be on the latest edition for a fraction of the cost that buying annual editions is.

However, Intuit Commercial Hosting does not support QuickBooks in a hosted environment, and therein lies the rub: Companies that choose to host QuickBooks are left to troubleshoot and setup by themselves with no support.

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