Cloud Computing 101 – Managed Service Provider’s Guide for CPA Firms
February 2, 2017
Clients today expect CPA firms to finish their taxes or documents quicker, more efficiently, and at a reasonable price. CPAs must conform to new technologies to meet the demands of the client. Placing your firm’s data on the cloud is only the first step to be successfully planted in the cloud. There are several steps that need to be considered when joining the cloud community, or when changing from one cloud provider to the next. Managed service providers, like TOSS C3, can help make the jump to the cloud an excellent experience.
How Can Managed Service Providers Help
Managed service providers help create solutions for your CPA firm. Some strictly manage IT models, while others manage a full range of packages to help provide the best coverage for your company. For a monthly or yearly subscription fee, managed service providers can handle some or all of your IT needs. This means they can help keep your labor costs in check and improve overall performance throughout the company.
The managed service provider will typically install a monitoring and management system to keep track of traffic, and internal system usages, so they know when you may need to upgrade or downgrade your system resources. The best part of this is that the subscription pays for broken equipment, software upgrade, and application management as needed by your firm.
Once the hardware is installed and everything seems to be exactly where it should be, managed service providers can sit down and talk to you about software solutions. These applications are what will move your company along in the cloud. Some types of these applications are listed below:
Considerations before Moving into the Cloud
There is no doubt that CPA firms should move to the cloud. It is the smart thing to do regardless of the size of your firm. There are few things that will help you prepare before making the leap. If this is your first time, then feel free to start slowly. Too much change may cause some complications in your current processes.
Talk to a managed service provider and find out what your options are. Ask a lot of question. Make a plan before you initiate the move. Take advantage of all the training available. Many cloud service providers will be happy to train you and your employees in different aspects of the cloud conversion.
CPA firms are everywhere, and you have to do what is necessary to make your firm stand out. The cloud not only helps the firm on the inside, it also benefits the customers on the outside. As technology continues to move forward, clients are looking for solutions to make their lives better; be one of their solutions.
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