How to Know if Your CPA Firm is Ready for Managed Service Providers
April 27, 2017
Technology is moving forward, and every company or institution must integrate with it to continue moving forward in today’s fast-paced world. CPA firms are notorious for hanging on to legacy systems and waiting years to upgrade their equipment, but as the cloud continues to grow the need to expand is becoming more important.
An IT department needs professionals who know how to integrate current software and hardware technologies into the cloud. This requires CPA firms to hire new employees with a better understanding of the cloud, or to send their current employees to expensive training seminars to get certified. A managed service provider can help with that. Learn more:
The IT Team
Managed services take a holistic view of the IT department, and how it can better serve CPA firms. They review the software and hardware requirements needed to run accounting applications and verify everything will work properly in the cloud. CPA firms relying on managed service providers reduce the size of their IT personnel and reallocate them to an in-house core objective team. This new team works on the infrastructure of the network and looks at new innovative strategies to aid the firm. Find out more about IT and small businesses: download the white paper: Managed IT Services For Small Businesses
Time to Serve
CPAs often work a varying schedule, but IT usually has a more 9 to 5 schedule they adhere to. If IT goes home and the servers crash, it may take hours before you can get someone back in to start the process of troubleshooting. In some cases, it may be a simple reboot procedure that takes the IT guy just 10-minutes and they’re finished. Managed service providers work a 24-hour work schedule and are always ready to fix any problems that may occur, day or night.
The Business Upgrade
When a small CPA firm has outgrown its office space an expansion may come as a separate office or a move to a bigger one. In either case, it means the reallocation of the server or the purchase of a new server, unless you are planning on creating a WAN network. New software licenses may need to be purchased, and there is the possibility there will be a need to upgrade the legacy software currently on your machines. Then all you have to do is have the new hardware and the new software work properly across the possible WAN network.
The truth is, the entire process can be stressful, costly, and time-consuming.
A Better Way…
The other option is to partner with a reliable managed service provider, such as TOSS C3, and have all your data and server issues taken care of. The service provider can test and verify everything you need will work together before the move even takes place, so the day of the big move everything is hooked up and working properly straight away.
Another added benefit is the security of your data during the move. The provider does not have to do any physical moving, and only has to transfer the current data to another server, and that is only if you need that performed. The new office and the old office could use the same data from the same server, essentially creating the WAN you were considering earlier.
All the choices can be overwhelming, and that is why you need to contact a service provider today. Get a free assessment from TOSS C3 and see what your options are today.
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