Cloud Computing for CPAs

CPA Firms are now, more than ever, considering the cloud as an alternative to local networks. While many struggles to maintain local networks, they are slow to warm to the idea of depending on outside resources. The firms appear to be looking category by category rather than a wholesale leap. Key areas of interest are workflow, client accounting, practice management, audit solutions, time and billing, portals.

Top Five Problems Facing Cloud Computing

  1. Bandwidth
  2. Reliability
  3. Security
  4. Breadth of Choice
  5. Regulation Compliance such as HIPPA, 7216, etc.

Cloud Computing Solutions

SaaS – Software as a service.  These solutions were designed from the ground up to run accross the Internet instead of a local network.

Hosted – These products are the same as you would have installed on your local network and are now shared via the Internet.

National Hosting Options for QuickBooks

CETROM

Right Networks

Ace Cloud Hosting

AbacusNext

Cloudnine REALTIME

Summit Hosting

Cloudwalks

Realtime Cloud Services

Cloudvara

Swizznet

Skyline Cloud Services

IVDesk

NetTek

Tax Preparation

SaaS

GoSystems Tax RS

SaaS

UltraTax CS 

SaaS

CCH Axcess™ Tax

Hosted

ProSystem fx Tax

SaaS

ProConnect Tax Online

Workflow

SaaS

XCM® Solutions

SaaS

FirmFlow

SaaS

TPS Cloud Axis

Document Management

SaaS

GoFileRoom

SaaS

Cloud Cabinet

Office Applications

SaaS

MS Office 365

SaaS

Google Workplace

SaaS

Zoho One

Accounting

These are paid sites for product placement, but maintain broad catalogs of products.

Capterra

GetApp

Popular Products for Accountants

Microsoft Dynamics 365

SaaS

QuickBooks Online

SaaS

Accounting Power

SaaS

SAP Business byDesign

SaaS

Sage Intacct

Hosted

Accounting CS

SaaS

Bill.com

SaaS

FreshBooks

SaaS

Sage Accounting

SaaS

Xero

SaaS

Wave

SaaS

Kashoo

Payroll Solutions

SaaS

Payroll Relief

SaaS

After-the-Fact Payroll

SaaS

myPay Solutions

Hosted

Accounting CS Payroll

SaaS

Paychex Payroll

SaaS

ADP Payroll

Practice Management Solutions

BQE Core

SaaS

OfficeTools

SaaS

Practice Relief

SaaS

TPS Cloud Axis

Billing Solutions

SaaS

Bill.com

SaaS

FreshBooks

SaaS

Zoho Invoice

Tax Compliance

SaaS

Avatax by Avalara

SaaS

Vertex Indirect Tax O Series

Sovos

Audit Solutions

AdvanceFlow

SaaS

Confirmation.com

Scan, Organize, & Populate

SaaS

CCH Axcess™ Client Collaboration

SaaS

1040 Tax Automation

SaaS

GruntWorx

SaaS

ProSeries® Tax

Portals

SaaS

ShareFile for Accounting

SaaS

NetClient CS

SaaS

Cloud Cabinet

SaaS

CCH Axcess™ Portal

SaaS

SmartVault

SaaS

LeapFILE

SaaS

SecureDrawer™

Mobile Apps

Concur Mobile

SaaS

Freshbooks Mobile Apps

TripIt Mobile

Hosted

Citrix Mobile Workspace