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

Cloudwalks

Summit Hosting

Cloudvara

Realtime Cloud Services

Swizznet

Skyline Cloud Services

IVDesk

NetGain

NetTek

Thomson Reuters Virtual Office CS

Forum Info-Tech IT

Noobeh

Intuit Support

Outsourcing

Booxkeeping

Xpitax®

Outsource

Taxfyle

Tax Preparation

SaaS

GoSystems Tax RS

Hosted

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

Bill.com

Checkbook

ShareFile

SmartVault

XCM® Solutions

 

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™

Practice Management Solutions

BQE Core

SaaS

OfficeTools

SaaS

Practice Relief

SaaS

TPS Cloud Axis

Billing Solutions

SaaS

Bill.com

SaaS

FreshBooks

SaaS

Zoho Invoice

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

Entry Level (SMB)

SaaS

Accounting Power

Hosted

Accounting CS

AccountingSuite

SaaS

Aplos

SaaS

FreshBooks

SaaS

Kashoo

SaaS

Less Accounting

SaaS

Patriot Software

SaaS

QuickBooks Online

SaaS

Sage Business Accounting 

SaaS

Talibro

SaaS

Wave

SaaS

Xero

Mid-Market (SME)

SaaS or Premise

Acumatica

SaaS

SAP Business byDesign

SaaS or Premise

Epicor ERP

SaaS

FinancialForce

Microsoft Dynamics 365

SaaS

NetSuite

Hosted or Premise

Traverse

SaaS

Sage Intacct

Payroll Solutions

Payroll Relief logo

SaaS

Payroll Relief

SaaS

After-the-Fact Payroll

Hosted

ACS Payroll
Accounting CS Payroll

SaaS

myPay Solutions

SaaS

ADP Payroll

SaaS

Intuit Online Payroll

SaaS

onpay

SaaS

Patriot Software

SaaS

Paycom

SaaS

Paycor

SaaS

Paychex Payroll

SaaS

HR & Payroll

Tax Compliance

Avalara logo

SaaS

Avatax by Avalara

SaaS

Vertex Indirect Tax O Series

Sovos

Mobile Apps

SaaS

Concur Mobile

SaaS

Freshbooks Mobile Apps

SaaS

TripIt Mobile

Hosted

Citrix Mobile Workspace

Phone Options

Hosted

Vantage Communications

8×8

Mitel

NetFortris

Fusion Connect

OnSIP

Momentum Telecom

Verizon Enterprise Center (VEC)

VirtualPBX

RingCentral

Nextiva

BCM One

NextLevel

TPx Communications

In-house

NetFortis CommUnity

MiVoice Connect

Avaya

Cisco

News & Resources

The Journey from Premise to Hosted to SaaS – A CPA’s Travel Guide

by Randy Johnston
and Brian Tankersley

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for CPA Firms

by Tommy Stephens

Caution In The Cloud: 5 Concerns To Consider