5 ways A2U solves the IT puzzle for accountants

Let’s face it – every day accountants wrestle with 99 problems but IT shouldn’t be one.

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Did you know more than 30 percent of accountants recently ranked “technology issues” as a top concern?

The good news is, we’re here to fight the war against downtime and cranky machines for you.

Below, we outline five ways cloud hosting software can help tax professionals like you with some of the industry’s biggest, day-to-day challenges.

  1. File Sharing

Ever need more than one person in a spreadsheet at the same time when you’re trying to balance the books? When accountants operate in the cloud, file sharing gives them a personal storage drive and a group storage drive.  The group drive is open for everyone in the organization and allows multiple team members to quickly and securely share files so they can collaborate on projects in real time.

  1. Mobility

Imagine a world where you can access the information you need fast in QuickBooks, ProSeries, and Lecerte anywhere on any device. That’s what we call “mobilizing business!” It means all of your data is only one click away, but don’t just take our word for it:

“Cloud computing has allowed me and my employees to work from anywhere securely.  We can run a client’s payroll from the beach and not be tied down to an office.  Even better is that we can do it without having to store sensitive data on a mobile device that could be lost/stolen/damaged,” said Wil Stunkel, CPA, Stunkel Tax & Accounting PC.

In the cloud, A2U clients receive remote and secure access to their virtual desktop and tax and accounting data from anywhere they have access to the internet.

  1. Secure Storage

We realize that accounting information is sensitive and if saved in one or two places it’s at risk of being compromised.  You can’t take the risk of your laptop breaking, getting a virus or being stolen.

At Applications2U, we securely store your financial information in a fully functional data center with all SSAE 16 certifications.  This provides data backups, decreased hacking vulnerability and protection from the latest cyber security threats.

“We streamline operations and allow small businesses to operate smoothly and securely 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, 365 days per year,” said Michael Esposito, COO, Applications2U.
  1. Disaster Recovery

Even the slightest thought of going through “disaster recovery” can keep accountants – or anyone—up at night thinking through all the “what ifs?”. We eliminate these headaches for you by performing backups daily, weekly and monthly for a rolling 60 days.  This allows us to reverse disasters caused by hacking, malware and other cyber threats.

In the event of a natural disaster, having data in our cloud means you don’t have to worry about power requirements, space considerations or physical barriers – your data is safely stored and accessible from any mobile device.  The end result is that your business’ data will survive a disaster and you won’t see any interruption.

  1. Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)

IaaS frees you from buying and maintaining your data storage and networking.  One of the reasons that our clients choose cloud hosting is because they no longer want the burden of maintaining servers, applications, data storage, email hosting and networking.  Plus as their business grows, their current IT infrastructure wouldn’t be able to support the increased demands.

“Working with Applications2U has allowed us more time to perform our services, and not having to maintain software and network issues.  We are able to work from any location with high-speed internet, and move files to where they belong without the physical data to lug around,” said Scott McDaniel, G Scott McDaniel CPA PC.

Bottom line, accountants have enough to stress about. If you have an IT puzzle, give us a call and we’ll solve it so you can get back to what you do best (crunch numbers!). And, if you’re headed to the National Association of Enrolled Agents (NAEA) conference in Las Vegas or the National Association of Tax Professionals (NATP) conference in Indianapolis this month, be sure to stop by our booth and learn how Applications2U can help with IT and cloud hosting services.