Larger businesses are more likely to be looking at putting specific applications into the cloud
whereas small businesses might be comfortable putting all their IT infrastructure into the cloud (see blog post on Microsoft’s BPOS
A few years ago, Sage, one of the leading providers of accounting software, started to offer a cloud based solution. The attraction of this option is pretty obvious – you pay for your software on an annual basis, have no hassles in installing updates and support is built into the process (most general IT departments are unable to support specialist accounting applications).
The big attraction for some businesses with the “accounting in a cloud” approach is that they can retain their internal book keeping services but have the data available online on a real time basis for their external accounting and audit advisers to access - A very real requirement for the most basic collaboration.
The only real downside is that a business has to be absolutely confident of the reliability of its broadband system because otherwise they can find themselves without an accounting system. Some businesses may worry about the security of their data but Sage’s track record and its service level agreement should dispel such concerns.
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