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Why it makes sense to have QuickBooks hosted by an ASP

     As an accounting professional, If you want to take you entire service online you should take a close look at using an Application service provider (ASP) to host QuickBooks for you and your clients. There is already a huge surge in the industry to adopt a QuickBooks ASP by both CPA’s and clients alike.

Though some firms still do not see the potential benefits of moving away from the traditional LAN systems, probably because they have in-house technical support to keep everything running smoothly and they have figured out other remote access solutions to gain accountant client collaboration.

However , even with CPA’s and small businesses who have figured it out, they are providing less security to their financial records and data than the companies who have switched to QuickBooks ASP .Also they lack several features that can be gained by adopting a QuickBooks ASP in terms of scalability, performance, and security. The reason why a service like QuickBooks ASP is important for an accountant is the accessibility to a client’s data in order to provide the services. There are also unnecessary hassles of driving across to client’s office or asking the client to come down to yours in order to work on their accounting data. If the data is locked in a client’s LAN or hard drive, providing services is difficult and inefficient however this is a reality for most CPA’s and QuickBooks consultants. Though solutions for transferring data files and remotely logging in client’s office, but these services are inefficient and unnecessary. Also with the help of a QuickBooks ASP, clients who have multiple locations or travelling can really benefit with the hosted service because of its 24*7 anytime anywhere access.

Today thousands of CPAs and Small and medium businesses are opting for QuickBooks ASPs, they are recognizing the fact that their data ismuch safer when hosted on terminal servers than on their local file servers or hard drives where people can get in with their hacking tools or even with a cheap pen drive plugged into a USB port. With a QuickBooks ASP like Real Time Data Services your servers are maintained in a Tier IV SAS II Data Center with Raid Mass Storage system guaranteeing no interruption in data accessibility and zero data loss. They also provide daily backup facility thus ensuring the safety of your Data.

Another reason why a QuickBooks ASP should be preferred is for its performance. An online QuickBooks is slower in terms of processing and data input rate whereas a QuickBooks on a terminal server have more features and is definitely faster than the online version. QuickBooks ASP can also host addons like Fishbowl Inventory, BillQuick ,My Business Manager ,Acctivate! ,Legrand CRM, Giftworks and DepositNow! Etc. Your important tax softwares like Lacerte tax software, Drake tax software etc can be integrated with your QuickBooks and hence one can work more effectively and efficiently.

A Quicksbooks ASP can give you following benefits

1. 24*7*365 support : covers server maintenance, installations and troubleshooting
2. Mobility : Access QuickBooks from anywhere, anytime
3. Data security: Daily Data Backups, SASII Tier IV data center.
4. Operational Efficiency
5. Cost savings
6. Integration of tax software with QuickBooks.

So, as a CPA or a small business, if you want to get away from the unnecessary hassles related with your accounts management, QuickBooks ASP is a viable option for the same. Quickbooks ASP will ensure that all your data is available when you need it and wherever you need it and help you to improve the efficiency of your performance and positively excel the growth of your firm.

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William smith is IT analyst at Real Time Data Services. The company is major QuickBooks application service provider with specialization in accounting, tax and CRM application hosting. The company is the largest QuickBooks hosting service provider in the cloud environment. Peachtree, MyOb and ACT! CRM are also hosted by the company in the cloud environment.

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