Should You Take Your Practice To The Cloud? You’re Still Asking?
I’ve seen a lot of articles lately (and written a few myself) directed towards
The first is “what leads you to believe you have a choice?” The second is “what makes you think you haven’t already?”
You may question the glib response, but there are a few realities about doing business today that can’t (or shouldn’t) be ignored. Professionals can recognize these realities and work with them, or fight the changing tide and lose out to more relevant providers.
To address the question of choice, let’s consider the fact that many of today’s entrepreneurs and small business owners have been exposed to Internet services and online technologies for quite a long time, and use of these services has become an ingrained element in daily life. Not using online technologies seems “old school” to these folks, and is often perceived to be due to some deficiency in the ability to understand or use new tools. If professional service providers aren’t able to leverage these tools to provide the access, collaboration, and higher level of service which business owners demand, they won’t work with those business owners for very long.
In addressing the “what makes you think you aren’t already?” question, let’s consider the fact that almost all of the accounting software offered today has incorporated cloud-service or Internet-based functionality in some manner. Even the tried and true desktop editions of
So, let’s not spend our time asking a silly question about whether or not it makes sense to “take the practice to the cloud”. The obvious answer is “yes”, and the time is now.