While we are extremely busy with our tax and accounting practices during extremely busy tax season, we must have many bitter experiences if we have something wrong in our infrastructure. Then the tax season concludes and we start thinking about getting our resources properly setup to remove those glitches. There are two major areas of concerns, tax and accounting software and associated infrastructure.
Tax and accounting software: These are the tools to make our process extremely faster and accurate. If we get an efficient piece of program, we get better results in our operation. Now a days, multi-user function, backup utilities and efficient printing are considered to be vital for any tax and accounting program. We must ensure that our tax and accounting programs are equipped with these features.
Infrastructure practices: If we have a tax and accounting firm, we must consider of using the service of any hosting provider to host our applications. Hosted application will remove all your headaches and will give you a very smooth working experience from anywhere and anytime. There are some other benefits as well:
1- Efficient multi-user access: While we use hosted application setup, our users can work from anywhere on a single accounting file or tax database. This increases the efficiency of our organization. This way, a CPA and his client can provide input without travelling.
2- No backup worries. Backup is an integrated part of any database or software program. So, while using application hosting service, we don’t need to take care of nightly backups. The hosting provider will take care of this on our behalf. We can easily ask for the latest backup if we find some issues with working copy of database.
3- Technical support: Hosting providers generally have 24X7 technical support to help their users all the time. So, we will not need to stand up on the long queue on the phone with tax and accounting software vendor to get help. The application hosting provider has experienced persons to deal with any situation.
So, after assessing the ongoing season, we must get ready to shape-up our resources in the perfect place to get our next season excellent.
Denor Linen is an IT analyst working with SageNext. SageNext is a leading application hosting provider, specialized in QuickBooks Hosting and other major tax and accounting hosting.