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The Dollars And Sense Of Business Applications In The Cloud

Don’t let your tech hold you back

Your goal is to wow your customer—innovating is why you’re in business. But the more manual steps between idea and customer—from balancing the budget to managing the supply chain—the harder it can be to stay relevant and keep costs in check. Are time-consuming processes and disconnected systems holding you back?

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Accounting

The Spreadsheet Danger Zone

Spreadsheets are great, sometimes indispensable… To an extent. Many companies have relied on spreadsheets and manual financial processes since their inception. Why not? They’re easy to set up, people are familiar with them, and they work for basic functions.

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When It Comes to Accounting Software, Don’t be a Luddite

Office LudditesLast month, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation announced its annual “Luddite Awards,” dedicated to the entities that actively oppose innovation in technology. Similar to a Darwin Award, this is something you do not want to win.

What is a Luddite?

According to Merriam-Webster, the traditional definition of a Luddite is “one of a group of early 19th century English workmen destroying laborsaving machinery as a protest.” Now, however, the definition is used more broadly as “one who is opposed to especially technological change.”

The Luddite Awards

Technological innovation is the wellspring of social and economic progress. Despite this, a growing array of interests—some economic, some ideological—now stand resolutely in opposition to innovation. These “neo-Luddites” have worked to convince the public and policymakers that technological innovation is something to be feared and contained. If these advocates are successful, Americans will suffer in the form of lower quality of life and reduced societal growth. To highlight the worst neo-Luddite ideas of the year and the negative impacts they could cause, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation is releasing a new report presenting its first annual Luddite Awards. It recognizes the ten organizations and or individuals that have done the most in 2014 to smash the engines of innovation. This year’s winner was not the media or a company, but to the states of Arizona, Michigan, New Jersey, and Texas Taking Action to Prevent Tesla From Opening Stores to Sell Cars Directly to Consumers. Makes sense, right? Innovation abounds, but there are always those who fight against it. This sounds all-too-familiar to a struggle plaguing organizations today: Cloud Opposers.

Luddites Among Us

Far too often, companies are plagued with Luddites, especially in the form of opponents to cloud computing applications. Citing outdated studies, personal preferences, and sometimes lies, these people rely on fear mongering to keep your organization from saving time and money in the cloud. The fear mongering is doing little more than delaying the inevitable move to the cloud that your organization is sure to accomplish. They have trusted in the same processes and procedures for years (if not decades), and change scares them. Like the literal Luddites of old, they will make attempts to fight automation and inevitable technology improvements by all means possible.

Don’t Let the Luddites Win

If you have these kind of people in your organization, present them with facts, debunk their myths, and use logic. If you’re in the market for accounting software, it’s important to get the facts. Remember, there are many products out there still that actually predate the internet. If you are looking for a modern accounting solution, be sure to learn more using the following resources: Overcoming Common Challenges to Get the Most from the Cloud Buyer’s Guide to Accounting Software

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The Business Owner’s Guide to Debunking Public Cloud Myths

Public Cloud Myths and RealitiesWho hasn’t heard a few cloud myths over the past few years? As cloud computing has moved from obscurity to buzzword to business necessity in the past decade and a half, debates have moved from “Is the cloud just a fad?” to the dilemma faced by organization choosing between cloud and on-premise to the debate in the cloud—public vs. private.

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Overcoming Common Challenges to Get the Most from the Cloud

We’ve moved from a society where companies are asking “Is the cloud right for us?” to an era where companies are asking “How can we get the most from our cloud applications and choose the right solution?” With a recent IDC report estimating that by 2018, the public cloud will consist of more than 50 percent of software, service, and storage spending, it is time to understand your company’s move to the cloud. Unfortunately, many companies also find complexities in moving to the cloud, which is somewhat inhibiting to cloud adoption in some industries. What can you do to be proactive in your move to the cloud? In overcoming these challenges, what can you do to make the most of your company’s cloud choices?

Read moreOvercoming Common Challenges to Get the Most from the Cloud

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Key Findings from Cloud Accounting Solutions Best Practices Study

Cloud Accounting Best PracticesFor the third year, the Cloud Accounting Institute has released its Cloud Accounting Benchmark Study, covering the best practices and trends in cloud accounting. Combining insight and survey results, the study drew responses from financial professionals in the United States, asking respondents about preferences and experiences with cloud accounting.

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