As tape drives fast become overloaded, unreliable and obsolete. By Roman H. Kepczyk Quantum of Paperless Your firm’s safety net in the event of any disaster is your data backup. It better be consistently performed and securely stored offsite. Typically, firms have a problem when their old backup systems fail or the tapes don’t complete because there’s too much data to fit. This is becoming a common problem as more data and more applications add significantly more volume, making the backup application require more storage and a longer running time to complete. MORE TECH TRENDS: How to Know It’s Time to Scrap Your Old Server | Where Laptops Rule at CPA Firms Today | Step 1 in Building the Paperless […]
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And the six recommended actions before moving to the cloud. By Roman H. Kepczyk Quantum of Paperless In almost every firm, the core computers used for all applications are internal file servers. Down time for a day or two is a disaster. If that out-of-service stoppage stretches to a week or more, your partner income will suffer measurably. Simply put, mission-critical servers utilized for tax, audit, time and billing, and email have, at most, an effective five-year life.
Top strategy: Compare with peers. CPA Trendlines Exclusive The pace of change in technology is leaving accountants so dazed and confused that about half of all practitioners say merely “keeping up” is one of their biggest technology-related problems. Cost comes second. Accountants are so fed up with the staggering pace of developments that you couldn’t pay them enough to try a new software product “while drinking umbrella drinks on a beach at vendor expense,” according to Randy Johnston and Leslie Garrett, writing in the new Accounting Firm Operations and Technology Survey. They caution, however, that “If you dislike change, you’re going to dislike irrelevance even more.” The survey reveals the top tactics accountants are employing to stay up to date and make […]
The new norm: 63% of firms now use three or more monitors per desk. By Roman H. Kepczyk Quantum of Paperless The best place to start a conversation on computer hardware is with monitors – the easiest place to see an immediate return on your IT investment. Your computer monitors are your windows into all digitally stored information and are the foundation for improving every aspect of firm production. Transitioning tax production processes from physical to digital requires that all input screens and source documents be simultaneously viewable in a convenient format, which today means more screens per workstation. 90% of accounting firms utilized dual monitors for the 2009 busy season. Today, 63% use more than two traditional monitors. – AAA 2013 Paperless Benchmarking […]
New tech breakthroughs fuel client expectations. By Hitendra Patil Pransform Addressing the question “Why Would Amazon Want to Sell a Mobile Phone?,” the Harvard Business Review says the basic principle behind any disruptive innovation is that the fundamental things people try to do in their lives actually change relatively slowly. The accounting profession has been witnessing a hammer and tongs message about disruptive technologies in the form of cloud-ifying practice management. Accounting and tax software long ago debuted on tablets and cell phones. And just when we start to think that nothing really new is coming into the technology market, we start getting hints toward the future. Here are three things that the Amazon Fire Phone can potentially tell the […]