This week I would like to talk a bit about technology.
The newest edition to technology for me is Windows 10. Those of you having trouble with Windows 8 will be very happy with Windows 10 upgrade. Most all of the problems I was having in Windows 8 have disappeared in Windows 10. I had issues with adobe printing from various web applications – no longer. It also seemed that Windows 8 would have worked better for me with a touch screen, but I don’t have one. The new Windows 10 seems to correct those problems and many others regarding using the mouse and interacting with the web.
Another important piece of technology is the cloud. I have heard several experts state that accounting firms are one of the harder professional services to put in the cloud. This is true because as CPAs we use so many different programs simultaneously. Even as I write this I have Outlook, Adobe and the internet open. As soon as I am done, I will add the tax program, QuickBooks and Excel as well as other programs open at once.
By comparison, a legal office is much easier to convert to the cloud [most legal offices use word, legal research programs on line, and a time/billing program]. All of these programs are on line in the cloud and conversion is a blessing in disguise; not only are all the programs always updated, but you don’t have concern yourself with back up at all!
Recently QuickBooks opened ‘QuickBooks Online’ which is a cloud version of the most famous accounting/bookkeeping program in the country [maybe in the world]. The online version is extremely poor for inventory companies, but for most other companies it’s pretty good. There are several levels of access and Intuit even set up a special level of access for the accountant/CPA. The price is a little hefty [since the basic service price is generally awful for my clients] $39.95 is for a full system, and there is a ½ price special. The online version is not as good as the desktop version and many of your favorite screens have changed. I suspect Intuit will improve the cloud version and make more of the desktop applications available as time goes on.
Harlan S. Kahn CPA
Paris Accounting Corp
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