I’d argue that rather than being the latest money making business opportunity for the IT/IS, cloud is the opposite. It has enabled the provision of software as a service, which has destroyed swathes of well paid jobs in the IT industry. Jobs that previously flogged and installed stand alone, dedicated infrastructure that was put of date the day it was installed.
SAAS, meanwhile, has enabled small and medium businesses to take advantage of IT that they could never previously have envisaged using. In many cases it has provided a platform to build a business that simply could not have existed twenty years ago, e-commerce being an obvious example.
How do you think credit cards are processed if not in the cloud? How does the payment gateway in the shop where you buy your groceries work?
No, that is not what they have done at all.All they have done is taken the analysts, programmers and data managers and hidden them behind a Chinese screen called a cloud. You don't get the service for free, you are still paying for it, maybe not as much, but then you will not be getting a truly bespoke service, more of a generic one size fits all solution. As you mentioned in a previous post an ideal solution for a small enterprise, especially if the management have no high level programming skills.
Did end up deciding to go with a cloud based set up and take it all to a CA my uncle referanced over to me.Accountant. Any suitable applicants?
Give your accountant the links and they can access Xero themselves. I use Xero for a small subsidiary in the US and the CPA out there we use for local filing goes into Xero as required.Did end up deciding to go with a cloud based set up and take it all to a CA my uncle referanced over to me.
Xero is pretty much a good starting package for a learner like, keep a track of incomings and outgoings, scan reciepts etc records of bills, all online based, and also gives integrated access to my business account with Lloyds and my paypal account so it's well balanced.
Now the head ache is knowing when my tax year END is and what is expected but I'm sure pretty much I can look online for that.