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REVIEW: HOSTING PROVIDERS

By Mary Girsch-Bock

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on-premise applications. While this loyalty
is admirable, in this day of remote workers and the desire for anytime/anywhere
access, adhering to an onsite application
can be limiting.

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The ability to host any application, providing you, the business owner, with convenient access, can be invaluable to
small and large businesses alike.
The premise behind hosting is really simple. Instead
of installing an application on your own desktop, the
application is installed on the hosting company servers.
Your business is then provided with online access to that
application via a web login or a virtual desktop. By having
these traditionally on-premise applications hosted, you can
then access them from anywhere at anytime without the
need to migrate to a different application. Remote hosting
can also greatly reduce or eliminate the need for extensive
IT staff, as the product is maintained solely by the hosting
company.
Of course, not every application on the market today
can be hosted online, but the majority can, and many
hosting companies also specialize in custom hosting, so
if you have a custom program you're using, don't assume
that it cannot be hosted online.
In addition, having your applications hosted online can
be beneficial in many other ways, including:
■ Reduction in related IT hardware costs, as that cost would

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■ Increased mobility for you, your business, and your staff. No
longer will you have to rely on staff members or co-workers
to provide you with the necessary files since you'll be able
to access them from anywhere with an internet connection.
■ Increased security. Hosting companies offer bank level
security, with data protected around the clock. Sure, you
have anti-virus software, but it's much more likely that your
system will be hacked than it is for data to be breached at
a hosting company.
■ Help and support is all handled by the hosting company,
and you'll always have access to the latest version of any
software application that is being hosted.
In this issue of CPA Practice Advisor, we've reviewed five
product hosting providers. The products vary, with basic
QuickBooks hosting offered in some, to custom server and
data migration services offered in others. The products
included in this review are:
■ Abacus Private Cloud
■ Cetrom CPA Cloud
■ Cloudvara
■ Right Networks
As always, we have also included a chart that details
the features and functions found in each of the applications. If you're tired of being locked out of your desktop,
or just want to be able to run a report when you're not
in the office, it may be time to start looking at hosting
applications.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of CPA Practice Advisor

From the Editor: The Land of the Free
How to Get Started with Client Accounting Services
Crafting a Strategic CAS Plan
From the Trenches: Do Your Best Tax
2019 Product Review: Sales & Use Tax Systems
Marketing Your Firm: Marketing to the Home Care Nursing Industry
Marketing Your Firm: Your Bedside Manner: 3 Steps to Improve Client Trust
2019 Product Review: Hosting Service Providers
A Year in the Life of a Payroll Accountant: The Pros & Cons of Temp vs. Seasonal Workers
A Year in the Life of a Payroll Accountant: 6 Retirement Tips for Generation X
The ProAdvisor Spotlight: Newest Features in QuickBooks Online Advanced Speed Workflow
Guest Column: 7 Productivity Hacks for the Strategic CFO
The Staffing & HR Advisor: You May Be Overlooking Top Performers When Hiring
The Millennial Advisor: The Problem with Price
The Leadership Advisor: The Change We Can Control
AICPA News
Bridging the Gap: 3 Small Steps Toward Transformation
Special Feature: The Unseen Talent Pool
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CPA Practice Advisor - 2
CPA Practice Advisor - 3
CPA Practice Advisor - From the Editor: The Land of the Free
CPA Practice Advisor - How to Get Started with Client Accounting Services
CPA Practice Advisor - Crafting a Strategic CAS Plan
CPA Practice Advisor - 7
CPA Practice Advisor - From the Trenches: Do Your Best Tax
CPA Practice Advisor - 9
CPA Practice Advisor - 2019 Product Review: Sales & Use Tax Systems
CPA Practice Advisor - 11
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CPA Practice Advisor - Marketing Your Firm: Marketing to the Home Care Nursing Industry
CPA Practice Advisor - Marketing Your Firm: Your Bedside Manner: 3 Steps to Improve Client Trust
CPA Practice Advisor - 2019 Product Review: Hosting Service Providers
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CPA Practice Advisor - A Year in the Life of a Payroll Accountant: The Pros & Cons of Temp vs. Seasonal Workers
CPA Practice Advisor - A Year in the Life of a Payroll Accountant: 6 Retirement Tips for Generation X
CPA Practice Advisor - The ProAdvisor Spotlight: Newest Features in QuickBooks Online Advanced Speed Workflow
CPA Practice Advisor - Guest Column: 7 Productivity Hacks for the Strategic CFO
CPA Practice Advisor - The Staffing & HR Advisor: You May Be Overlooking Top Performers When Hiring
CPA Practice Advisor - The Millennial Advisor: The Problem with Price
CPA Practice Advisor - The Leadership Advisor: The Change We Can Control
CPA Practice Advisor - AICPA News
CPA Practice Advisor - Bridging the Gap: 3 Small Steps Toward Transformation
CPA Practice Advisor - Special Feature: The Unseen Talent Pool
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