Many accounting firms face the same problem year in and year out: maintaining multiple versions of the same accounting software package in order to ensure they are always 100% in synch with their clients' financial data. I'm sure your firm has had to deal with this problem at one time or another. For example, client "A" uses an older version of QuickBooks. Client "B" uses the new version. Client "C" wants to upgrade or switch to another program. I don't know about you, but don't you wish all of your clients were standardized on the same version of the software program? One solution that can make our wish come true is moving our clients to a web-based SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) solution that typically requires zero upgrades and zero maintenance. That's why we are so excited about on-demand, web-based SaaS applications like Intacct and Bill.com. If you recently switched to a web-based solution, we'd love to know. What issues did you encounter making the switch? What are the benefits you enjoy? Would you recommend it to other CPAs? Please post your thoughts and experiences here.
We would also like to know what you think about maintaining multiple versions of the same program, as well as the endless software upgrade headache. We want to hear what you think. Please share your thoughts here.
Michael Murray, CFO, CPA.com