What does the Cloud mean to you?
In partnership with Xero, AccountingWEB is exploring the profession’s perceptions and attitudes towards Cloud computing in an online survey that will run throughout November.
During the past 3-4 years, the Cloud has disrupted traditional approaches to software – and accounting. Where the profession was once suspicious, business owners and finance managers have shugged off their reservations and bought into the idea.
Annual results from the Software Satisfaction Awards survey confirm this trend. With 60.7% of 2012 respondents using online accounting systems, the size of the Cloud accounting community has been growing rapidly since 2008-9.
But we want to find out the extent to which accountancy practitioners have woken up to the changes taking place, and whether they are aware of the implications and effects of moving accounting functions into the Cloud.
The survey is not designed as an exercise in back-slapping self-congratulation that the new era in computing has dawned on accountancy, it is intended to solicit views from all corners of the profession – including Cloud sceptics. To what extent are clients pushing their accountants to adopt Cloud solutions, and to what extent are practitioners grasping the opportunity and using it to improve client service – and satisfaction?
It will only take a few minutes to help us document the state of Cloud computing within accountancy and the results will be published once self assessment season is over. Xero will also enter those who complete the survey into a prize draw for a new Apple iPad.