Five years ago, Nigel Harris looked at the options available for practitioners who were interested in providing bookkeeping services to clients via the web - known in the industry as Application Service Provision (ASP). Back then he concluded: "Security concerns and the absence of realistically-priced and completely reliable Internet connection in the UK make the ASP model unattractive for many businesses at the moment."
All that has changed and web-based applications have gone
through the hype cycle from apathy to general acceptance.
Broadband connections are now the norm among AccountingWEB
members and hosted software is flourishing - partly because of its ability to resolve security and maintenance issues for users. Where our previous IT Zone ASP guide focused primarily on accounting and pr...