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Has anyone signed up for Taxcalc cloud connect yet?

If you have, what are your first impressions?

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FirstTab
By FirstTab
09th Jun 2016 12:19

Hello Stewie

I was a beta tester for Cloud Connect. You will not see any difference between desktop taxcalc and cloud connect. The key advantage is you have access to Taxcalc in more than one place.

In my case, I tested using my mobile as a hotspot (internet) it worked okay. There is some problem in our office broadband, that means we cannot have Cloud Connect for our office. Real shame.

Taxcalc do a lot of testing before launch, I know you will be more than okay if you decide to go ahead.

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By Tim Vane
09th Jun 2016 12:28

But is it anything more than a gimmick? Can you actually do any work on it?

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FirstTab
By FirstTab
09th Jun 2016 13:02

Hello Tim

This is not a gimmick. It works very well. I would have gone for this if our office landlord broadband would have allowed us.

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By Tim Vane
09th Jun 2016 13:43

So you are saying it takes too much bandwidth to be useable? If you can't use it, then how does it "work very well"?

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FirstTab
By FirstTab
09th Jun 2016 14:41

Tim, I think you know by now. I do not say anything just to get a backhander in terms of more exposure, by Sift, like some members do here on AW or get a free product.

I tested TaxCalc with mobile hot spot even then it worked well. Though this is not a day to day solution.

Our office broadband problem is a unique one. I also had a local IT company look into, they failed. Unless I spent even more money just to work out what the problem is, we do not know what the issue is.

Looking at the beta test report I had to complete, TaxCalc really test their product. It works for the vast majority.

Furthermore, TaxCalc will make sure Cloud Connect works. If not, I do not think you would be charged. There is no risk here.

Cloud Connect is a reliable, robust and a risk offering. You have to bear in mind they also have to think long term, it would not make business sense, to offer an unreliable product. They would lose their current strong standing. This cost is far higher than short term gains.

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Stewie
By Stewie Griffin
09th Jun 2016 14:18

Thanks FT

Tim - Don't think it's a gimmick. If it helps the team work remotely, it's a good thing surely?

Taxcalc recommend 4mbps download speed and 2mbps upload.

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Chris Caspell CTA TEP
By ccaspell
09th Jun 2016 14:28

Like FirstTab I was also a Beta tester for Cloud Connect and I can also confirm that you won’t see much of a difference between the Cloud Connect and the desktop version in terms of performance lag. For me it is much more than a gimmick. I work mobile a lot (and from the train) so being able to login while tethered to my phone is a valuable add-on. Of course I could simply install the data on my laptop and do without Cloud Connect, but when I return to the office, and a larger screen computer I would be stymied without cloud connect.

Because the data is stored in the cloud, you can work on both the Mac and Windows PC versions of the software at the same time which, for me, working on a Mac with clients who have TaxCalc running on Windows machines makes life so much easier.

In my opinion the guys at TaxCalc haven’t quite got it 100% yet, as the software occasionally makes calls to the cloud which, if you are in a tunnel, causes the software to hang until you are back in internet range. For me this is a minor inconvenience rather than a deal-breaker, and besides which, any webapp will have a problem when the signal drops and at least you don't get a browser error or timeout.

If you don’t need to work from multiple locations the cost (at £30 per month) is a little steep, however for firms that have different offices, or subcontractors/employees who work from home from time to time, this is a fantastic and cheap option when compared to an equivalent remote-desktop solution.

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By Tim Vane
09th Jun 2016 14:37

@ccaspell - sounds impressive, and £30 per month seems like a good price. Is that per user or per module?

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By ccaspell
09th Jun 2016 14:47

I got it wrong - in fact the website says £25 per month.

Here is what is on the TaxCalc website:

"The service starts at just £25 per month for a firm of up to five members of staff that can access the software at the same time. Further batches of five concurrent users are charged at £25 per month.

If you are an existing user, we can migrate your client data at a cost of £50 per database. If your firm has many standalone databases, or for any other questions regarding pricing, please call us on 0345 5190 882 to discuss your options."

It is well worth the money for me, however I can see how more traditional or smaller practices who only operate with a single office server setup might not need the flexibility of remote access.

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By ccaspell
09th Jun 2016 14:51

I meant to say that this £25 is for the cloud connect part - you still need to own the TaxCalc software as well.

I use it for both the accountancy and tax modules on TaxCalc and it works well. I have not tried it on the VAT or AML bits, but have no reason to believe that it wouldn't work for them as well.

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By Tim Vane
09th Jun 2016 15:28

So you need to buy the desktop software even though you don't want to use it. Fair enough, that sounds like the MS office approach where you can use online or download. So you actually end up paying MORE for the cloud version - is that right? Sounds counter-intuitive given that cloud software is generally cheaper than desktop.

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By ccaspell
09th Jun 2016 15:35

It isn't cloud software (like Xero) but more cloud storage. Your data is stored on the servers and you can access it from any installation of TaxCalc that you have on your computer.

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By Tim Vane
09th Jun 2016 16:17

So you still need to install the software whereever you want to use it? OK so similar to using Moneysoft with Dropbox. Sounds like they still have a way to go.

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By ccaspell
09th Jun 2016 19:30

Not really. Dropbox doesn't do any checking to ensure that a file hasn't been opened by someone else. If you have a Moneysoft file stored in dropbox and it is open and you're working on it and someone else tries to open the same file on a different computer at the same time what happens? I don't know, but I would guess that you would end up with a corrupted database and in a terrible mess.

TaxCalc Connect is a true networked database, so if someone is working on a file in London it will be locked, and should another person try to open it in Leeds then they would be prevented from doing so...at least that is what I believe would happen - but I am not from TaxCalc so you would have to check with them if you want to know exactly how their database locking works.

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