In the Trenches: Taking the Cloud for a Spin
A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned that I was debating taking my company's accounting into the cloud. Well, I've gone ahead and done it. What's the verdict? It's not perfect, but I do like what I see. I doubt I'll ever go back.
I figured there was nothing keeping me from taking my accounting to the cloud for a trial run. I could keep the books in parallel while I decided if it was really worthwhile or not. It actually didn't take long for me to decide that I wasn't going back to the desktop, but there are a few things I miss about it.
The beauty of the cloud is that I can take it anywhere, and with a heavy couple of months of travel coming up, this seemed like the right time to make the move. There were some hiccups in getting my data brought over, though I imagine that's to be expected with such a complex change.
As I worked through my issues, I was very close to just scrapping the whole thing, but once the import was finished, it was time to give it a whirl. I was hooked pretty quickly.
My major complaint is that there's just not as much that you can do with the interface when it's online. That will change over time, I have no doubt. But for now, it's just a simpler interface and it loses a little in the process. But what was missing in design, the system gained in flexibility.
I was able to set up another user in another location within seconds, something that was a daunting task before. I also love the automatic syncing with bank accounts and the ability to seamlessly, directly send invoices to clients.
But the best part really is the ability to take it with me anywhere. No more saving up receipts and charges while traveling only to enter them in bulk at a later time. I'm looking forward to seeing how the new software holds up on the road, but so far, I'm feeling pretty optimistic.
Brett Snyder is President and Chief Airline Dork of Cranky Concierge air travel assistance. Snyder previously worked for several airlines, including America West and United, before leaving to create a travel search site for PriceGrabber.com. Snyder did his undergrad at George Washington and earned his MBA from Stanford.