Benefits of a hybrid accounting solution for accountants and bookkeepers
March 15, 2016

Accounting software is generally broken into two categories - desktop and cloud-based. The former is installed locally while the latter is accessible from anywhere. However, both have their limitations. Combining the two into a third category, hybrid accounting software, brings the best to small-business owners and their accountants and bookkeepers.

Desktop solutions remain the standard for financial professionals. The software is installed on local computers and comes with a wide variety of features to suit all an organization needs. However, the nature of desktop software requires small-business owners to remain in their offices if they hope to complete any work. They can't bring their projects with them - not to meetings, not to work on from home, not in any manner. This is incredibly frustrating when one considers how today's world is increasingly mobile.

Cloud software was developed to eliminate this drawback. Instead of resting on local servers, all data is stored off site at a third-party location and accessed through the Internet. This makes it much easier for small-business owners to share their financial information with their accountants and bookkeepers.

Keeping information completely off local servers does have its drawbacks. For starters, cloud systems generally don't have all of the same features as local installations. Advanced capabilities are set aside in these instances. Those that do have the same functions are limited in scope, providing light versions of the opportunities taken for granted on desktops.

These aren't the only reasons cloud software hasn't completely taken off. Small-business owners, accountants and bookkeepers themselves admit to having reservations about cloud-only solutions. They want to feel a sense of ownership over the information they work with and don't want to be completely subjected to a server in another location. While the accessibility of cloud storage is an undeniable benefit, certain drawbacks make the idea not worth it for many.

Introducing the hybrid
Combining the best desktop and cloud options is the obvious way businesses and accounting professionals can maximize their productivity. Hybrid solutions do just that - they take the comprehensive features of locally installed software to a portable environment based on cloud technology.

One of the biggest benefits of hybrid solutions is that they automatically sync data between the cloud and desktop and notebook computers. Users can access and update information from anywhere without transferring anything - for instance, small-business owners and their external accountants can work on the same project without physically moving information and still maintain the same figures in their local databases.

Hybrid software solutions like Sage 50c bring every advantage directly to accountants, bookkeepers and small-business owners.

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