Cloud computing is typically defined as a type of computing that relies on sharing computing resources rather than having local servers or personal devices to handle applications. In cloud computing, the word cloud (also phrased as "the cloud") is used as a metaphor for "the Internet," so the phrase cloud computing means "a type of Internet-based computing," where different services such as servers, storage and applications are delivered to an organization's computers and devices through the Internet. ,/br> Cloud computing enables organisations to consume compute resources as a utility -- just like electricity -- rather than having to build and maintain computing infrastructures in-house. Over the past few years, cloud computing has emerged as an increasingly powerful tool in the information technology kit. There are many benefits of moving to the Cloud. Anytime, Anywhere Access You are always connected to your organisation and your staff, even on the go! The Cloud lets you login and review performance or work wherever you are, on whichever device you have available at the time - whether that's your laptop, iPhone, iPad or other mobile device. Maintenance free! How many times have you worried about the rising maintenance cost of your IT hardware, software updates and errors? With a Cloud based system, you can say good-bye to IT consultants who needs to be called in to fix your broken systems and bring your organisation to a standstill for a day. With the cloud, upgrades happen in the background without disrupting any business activities, and far more regularly than ever before. Reduce Costs The greatest value of the Cloud for an organisation lies in the fact that you can free up capital that's sitting locked into expensive and depreciating IT assets like servers and storage systems. With the Cloud, you don't need to buy a server ever again. You pay only for what you need and nothing for what you don't. Your IT expenses are more predictable and under control, giving you peace of mind and allowing you to focus on running your organisation. Always at the cutting edge In the previous era of accounting software, you had to wait for new software releases to benefit from any improvements to the system, and even then, you often incurred additional costs and complexities associated with upgrading the system, often making the whole process quite impractical. A Cloud based system is auto-updated; so you're always running the latest version! Reliability When disaster strikes, the only organisation that's still up and running is one that has its IT systems and software on the Cloud. The security layers in the Cloud mean three things for your data backup, backup and backup. Whether it's an unforeseen natural event or a hard disk crash, with zero IT downtime, the Cloud offers the robustness of operations accounting organisations of tomorrow need. Increased efficiency In the new age of online tax computing software, expect zero downtime for your IT systems, increased staff productivity and collaboration. You will discover integrated tools such as intuitive document management solutions, web management tools and more, that help you streamline processes and make yours, a truly modern practice.