What difference could that make to your level of client service, to the growth of your business and your bottom line – and to your work-life balance?Cloud-based solutions that free you up to work from anywhere can create some amazing opportunities to boost your productivity and fill in those frustrating gaps in your commute, between meetings, or at client offices. But not all cloud providers are created equal.
When it comes to measuring the advantages of cloud services to UK accountants, the real benefits of cloud services lie well beyond simple mobile device management. Okay, there are plenty of solutions out there if you simply want to check your emails on the run, or skim over a document with reasonable levels of security, or join a conference call from home.
But many of these services are piecemeal. They allow you to tap into one benefit at a time. And because they are handled separately, they not only open you up to all kinds of potential data breaches, they actually add in layers of hassle, slowing you down. After all, who wants to go through a separate process to use each business app, or remember a dozen passwords on the move? Is that really the best solution to your productivity problem?
A far, far better alternative for the accountants is to have a complete, end-to-end, integrated mobile application management solution.
A solution like Citrix XenMobile.
XenMobile is great because it offers consistent, totally secure access to any app, be it based on mobile, Windows desktop, SaaS or the web. By moving your vital apps and data behind a secure wall of encryption, you only have to worry about navigating one key point of entry and authentication. Once you’re through, it’s a seamless experience.
What’s more, Citrix XenMobile doesn’t just give you the option to access the apps that you already use. It also adds tremendous value through its own integrated suite of secure productivity apps. These cover functions such as email, browser, note-taking, setting tasks and reminders, sharing and syncing files and editing documents, as well as “remote desktop” features.
But what difference will all this make to your productivity levels? Can boosting your mobility and adopting a streamlined suite of apps seriously affect your day-to-day efficiency?
The answer is a resounding yes.
Remember that figure I mentioned right at the start of this blog post? About freeing up a quarter of the hours in your day?
I didn’t just pluck that out of thin air.
Of course, we can’t promise that the benefits of cloud services to your accountancy firm will cut out 24% of your workload overnight. Perhaps you’ll only save yourself an hour a day. Perhaps you’ll only impress one major client with your lightning turnaround and amazing service. Perhaps you’ll only find yourself wrestling back one Saturday a month that would have seen you chained in an office.
Perhaps you’ll only cut out some of your technological frustrations and bottlenecks. But perhaps, too, you’ll see this benefits start to snowball. You’ll see the drive for greater efficiency start to take hold in your company culture.
Perhaps this is the tipping point you need to turn your firm into a serious contender in 2016.
What have you got to lose?