“Accountants are cowboys of information.” – David Foster Wallace, Writer
Accountants have always been at the forefront of technology. After all, someone with a complete understanding of history can draw a line from the abacus to the modern computer and accounting software without much difficulty.
It’s no surprise then, that the software and application revolutions of the new millennium have had a huge impact on the accounting industry. Yet while other industries affected in the same way have fallen apart, accountants have shown themselves to be forward-thinking and adaptable, as the leading firms are moving from record keeping and after-the-fact dissection to market analysis and predictive advisory roles.
Since recording, tracking, and understanding data of one sort or another has always been the foundation of the science of accounting, it is only logical that accountants are leading the way in showing their clients how to use data to understand their businesses, clients, and markets, and then take that understanding and make smarter, more confident decisions.
Of course, the accounting firms making the greatest strides are those with a strong I.T. infrastructure supporting their work.
This technology foundation can include reliable networks and servers to manage all that data, cloud platforms to give you agility and access to your work from anywhere, and solid backup systems to supply peace of mind.
Since you most likely handle data that is sensitive and proprietary, I.T. security is a big concern. You need to be able to rest assured that the information your clients have trusted you with is safe, whether it is simply being stored on your servers, or is being transferred over any network and worked on from a remote location. Matters of security affect not only your networks, servers, and cloud systems, but also the work you do on the go. An increasing proportion of work is taking place on mobile devices, and it is imperative that the phones, tablets, and laptops of everyone in your firm be secure and safe regardless of whether they are working from the office, the airport, or anywhere in between.
In recent years, an increasing number of regulations have popped up, meaning that you must have policies and procedures in place to maintain—and show—compliance. Of course, the smartest firms are using compliance as a catalyst to shore up weaknesses in their security and increase the trust of their clients.
As a long-term client of JMARK Business Solutions, I have always been impressed at the high levels of service provided by their team. They are certainly a standout in managed I.T. support.
Belinda, happy JMARK client
Fun fact: Luca Pacioli’s Summary of Arithmetic, Geometry, Proportions and Proportionality was one of the first books ever printed on a Gutenberg press. This book helped standardize basic accounting principles.
In a time when technology plays a part in every aspect of the work you do, from communication to customer service to charting the past and planning for the future, it makes sense to ensure that your I.T. is up to the challenge.
While it seems obvious that an unreliable network can slow down the pace of the work you are doing, bottlenecked connections and aging servers can also frustrate clients who need to access their own data. Meanwhile, the sheer amount of data in your care (a.k.a. “big data”) means that rock solid backup and disaster recovery plans are absolutely vital.
Of course, the speed of change in technology can make small and mid-sized accounting firms hesitant to invest in information technology. It can seem cost prohibitive to keep your infrastructure up to date while also trying to plan for unexpected breakages and fluctuations in the amount of I.T. service you’ll need depending on the season. When you’re simply trying to maintain in the present, it can feel impossible to find a way to plan out the future.
This is where managed I.T. services can be helpful. Since managed services are planned out and billed monthly, rather than as needed, they are entirely predictable. Not only will this level out your monthly expenditure by spreading it throughout the year, it will also give you the chance to plan future spending, making it easier to decide how and when to upgrade equipment and invest in new services to help your practice grow.
Managed services also give you access to higher tier talent than you may be able to otherwise get. An I.T. company has the freedom to hire experts with deep knowledge in specific areas rather than focusing on technicians with a wide but perhaps shallow knowledge base. Likewise, your MSP will almost certainly be able to provide you with access to better hardware and enterprise software for a lower price than you could get on your own.
The bottom line is that whether you need the full package of managed services, or are simply looking to augment what your in-house crew is capable of, you need an I.T. provider whose services and support can be customized to meet the specific needs of your firm, a provider whose mission is to help you surround yourself with the software, hardware, processes, and solutions that will serve to enhance your efforts and simplify your path to success—and thoughtful human support to go along with all that tech.
For three decades, JMARK has been providing innovative I.T. solutions to accounting firms of all sizes. With all that experience comes extensive expertise. Our lineup includes experts not only in every facet of Information Technology, but also in the application of I.T. solutions to the very specific needs of accounting firms. In fact, we have a dedicated team that focuses on financial services. We understand the challenges that accountants face in the modern era and know how to maintain continuity in the midst of the continual changes that occur in technology, regulations, and expectations—and we work diligently to bring that expertise to you.
It is our paramount priority to help you make the most of technology. To that end, we have assembled a roster of the best, most experienced engineers and technicians in the industry. With our team of specialists managing your technology—and your technology enhancing your operations—you’ll ultimately be able to deploy more resources toward serving your customers and growing your business.
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Most importantly, at JMARK we put people before technology. Everything we do, every service we offer, is a reflection of our People First, Technology Second philosophy. Because while we love technology, we also understand that I.T. is only useful inasmuch as it serves to empower people and enhance the work they do; work that, in turn, should facilitate growth, spur innovation, increase opportunity, and open up new paths to success.