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These days accountants are talking more and more about working ‘in the cloud’ and using cloud accounts software to run their book keeping and other accounts tasks. But what does it all mean?

Cloud computing refers to logging on to the internet via a hosted website to access and process your data, rather than using a local server (like your office computer). This means anywhere you can access the internet you can log in to your online account and get to work.

A cloud computing service is also known as Software as a Service (SaaS) platform, and accounts management via the cloud is proving to be very popular for many Irish businesses who are seeking a more flexible and streamlined solution for their accounts management.

What are the benefits of cloud computing software?

Affordability – no initial capital is required to purchase expensive accounting software. Instead you pay a small monthly service fee which goes to your SaaS provider.
Accessibility – log in anywhere, anytime via your Mac, PC or other electronic device. All you need is an internet connection.
Unlimited data storage – your data is not held on your internal network so you’re not constrained by the available storage on your hard drive.
Continuous service, no upgrade fees – You always operate on the latest version of the software that your SaaS provider supplies. Their software updates should happen automatically, without any cost or disruption to your service.
Security – SaaS providers, particularly those that specialise in account management, have extremely high security levels which must meet the requirements of ISO27001, which is the international standard for data security.
Big Red Cloud accounts software

Big Red Cloud is a software as a service (SaaS) solution for Irish businesses of all sizes. Our software is accessible, easy to use, secure and efficient. Other benefits include: free telephone support, unlimited users, free access to your accountant, automatic back up, automatic upgrades and no transaction limits.

Why not start our 30 day free trial and see the difference it can make for your business?

Marc O'Dwyer

After completing a Graduate program in Marketing, Marc’s impressive sales career began at Allied Irish Banks, Pitney Bowes and Panasonic where he received numerous Irish and European sales performance awards and consistently exceeded targets and expectations. In 1992, Marc’s entrepreneurial spirit led him to set up his own business, Irish International Sales (IIS). Initially, this company was a reseller for Take 5 Accounts and Payroll software. Within four years, IIS became the largest reseller of Take 5 in Ireland, acquiring four other Take 5 resellers. He also found time to set up two mobile phone shops under the Cellular World brand and a web design company offering website design services for small businesses. In 2001, he bought the majority share in a small Irish software business, Big Red Book. At that time, the company was losing money. The company became profitable within two months, and Marc then acquired a payroll company to compliment Big Red Books Accounting products. In 2003, IIS were appointed as Channel Partners with SAP for their new SME product, SAP Business One. Marc sold his Take 5 business and concentrated on developing this new market for SAP As a result, by 2007, IIS was recognised as the largest Channel Partner for SAP in EMEA (Europe Middle East and Africa). In 2008, the IIS Sales Manager bought the Company from Marc in an MBO. He launched Big red cloud in June 2012, the online version of big red book, to date the company successfully converts 59% of trials into sales and the number of customers is growing rapidly. Marc continues to run both Big Red Book and Big Red Cloud which now support 75,000 businesses. He is a very keen sportsman, having played rugby for 20 years, represented Leinster at under 16 and under 20 levels, and league squash with Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club for 10 years. Marc has competed in 11 Marathons, including the London and Boston Marathons, and has completed several Triathlons and Half Ironman races. He has also completed six Ironman Races in Austria(x2), Frankfurt (Germany), Nice (France) , Mallorca (Spain) and Copenhagen (Denmark)

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