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Big Red Cloud Launches Online Accounting Solution Hosted on Microsoft Azure to Help Customers Work More Efficiently and Empower Business Owners to Take Control of Their Finances

7th July 2017

Big Red Cloud online accounting software for the micro- and small-business market in Ireland and the U.K. recently launched its Big Red Cloud Power Accounting app on Microsoft Azure.

Azure SQL Database enables Big Red Cloud to transfer large data files held in Microsoft Excel and convert the data into a format that seamlessly uploads to customers’ Big Red Cloud accounts system. Azure SQL Database also makes automatic backups and offers high availability through replication. Azure Storage provides a secure place for Big Red Cloud to store large amounts of data that is accessible worldwide, available from the cloud or an on-premises server, on any device.

By integrating customers’ Big Red Cloud accounts with Excel, the Power Accounting app is designed to enable users to import and export data seamlessly in Excel. Users can now work offline by inputting transactions into their locally installed Excel and then upload all data back to the relevant accounts later with Big Red Cloud Power Accounting.

“Our customers’ feedback and suggestions are very important to us, and one of the requests that we kept getting was to empower our cloud customers to invoice offline and to handle high volumes of invoicing in a few quick steps,” said Marc O’Dwyer, CEO, Big Red Cloud. “Therefore, we launched Big Red Cloud Power Accounting on Microsoft Azure. Power Accounting allows users to invoice when broadband is not available, and it handles large volumes of invoices, speeding up the day-to-day tasks of our users.”

Using the Big Red Cloud Power Accounting add-in for Excel, you can import and export data to and from your company using Big Red Cloud Power Accounting. This add-in connects to the Big Red Cloud online accounting system to retrieve and export accounting data to Excel. The add-in also permits the entry of data in Excel that can be uploaded back to Big Red Cloud, offering a convenient experience when you are offline. Big Red Cloud Power Accounting is available to Big Red Cloud subscribers free of charge.

“We are pleased to see Big Red Cloud launch its Power Accounting app on Microsoft Azure,” said Nicole Herskowitz, senior director of Product Marketing, Azure, Microsoft Corp. “Azure’s portfolio of services, combined with the most comprehensive compliance certifications of any public cloud provider, make it an ideal foundation for Big Red Cloud to help customers manage their financial data and processes.”




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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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