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Sage Authorized Hosting Partnership with NovelAspect Coming Soon!

Thursday, September 19th, 2013 at 2:03 pm  |  Posted under Accounting & Finance, Application Hosting, Cloud Computing, Cloud Computing and Security, Featured Applications, NovelASPect News

NovelASPect Announces an upcoming Sage Authorized Hosting Partnership! We know these guys aren’t new to software – and we have been hosting Sage clients for years – we are excited to announce we are becoming a Sage Authorized Hosting Partner.  Our partnership will give your growing business an edge, with access to our 24/7/365 support, and Sage’s robust accounting packages, moving clients to the cloud – couldn’t be easier! Sage Authorized Hosting’s partnership with NovelASPect is the simplest, most cost effective solution for your bookkeeping and accounting needs. With NovelASPect’s Sage Authorized Hosting Partnership, you’ll save time and money and bring freedom and ease to your business. NovelASPect offers Sage 50 Hosting for all versions including Sage 50 Complete, Sage 50 Premium and Sage 50 Quantum. With ...

Sage Authorized Hosting Partner

NovelASPect Announces an upcoming Sage Authorized Hosting Partnership!

We know these guys aren’t new to software – and we have been hosting Sage clients for years – we are excited to announce we are becoming a Sage Authorized Hosting Partner.  Our partnership will give your growing business an edge, with access to our 24/7/365 support, and Sage’s robust accounting packages, moving clients to the cloud – couldn’t be easier!

Sage Authorized Hosting’s partnership with NovelASPect is the simplest, most cost effective solution for your bookkeeping and accounting needs. With NovelASPect’s Sage Authorized Hosting Partnership, you’ll save time and money and bring freedom and ease to your business.

NovelASPect offers Sage 50 Hosting for all versions including Sage 50 Complete, Sage 50 Premium and Sage 50 Quantum. With hosting, you’ll no longer be limited to just accessing Sage software from a PC, but now you can also use Sage 50 on Macs and any other device. 

Sage 50 hosting is the affordable solution for 24/7 access to your data from anywhere in the world. To learn more, please visit our Sage Hosting page here.  To learn more about Sage, please visit their website here.

NovelASPect is trusted by small businesses and accountants worldwide as an industry leader for Hosting Sage 50 in the cloud.  Your small business or accounting firm will have simplified remote access through Sage 50 hosting at the lowest cost and highest efficiency offered by any of the national Citrix Sage 50 Hosting companies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CPAs Say Data Safety is Their Primary Concern for 2012

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012 at 9:57 am  |  Posted under Application Hosting, Cloud Computing, Cloud Computing and Security, Uncategorized

CPAs and Cloud Computing The American Institute of CPAs recently released the results from their 2012 Top Technology Initiatives Survey—and according to their findings, the three technology-related issues with which CPAs will most concern themselves this year will be information security, remote access, and control and use of mobile devices. Of the three priorities, respondents to the survey put information security at the top of their list. While many made it clear that the benefits provided by technology—namely, greater flexibility, efficiency, and productivity—are indispensable to their companies, they also all expressed some apprehension about the perceived security risks that can accompany greater reliance upon technology. Why CPAs are Worrying about Data Security It’s clear why information security comes first for CPAs: in the accounting ...

CPAs and Cloud Computing

The American Institute of CPAs recently released the results from their 2012 Top Technology Initiatives Survey—and according to their findings, the three technology-related issues with which CPAs will most concern themselves this year will be information security, remote access, and control and use of mobile devices.

Of the three priorities, respondents to the survey put information security at the top of their list. While many made it clear that the benefits provided by technology—namely, greater flexibility, efficiency, and productivity—are indispensable to their companies, they also all expressed some apprehension about the perceived security risks that can accompany greater reliance upon technology.

Why CPAs are Worrying about Data Security

It’s clear why information security comes first for CPAs: in the accounting world, data safety and confidentiality is imperative. And to be clear, the CPAs who took the AICPA’s survey say their companies are currently succeeding in meeting their information protection and privacy goals—they just know that in this ever-evolving technological landscape, it’s crucial to stay one step ahead.  

One worry that CPAs also appear to share, however, is that they may be unable to prevent a data breach in the case of a lost laptop or mobile device. That’s where NovelASPect’s data security protocol comes in.

Information Security with NovelASPect

In addition to server redundancy and daily data backups, NovelASPect employs two-level-strong password-protected logins, 128-bit encryption, and security timeouts to ensure that only you have access to the sensitive information you work with. That means that not only will you not lose any data if your laptop or tablet goes missing, you also won’t have to worry about that same data falling into the wrong hands.

If you’re one of the CPAs who are finding themselves increasingly dependent on technology—but you’re a little unsure about what that means for the safety of your information—take a look at the application hosting services we offer. As a company that was built by CPAs, NovelASPect has something important in common with the AICPA’s survey respondents: data security is (and always has been) our number one priority as well.

Cloud Computing Cartoon

Monday, March 19th, 2012 at 10:59 am  |  Posted under Application Hosting, Cloud Computing, Cloud Computing and Security

A corner office anywhere – one of the many benefits of cloud computing!

A corner office anywhere – one of the many benefits of cloud computing!

cloud computing, application hosting, virtual servers

Quickbooks Hosting : The Future of Intuit—and NovelASPect

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012 at 12:03 pm  |  Posted under Cloud Computing, Cloud Computing and Security, Quickbooks Hosting

Last week, Joe Woodard—an expert in the field of QuickBooks Hosting, use and support—wrote an interesting piece on the future of Intuit for the online tax and accounting news website Accounting Today. Woodard is the president of Creative Financial Software (CFS), a company that provides QuickBooks implementation, training, and consultation services for small businesses, and he has a lot to say about what Intuit is doing now and what it should do going forward in order to maintain its position as the leading company in SMB accounting technology. In his article, “Projecting the Intuit QuickBooks World of Tomorrow,” Woodard argues that Intuit’s decision to partner with hosting companies (like NovelASPect) rather than to offer QuickBooks hosting services directly is the right one. For one, he says, Intuit’s core business model does not include ...

Last week, Joe Woodard—an expert in the field of QuickBooks Hosting, use and support—wrote an interesting piece on the future of Intuit for the online tax and accounting news website Accounting Today. Woodard is the president of Creative Financial Software (CFS), a company that provides QuickBooks implementation, training, and consultation services for small businesses, and he has a lot to say about what Intuit is doing now and what it should do going forward in order to maintain its position as the leading company in SMB accounting technology.

In his article, “Projecting the Intuit QuickBooks World of Tomorrow,” Woodard argues that Intuit’s decision to partner with hosting companies (like NovelASPect) rather than to offer QuickBooks hosting services directly is the right one. For one, he says, Intuit’s core business model does not include hosting—and there’s no reason that it should right now. The technology is already completely developed and is readily available within the market, he explains, and Intuit’s decision to forge partnerships with the strongest hosting companies out there means that rather than insisting upon building its own hosting capabilities (thereby delaying access for its clients), they’ve already managed to make QuickBooks hosting the mainstay of their cloud strategy—a move that has not only benefited Intuit, but its customers as well.

As one of the companies that has been approved by Intuit as a hosting partner, we’ve seen firsthand at NovelASPect how beneficial their program has been for everyone involved. For one, NovelASPect employs a third-party company, MSPAlliance, to review companies and ensure that their facilities, technology, and services are secure, private, and reliable before granting them accreditation and entry to the Commercial Hosting Program. Not only does this give clients peace of mind, it rewards those companies that have worked hard to build and maintain a safe, secure hosting environment by allowing us to announce ourselves as authorized Intuit partners.

In addition to Intuit, we also partner with Citrix, whose technology enables us to provide a more scalable, on-demand computing model. With our Intuit partnership alone, we would be able to provide our customers with full anytime, anywhere access to their QuickBooks data; with our Citrix platform, we are able to offer our clients all of that plus an incredible amount of IT control and flexibility. At the end of the day, this translates into increased productivity and reduced expenses for our clients.

Since day one, NovelASPect has been changing the way small businesses access data around the world, and that continues to be our mission. As long as we’re here, we’ll keep on growing and evolving to meet the needs of our current and future users.

(To see what else Joe Woodard has to say about the future of Intuit, you can read the full article discussed above here.)

Cloud Computing Cartoon

Thursday, January 12th, 2012 at 9:34 pm  |  Posted under Application Hosting, Cloud Computing, Cloud Computing and Security, Disaster Recovery, Managed IT Services

The Benefits of Cloud Computing for Small Business [INFOGRAPHIC]

Thursday, January 12th, 2012 at 9:05 pm  |  Posted under Cloud Computing, Cloud Computing and Security

The past year has been one of extraordinary growth and change for cloud computing. As we reach the mid-year mark, more than twice as many small business IT professionals are using cloud solutions now in comparison to the second half of 2010, and the numbers keep increasing; in fact, CRN projected last year that cloud computing spending will have reached $100 billion by 2014. Embed this infographic on your website:   “] The Benefits of Cloud Computing [INFOGRAPHIC The way experts and businesses view the cloud has changed significantly as well:Where less than two years ago, small companies—specifically, companies with fewer than 20 employees—were twice as likely as their larger counterparts to adopt cloud computing, today companies big and small are equally as aggressive with cloud adoption. Perhaps an even better indication of the upward ...

The past year has been one of extraordinary growth and change for cloud computing. As we reach the mid-year mark, more than twice as many small business IT professionals are using cloud solutions now in comparison to the second half of 2010, and the numbers keep increasing; in fact, CRN projected last year that cloud computing spending will have reached $100 billion by 2014.

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The way experts and businesses view the cloud has changed significantly as well:
Where less than two years ago, small companies—specifically, companies with fewer than 20 employees—were twice as likely as their larger counterparts to adopt cloud computing, today companies big and small are equally as aggressive with cloud adoption. Perhaps an even better indication of the upward trajectory of cloud computing is the fact that the White House itself is taking steps toward implementing a government-wide cloud strategy.

Many people still express reservations about cloud security—namely, that storing data on remote servers is a significant security risk—but 57 percent of current cloud users say moving their data to the cloud has resulted in improved security, and 58 percent say it has given them better control of their data. Many experts who before were skeptical about cloud computing’s data security capabilities are now changing their tune, too: more now agree that data protection in the cloud is as good as—if not better than—the security afforded by on-site IT solutions. This is especially true when it comes to quality ASPs like NovelASPect, which automatically mirrors data, backs it up, and sends it offsite every day for its clients, guaranteeing that even in extreme circumstances (lost computers, natural disasters, etc.), no information is ever lost.

You can’t talk about cloud computing without talking about cost savings, of course—even the SMB IT pros who still harbor doubts about cloud security admit that cloud expenses are far lower than onsite IT infrastructure expenses. 73 percent of current cloud users say utilizing an ASP has reduced their IT costs; and Kristof Kloeckner, IBM’s CTO for Cloud Computing, has estimated that using the cloud reduces IT labor costs by up to 50 percent and improves capital utilization by 75 percent.

With the steady rise in confidence about cloud computing, it seems now that lack of awareness is the only reason more businesses aren’t moving to the cloud already—surprisingly, 71 percent of respondents to a recent survey said they hadn’t even heard of cloud computing. But with the United States federal government now joining the already-lengthy roster of organizations who have jumped on the cloud bandwagon, it’s clear that it’s only a matter of time before we stop asking who is on the cloud, and start asking who isn’t.

What can Cloud Computing do for My Business?

Thursday, January 12th, 2012 at 8:19 pm  |  Posted under Cloud Computing, Cloud Computing and Security, Quickbooks Hosting

Given all the benefits of cloud computing, it’s a wonder all small businesses haven’t switched to application hosting and cloud computing. In this interview with Rick Fallahee, CEO of NovelASPect, we explore why he believes some small businesses haven’t moved their applications to the cloud. First off, what is cloud computing? Cloud computing is when a company receives IT services, applications and data storage through the Internet (or “cloud”). Application hosting is a form of cloud computing in which users access their applications & data via the “cloud” (i.e. anywhere with an internet connection.) All a user needs is a license to the application, an internet connected device (MAC, PC, phone, tablet) and an application hosting provider, like NovelASPect. What are the benefits of cloud computing? There are a multitude of ...

Given all the benefits of cloud computing, it’s a wonder all small businesses haven’t switched to application hosting and cloud computing. In this interview with Rick Fallahee, CEO of NovelASPect, we explore why he believes some small businesses haven’t moved their applications to the cloud.

First off, what is cloud computing?

Cloud computing is when a company receives IT services, applications and data storage through the Internet (or “cloud”).

Application hosting is a form of cloud computing in which users access their applications & data via the “cloud” (i.e. anywhere with an internet connection.) All a user needs is a license to the application, an internet connected device (MAC, PC, phone, tablet) and an application hosting provider, like NovelASPect.

What are the benefits of cloud computing?

There are a multitude of benefits.

The ability to securely access your applications from anywhere with an Internet connection allows users to:

  • Expand the geographic region of focus
  • Save time & money on transportation
  • Collaborate with employees, clients and business partners in real time

In addition, when NovelASPect hosts your applications, you reduce your IT costs & overhead including:

  • Purchasing and maintaining a business server
  • Performing software updates
  • Technical support (24×7)
  • Daily back-ups

All for a fixed monthly fee.

Why do you think some small businesses haven’t shifted their business to the cloud?

Cloud computing is relatively new and many businesses are unaware of the risks and benefits of moving to the cloud. Some don’t even know what “the cloud” refers to (in fact, according to Google Keyword tool, as many as 33,000 people search for “what is cloud computing” every month).

Also, data security is a concern for many small business users. As many as 30,000 searches related to cloud computing & security (including cloud computing risks, cloud computing security, etc) are conducted every month. The reality is that as long as the hosting provider answers the five questions outlined here correctly, there isn’t any reason for a business to feel their data may be at risk and in fact their data may be safer in the cloud than in their office.

Is there any reason why a business shouldn’t move to the cloud?

No, not that I can think of. Even if a business doesn’t require remote access, they can still save up to 30% or more on overhead costs by reducing their reliance on their in-house IT department & infrastructure.

Data security, although a common concern, is another reason to switch to application hosting. Data is actually more secure when hosted by NovelASPect. We take automatic back-ups and send the data offsite every day. Even in the event of a fire, earthquake, or burglary, our clients can retrieve their data immediately.

5 Ways to Ensure QuickBooks Hosting is Secure

Thursday, January 12th, 2012 at 8:16 pm  |  Posted under Cloud Computing and Security, Quickbooks Hosting

According to a recent Ernst & Young survey, 60% of respondents (1,600 senior executives in 56 countries) perceive increased risk from the use of social networking, cloud computing and personal mobile devices at work. To ensure your data remains secure, ask your hosting provider the following five questions. 1. What type of data center do you use? Best Answer: SAS 70 Type II data center NovelASPect’s data center successfully passed a SAS 70 Type II audit. The SAS 70 audit benefits NovelASPect’s hosting and online accounting users by adding an additional level of assurance that the existing physical security procedure related to protecting client data are very high and incompliance with industry standards. All Intuit Certified hosting providers are required to have a SAS 70 Type II data center.   2. What level of encryption do you use? Best ...

According to a recent Ernst & Young survey, 60% of respondents (1,600 senior executives in 56 countries) perceive increased risk from the use of social networking, cloud computing and personal mobile devices at work. To ensure your data remains secure, ask your hosting provider the following five questions.

1. What type of data center do you use?

Best Answer: SAS 70 Type II data center

NovelASPect’s data center successfully passed a SAS 70 Type II audit. The SAS 70 audit benefits NovelASPect’s hosting and online accounting users by adding an additional level of assurance that the existing physical security procedure related to protecting client data are very high and incompliance with industry standards.

All Intuit Certified hosting providers are required to have a SAS 70 Type II data center.

 

2. What level of encryption do you use?

Best Answer: 128 bit encryption

If you trust major banks (including Bank of AmericaChase, & more) to keep your money safe, you should trust NovelASPect to keep your data safe. All Intuit Certified providers utilize the same encryption (128 Bit) as online banking.

128 bit encryption means that the key used to encipher the message is 128 bits long. A key of this length is sufficient to prevent decipherment of the message by using randomly chosen keys. This encryption is considered sufficiently secure to be used for all purposes where secure communication is required.

 

3. Do you utilize an anti-virus program?

Best Answer: Yes

An anti-virus program will prevent your valuable data from being corrupted. All data is protected on NovelASPect’s server by an antivirus software.

Any client side antivirus software is adequate.

 

4. How often do you perform back-ups?

Best Answer: Back-ups are performed automatically through mirroring the data to a storage area network.

When data is entered in one place it is automatically backed-up in another place, which helps to prevent down time. NovelASPect is one of the few, if not the only, application hosting providers that use a storage area network with live mirroring of data.

 

5. Is the data sent to an off-site location? If so, how often?

Best Answer: Data is sent to an off-site location at least once a day.

NovelASPect sends copy off-site once a day and retains the data for 90 days. The back-up files are located off in Canada. Even in the event of a natural disaster, the data is still recoverable.