The Cloud is Always Changing

When we let our software reside in the cloud, we are using the cloud as our platform to operate our firms.  Are you doing that?  One aspect of this move to become virtual that I didn't anticipate was change. It's a change I love because I never know if I'll wake up one morning to find that my cloud software provider has released a load of new updates and features I get to play with.  Yeah, goody.  I often dig in to see if these changes could potentially help a client that was struggling in a certain area.

But not everyone loves this aspect of the cloud.  See, the use of our cloud products is always steeped heavily in our firm's processes.  So if there is a change to the platform we are using, then it inevitabily upsets our processes.

And this often ticks off our staff.  They get comfortable in their processes and then {{Wham!}} something new shows up.  For a time it slows them down, and we have to consider how to implement these new changes.  I'm still working through what to do about this.

I could:

- Wait to implement the change after I've had time to assess whether the cloud change is a beneficial one for our firm, or

- Have the staff implement the change immediately and deal with the inconveniences to get to the ultimate greater efficiency.

Not sure.  What do you think?

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Jason M. Blumer, CPA.CITP, CFE is managing shareholder of Blumer & Associates, CPAs, PC. He wears flip flops and jeans, says "dude" a lot, and often works in coffee shops with headphones blaring the latest Bloomberg podcasts (though he doesn't understand most of it). Jason loves new game-changing cloud technology and plays rock and roll too loud. His daily duties include consulting, process design, blogging, marketing and business development, innovative thinking, coaching, practice management, and acting as a change agent. As the industry has changed, the need for new CPA firm leadership has emerged for the younger generation ready to move into the world of firm ownership.  Jason founded the THRIVEal +CPA Network to accommodate the needs of this new younger generation.  The THRIVEal +CPA Network looks to enhance and change the CPA profession based on the foundational tenets of Community, Collaboration, Technology and Innovation.

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