Insightful Accountant strives to provide you, our Software Specialist, Accountant and Business Consultant readers with information about opportunities to serve your clients, build your practice, and bolster your compensation through this series we call ‘Advisor Alliance’. The focus of this series will be product developers and vendors who offer some form of alliance, partnership, or referral program that might be of interest to you and your practice.
Every once in a while an Advisor Alliance opportunity comes along that we feel might need more than a casual introduction to the related product or vendor, and so we try to include at least a synopsis of the product offering as part of the Advisor Alliance information. Such is the case for “MyQuickCloud” which is a product that permits you to essentially set-up a miniature hosting environment without the costs of more sophisticated systems, subscribing to an ‘official hosting’ company, or restricting access to one of your office computers running Remote Desktop Services or some other terminal emulation software.
It’s really easier to describe what this product isn’t than what it is. MyQuickCloud isn’t remote desktop services or a product like any of the ‘Go to’ or ‘support software’ terminal emulation programs because this product doesn’t tie up the computer acting as the host. It is even possible for a local user to be using QuickBooks on that computer at the exact same time someone else is accessing the computer and also using QuickBooks.
MyQuickCloud isn’t Windows Server Terminal Services either, this does not require a true Windows Server and Terminal Services licenses, it takes advantage of a typical computer used for a workstation, just so long as that computer is running one of the Microsoft Operating Systems like Windows 7, Windows 8 or even the new Windows 10. Obviously this isn’t a true hosting company environment either where your software is running on the hardware of someone else. Nor is this a file-sharing service or platform that permits only one user to be accessing the data at a time. If I still haven’t explained MyQuickCloud clear enough for you, check out this short YouTube (less than 2 minutes) of ‘how they do it’.
Some of the benefits of MyQuickCloud are:
- Anytime/anywhere access, of course this means that you must always have the computer in your office acting as your ‘self-host’ running,
- This also means that you keep all of your own files in your own office, your data doesn’t reside on the hardware of someone else.
- Unlike sophisticated Windows Server –Terminal Server based systems, MyQuickCloud is easy to manage, it only takes a few clicks to set it up, and a few clicks to keep it running. Need to make a change in permissions or add accessible software, just a few more clicks (it almost makes you wonder what a ‘MyQuickCloud’ Advisor might do).
- You will save on hardware and 3rd party costs as well, again no expensive Terminal Server ‘box’ to buy and no extra licensing fee to pay to Microsoft;
- The low monthly fee you pay for MyQuickCloud is far less than the costs of hosting even a few users in a ‘licensed Hosted QuickBooks Cloud’ environment.
- One of the best benefits is this is true multi-user capability using the desktop versions of QuickBooks you already use, and yet giving you ‘Cloud’ advantages.
So how do you, the ProAdvisor get involved with My QuickCloud? Well the MyQuickCloud Advisor Program is meant to give Advisors the power to bring added value to their current offerings and services. The clients remain with the Advisor and the Advisors services, products and consulting are easily bundled with MyQuickCloud’ solutions.
The company is offering free access to a benefit rich MyQuickCloud Advisor Program through the end of 2015. Advisors in the program receive an Advisor Pack that includes links to videos, webinars, marketing materials, and a customized promo link that’s coded with the Advisor's information; they also get a Dedicated MyQuickCloud Account Manager, access to MyQuickCloud Technical Specialists, monthly newsletters and training.
Later this year, MyQuickCloud will have a Gold Advisor program targeted at the higher volume advisors. The program provides invoice billing options, free access to a dedicated MyQuickCloud Account Manager, Technical Specialists, one on one training and preferred rates. An enrolment process, based on criteria such as volumes, will provide in-depth training for using MyQuickCloud, setting up new clients, working on advanced usage case.
You can also bundle MyQuickCloud into your training or consulting charges. Both the MyQuickCloud Advisor and Gold Advisor allow you to purchase MyQuickCloud on behalf on your clients or have your clients directly pay for the service. As a Gold Advisors, you will be able to pass on saving to your clients
No training is necessary to become a MyQuickCloud Advisor, simply register and speak with a MyQuickCloud Account Manager to receive your Advisor Pack, getting started tips and other goodies. You can sign up for the MyQuickCloud Advisor program at https://www.myquickcloud.com/advisor
So if you are looking for a way to expand your service-offering, and not simply turn your hard earned clients over to some hosting company, the MyQuickCloud Advisor program maybe just what you are looking for since you can continue to support your QuickBooks clients in their local environment, yet offer them ‘cloud anytime/anywhere’ access without having to learn the sophisticated requirements of Windows Terminal Services. Insightful Accountant is proud to make you aware of both this product and advisor program, be sure to check them out.