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Quarry owners’ heads in the cloud

- VALERINA CHANGARATH­IL

SOUTH Australian accounting firm Perks wants more small and medium-sized businesses to take a leap of faith into cloud computing or risk putting their growth on hold.

The South Australia company, which works with about 2500 businesses, says more than half of its clients had made the switch, but some needed more convincing.

Cloud computing generally involves storing encrypted informatio­n on multiple servers around the world.

“It’s as secure as internet banking,” Perks managing director Mark Roderick said. “Cloud accounting is the way of the future and in coming years will be the only way to operate. Businesses that don’t embrace it will be left behind.”

Perks now offers a customisab­le solution for businesses with a basic package available for $600 a month.

“Benefits include less time dedicated to day-to-day transactio­ns and balancing the books at the end of the month and the opportunit­y to see your financial performanc­e with automated data feeds from bank accounts and credit cards,” he said. The financial reporting is in real time with account balances being up-todate, removing maintenanc­e and administra­tion costs.

Tooperang Quarry owner Stephen Bainger said cloud computing was flexible and convenient for the family-run business. The Fleurieu Peninsula company is a long-term silica sand supplier to the world’s largest glass container manufactur­er, Owens-Illinois.

“Being on the quarry most of the time and the business growing rapidly with the silica contract, it was easier to get technology to do more of the legwork for us.

“While we were naturally a bit wary about using a remote system, it has been easy to stay on top of the things we need to and means less paper work,” Mr Bainger said. “We also ensure everything is backed up, just in case.”

To drive the cloud accounting strategy, Perks has appointed Nick Grieve as its specialist cloud accounting adviser.

 ?? Picture: JESSICA MACROW ?? HAPPY: Tooperang Quarry owners Steve and Christine Bainger.
Picture: JESSICA MACROW HAPPY: Tooperang Quarry owners Steve and Christine Bainger.

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