If you were wondering what the process is for transferring your QuickBooks software to the cloud, rest assured that it is a simple and safe process. Since the majority of the work is done by the hosting provider, moving your QuickBooks apps and data files to a cloud based platform can be as easy as placing an order.
Intuit defines hosting as a service in which, “QuickBooks software and data files are stored, accessed, and run on a service provider’s servers, rather than on one’s own PC. End users connect via the Internet to the service provider systems to access and run their QuickBooks software and data files.” For the most part, what this means is that all you need to be able to access your hosted version of QuickBooks is be connected to the internet. As long as you can get online, you can work with your apps and data. The hosting provider takes care of the rest.
To answer the question of “How does someone move their QuickBooks software to the cloud?”…they don’t. A business or professional supplies the hosting provider with valid licenses for the software they are using. Then the hosting provider deploys that software on a cloud-based platform and registers the license with Intuit. i.e. – authorized hosting providers already have the software, but they still need to properly report licenses.
Once your version of QuickBooks is hosted, the only thing a person using a hosting service needs to do is upload their data file. This can be done in a variety of ways, with the ease of the process depending on the amount of data that is being uploaded. If you have a new or existing QuickBooks data file with a minimal amount of data (around 5MB), the upload process can be as easy as cutting and pasting which is almost instant. But, if your data file includes many years worth of data and has grown to a larger size (like 150MB), then the importing and uploading process may take a bit longer. Be sure to ask the hosting provider you are considering what file uploading options they have available and how long it will take to upload a file that is as big as the one you are looking to move to the cloud.
The basic act of moving QuickBooks to the cloud is made to be easy. And since it is done in an efficient manner by the service provider, it is not only affordable, it is also less risky. These providers recommended by Intuit have undergone a vetting process and offer professional QuickBooks hosting services out of secure datacenters so you can access your QuickBooks online. As long as they are authorized, you can rest assured that you will be getting the best service possible.