How accounting software connects to other essential business apps defines the accuracy and efficiency of accounting processes. Also, when you establish reliable cloud connectivity with your accounting system, you directly dictate how you streamline operations.
First, let’s look at why accounting system cloud connectivity is important and how you can achieve this. Then, we’ll look at IT integration and uncover your best options for a smooth workflow whether working remotely or in the office.
Why Accounting System Cloud Connectivity Matters
One of the leading benefits of cloud-based technology is that you can link your essential business applications on the cloud to the accounting system. Nobody wants to spend hours and money manually entering accounting details and then re-checking them. A smooth connection between your accounting tool to relevant business tools is the solution. Therefore, IT integration is a key component of Cloud business technology. However, establishing this connectivity can come with several risks with traditional IT integration.
Accounting System Integration Risks
Traditional, multi-platform integrations are expensive to write and maintain. When integrations are implemented for siloed, unrelated apps, the integration usually needs periodic maintenance. This is a continuous investment. Whenever software is updated or upgraded, the integration must be adjusted to avoid disruptions. Even with maintenance, dysfunctions can persist. All of this drains the company time and money, while not delivering the functionality needed.
If integrations fail or dysfunctions persist, accounting delays and data problems will continue or worsen. Some companies wind up using multiple spreadsheets for accounting or must organize data in multiple different applications. This creates a major consistency risk. Secondly, it leaves you with faulty data. It’ll definitely require more time to oversee. However, there are ways to avoid integration risks and have strong accounting cloud connectivity.
Can You Avoid Accounting System Integration Issues?
There are two ways to avoid integration issues. Both options depend heavily on the accounting solution you choose.
Avoid Multi-Platform Integration
The first way to avoid integration risks is to avoid multi-platform integration between separate apps altogether. This is done by linking all your business tools, including accounting, together on a single platform. Free your outside applications that rely on the integration of other business apps. Choose an accounting software built on a shared platform like Salesforce. We make multi-platform integrations totally unnecessary. All these apps powered by the same platform are already natively connected. This is called a single-platform integration. Also, it means no maintenance or middleware. These single-platform integrations are often faster to implement as well.
Invest in Reliable API
Secondly, a great way to avoid integration problems is to choose an accounting system with strong, resilient API. Open API, in particular, provides strong connections for both single-platform and multi-platform solutions. Naturally, this is the base API that Salesforce uses for its native applications’ architecture. Open API is the best way to ensure data can be shared accurately, quickly, and securely. Overall, your accounting system is only as useful as it is connected with the solutions it needs to draw data from.
Reliable API in Action: Salesforce
First off, it is the use of the open API and an API-first approach to technology that’s made platforms like Salesforce so powerful. Coincidentally, Salesforce’s API enables native apps to work seamlessly with other solutions on and off the platform. Even when not using the Salesforce CRM, applications powered by Salesforce have inherited its foundational API. On top of that, you can use the API to reliably connect to outside software. For example, Accounting Seed’s use of Salesforce open API allows it to seamlessly connect with Avalara. It also allows other solutions to connect that are not on the Salesforce platform. In summary, open API is the best way to ensure data can be shared accurately, quickly, and securely between solutions.
Fully Connected with Accounting Seed
Whether or not you have Salesforce, Accounting Seed offers a trusted and fully connected accounting system optimized to work with any business. Utilize the full functionality of your existing Salesforce ® management system or simply use Accounting Seed as a stand-alone product. Salesforce’s open API makes Accounting Seed a robust and flexible accounting platform to help you fully pilot your entire back office to best suit your individual business needs.
See Accounting Seed in action
Get a close-up view of how accounting on Salesforce can eliminate the need for costly integrations—and silos of mismatched information—by sharing the same database as your CRM.