Do accountants monitor cloud usage?

Small businesses and contractor accountants should monitor the way employees use cloud computing systems to make sure they are getting the full benefits of the service, according to Opsview.

The open source platform conducted research which found that 57% of IT directors expressed concern that the costs of cloud services, including accounting software, could spiral out of control. Furthermore, 54% of businesses are still not sure how many cloud services their employees actually use.

James Peel, a product manager at Opsview, said the cloud is brilliant and it’s fantastic that you can get services up and running very easily. But the downside to that is people incur higher costs by deploying far more services than they actually need.

Meanwhile, the business and enterprise minister, Mark Prisk, said the government has made significant inroads into reducing the cost of complying with red tape this year; a statement that will no doubt delight accountants.

He explained that the government has capped some regulatory costs and there has also been a large increase in deregulatory measures. Prisk says this should be seen as a positive sign that the Whitehall culture is changing.

He pointed out that ministers are starting to realise that regulation should be the last, rather than the first option. There is still an awful lot of work to be done to ensure that businesses really benefit but the progress that has already been made this year is very encouraging.

Recent government data shows that the reforms have already saved businesses more than £3 billion.

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