Are the big clouds drifting away?
For several years now, everybody that is in any way related to a computer, is talking about things like “the cloud”, “cloud computing” and “cloud storage”.
Obviously it is a buzzword, a hype, but what do we actually need to know about it?
Let us start with some very simple explanations. Every self-proclaimed computer expert will say that I am painting a much too simple picture, but that is exactly my intention.
Traditionally, we have always had our computers in-house in our own offices, with our own programs and our own data running on those computers. We were controlling everything ourselves, from access and security to consistency and backup of our data. Unfortunately, in this situation, sitting at the airport of Miami or in a board meeting in Paris, it was not so easy to make important decisions, without being able to look at relevant figures of our sales, inventory and cashflow. It would be nice indeed to have this information at your fingertips, without having to call your secretary. Also reducing the cost, complexity and time to deploy new workstations or other IT components would bring great benefit to any organization. Along came the cloud.
What is the cloud?
We speak about the cloud, basically whenever we are doing something with, on or through the internet.
New technologies made it possible to no longer have your software, like for instance your accounting package installed on your own computers, but they were offered by the developers/owners of the software “through the cloud”. So the software is actually running on a server somewhere else in the world and it is presented to us through the internet, using our web browser. Cloud computing.
Or, you could have the software still on your own computers, but your data was actually on the cloud.
Or, you still have your own software and data, but you are just using the cloud for storing your backup, cloud storage. The most commonly known models of cloud computing services are known as software as a service, platform as a service, and infrastructure as a service.
There are obvious advantages here, the so called low hanging fruits.
The information is readily available, as long as you have some kind of an internet connection. You do not have to worry anymore with things like security, backups, diskspace and so on. That is all provided to you by your “cloud-provider”. Maybe you don’t even need internal IT staff anymore.
But then why is Caribbean not completely on the cloud yet?
Payroll Pro Ultra announces a second distributor Baboem NV for the Surinam market.
This collaboration was officially announced Thursday the 27th of February during the seminar that took place at the Sheva Hotel Paramaribo, especially organized for the clients of VCC International and Baboem NV.
Baboem NV, although relatively new, has already built up a good relationship with VCC International since the managers from both companies had the pleasure of working together in the past on different grand scaled projects in the Caribbean region.
What has been showcased last month is a one stop solution for the Surinamese market.
Starting from the initial hour registration in the ‘Timeclock’ system, of which most used have already integrated Payroll Pro e.g. “ Attendance” from local company “ Go-Ict”, the presentation will target the core business departments featuring the Payroll as well as Human Resource, which are both equally well presented in the Payroll Pro software.
The presentation finished by presenting how well Payroll Pro is completely integrated with SAP B1, which is currently a software already provided by Baboem NV.
Integration with ERP Systems such as SAP B1 and accounting software is nothing new for Payroll Pro, seeing that for many years clients of VCC International use Exact, Accountview, Accpacc and even Quickbooks together with the popular payroll software. That VCC can now add the prestigious SAP to the list once again confirms the leadership position that Payroll Pro has in the Caribbean region.
Director of VCC International NV, Bert Vermaas, travelled to Surinam to be the keynote speaker, assisted by Mr. Stebven Sardjoe, director of Baboem NV together with Mr. Duncan Barrow, director of Go-ICT.
New Taxtables Aruba
On January 9th we were informed by the Aruban government that there was a mistake in the income tax tables for 2014.
We have already sent out an email to our Payroll Pro Classic clients on January 10th with the corrected taxtables. Naturally the tables will be corrected also in the upcoming upgrade of U2 (Classic).
For more information do not hesitate to contact us.