A recent CPA2Biz survey of CPAs revealed their plans to increase use of cloud-based systems and services, despite high levels of concern over security and privacy.CPA2Biz, the marketing arm of the American Institute of CPAs’ products and services, recently completed the research, entitled the 2010 Cloud Computing Readiness Survey.
Of note was that 70 percent of the 1,100 CPAs who responded to the survey stated they believe use of cloud-based systems within their firm will increase over the next six to 18 months. At the same time, 62 percent remain “significantly concerned” over privacy and 73 percent were equally apprehensive about security in the cloud.
Other key findings of the survey revealed CPAs’ views on the key benefits of using a cloud-based service over on-premise software. Specifically, 74 percent cited being able to work anywhere at anytime, 72 percent said being able to use the latest applications, 65 percent cited better disaster backup and recovery, and 62 percent said improved client service.
CPA2Biz conducted the online survey over the summer. It was sent to a cross-section of the overall membership, and 1,100 of 23,500 responded. The majority (41 percent) were firms with between two and 10 staff.
This story originally appeared on the Accounting Today web site, webCPA.
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