5 Tips to Becoming a Tech-Savvy Accountant

Becoming a tech-savvy accountant is essential and a wise move. It’ll amaze you to see lots of opportunities available for an accountant. The opportunities ensure that the future of the accounting profession not only depends on the numbers they deal with but the ability to attract talent to stay relevant and competitive with the trending technology. Technology makes accountancy practices user-friendly for staff, and clients, and eliminates most of the fixed costs involved in running the practice.

So the question arises, are you meeting your client’s ever changing accounting demand? If no, here are a few tech-strategies and recommendations to get there!

  • Don’t Miss-Out on Opportunities:

You will have a better chance of doing better when you invest resources in learning new technologies. Any company that doesn’t invest misses out on opportunities to increase their financial worth. You need an investment that will ease the stress of manually entering of the accounting balance and collecting a box of receipts from your clients. The loss is always higher when you never invest.

  • Prioritize Customer Experience:

At Urbansoft, we believe customer experience is top priority. That’s why we make sure that customers have good understanding of the accounting solutions we provide. This includes customer services, processing of orders, project delivery, follow-up, sending acknowledgments and continuous product improvement.  By doing so, we provide better-satisfied experiences, control, and choice across industries.

  • Seek Expert Assistance:

During the course of helping our clients with new technologies, we notice many common challenges they experience with the same. It’s okay to experience such at first, and after seeking help, you would become a pro. However, this has to be a continuous effort, often you need to adopt a different perception to use new technological innovations and avoid the risk of not adopting it.

  • Start within your Budget:

To get started, figure out where you are now and what you value. If you don’t know which course to take, perform a financial assessment. Your present financial state and goal can give you a clue about the software you need. Note that our solutions can help you decrease expenses as well as balance the same with savings.

  • Partner with Solution Providers:

Have you considered partnering with an accounting software vendor? By saying this we mean partnering with a vendor who regularly incorporates users’ feedback into the development process with a structured approach to collaborating and prioritizing their ideas. This is an essential part to running a business, as it plays a valuable role in helping the management provide the best to the clients whom they value.

Accounting has never been easier. With a complete audit trail and full visibility, you are in control of your accounting. Therefore, seamlessly connect your entire enterprise; and your accounting staff can focus their efforts on analysis and follow-up, rather than data entry with fitted solutions.

Find out more about how to improve your businesses, contact us today!

OUTSYSTEM Platforms to Ensure Application Security

Web risks keep companies anxious when an extensive set of built-in security features aren’t in place.  There’re a few things that keep businesses ever safe online. The good news is that any application built with OutSystemholds a major assurance to security over its complete life cycle. OutSystem in partnership with Urbansoft Technologies presents additional security that assists with monitoring using a SOC2 compliant low-code cloud platform. This evaluates the companies’ information systems relevant to security, processing, privacy, availability, and integrity. Let’s see how!      

               

  • Application Security:

When your web or mobile applications are built with OutSystems, the entire business benefits from additional security with help from application security net codes.  Urbansoft’s built-in applications use secure code patterns that protect businesses from all common and unforeseen threats. This helps to effectively protect your sensitive data, minimize risks and ensure that all applications are built securely. 

  • Security Upgrade:

In order to ensure high-security standards for generated applications, we provide security assessment automated-tools for every new product release.  The purpose of these tools are to analyze and scan vulnerability during regression testing. All customers’ applications integrate the new security automatically keeping the cost of maintaining applications designed using OutSystems at aminimal.                                     

  • Secure Private Networks:

If your networks are built on OutSytem cloud on-premise or in the private cloud, unauthorized access or usage through an outside network is completely denied. What’s more, we integrate a VPN connection that creates an isolated network and another layer of access control using IP filtering to allow you to view and issue access control to your networks.                                                                                                             

  • Integrity Monitoring:

At Urbansoft, we believe integrity monitoring goes beyond development. With OutSystem Sentry baselines, we build applications that evaluates, analyzes your business environment, and steadily checks files, settings, folders, and processes to detect any unauthorized changes. This helps to protect the brand’s image.

  • Security Auditing:

OutSystems keeps a log of all the tasks IT users perform while making them available for assessment and auditing at all times. This makes follow-ups easy when problems arise and prevents any violation of the assests at hand, ensuring that all actions aretracked easily. This includes usage of applications, infrastructure, deployment plans etc.

  • Additional Auditing:

OutSystem logs tracks and keeps an eye on each and every activity developers, application managers, and system administrators are performing for future audit. This includes activities such as deployment of a new version of an application, addition or deletion of a storage component, deleting an application or component, any access to the system, modifying user configurations, change of content and many more.

Urbansoft in connection with OutSystem ensures that our clients across the globe get the security they need through well-planned implementation, customization, and consulting. We build #1 low-code platforms that visualizes and develop entire applications, easily integrate with other systems, and add personalized custom codes as and when needed. All of our built-in OutSystem web and mobile apps ensure full security over your business life span.

Let’s connect and discuss the advantages of our OutSystem security solutions, a recent addition to our product list from Urbansoft

Choosing Accounting Software? 5 Factors to Consider!

Deciding on the right accounting software makes businesses easier to operate on. Understanding the exact software you need, and all its functionalities, are the core reasons that you should fall back on while making a decision that you will certainly not regret. If a company decides to buy or build for the first time, there are certain areas to ponder on to avoid mistakes in the selection process. Collaboration with a trusted software firm will help you prepare for the path of selection and is a good idea for safe sailing. To go straight to the highlights, here are a few factors to consider while choosing any accounting software.

  • User-Friendly Software:

Anything that you use, you want to make sure you get what you need with ease. Likewise, while selecting a software it’s important that it meets the criteria of ‘user-friendly’. In the case of an accounting software, requirements such as the financial status of the company is what lands at the top of the agenda. Aspects that focus on income and expenditure for the last 6 months, bills to be paid, invoices that are owed, and platform user activity, fall in the areas of prime importance. Finding all of the above in a single dashboard is what is called a friendly application. uAccounting by Urbansoft has been designed to help meet the same, and benefits you in bookkeeping and accounting.

  • Web-Based Application:

We live in a fast moving world which requires us to stay ahead of all to keep ourselves at the top of the game. This means that decision making at the right time without delay matters. Having a web-based application helps you stay informed of changes in your financial data on-the-go. An appropriately equipped application can help you receive emails on invoices, check out your financial status at all times, keep you in collaboration with the team, and help you make calculated decisions.

  • Software Integration:

Why look for a software platform that helps in software integration? Well, if you are looking to upgrade your existing software, it’s important to choose one that seamlessly integrates with your suite of other business software. As we know it, we depend on the analysis provided by a ton of software platforms that we function with, and making sure they all sink together can have a huge impact on decision making. At Urbansoft we serve clients with software suites that help integrate various platforms on to a single dashboard without affecting compatibility.

  • Secure Data:

Financial data lying around is always insecure. What about opting for a web application that is online? Safety and security of data stored is of prime importance, and choosing a platform that affords a protection of the data stored is a wise choice. Opting for an online accounting software can help you save business’ financial data on an external server. Though most corporate owners hesitate to save financial data on external servers, it does turn out that they are a lot safer than on personal servers. Looking for a software platform that promotes data security as well as keeps you in touch with regular updates and constant contact with the same, is what is basically required.

  • Pricing of Accounting Software:

Pricing of any application is of a major concern for most business owners. Paying and licensing for software becomes the prime reason why most small businesses stay away from software purchases. From understanding, it’s found that loss of financial data or misuse of the same is what could affect the functioning of a company far more than what a software could cost. Finding a software partner or service provider that could suit your needs at an affordable price would be the right choice.

While there are many such software’s available in the market, custom-made uAccounting Software as designed at Urbansoft are hard to find. Since accounting plays a critical role in managing a business, there are a few specific features that an enterprise owner seeks out to guarantee that his needs are met effectively, and most importantly, securely. Urbansoft’s uAccounting software includes features such as reporting, analysis, graphics, automation, automatic updates, customization, interoperability, scalability, expandability, and security.

Contact us for a further discussion on the same; we look forward to working with you!

How to Utilize Microsoft SharePoint to the Fullest?

SharePoint has essential features suitable for all sorts of businesses. There are a lot of tasks you wish to perform easily and quickly as possible to avert delays in delivering your clients’ projects.  Its unique tools can be modified to meet all the business and cultural needs of your organization. SharePoint Services leverages a desktop friendly approach to help you execute your complicated tasks successfully.  If you’re contemplating on employing Microsoft SharePoint, don’t go into it straight away. But before that, let’s learn its entailments to enable you to utilize its features to the fullest. Here are facts to ponder on.

 

  • SharePoint Simplifies Traffic Distribution:

Using an exchange server to manage your email traffic is tedious and slow-paced. Microsoft SharePoint can simplify your email traffic distribution. All you need is to create a single SharePoint site group for receiving exchange traffic and allow the system to do the rest of the work.

 

  • SharePoint Integrate Bot Connector:

Microsoft presents about 24 bots with diversity functions that enable users to leverage productivity. For example, there is T-Bot that can answer your team’s frequently doubts. If you integrate a chatbot on your SharePoint bot connector, your team can connect to all your social platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Web chat, Skype, and slack easily.

  • SharePoint Collaboration Solutions are Scalable:

Microsoft SharePoint renders a collaborative solution toolkit that allows you to utilize the full depth and breadth of Office 365, inclusive of other tools such as Excel, OneNote, Word, Planner, PowerPoint, Delve, SharePoint etc.  Using appropriate tools, create sites for your team to perform other collaborative functions of your business.

  • Its Sites are Highly Customizable:

SharePoint platforms are opened and invite customization. With SharePoint, you can customize your sites using the browser’s supported tools and applications, engage in remote provisioning called site provisioning pattern, use SharePoint add-ins and third-party apps found in the SharePoint store, also, use custom app development using development tools.

  • Enables a Vital Storage System:

SharePoint server products can manage your metadata centrally and organize them in a manner that best suits your business. You can also create search arguments to enable you to organize your organization data dynamically and to generate document storage for retrieval and transportation of information from one server to another.

  • Mobile Audio & Video Calling:

Audio and video conferencing enable cross-department collaboration. There are features for both Android and iOS in Microsoft SharePoint which allow your team to interact in real time with each other as well as your clients across the globe. This can empower you in scaling and supporting many project sizes of your firm.

  • SharePoint Security Model:

Security is the primary area that maintains the integrity of an existing system. That being said, your organization information ought to be secured all times. SharePoint is implemented using a highly secure environment with progressive audit, data protection, governance, and compliance features when you use any of Office 365’s platform services.

Utilizing Microsoft technology, Urbansoft has delivered collaborative working solutions which enable employees to work together, share ideas and support a unified environment. Products such as SharePoint, Office 365 and Skype for Business can be customized to suit your business requirements, whether you are looking for a platform to store content and share ideas, or to improve communication between colleagues. Contact us for further information today!

 

 

 

Knowledge Sharing – How does it help In Improving Team Productivity?

There are a few common phrases that you have repeatedly heard when you converse with a colleague on a task. The commonly used ones are:

1)         Only if I had known that we had a template

2)         If I’d known I would have done it in a different way

3)         This idea could have saved me so much time…..

Now that you get the picture, knowledge sharing does go a long way in getting the task done right and within the given time the very first time. Knowledge sharing could help you even sort out issues related to team building as well.

Let’s take some time to how you could get it done the right way,

Utilize Repositories:

As and when knowledge is shared, it’s always better to get it documented in the form of a word document or a video that can be shared on a common platform. Why? This gets the details from your head into writing, making it stored for indefinite use even in the absence of the teacher as well. Also, storage in a repository gets your details off the computer or tablet, facilitating use for all at the same time. Besides, this prevents the loss of data for future use as well.

Review Meetings:

This is something carried out quite often on a sales team and is also carried out by certain project teams as well. What is the topic of discussion? What went well and what did not. Yes, keeping track of your strengths and weaknesses as a team by carefully reviewing each and every project before and after completion will help you sort out many hurdles before you even reach them. Knowledge shared in these meetings could be mapped out and stored for reference when dealing with projects of the same. One way to get the message through is printing out a message of the dos and don’ts in project management and placing it in the project room for all to see before, and during working on a project.

Buddy Training:

Cross-training as I also call it, is when you use a single individual in a team to train the rest on a similar task and continue to do the same till you have a team that know all the same in every project available. This serves well when it comes to spreading team spirit, as well as it comes in handy when you are working on a huge project and you need several hands with the same expertise. It could also do you well when that single individual goes on a holiday or even quits. This keeps you and your team prepared at all times, helping you survive instead of failing you in projects.

Team Huddles:

This can happen at the end of the day, the beginning of the day or after a lunch hour. Encourage your team to ask questions on a particular project, carry out research and share information on the same, share interesting facts that they have noticed on a particular project they have been working on and more. This again can build a team spirit, broaden your team’s horizons and also help you benefit in your productivity in the long run.

These are just a few aspects that we have covered on how you could improve your productivity using knowledge sharing. If you are looking for any assistance in speeding up your productivity or for project management support, visit Urbansoft.co.

 

How to Add Personality to your Sales Process!?

Do know what makes the most important quality in a sales person!? Not just a striking appearance, but a positive personality that can bring more than a constructive business proposal to the table is all that matters. Here we have put together a few tricks to use while creating that email to make that remarkable impression. Hope that they bring life to your emails.

  • Make yourself stand out of the crowd:

Choose selective taglines to add in your email or in the subject of your email to help the reader refresh their memory. This could also be a joke! J Nothing reaches a person’s mind quicker than a joke that they got to laugh about. Once you’ve made that impression, discussing business is just a piece of cake. Remember that building relationships is the key to developing a business and making it a success.

  • Give More Attention to The Other Party:

Though you are trying to sell a product or a service, your first and foremost goal is to provide the necessary attention on the party spoken to than on yourself and the goals that you are looking to achieve. While drafting your email be careful not to use the word I more than once. Instead, initiate the discussion showing appreciation to the clients work in the past or present and how you’d love to create opportunities to help them develop their standards. Or on a first time introductory basis, you could make out a casual email stating that you’ve filled out a contact form to have a discussion and you are looking forward to making an acquaintance on the same.

  • Make it Sound More HUMAN!!

Instead of taking a more professional tone, choose to speak more casually about yourself adding a few minor details about yourself as a professional and what has attracted you towards the business of ‘X’.  Try not to be a surgeon and go straight for the chainsaw that cuts open a skull or removes a bone. Sharing a little bit of information on yourself helps to create a human touch giving you the clearance you need to take the BUSINESS relationship further. Always remember the purpose of the email is to make a sale and not to go overboard in sharing more than required. Remember, you are not canvasing yourself for a date ;), but looking for business prospects….. 😀

  • Do your Research:

Try to spend some time to analyse your prospect collecting as much of information as you can. But, that’s a ‘BIG BUT’, do not go overboard while discussing information in the email. There’s a thin line between being a researcher and a stalker. J Don’t creep out your prospect. Instead, you could use the opportunity to congratulate the person or company on their latest PROFESSIONAL achievements and say that you look forward to meeting or even being such a fine person in the long run.

Hope you enjoyed your read, and stay tuned with Urbansoft for more updates on dealing with matters in the professional world. 😉

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