Rental Property Management Software | Cloud Hosting Benefits

Management companies can remain competitive with Rental Property Management Software hosted on the cloud.

As residential construction begins to regain back-to-“normal” levels, property managers seek smarter solutions for more efficient communication and day-to-day processes. In addition, data, despite how “big” or “small”, can be analyzed and leveraged for long-term strategies.

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The majority of property managers have turned to Rental Property Management Software to handle accounting, document management, and automation. A comprehensive rental property management software can save time and money, reduce waste with paperless document storage, and streamline essential job functions.

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Cloud Technology Is Helping the Environment

Cloud Technology Helps the Environment by Lowering Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Did you know the cloud is environmentally friendly? I’m not talking about the rain clouds watering our crops. I’m talking about cloud technology hosting valuable IT solutions to companies all over the world. Cloud technology is lowering their carbon footprint and energy consumption.

Cloud Technology and NatureHow does cloud technology lower a company’s carbon footprint? Cloud technology provides software and data storage over the Internet via server space. A company is often troubled by the task of hosting its own on-site servers to access their data and software. When a company switches to cloud technology for software and data storage, it lowers its need for on-site servers. The energy and space that would have otherwise gone toward those extra servers reduces the overall energy consumption.

When companies host their own in-house servers they suffer from unused computing power. No company is running 100 percent of their computing power all the time. The cloud lets companies use what they need and avoids unnecessary energy consumption. A company never uses more than they require at any moment.

Does switching to cloud servers just shift the problem? Cloud data centers work to lower their environmental impact by using efficient hardware. Their cloud technology strives to be the most eco-friendly available and it does not just mask the problem. Cloud technology allows for flexibility in energy consumption and works with eco friendly hardware.

Studies say that by 2020, utilizing cloud technology can result in carbon reductions equivalent to 200 million barrels of oil. As companies switch more of their data and software over to the cloud, they contribute to the environment by lowering their carbon footprint.

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How To Grow Your Small Business With the Cloud

Here’s An Idea: The Cloud Can Be Utilized To Grow Your Small Business

The digital age has come with many innovations. One innovation that can raise your small business to the next level is the cloud. The cloud can be utilized to drive down the cost of running information technology and bring many benefits through hosted software.

Small Business GrowthWhile building an IT infrastructure is essential to modern small businesses, it is also expensive. The benefits are often overshadowed by the price tag on the technology. The cloud promotes growth for small businesses by removing many of the costs involved in building information solutions. The cloud allows small businesses the access to servers and maintenance that would otherwise set them back. There are many benefits to moving to a cloud hosted service that can both save money and grow your small business.

Building an IT infrastructure consumes huge amounts of money. Some of the costs that come with that are equipment, maintenance, electricity, storage, and security. These costs can be a huge strain to small businesses. Cloud computing is a solution to lowering the common costs involved in IT.

Equipment is a huge expense for small businesses. Not only does it need to be bought but it also has to be maintained, powered, and protected. To accomplish this, the right people need to be hired. Hiring costs become a huge expense for small businesses, not to mention the employees needed to run your own servers. Small businesses need employees to maintain the equipment and make sure it is running at its most efficient level. The equipment also needs to be kept in a secure location, which comes with the cost of storage and guards.

Small businesses can avoid these costs by utilizing a cloud-hosting provider. For example, Trapp Corp runs its own servers, which it keeps in its own secure facilities. These servers are also maintained and protected from any harm. While it worries about the technology, small businesses are provided with all the software and IT solutions they require. Small businesses are also spared the cost of maintaining and securing facilities.

The cloud not only allows small business IT needs to be met, it also increases productivity. The switch to cloud hosted software allows access from any device with live updates. Small businesses increase collaboration regardless of location. Workers have live access to the data, which allows them to collaborate in a team wherever they are. This lowers the stress small businesses have when employees are out of the office. Cloud services are also incredibly scalable so when your small business begins to grow, the servers can always handle that growth.

Small businesses switching to the cloud greatly decrease their carbon footprint.  While on the cloud, small businesses will only use the serve space they need. Studies say small businesses can reduce carbon emissions by 90% from energy that would otherwise be used by running on-site servers.

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Web Based Construction Management Software Investment Continues Growth

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The construction industry has long been proponents for cloud technology, and a new survey shows no signs of slowing down on web based construction management software investment.

Since the late 90s, the construction vertical has been migrating to web based construction management software to increase collaboration, mobility, and security.

More recently, a mental shift in producing higher-quality products while working “smarter not harder” has moved cloud technology the forefront of the industry.  The Equipment Leasing & Finance U.S. Economic Outlook Q4 update, the foundation reports investment in equipment and software is expected to grow 5.5% in 2014, up from 2.6% forecast in Q3.  Furthermore, investment in software will likely continue to see moderate growth within the next 3-6 months.

Trapp Online hosts full-featured web based construction management software, such as Sage 100 Contractor (Master Builder), Sage 300 CRE (Timberline), Builder MT, Maxwell, Interweave, and the like, compatible on a comprehensive range of devices.

Work on site, in office, en route, or at home, on your PC, Mac, laptop, iPad, tablet, smartphone, with just simple Internet connection. With a web based construction management software, you’re guaranteed to work with real-time data and feedback, anytime, anywhere! Continue reading “Web Based Construction Management Software Investment Continues Growth” »

Mobile Cloud: Our Devices are Always Connected. Why Aren’t We?

Making the move to the mobile environment:

Mobile Devices have allowed us to be connected to the Internet in virtually every way. We have several devices that connect us to online profiles, app stores, search engines and more. But these devices are often limited by their hardware capacity. Our devices just can’t handle the work PCs and Macs perform in the office.

Cloud Connects to Mobile DevicesAs employees become more connected via smartphones, tablets, and laptops, we find a need in increasing the capabilities of our devices. People have become mobile, and their workspace has to satisfy those habits. How can we make our office mobile and promote productivity? The cloud may be your solution, bringing an end to hardware limitations. Regardless of the operating system you run, Trapp allows access to its cloud hosted software from any device, anywhere. What does this mean for the modern worker?

  •  Flexibility: Work when you need to, wherever you are. You will no longer be confined to the office to complete tasks. Whether it’s on site or from home, you always have your data ready.
  • Real-Time Access: Any updates you make are in real time and can be seen by your team. You are always in the loop and can see everything that happens live.
  • Cost Reduction: Save yourself from the cost of building and maintaining your IT infrastructure.  Trapp is an extension of your IT department. They take on the weight and expenses involved in your information solutions.
  • Avoid Downtime: With blended bandwidth supporting multiple Internet service providers, you always have your cloud available to you at the best speeds. If Internet service goes down from one provider, you will be seamlessly provided with the next best speed.

Trapp provides constant, reliable connectivity that advances the modern workplace. Anywhere your device connects you to the web, our solutions can connect you to your business. Keep your business mobile by utilizing Trapp’s cloud.

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Happy Columbus Day From Team Trapp!

Happy Columbus Day America!

Rumor has it this is a popular holiday for CPAs since the Q1 holidays are off limits!

Is that true?

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Either way we hope you enjoy the day off and rest assured

our customer and technical support is still available today, as always 24/7!

Of course, you can drop us a line helpdesk.trapponline.com.

10 Common Questions You Need To Ask Your Cloud Hosting Provider

Looking for a cloud hosting provider that provides you with the level of service, security, and control, is a great first step in the right direction!

Here are 10 common questions you need to ask your cloud hosting provider:

1.     What are your contract terms?
cloud hosting providerThis is one of the most primary and essential questions to ask when it comes to a major shift in business processes. Many providers will have a minimum service term or early cancellation fees, the bain of all contractual agreements. How can you commit to a long-term service and provider without any previous experience in dealing with them?

That’s why Trapp Online offers a 30 Day, full-featured trial for new clients. After the initial period, customers may select Trapp Online as their preferred cloud hosting provider and continue service with no contracts or cancellation fees.  We work hard to exceed our customer’s expectations, and don’t require a binding contract to turn them into a long-term satisfied client!

2.     How long will setup, migration, and onboarding take and how much will it cost?
Many of our customers can utilize their cloud within 24-48 hours, depending on complexity. However, migration and implementation may affect setup time. While some cloud hosting providers have standard setup fees of $99/cloud, rest assured, Trapp Online provides setup, data migration, and onboarding support to our new clients, at absolutely no additional cost!

3.     Do I have to go through my cloud hosting provider to print off my software? Continue reading “10 Common Questions You Need To Ask Your Cloud Hosting Provider” »

Trapp Online Employee Spotlight: Bella Zhu

Welcome Bella Zhu, Trapp’s Graphic Design Intern! Learn more about Bella and her current role in Trapp’s creative team in this issue of Employee Spotlight!

Describe your job at Trapp Online.Bella Zhu
Graphic Design Intern.

How do you describe what you do for a living to your friends?
I’m in creative design.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be an owner of a convenience store, so then I can eat all the snacks without paying for it! :)

What’s the last book you read in its entirety?
Pride and Prejudice. I like the story a lot, so I bought an English version to practice my English also.

What’s your ideal travel destination?
For now, I think it’s Japan. I love the culture there, especially the design spirit. So I want to see and feel it and get some inspirations.

Where can we find you when you’re not working?
Home, playing video games or shopping at the mall!

Do you do any volunteer work?
Yes! During my time at Rochester Institute (RIT), NY, I volunteered at an autism community and spent time with autistic children.

Where did you grow up? What do you love about it?
I was born in a small city named Lu’an in China. The food there is good and people there are very nice. The city has a very important position in history and lots of famous heroes were from there, like Zhou Yu (google him!) I love its cultural environment. Continue reading “Trapp Online Employee Spotlight: Bella Zhu” »

Increasing Flex Time Initiatives Need Accounting Cloud To Succeed

Survey reveals high adoption of flexible work arrangements and investment in accounting cloud within public accounting firms.

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Recently, Convergence Coaching, a leadership and marketing consulting firm for CPA and professional services firms, conducted a survey to discover adoption trends of flexible work initiatives within public accounting firms and the technology that grants them the freedom to do so. 99 distinct firms, with the majority being large (21-74 CPAs) and major (75+ CPAs) firms, responded and commented.

Highlights of flexible work arrangements and accounting cloud from “Anytime, Anywhere Work Survey”:

  • Respondents from 99 distinct firms shows 94% of firms offer flexible work arrangements.
  • 77% of firms offer a work-from-home program.

“In our firm, everyone works remotely. It makes hiring decisions that much more important because the wrong people will abuse the situation”

  • 47% have a written police in play for anytime, anywhere work programs, with 53% having no policy in place.

“We did a great deal of planning and making sure the infrastructure was in place before entertaining the idea”.

  • 37% of respondents employ remote workers in another geography not tied to a specific office.

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  • 83% of firms have invested in an accounting cloud or technology that enables working away from the office to be “as efficient as working in the office”.

Related anonymous comments such as “A lot of time can be wasted if you don’t have the technology.”, agree that the flexibility of working remotely can only be leveraged when proper technologies are in effect.

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5 Simple Ways to Ensure CRM Cloud Adoption Success!

Transitioning to a CRM cloud is a great first step to increasing your organization’s efficiency and productivity! The next step to ensuring you receive the maximum ROI  is to secure your organization’s proper implementation and adoption of the CRM cloud.

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Trapp Online provides our clients with multiple tools and resources to ease user transitions.

Here are 5 Simple Ways to Ensure CRM Cloud Adoption Success!

1. Consulting & Compatibility
Through a quick initial consultation, we can identify which software and operating system you utilize then deliver the most compatible CRM cloud solution for your organization’s requirements! There’s no need to be limited to a desktop computer or PC operating software, if you prefer working on a Mac OS or an iPad.

2. Fast, Easy, Live Setup, Migration and Onboarding  | No Cost
We’ve made our setup process super fast and easy. We walk you through loading your CRM software and migrating all your data onto your CRM cloud through a LIVE personalized, onboarding process with one of our friendly experts, who can answer any and all questions through completion. Your organization and selected users will be working off your new CRM cloud with little to no downtime! You’ll be happy to know that setup, data migration, and onboarding comes at no cost to you because it is simply part of  Trapp Online’s CRM cloud solution package.

“Setup was very smooth. Great response time and product works perfectly!” -L. Althoff, BMG Group, LLC

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