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Automatic Upgrades

refreshWhy Cloud – Automatic Upgrades

Say goodbye to the traditional upgrade path in the cloud


Upgrading a key back office system like accounting can cause significant disruption. Not only do you have to factor in the overall cost, in time and resource, but also the impact of downtime on the organisation itself.


Sinister Side Effects of On-Premise Upgrades

The disadvantages of on-premise accounting system upgrades were covered on the Why Cloud – Lower Ownership Costs page, however, it’s vital to note that the complexity and hassle of the process has far more sinister side effects.

A study by the Aberdeen Group found that:

  • Just 28% of organisations are using the latest release of their chosen accounting system.
  • As for the rest, 31% are 1 release behind, 13% are 2 releases behind, and another 13% are 3 or more behind.
  • A grand total of 78% of organisations, by declining to upgrade, are running in a sub-optimal manner on ageing out of date software.

Not only does this mean an organisation is not maximising its initial CapEx investment, it also means the organisation ceases to benefit from any future developments or improvements.

By not upgrading an organisation is, in effect, actively opting out of future improvements in functionality, processes, automation and cost savings whilst still paying for the privilege via maintenance and support – typically 20% of your original product licence cost.

Upgrades in the Cloud

By comparison, cloud accounting systems like Xledger are constantly enhanced and upgraded in the background – with no impact on your organisation other than the quarterly new ‘release’ announcement detailing improvements. Day to day operations continue as usual without interruption and your organisation instantly benefits from any functional improvements like enhanced automation or those developed in response to high priority user requests.

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