A Look Into Xcentric’s Dynamic Work Culture

Since our doors opened in 2002, our team has grown, especially over the past couple of years, but our culture of taking care of our employees has not changed.

Why do people enjoy working at Xcentric?

When our founders, Trey and Christian James, started the company, they knew that to truly serve clients well, they needed to also treat employees well.  An important piece of the Xcentric Cloud are the teams behind it: the support team, the team building and constantly improving upon the Cloud, and everyone in between.  Get to know the Faces Behind the Cloud.

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Hosted Applications or VDI

There is more than one way to deliver applications and data. The term “cloud is opaque” (when it comes down to actual user experience) can mean different things. At the core, cloud hosting involves applications or data hosted in a datacenter which is then delivered to users in remote locations. This is a broad definition. Because there are so many different use cases for cloud technology, and several different technical ways to deliver the cloud, the general definition needs to be broad. When it comes down to selecting which type of cloud and which provider is best for your firm, specificity is required. Xcentric is focused on delivering a custom cloud designed and engineered specifically for CPA firms. There may be various methods of cloud delivery that work better for different niches and different business models, but hosted application delivery has been proven over time to be the most effective means of cloud delivery methods for CPA firms.

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Updated: Ergonomics to Improve Your Firm’s Productivity

*This article was originally published in 2015 and was updated in April 2017 for this audience.

Accountants spend huge amounts of time at their desks, many of which were acquired before the advent of multiple monitors and the knowledge of optimum ergonomic desk configurations.  While most of us were taught in school that sitting up straight, having an organized study space with good lighting, and focusing on one subject at a time makes us more productive, those lessons are often forgotten within firms, particularly during the more hectic busy seasons when individual productivity really needs to be optimized.

When a discussion on ergonomics comes up, most partners think about extreme examples such as the lost productivity of a co-worker due to a repetitive stress injury or absenteeism caused by a person with a chronic issue such as back pain.  While critical issues must take precedence, owners often forget about or discount the daily loss of productivity caused by an improper working environment.  Improper equipment and subpar work environments create fatigue that causes more work errors, resulting in lower profitability.  Add on top of

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CES 2017: Laptops For Mobility

2017 marked the 50th Anniversary of the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and our 13th year on the show floor to peruse and discover the latest technologies that could be showing up in our accounting firms in the near future.  With CES Showcasing 3,800 vendors spread out over 2.8 Million square feet of show floor (43 football fields), it was impossible to see everything, so our efforts focused this year on hardware that could improve mobility.  For most accountants, having a 15”-17” laptop with a full keyboard/number pad is the standard selection, but new features and form factors are giving desktop users and consultants more interesting options than ever.  In this article, we feature the laptops, prototypes and head scratchers from our four days on the CES show floor.

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You Can Prepare for Any Business Disruption with Xcentric and Citrix

What would happen if the power went out at your office just as you started reading this post? Or a fire alarm sounded? Or you learned you were in the path of a fast-moving hurricane or snowstorm?

Any expected or unexpected event that interrupts everyday operations and prevents people from doing their work can bring your business to its knees – not just financially, but also in terms of lost productivity, damage to reputation and other less quantifiable but equally serious consequences.

That’s the bad news.

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Eight Reasons Firms Should Move to the Cloud

The 2017 CPA Firm Management Association (CPAFMA.org) Paperless Benchmark Survey released in the first quarter of this year, found that 23% of firms had moved their IT Infrastructure to cloud providers instead of building and maintaining them themselves among other findings.

Read below as to why this trend is accelerating and why your firm should be considering the move if they are not already.

Replacement Cost of Onsite Network

As servers come to life there is a cost of not only replacing the physical equipment, but conducting a thorough evaluation of current options and whether your internal personal have the experience to properly implement the new solution the first time.  Case in point, for the majority of firms Hosted Microsoft Exchange is a no-brainer from a cost/feature perspective but internal IT personnel want to maintain control of email.

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Xcentric Is On the 2017 MSPmentor 501 List

Xcentric ranks among the world’s most progressive 501 Managed Service Providers (MSPs), according to MSPmentor’s 10th -annual MSP 501 Worldwide Company Rankings. The top MSP 501 companies ranked this year include organizations from around the world and from diverse technology and business backgrounds. Collectively, they amassed $14.48 billion in total revenue (based on 2016 results), up more than 15 percent from last year.

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Content for Xcentric Cloud Newbies

New to the Cloud?

Below is a great set of content that can help answer various questions you may have.

Dedicated Internet for Reliable Cloud Access

“For firms looking to utilize the power of cloud technology, the right internet connection is imperative. A powerful cloud without the right type of internet connection is inefficient and can prevent a firm from realizing the complete benefit of a hosted cloud solution. So what type of primary internet connection is considered best practice for firms in the cloud?”

Cloud Secret Sauce: The Xcentric Cloud Appliance

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Strategically Optimizing Information Technology in Today’s CPA Firm

CPA firms are amongst the most complex business entities, from an IT perspective, as their individual departments require unique applications and equipment to optimize each department’s production processes.  The average CPA firm utilizes more than sixty applications that are constantly being updated on a wide variety of workstations, ranging from multi-monitor tax desktops to mobile workstations designed for auditors and remote consultants.  Add the varying production requirements of each department’s file transfer, remote access, information security, optimized workflow, and disaster recovery, and it is easy to see that information technology impacts every aspect of firm production and needs to be integrated into the firm’s overall strategic plans.  This article will outline key considerations to ensure that firms strategically optimize their IT planning.

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