HPC Blog

6 pitfalls that may lead to SaaS implementation failure

By Blake Oliver • October 19, 2015 at 6:00 AM • SaaS

At HPC, we love SaaS. Our entire company is built on it, and we love using it to help our clients save time and money. For a great example, check out our post about how Maui Magazines saved over $100,000 with online accounting applications.

SaaS stands for Software as a Service. As opposed to desktop or on-premise software, these applications are delivered over the Internet. Software runs on the vendor's servers, and users typically access their data through a Web browser. Some examples of popular SaaS applications include Salesforce; Xero, our accounting platform of choice; and Unleashed, one of our favorite inventory management apps.

A few of the top benefits include low start-up costs (the customer leases the software rather than buying it), ease of use, ease of upgrading, integration with other systems, scalability, and availability. However, with all these benefits come a number of pitfalls to watch out for.

Read More

HPC client Pro Sound Effects featured in Forbes

By Bruce Phillips • October 9, 2015 at 12:45 PM • Client Feature

HPC client Pro Sound Effects, a New York based company that creates and licenses high quality effects libraries, was recently featured in a two part Forbes article, "The Changing Times Of Hollywood Sound Design". Way to go, team PSE!

Read More

Maui Magazines recovers over $100,000 with HPC + Xero add-ons

By Blake Oliver • September 17, 2015 at 6:00 AM • Xero, Xero Add-On, Client Feature, Funding Gates, uCollect

Collections? “It’s always been a sore spot for me,” says James Quine, publisher of Maui Magazines (formerly The Gecko Group).

“In our business, advertising, we're the last ones to get paid. Our clients pay their rent, their employees, their lights and phone bills, and even their own personal mortgage payment and kids’ private school before they pay us. Way down the line is us, the ad bill. So staying on top of collections is an integral part of our business.”

The trouble was, with Quine overseeing marketing, sales, distribution, and office staff, accounts receivable kept slipping down on the priority list. And the desktop accounting software he was using was not doing the job.

Read More

HPC Selects Expensify as Preferred Expense Management Solution

By Blake Oliver • September 16, 2015 at 10:10 AM • Company News, Expensify

SAN FRANCISCO, Sep 15, 2015 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Today, Expensify, the fastest growing expense reporting software worldwide, announced that Xero Platinum partner HPC (formerly Harshman Phillips & Company), has chosen Expensify as their preferred partner for receipt and expense management software.

Read More

Bill.com now syncs directly with Xero

By Blake Oliver • August 31, 2015 at 2:30 PM • Xero, Xero Add-On, Bill.com, accounts payable

Today Bill.com announced its new direct integration with Xero, our accounting software of choice.

We're really excited here at HPC because Bill.com is a fantastic tool for automating accounts payable, and now it's even easier for us to manage Bill.com for our clients thanks to the new direct sync.

The new sync comes not long after Bill.com announced another great feature: Overnight check and ACH payments.

Read More

Work is a Beach!

By Bruce Phillips • August 27, 2015 at 8:00 AM •

As I sit working on the beach, IPad and iPhone in hand, I think about what everyone else is doing. Reading articles and blogs about how everything is going mobile.

Wondering if you can truly run your business from anywhere? I believe the answer is yes, and you will, too, at some point. 

Gone are the days of having to be in one place to work. Gone is the phrase, "I can't work today because those papers I need are are sitting on my desk 20 miles away". Or, "I can't see that electronic file because it's on a server in my office and I'm not there."

Read More

Introducing Shelly Lingor, Director of Sales and Operations

By Bruce Phillips • August 11, 2015 at 7:43 AM • Company News

We’re pleased to welcome Shelly Lingor to the HPC team!

As Director of Sales and Operations, Shelly will take the lead in overseeing client engagement, implementation, and ongoing services.

“Bruce and the HPC team have been in the cloud accounting space for years. Their early adoption and expertise is what sets them apart. I’m thrilled to be joining such a great team,” says Shelly.

Read More

HPC Expands Offerings with Acquisition of Cloudsourced Accounting

By Bruce Phillips • May 30, 2015 at 5:00 PM • Company News

Atlanta and San Francisco based accounting and advisory firm HPC (formerly Harshman Phillips & Company) is pleased to announce its acquisition of Cloudsourced Accounting, a premier provider of cloud integration and online bookkeeping services with offices in Los Angeles, Chicago, and Boston. The acquisition will be effective July 1, 2015.

HPC, a CPA firm founded nearly 25 years ago, is a leading global provider of accounting and advisory services on the Xero accounting platform and add-on ecosystem. A Xero Platinum Partner, HPC offers clients a full back-office solution with staff who can fill needs from bookkeeper to controller to virtual CFO. From business consulting to tax planning and all forms of tax compliance, HPC has client accounting and tax needs covered.

Read More

Announcement: Cloudsourced Accounting to join Harshman Phillips & Company

By Maria Sentic • May 28, 2015 at 12:56 PM • Company News

We are excited to announce that Cloudsourced Accounting is joining Atlanta and San Francisco-based accounting and advisory firm Harshman Phillips & Company (HPC). HPC, a CPA firm founded nearly 25 years ago, is a leading global provider of accounting and advisory services on the Xero accounting platform and add-on ecosystem.

Read More

Navigating the April Sales Tax Due Dates “Perfect Storm”

By Mark Faggiano • April 9, 2015 at 10:51 AM • add-ons, TaxJar, sales tax

This is a guest post from TaxJar, making post-transaction sales tax compliance easy.

As you know, maintaining a business’ sales tax compliance is tedious and confusing. One of the most confusing issues with sales tax are due dates, because each seller’s due dates vary depending on their gross receipts and the state’s criteria.

One of your clients may only owe a sales tax filing annually in California, but quarterly in New York. And “quarterly due dates” mean different things to some states!

Also, if your client is a larger seller who uses drop shipping or a fulfillment service like FBA, they could be remitting sales tax to 16+ states.

Read More