CCH has overhauled its ProSystem fx Suite, rewriting it to work as both a Software-as-a-Service application and on-premise software.

The software has been built with Microsoft’s .Net 3.5 Framework, allowing the ProSystem fx Tax, Document, and Practice components to interoperate with outside applications. CCH has also added two new applications, ProSystem fx Workstream and ProSystem fx Portal. The Web-based SaaS version will be available first, and the on-premise version will be available later next year.

Software-as-a-Service has been an increasing trend among accounting software developers that want to leverage the Web to deliver software to accounting firms. “We see many advantages to the SaaS model, and we are pleased to be the first to deliver these benefits to our customers,” said CCH president Mike Sabbatis in a statement.

The suite will have a common client database, an administration manager, individualized dashboards, an improved user interface, and collaboration features.

One of the new components, ProSystem fx Portal, allows members of the firm to exchange client documents securely and collaborate on client services. The new ProSystem fx Workstream software keeps track of work, due dates and projects for the firm. It includes a budget-to-actual system and a look-ahead estimate of hours to completion.

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