[IMGCAP(1)]Despite the amount of time I’ve spent covering new technologies, I’ve never come out on one side or the other when it comes to the cloud; it has its clear advantages and yet is also still in its early days from a business process perspective. However, in light of the recent hurricane that hit the east coast, and my home city in particular, I can say that were it not for cloud-based processes and technologies this website, newsletter and any of the Accounting Today properties – as well as our December print edition – could not have been produced.

The course of events went like this (and perhaps some of you had or have had similar experiences and even made some decisions to move your own processes to the cloud): On the evening October 29, the full force of Hurricane Sandy hit New Jersey and the greater New York area with full force, knocking out power to millions including our own offices in lower Manhattan.

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