Those who have been in the profession for a while have seen manual bookkeeping shrink and almost vanish, timesharing on mainframe computers come and go, and the rise of minicomputers, personal computers, and in-house networks. You’ve also seen the client-server model emerge as a default solution.

In that, the desktop is used for data entry and examining the underlying financial and transactional data, and the actual accounting system is run on a centralized server. Recently, that centralized application and data repository has increasingly moved off of in-house servers — and into the cloud.

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