The future of Simple Fund Desktop

As you would be aware, there are a number of significant changes to superannuation law in the 2021 year. These changes include indexation of the $1.6m pension cap, indexation of contribution caps, Superstream Rollovers and the ability to have 6 members in an SMSF. BGL has made the decision not make these changes in Simple Fund Desktop and therefore the following changes to Simple Fund Desktop will take place on 30 June 2021:

  • Final Tax Release
  • Bank Data Service discontinued by delivery partner, SISS Data Services
  • Registry Data Service discontinued by our delivery partner, Computershare
  • Ability to obtain SuperStream transactions no longer available
  • Ability to post transactions (dated beyond 30/06/2021) in the Transaction Screen no longer available

BGL will continue to support Simple Fund Desktop clients.

No date for the cessation of support has been set and we know it will take a while for all clients to move to Simple Fund 360.

What's next? Simple Fund 360!

Simple Fund 360 is the natural progression for Simple Fund Desktop clients. Migration is seamless and ALL data and reports are migrated from Simple Fund Desktop to Simple Fund 360, meaning you do not lose ANY of your valuable data.

We do understand the prospect of moving to a new software can be scary. So, we asked Luke Martin from Lowe Lippmann Chartered Accountants – a user with over a decade of experience using Simple Fund Desktop – about his experience migrating to Simple Fund 360. We hope that it will answer some of your questions and give you the confidence to move to Simple Fund 360. 

How is Simple Fund 360 better than Simple Fund Desktop?

Simple Fund 360 offers a more advanced, automated and integrated experience to users. Simple Fund 360 streamlines all aspects of SMSF administration, delivering better outcomes for businesses.

What users say about migrating to Simple Fund 360

Antonella CannizzaroV.P. Cannizzaro & Co

Migration from Desktop to Simple Fund 360 and CAS 360 is a smooth transition. Using the cloud based software is timely and productive efficient – so simple to use and BGL provide regular webinars for new features updates in both products!

Luke MartinLowe Lippmann Chartered Accountants

The functionality and processing ability of Simple Fund 360 is far superior to Simple Fund Desktop. Time saved on the processing allows for attention to the ever increasing compliance burden. Real time reporting is a reality, it is here, and Simple Fund 360 has the capabilities to deliver.

Belinda HensonHarwood Chartered Accountants

You will gain so much time no longer needing to manually locate corporate actions and reconcile income. The confidence you will gain from the cross checking capabilities will blow you away. Simple Fund 360 is already so fabulous, and the improvements are coming thick and fast, it will be the best move you ever made.

Nicky SmitNicolette Smit

Migrating the existing clients was made so simple by BGL. Once in it the benefits are immediate to see: All your clients appear on a dashboard; no long you need to import the bank feeds – they are automatically updated; and more! Having worked on Desktop for over 11 years I was initially apprehensive to move, but it really was simple.

Anthea WainmanGalluccio Griggs

Don’t be scared to migrate - it’s a simple transition and MUCH more benefits to the data entry process in Simple Fund 360. Do it!

James RushRush Group

Just do it – saves time 30%, plus more enriched features, more secure and your data is backed up!

Hugh McFarlanePhilip Sachs & Associates

Having migrated about three years ago I have no hesitation in any member doing it as soon as possible. The perceived cost increase is easily covered by better productivity and many more tools and options.

Anna ForcellaLCI Partners

Don’t hesitate in moving across to Simple Fund 360. The features and the benefits are fantastic. It provides a very high level of up to date information and the level of automation has increased time efficiencies immeasurably.

Stefano LanuzzaGardiner Hall & Co

Like using any new software, it may seem hard at first, but there are some familiar patterns. Easy bank feeds, easier year end share prices, better & more reports including letters etc. Using the various support options has now become more manageable & easier to use. No regrets migrating across.

Yvonne KoschelSedley Koschel Financial Group

If a firm wants to be able to compete in the market, you cannot stay with Desktop! Desktop does not allow you to improve production time whereas Simple Fund 360 enables growth to the user, the firm and the client.

Dave ConlanJD Campbell Consulting

Don’t be reluctant – I was a little apprehensive, but very glad we made the move. Much better with many more tools.

Alaina DaleML Partners Pty Ltd

We moved to Simple Fund 360 and have never looked back. The processing of our funds has improved two-fold and we are now able to spend more valuable time on the finishing touches of the fund with regards to advice. The cloud is the way of the future and places our firm on the front foot with the most current of trends.

Narelle CiprianoNickless Miller Meehans

Once you get going you won’t know why you didn’t do it earlier!

Sam RotbergAlexander Spencer

To improve efficiency and be able to access information from anywhere and anytime cloud is a must.

Sam DellaBosca Maggs Reid Stewart

BGL’s AI features in the cloud leave other accounting software providers in the dust. I also work with both QBO Online & Xero and BGL surpasses what these 2 offer in terms of onboarding transaction data and matching.

Samantha BennettPeter Woods and Associates

Be prepared for the unexpected – in the current pandemic, being in the cloud allows flexibility for working from anywhere.

Michele RomanoMuro Group

A fund that would traditionally take us 10 hours to complete/prepare for audit, it’s now done in half of the time. Plus, with Simple Fund 360 it is real live data – being processed on the monthly, weekly, daily process. The information is there, and you can make decisions when you need.

Reach out to your BGL Account Manager to start your transition today!

Is cloud technology secure?

Cloud platform providers such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) are equipped to protect millions of users’ data every day. They have some of the world’s best technology and security experts helping to make sure that your data stays safe.

At BGL, we are serious about your data security and have strict policies and procedures in place to manage information security.

All BGL cloud solutions are ISO 27001 certified – ISO 27001 is the only auditable international standard that defines the requirements of an information security management system.

How will Simple Fund 360 benefit you?

Save up to 50% time with automated data feeds and intelligent processing.
Save money on IT infrastructure, dedicated IT staff and downtime during updates.
Engage better with your clients with Engage by BGL mobile app.
Grow your business and stand out from your competitors with unique SMSF insights.
Flexibility

Access anywhere, anytime. Add unlimited users with strict access controls and benefit from regular automated updates.

Reliability

Comply with ever-changing superannuation laws and benefit from the reliability and security of the cloud.

Engagement

Provide quick responses to sporadic client queries and provide regular updates with real-time data.

Connectivity

Improve your business efficiency and reduce duplicate data entry by connecting with over 350 data feeds and integration partners.

Productivity

Imagine logging into your SMSF software to find 50% of your processing work is done! With Simple Fund 360’s AI Assistant, zero touch processing is becoming reality!

Growth

Deep-dive into your SMSF data (across all of your funds) and uncover previously unseen insights to aid in the prediction of SMSF trends and strategy analysis.

Reach out to your BGL Account Manager to start your transition today!

Frequently Asked Questions

When is BGL's desktop solutions being discontinued?

An end of product life date for CAS Desktop and Simple Fund Desktop has not yet been confirmed, but upcoming legislative events may force us to do so earlier than intended.

We will inform all our clients once a date is set. In the meantime, we invite you to watch our CAS 360 and Simple Fund 360 product demos.

What are my options for migration from desktop to the cloud?

* Note: There is currently no direct migration process between Simple Ledger and Simple Invest 360. 

How easy is it to get all the current Desktop data onto CAS 360 or Simple Fund 360?

Our processes are made easy for you. You can opt to do the migration independently (DIY) or assisted by a team of experts (FREE service).

More information about migration from CAS desktop to CAS 360 can be found here.

More information about migration from Simple Fund desktop to Simple Fund 360 can be found here.

What data is transferred from CAS to CAS 360 as part of the migration?

All company data is migrated across. This includes Company details, Member and Officer details, all member and officer history.

All Company Documents will also be migrated. These documents can be viewed from CAS 360’s Documents Screen.

What information will not be migrated from CAS Desktop to CAS 360?

Edge Username and Password; custom created templates for minutes and resolutions; default settings that don’t exist in CAS 360; the ASIC Service Address and Letter Address.

Do I have to migrate all my Simple Fund Desktop data at once?

The choice is yours, each fund can be individually selected and migrated or you can select a group or all of your funds. Each fund takes approximately 8 to 10 minutes per average size fund with 10 years of history. This can vary depending on how many funds are being migrated and what you internet speed is like at the time of migration.

What will happen to my fees already paid for Simple Fund Desktop?

When purchasing Simple Fund 360, you will purchase the fund level you require for a full 12 month subscription. We will then pro-rata rebate your Simple Fund Desktop Subscription Renewal fees already paid. Client will get the choice to remain on Simple Fund Desktop or transition to Simple Fund 360.

What will happen if I'm already using the BGL Bank Data and Contract Note services in Simple Fund Desktop?

These data feeds will be migrated from Simple Fund Desktop to Simple Fund 360 automatically. More information can be found here.

Why is there a cost difference between BGL desktop solutions and cloud solutions?

Our cloud-based solutions are designed to make users lives easier. The automation levels are incredibly higher than in our desktop solutions – simple manual processes can be done in half of the time, if not less. The increase in productivity, efficiency and profitability resultant of more features, regular automatic software update releases and greater automation of processes, makes CAS 360 and Simple Fund 360 a complete and better value for money option.

But don’t just take our word for it… Hear what our clients who already migrated have to say!

How secure is the platform?

BGL is also ISO 27001 certified.

Our cloud-based solutions are hosted in AWS, the world’s most secure cloud platform. We run daily data back-ups and periodic security audits. Plus, we use multi-factor authentication to ramp up security in our cloud-based systems. For those and many other reasons, security levels in the cloud are higher than in desktop.

How can I access CAS 360 and/or Simple Fund 360?

Both, CAS 360 and Simple Fund 360, are cloud-based solutions – This means that you wouldn’t need to download anything, and the software is simply accessible from an Internet Browser with an internet connection available. Both products are supported in Internet Browsers, such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge. The links to the login pages can be bookmarked in your Internet Browser, and you can also create a shortcut to login from your Desktop.

How can I get started?

Contact us today to find out more about the best path for your business and special investment opportunities available.