In the OnDemand Version of ACCOUNTS, both the program and your database are on a server over the Internet, and all you have to install is a small OnDemand client program. That client program gives you remote-control access to the program, sending screens, keystrokes and mouse actions over the Internet.
It is the easiest way to install and use ACCOUNTS with multiple users over the Internet.
Other versions of ACCOUNTS that also allow sharing a database between multiple users are:
Regardless of which version you use, pricing does not depend on the number of computers on which you install ACCOUNTS or number of users for OnDemand.
For complete details on the OnDemand version, please see the online copy of the Help pages about it, starting here.
Although the OnDemand and Remote Database versions have a lot of similarities, the OnDemand version is much faster, so most users who need to share access to the same database over the Internet will prefer it to the Remote Database Version.
The OnDemand version of ACCOUNTS is a cloud-based solution that just requires the installation of small OnDemand client program on your computer. It doesn't run through a web browser like Edge or Chrome. Your computer does need to have reasonably fast, reliable Internet access, to access the program, and you can use multiple computers to access the same database, from anywhere that has a fast Internet connection and the OnDemand client installed.
The OnDemand Version is the first version of ACCOUNTS that will run directly on Apple Mac computers, without installing extra software to allow you to run Microsoft Windows on that computer. You just have to install the Mac version of the OnDemand client software. The program will still look like a Windows program though! There are also OnDemand client software versions that you can use on iPad or Android tablets, though that would only be recommended for mimimal look-ups of data and reports.
The OnDemand Version has some advantages, and some disadvantages, when compared to the other versions.
Select the OnDemand version if:
One slight disadvantage of the OnDemand Version is that because you are transmitting screens, keyboard and mouse action over the Internet, rather than running directly on a local computer, it will of course be a little bit slower. However, it is much faster than the Remote Database version, which otherwise has similar advantages.
See also the ACCOUNTS Version Comparison page for a comparison between the versions, the Selecting the Best Version page for help with that selection, and the Multiple User Options Help page for pros and cons of all of the ways to share a database between multiple users or computers.
The OnDemand Version provides the option, unavailable with the Standard version's Cloud Storage Service, of simultaneous users doing data entry. With the Cloud Storage Service, one person can be doing data entry and others can use the database read-only, for lookups and reporting, at the same time.
The OnDemand version is priced higher than the Standard version, because of the ability to have multiple users accessing the database simultaneously. Another reason for the higher price is that there is actually a real cost to us for our use of the server, based on the number of simultaneous users across all customers. (The servers are maintained by ACS Technologies.)
Because with the OnDemand Version you are now paying for a service, you must keep up your annual payments to be allowed continued access to the program.
Existing users of the Local Network or Remote Database versions whose support is paid up do not have to pay to switch to the OnDemand Version. However, if your support for that version has expired, we do require you to make that current first, before we set you up for OnDemand.
If you are using the Standard version and you want to switch to the OnDemand Version, this upgrade pricing will apply. The upgrade fee must be paid before we set you up for OnDemand. If you decide you don't like OnDemand and want to go back to Standard, we will refund the upgrade fee as long as you request that within 30 days.
Like all other versions except for Remote Database, you can have multiple databases for multiple organizations with no additional charge.
Unlike all other versions of ACCOUNTS, you do not have to install the ACCOUNTS program itself when you use the OnDemand version, and you never have to upgrade it. We take care of all of that on the server.
If you are an existing user of ACCOUNTS, an upgrade payment may be required before we set you up for OnDemand - see the Pricing section above. If you are not an existing user of ACCOUNTS, and have not previously registered to evaluate it, you also need to register on the Register your ACCOUNTS Software page before we can do that setup for you.
The next step is to contact us and inform us that you want to start using, or switch to, the OnDemand version, with the name and email address of the person who will be the initial administrator for it. (That person will be able to set up additional users.) We will then send you the login information for that administrator.
Then you download and install the OnDemand client software. Use the download links towards the bottom of this page. If you have an existing installation of any other version on one or more computers, it will be best if you initially do that on the computer that has the most up-to-date copy of your database on it.
If you are switching from the Remote Database Version, you need to first follow the instructions for switching from it to the Standard version, here. Once you have the Standard version installed, and have confirmed that it starts up and your data is there, continue with the steps in the next paragraph.
If you are using the Standard or Local Network version, run it and make a database backup, making sure you know where to find that backup. (For the Local Network version, do this on the computer running the Local Network Server version.)
When you run the OnDemand client software, you first log in with the credentials we sent. That will take you to a window with various icons, including one for the ACCOUNTS program. Double-click on that to start ACCOUNTS. What you do next will depend on whether you are a new user, or switching from another version of ACCOUNTS:
If you are prompted to register after these steps, please do so, to inform us that you are using the OnDemand version, and to get onto the mailing list if you aren't already on it. If you aren't prompted to do so, you can do it with the program's Tools ⇒ Register Online menu option.
Of course, if you try the OnDemand Version and wish to switch back to another version like Standard, you can always do so - just ask us for instructions.
After your first login, you will be able to set up additional individual logins for other users (please see the program's Help topic On Demand - User Management for full details). In brief, each user has to be set up in two places:
Those users can then also install the OnDemand client on their computers, and log in to the same database with the credentials you have created for them.
All communication through the OnDemand client to the server is encrypted, using secure protocols.
However, ultimately the final level of security will always depend on securing the login user name and password you use to access the program. (Anyone with that information could install the OnDemand client software and access your program and database. Virtually any cloud-based or web-based software has exactly this same problem!)
Free 60-day Evaluation! New users who don't already own ACCOUNTS can start using the OnDemand version for free, with a 60-day evaluation period. Just follow the installation steps listed above. Do not pay until you decide to use the program for your organization.
Note: If you own, or wish to evaluate, both ACCOUNTS and our other program DONATION, you do not have to install more than one of the OnDemand clients below. Both programs can be run from one client.
For Windows: Click here. No special instructions are required for this Windows version.
For Mac: Click here. After you run that, you need to drag the S4NP OnDemand icon into your Applications folder for it to work. When you then run it from there, the first thing that comes up is a window that says "Welcome to S4NP OnDemand", on which you have to click a GO button. Then the login window comes up.
If the program also asks you for a Host Address, enter: s4np.ondemand.acstechnologies.com
For Android or iOS (iPad) tablets: In the Play Store for Android, or App Store for iOS, search for the GO-Global app. It will come up with an app by that name, from Graphon Corporation. Install that.
When you then run that app, use the Add Connection button to create a new connection. Enter the following:
Then you can Save that, and Connect.