Technology news July 2007 | AccountingWEB

Technology news July 2007


Firms advised to think strategically before adopting technology tools

All future-looking accounting firms seek to attract new clients, offer new services, and grow their businesses.Delivering services through the Web is not a new concept, but exploring these possibilities can lead to a more responsive CPA practice.Using online accounting services can improve efficiency by providing instant access to a client's source documents, which means important financial information can transfer easily between the two parties.

One billion PCs will be in use by the end of 2008

By the end of 2008, there will be more than one billion personal computers in use worldwide, according to a recent report from Forrester Research, Inc.

New study: Today's technology hype is tomorrow's small business reality

Tomorrow's successful small business owners will be far more reliant on technology than their current counterparts.

DOJ is NOT sending e-mails about the IRS

The Department of Justice has recently become aware of fraudulent spam e-mail messages claiming to be from DOJ. Based upon complaints from the public, it is believed that the fraudulent messages are addressed "Dear Citizen." The messages are believed to assert that the recipients or their businesses have been the subject of complaints filed with DOJ and also forwarded to the Internal Revenue Service. In addition, such e-mail messages may provide a case number, and state that the complaint was "filled [sic] by Mr.

Optimizing today's time and billing

Most partners would argue that, outside of the firm's tax and audit production applications, time and billing is the most mission critical program within today's tax and accounting firm. These tools have come a long way in recent years to incorporate enhanced features and processes of which many firms are not even aware. Roman Kepczyk, CPA, CITP discusses 10 time and billing best practices that should be incorporated into every firm. 

Excel 2007 Tip #2: Formatting is now done via the right mouse menu

One really disconcerting change to Excel 2007 is the disappearance of the toolbars. Features you use all the time seem to have disappeared back to into the menus.People with prior versions of Excel usually have two toolbars permanently on display – Standard and Formatting. The Formatting toolbar contains the icons for adjusting fonts, centring, bold, italic decimals, colors and so on.In Excel 2007, formatting is no longer done via toolbars, but via the right mouse menu.To illustrate, open up a worksheet, then right click on it. The right mouse menu appears.
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Computerworld names Grant Thornton IT to best place to work list

Grant Thornton LLP, the accounting, tax and business advisory services firm, has announced that IDG's Computerworld, the "Voice of IT Management," has selected the firm as the No.15 best workplace for information technology (IT) professionals. This honor is part of the weekly IT publication's 14th annual Best Places to Work in IT survey, which was published in the June 18 issue and online at


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