Technology news December 2007

Technology

2007 Xmas gadget countdown - the people's choice

Every year in the run-up to Christmas, the executive peripherals editor at our sister site, AccountingWEB.co.uk, Nigel Harris, chooses the objects that most deeply stimulate his electronic desires. We've decided to cross the ocean this year and include Nigel's gadget picks here in the U.S.
Education & Careers

Quick route to CPE credit

Accounting professionals never procrastinate. But in case you've been so busy that you've lost track of time and find yourself trying to "beat the clock" to meet your CPE requirements, CCH Tax and Accounting offers the CCH Testing Center. The Testing Center can be used to review print self-study course materials, which are available as PDF files, and complete the final exams online. You can complete the test any time, any day, receiving your results and CPE credits instantly.
Technology

Budgeting trends help SMBs and SMEs thwart headaches

The two most common budgeting and forecasting headaches experienced by CFOs and finance executives at small and midsized businesses are gaining buy-in from other managers in the company and using Microsoft Excel spreadsheets, according to a recent study performed by Centage Corp. and the Institute of Management & Administration (IOMA).
A&A

Survey says 40 percent of networks at SMBs are not secure

Despite having anti-virus and anti-spam software as well as a firewall installed, four in 10 small and medium sized companies in the United States still do not believe their networks are secure, a new survey shows.In a poll of 455 IT executives for U.S. SMBs, 42 percent said their networks were not secure, even though 96 percent and 93 percent of respondents respectively said they had anti-virus and a firewall installed. Eighty percent said they also used spam filtering.
Technology

Wanted: Your favorite Excel macros

Gail Perry, our managing editor, is looking for contributions to a new book she is penning about Excel macros.
A&A

SEC authorizes one-year SOX 404(b) extension for SMBs

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has agreed to provide small businesses with an additional one year extension to comply with Sarbanes-Oxley Section 404(b) internal control requirements.
Technology

AICPA tax veep to participate in live small business tax Web chat

AICPA Vice President of Taxation Thomas P. Ochsenschlager will answer questions Thursday, December 20, from 1:00 p.m.
Technology

Beta version of Microsoft Office Live Workspace is now live

Microsoft Corporation has officially opened its online office document-sharing site. Office Live Workspace is a public open beta site, available to anyone with a Windows Live ID. The focus of the site is the ability for users to share and save documents online. Users must have Microsoft Office applications - Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook - installed on their computers to take advantage of the capabilities of the online site.
Technology

What to look for in small-end tax prep software for 2007

The best selling tax preparation software packages, Intuit's TurboTax, H&R Block's TaxCut and 2nd Story Software's TaxACT are now available for 2007 both online and in CDs or downloads.