Technology news February 2010

A&A

ERP systems for life

Not long ago, selecting a new enterprise resource planning system (ERP) every 5 to 10 years was the norm. But now, the more successful products have matured and much of them offer the same basic functionality. Today, organizations typically don’t select and implement a new system unless they have no choice.
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How to select and implement an ERP system

If you or your clients are new to the concept of Enterprise Resource Planning systems, but think this tool might be useful, you need someplace to start.
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Survey results show ERP systems not keeping up with change

Underperforming software is leading to millions of dollars in lost opportunities, according to the results of a recent IDC Group survey.
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Cutting costs with the Cloud

At a time when the global economy is full of uncertainty and no one knows how long U.S. recession conditions will persist, businesses are watching the bottom line closely.
Technology

Intuit introduces hosting program for QuickBooks

As of this month, Intuit is offering its hosting program to CPAs who are looking for ways to grow their businesses while delivering improved service, access, and ease of use to their clients.
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Why your client's sales amounts in QuickBooks are probably wrong

Ideally, all revenue should affect both an Item and an Income account in QuickBooks. When this doesn't happen, it is important for you to quickly locate the offending transactions and make any necessary adjustments.
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Financial statements in QuickBooks: Done right and in less time

Learn how to use the Intuit Statement Writer and the new and improved features in QuickBooks 2010 that allow you to present financial statements in compliance with GAAP.
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Heading off hackers

CPA firms may be at a higher risk for hackers because they store sensitive client data. A security disaster plan and response team should be in place before a problem occurs so that you can respond quickly and professionally in a crisis.
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Your QuickBooks survival kit for year-end tasks

When most people are winding down the year, our work just begins as we start ramping up for busy season. There are ways to make your life and your client's experience a whole lot better at year end.
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QuickBooks Seminar System helps QuickBooks instructors build successful training businesses

The Sleeter Group has announced the general availability of the QuickBooks Seminar System, a complete, turn-key system that empowers accountants and consultants to teach QuickBooks in classrooms and industry settings without much preparation.
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Sleeter Group publishes new Consultant's Reference Guide for 2010

For years, The Sleeter Group’s extensive QuickBooks Consultant's Reference Guide has been the industry standard for consultant-level reference material. The 2010 edition has just been released.
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Public companies are getting the jump on XBRL adoption

XBRL US, the XML standard setter for business information reporting in the U.S., has announced that public companies are heeding the advice to "start early" in preparing for XBRL adoption.
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Microsoft releases pricing for retail versions of Office 2010

Microsoft is departing from its standard pricing model for its Office 2010 software product by eliminating upgrade pricing. Instead, packaged versions will be licensed for two or three computers, while discounts will be available if a user unlocks a preinstalled version of Office 2010.
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iDonatedIt: CPA firm produces donation-tracking iPhone App

The Lincoln, NE-based firm BMG Certified Public Accountants, LLP has released a $2.99 donation-tracking application for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad users.
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Google/Microsoft face off over cloud-based storage

A clash of the Titans is underway between Google and Microsoft, with both players lobbying to be your preferred provider of free online storage space and productivity applications.