Technology news June 2010

Technology

Social media under the microscope

Has social media run amok, converting our personal information into a commodity?
Tax

Push toward electronic filing continues

With a job as big as the Internal Revenue Service's, there has to be a pack of watchdogs – maybe several packs – to help the agency stay on track. That’s where Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee (ETAAC) comes in.
Practice

Social media: How CPA firms can use Google Insight

There are many forms of social media a CPA firm can use other than Twitter or Facebook. Google Insight is one that oftentimes goes unmentioned, yet it is practical and enlightening because it reinforces traditional and easy-to-understand marketing tactics.
Technology

Intuit uses social media during service outage

Routine maintenance exposed a hole in Intuit's online infrastructure last week. According to the company, an accidental power failure took down both primary and backup systems, which, in turn, caused disruptions to several Web sites and online services.
Technology

Technology motivates younger generation

Prospective employers looking to recruit students need to be aware of their technology preferences and provide the tools and equipment they are accustomed to using in their personal lives, according to a study by Accenture.
Technology

What to do when Excel won't let you insert columns

From time to time you might encounter the prompt that appears when Excel thinks you can't add additional columns or rows.
Technology

Office 2010 Has Arrived! Customize Your Ribbon!

Office 2010 is now in stores and at www.office.com, so anyone can upgrade to the latest version of Microsoft's flagship productivity suite. Office 2010 provides numerous refinements to the new user interface introduced with Office 2007.
A&A

PricewaterhouseCoopers offers guidance on cloud computing, resolving technology barriers

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP has released its executive publication, "10Minutes on the Cloud," which is part of its 10Minutes series providing "straight to-the-point" perspectives on critical business issues for senior executives.
A&A

AICPA Practitioners and TECH+ Conferences: The view from the crowd

For those who might think there is a stodgy side to conferences presented by the venerable AICPA, be prepared to change that notion. The recent Practitioners and TECH+ Conference was anything but stodgy.
Technology

Technology Innovation Awards spotlight productivity-enhancing technologies

Mobile and Web-based programs, document storage, and knowledge management technologies were among the products honored at the 7th Annual Tax and Accounting Technology Innovation Awards.
Technology

Two Ways to Determine Your Top Customers in QuickBooks, Excel

Given the length of the Great Recession, your top customers today might not be the same folks who were your top customers even a couple months ago. In this article I'll demonstrate two ways that you can determine who your top customers are based on total sales.
Technology

Dell goes “streaking” with new tablet

Dell, the computer manufacturer, is hoping to take a bite out of Apple with the introduction of its own touch-screen tablet.
Technology

CPAs increasingly asked to address IT challenges for clients

CPAs are increasingly being asked to solve information technology problems for clients and prospective clients, according to the 2010 Top Technology Initiatives Survey by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Technology

Growing software for a growing enterprise

The market is buzzing with Intuit’s "connected services" approach, extending QuickBooks functionality via the Web. This might appear to be little more than an announcement of additional capabilities. But when you look deeper, you begin to understand what is really happening.
Technology

The risks and rewards of going paperless

There is a plethora of benefits to be received by an accounting firm when it converts to a paperless document management system. But user beware: there are risks, dangers, and pitfalls of going paperless.
Technology

Tips for choosing the right document management supplier

Many organizations are turning to electronic document management systems to gain a competitive advantage. Document management enables organizations to electronically store, retrieve, manage, deliver, and authorize business documents.
A&A

Accounting plays role in Apple’s overtaking of Microsoft

With the one-two-three punch in recent years of the iPod/iTunes, iPhone, and the iPad, Apple has impressed consumers and investors, and has overtaken Microsoft as the technology industry’s top player by market capitalization.
Practice Development

The Virtual CFO: Using payments/banking technology to increase value

Business owners need more help than ever to manage cash flow and budget expenses – and 68 percent say they are looking to their accounting and financial partners to provide this help, according to a SunTrust survey.

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