Technology news February 2011

A&A

FASB unveils XBRL 2011 taxonomy

Speakers at a recent FASB Webcast, XBRL 2011 Taxonomy Overview, presented an outline of what public company financial report preparers need to know about using the 2011 XBRL taxonomy.
Education & Careers

A new way to attract accounting talent? E&Y might be onto something big

This year, Big Four firm Ernst & Young is taking an unconventional approach to reaching the top talent. That is, it is meeting the students where they "live," online.
AccountingWEB Life

Top tech etiquette offenders; guide helps prevent blunders

In the days when tweets were bird sounds and a text was a book, workplace blunders had a limited audience. Now, however, these missteps can receive broad exposure with unhappy consequences.
Tax

Two Things You Can’t Avoid: Apps and Taxes

For many iPhone or Android owners, apps are like potato chips: You can’t stop at just one. Indeed, apps seem to be one of the leading fads of the 2010s – even the IRS has gotten into the game.
Practice Development

Creating a memorable 'About Us' page for your site

It is tax season again, which means that people are shopping for accountants. When potential clients are researching and evaluating your firm, the first step will be to do a quick Google search and find your web site.
Practice

Eleven cool mobile apps for running your practice

We recently featured five cool Web apps for running your firm that were highly recommended by your accounting colleagues. Now we’re going to stay on the productivity app beat and take a look at mobile devices.
Practice Management

Increased business use of mobile devices is top IT challenge

The proliferation of smartphones, tablet computers, and mobile devices in the workplace emerged for the first time as the top business technology concern for CPAs and financial executives, according to the 2011 Top Technology Initiatives Survey by the AICPA.
Technology

Using accounting-related key words to find answers

During busy season, accountants have questions and Intuit, the maker of ProLine Tax Research, among other software, has answers.
Technology

Get off my cloud!

How does one know that confidential client information will stay confidential as it gets bounced between servers, ethernet wires and routers? Peter Budreski shares his ideas about confidentiality in the cloud.
Practice

Five cool Web apps for running your firm

You’ve probably noticed that most new software is now developed for the web rather than the desktop. This actually isn’t a trend; instead, it's expected that Web-developed software will become the norm, and perhaps even accelerate, in the years ahead.
Technology

It's the preparer, not the software

Every year, nuances of the tax returns seem to get a little more intertwined. Lawmakers' tax simplification acts never simplify much and paperwork reduction legislation seem to add more pages to the return. And that's just at the federal level.

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