Technology news November 2012

Practice

How Baker Tilly Successfully Approached Social Media

Baker Tilly tailors accounting and advisory services to more than ten industries, so when the time came to develop its approach to social media, it was clear that a one-size-fits-all strategy wouldn't work.
Practice

Recruiting Top Talent Where They "Live"

If you're looking to recruit anyone with a sense of adventure or fun, especially Gen Xers/Yers, the best thing you can do is highlight the personal (read: non-accounting) side of your firm and do it where they "live."
Technology

Managing Protected View in Excel 2010/2013

Excel expert David Ringstrom, CPA, explains Protected View and how you can adjust this security measure to suit your needs.
Technology

Creating a Branded Signature in Microsoft Outlook

An e-mail should be handled with the same level of care as a message leaving your office on company letterhead - it should include a signature that's professional and branded to promote your business.
Technology

Microsoft Outlook: Disabling the Send without a Location Prompt

Outlook often tries to be helpful and alert you when you've left the Location field blank within a meeting request. David Ringstrom explains how you can eliminate getting a prompt.
Technology

Holiday Gadget Wish List 2012

Gifts and gadgets go hand in hand. What new items will suit the occasion - for productivity at work or play at home? I searched for the best new and interesting gifts from the tech world and compiled this Holiday Gadget Wish List 2012. Enjoy!
Practice

Market Your Firm by Improving Your Website

An accountant's website must be more than a glorified business brochure. Ongoing improvements to a website will keep it fresh for new prospects and continually interesting for existing clients.
Technology

Microsoft Excel: Use Color to Identify Variances

Accountants are often tasked with identifying variances that exceed specific tolerances. Rather than trying to eyeball columns of numbers, you can use Excel's Conditional Formatting feature to make such variances leap out on the screen.
Technology

QuickBooks 2013: What's New and Improved!

For the QuickBooks Pro, Premier, Professional Bookkeeper, Accountant, and Enterprise user, QuickBooks 2013 is easy to learn, easy to navigate, and easier to use with its new and improved features.
Education & Careers

Firms Extend Helping Hand After Hurricane Sandy

Accounting firms along the East Coast were impacted by Hurricane Sandy and so were their clients. Many are now going the extra mile to help employees and their communities.
Technology

Deloitte Announces 2012 Technology Fast 500 Rankings

Deloitte has announced the 2012 Technology Fast 500, a ranking of the 500 fastest growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences, and clean technology companies in North America.
Education & Careers

SYNERGY Conference Previews Technology, Business Models

A future with dramatically less paper, more collaboration, and ubiquitous mobile connectivity was the key vision outlined by Jon Baron during his opening keynote at the 2012 SYNERGY Users' Conference.
Technology

First Impressions of Windows 8

On October 26, 2012, Windows 8 officially became the latest version of Microsoft’s flagship operating system. In today’s article, I’ll describe my initial experiences with Windows 8 in hopes that it will aid your eventual transition.
Practice

CCH User Conference: Collaboration Is the Name of the Game

The accountant is no longer merely a number cruncher. The opportunity, if you choose to accept it, is to be a collaborator with your clients, a partner in planning, a guiding light, a seer, if you will, who reads the future in the numbers.
Technology

Using Technology to Enhance Client Service

Cloud and mobile top the list of emerging technologies transforming the tax and accounting profession, according to the "2012 CCH Technology Survey - Technology in Accounting: Then, Now and Next."
Technology

Companies Struggle to Keep Pace with Information Security Solutions

Organizations need to fundamentally shift their approach to information security in order to meet the threats presented by existing and emerging technologies, according to recent research.
Education & Careers

HR Needs to Step Up Tech Usage to Show Value to Their Business

Globalization, talent constraints, and new technology pose significant opportunities for material change in human resources, according to new research.
Technology

Automating Excel Spreadsheet Report Titles

Many users tire of retyping report titles such as "For the Period Ended October 31, 2012" month after month. Excel expert David Ringstrom explains a couple of techniques you can use to simplify, and even automate, such date-based report titles.