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eLedger.com Captures the Power of the Web

Internet-based accounting is no longer just for the big guys who can afford it. eLedger.com, an application service provider, just announced its Web-based accounting application solutions for small businesses.Now, for as little as $19.95 per month for ten users, companies can access their business data 24 hours a day from the Internet through an application that has the look and feel of Windows-based software.
Technology

State of the Art Software Streamlines PwC

In a mere five months, Picasso Software, a Richardson, Texas based e-business company, turned PricewaterhouseCoopers’ paper-based tax data collection for master limited partnership (MLP) clients into a sophisticated Internet application. The new system allows 4.5 million individuals to access tax-reporting accounts and complete tax forms online.Picasso used TaxWeb, an eBusiness software application, to make the incredible transformation.
Technology

Warning! New Worm Detected

You just thought the love bug was a thorn in your side. Overnight, cyber criminals have rewritten the "I Love You" virus and generated many new mutations of what is now being classified as a worm. The new classification comes from its ability to replicate itself.News reports indicated that a new virus called, "Joke," closely followed the "I Love You" virus, but today, there are reports that two new worms are in distribution.
Technology

AccountingWEB Offers Free Love Bug Antidote

If you are one of the reputed millions of global email users to have been hit by the notorious "ILOVEYOU" worm program, AccountingWEB has posted tools on the site to help you to disinfect your computer.The downloadable tools include a program "Bug.exe" which searches PC drives for the main virus files and any additional data it may have created.Another application, "DisInfector.exe" neutralizes and renames infected files. The remedial tools can not replace lost data.
Technology

Don't get Bitten by the 'Love' Bug

It seems that love is in the air today. And it is infecting computers from Asia to Europe and now the United States in one of the worst outbreaks of computer viruses ever to hit the Internet.First of all, before you read any further, if you see an email with "I Love You" in the subject line, BE SURE TO DELETE IT COMPLETELY FROM YOUR SYSTEM.Now, the story.
Technology

Great Plains to Acquire Rival Software Company

Great Plains, an accounting software industry leader, announced yesterday plans to acquire rival software company, Solomon Software.The new company will have more than 130,000 customers, 2,200 team members and a worldwide network of 2,000 channel partners. Great Plains will acquire Solomon through the issuance of approximately 2,600,000 shares of Great Plains common stock and $35 million in cash.
Technology

The Future of Financial Reporting Mapped Out

AccountingWEB was honored to host an onlike workshop this week featuring Mike Willis, Chairman of the AICPA led XBRL Steering Committee, to talk about this new language of electronic financial reporting.
Technology

Budgeting With Pivot Tables - The Sequel

Over 1,200 AccountingWEB members read David Carter's first tutorial on budgeting with pivot tables. In the eagerly awaited sequel, Carter goes beyond setting up initial budgets to explain how to add the actuals each month and use Excel pivot tables to report on Monthly and Year-to-Date Actuals versus Budget, plus Variances – both at company and departmental level.The Formulas function is used to calculate variances between budget and actual.
Technology

Microsoft Split-up: The Gloves Are Off

In an open letter to customers, partners and shareholders, Microsoft's Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer explain how and why the government's proposal to break up Microsoft would harm consumers and other companies in the high-tech industry.
Practice Management

Three Uses of the Web for CPAs

Everyone these days is on the Internet, but how much can you use the Internet to deal with clients? Here are three fundamental uses of the Web.1. Answer Basic Questions: many firms use their Internet site to provide solutions for customers and clients. This is especially evident with systems like Ernst & Young's Ernie, which provides online assistance at a rate of $3,000 for 10 questions.
Technology

Survey Shows Boys Spend More Time At Computer

A recent survey conducted by the Orange County office of Deloitte & Touche shows that 64 percent of boys ages 6 to 17 spend more two hours per week using a computer while only four in ten or 44 percent of girls do.A survey of more than 145 local kids showed that computers are used for playing games, typing schoolwork, and earching the Internet.
Technology

Email Follows You EVERYWHERE!

Let's face it: email has made our lives easier, especially those of us who travel, because we can remain 'in-touch' while on the road. But if you're like most everyone else, establishing a wired connection in some places sometimes can be very difficult.The introduction of the Palm VII and its wireless connection to the Internet was a step in the right direction ... but that is first-generation in an industry wide open for expansion.Take, for example, the ability to use other Palm devices to connect to the Internet and retrieve email.
Technology

WYSIWYG With Online Security Companies

Everyone knows that labeling a transaction 'secure' over the Internet is a sure thing, right?Wrong! Not all online security companies are alike, and as financial professionals, it is up to us to advise our clients on the why and how of online security if the client conducts any kind of e-Commerce transaction.Education is the best policy.
Technology

CompensationCenter.com Launched

Hewitt Associates LLC just launched an online information resource site for compensation professionals. The site, CompensationCenter.com, allows registered visitors to access Hewitt’s survey library and browse an information bank of industry news and trend information. The site also features market pricing capabilities and a variety of compensation tools.For registered participants of Hewitt compensation surveys, the new site will give them easy access to survey results online.
Technology

ePeachtree: Accounting Software For $10 Per Month

US accounting software vendor Peachtree is the latest and probably most significant entrant in the application hosting market.The Atlanta-based subsidiary of the Sage Group this week launched ePeachtree, a Web-based accounting suite that users can rent for $9.99 a month.The software rental model allows small businesses to get accounts and business reporting systems up and running with no capital outlay and none of the headaches associated with software and network configuration.The system lets customers access their financial applicati
A&A

Stock Advice From CFO Michael Jacobs

The recent demise of many dotcoms, along with a drop in technology stocks over the last month has made even the most liberal investor cautious of today's market.
Technology

Microsoft Split Probably Will Happen

According to industry sources, the Justice Department is very close to recommending that Microsoft be split into two entities in order to avoid running a monopoly in operating systems. The rumor has been confirmed by several of the nation's leading newspapers, including USA Today, The Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post.Under a new scenario, the first company would only manufacture Windows, as well as the browser technology for the Internet.
Technology

Bullet Mania For Microsoft Word

You’ve seen them. Bullets. Little characters that appear before a list of paragraphs that are designed to draw attention to the following text. Maybe you have used the arrow or the basic black dot, but have you ever wanted to expand your selection to something that may follow a theme? For example, using a gun for a proposal for a gun manufacturer?
A&A

Yahoo! CFO is Industry Wunderkind

What's going on at Internet portal and search engine maverick Yahoo! these days? Quite a lot, thanks to CFO Gary Valenzuela.The company has made a profit for over four years in the face of dotcoms that can barely scratch the surface of seeing any black. What's the secret? A conservative stance by Valenzuela on most everything, according to industry experts.Some credit needs to be given to a savvy marketing approach and the fact that Yahoo! doesn't have any inventory attached to it ...
Technology

Justification for Technology Projects

Written by Tom C. Davis, CPA -Davis Nichols and Associates (reprinted with permission)There is good news and bad news for accounting firms. Business has been great. The economy has been excellent and looks to remain good for the foreseeable future. Clients are requesting more services and there are many opportunities to offer new services to new and existing clients. The bad news is that staffing resource is in short supply.

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