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Results of CPA/Technology Partnerships

Yesterday, AccountingWeb broke a story about KPMG's alliance with Microsoft to provide consulting services on the Windows 2000 operating system, and recently, Deloitte Consulting followed suit with a technology venture involving Chase Manhattan Corporation.What are the inherent benefits in such a partnership, and why would CPA firms form such alliances?It's all about tapping the knowledge of experts who specialize in various technology arenas, according to industry experts.
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KPMG/Microsoft Partner for Win 2000 Rollout

It was announced today that KPMG and Microsoft will team up to provide consulting services and programs based on the Windows 2000 operating system. The new venture is called the "Microsoft Dot.com Practice."The two giants have partnered before, and this time, KPMG will employ 500 new consultants over the next 18 months to offer a variety of services, including branding, marketing, Web design and other technology related activities.Microsoft plans to release Windows 2000 for use next week.
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Andersen Consulting Opens Dot.Com Offices

Andersen Consulting is bringing its brand of consulting to 17 locations nationwide as it opens offices to focus on transitioning young, Internet start-ups to initial public offerings or IPOs. The first office will open in Chicago.The endeavor will cost Andersen more than $1.2 billion in equity during the next three years as it secures locations, consultants and opens offices.
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Hack-Proof Your Web Site

Cyber villian, Maxus, hacked through CD Universe’s Web site and stole thousands of credit card numbers. Although hackers often target the big buys like Microsoft, experts say that small- and medium-sized businesses are at risk and usually are not as security-savvy.While increased Web site security may sound like a huge undertaking; it doesn’t have to be.
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"Mock" Traffic Shuts Down Yahoo!

Conspiracy theories sometimes are true. Yesterday, Yahoo! had to shut down operations for three hours in the middle of the day due to "mock" traffic. What seems to be users to the site is, in reality, a computer hacking through the Internet, making Yahoo! so busy that regular visitors cannot access the site.The attack came from multiple locations all at the same time, and because of the breadth of activity, the company could not prevent a shut down.Yahoo!
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Internet Tip: Start Your Intranet Right With Intranet.com

If you are a small organization and want to explore the benefits of an Intranet system, one of the best places to start is with intranet.com, a free intranet provider offering standard features including members, contacts, calendars, documents and announcements. They make their money through advertisers on the sites, so you can get the service for free.
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CCH Offers Low-Cost Online Filing Solution

Well-known tax knowledge provider CCH has developed an online tax filing solution designed exclusively for the small business and consumer markets.
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Six Hot Intranet Tips

Intranets are hot. Companies are realizing that they are great for posting phone lists, sharing files, and getting employees connected. If you want to go live on the Web, which is hassle-free, try Intranets.com or HotOffice.Now, let’s get onto tips that will help you get a handle on simple Web-based intranets! Remember big bandwidth. With externally-hosted intranets, your biggest problem is going to be sluggish speed of the Internet over traditional analog modem dial-up accounts.
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Treadway Commission Committee Unveils Web site

The Committee of Sponsoring Organizations (COSO) of the Treadway Commission has just opened its new Web site at www.coso.org.The site is designed to assist internal auditors by running articles and information on topics of interest, including the new report, Internal Control - Integrated Framework.COSO is a 15-year-old organization dedicated to improving the quality of internal controls and related systems by the National Commission on Fraudulent Financial Reporting, otherwise known as the Treadway Commission.
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Internet Surfing: Coming To A Gas Pump Near You?

Did you ever find yourself mindlessly wandering, wondering what to do during the long three minutes it takes to fill your car up with gas? Well, idle no more. Starting soon, you'll be able to surf Internet-enabled gas pumps at BP/Amoco and check your email, your stocks or your news online while inhaling those fumes. And these days it might make sense to also go on the Web and search for a gas station whose prices haven't risen 20% in the past week...
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Great Plains Expands Into Europe

Popular back-end office solution provider Great Plains has expanded its operations overseas with the acquisition of BTK Software and Consulting.Although Great Plains already has been in the European market for several years, the expansion greatly enhances its operations in Germany.BTK already provides front and back-end office solutions in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Great Plains will market BTK's product called APERTUM to the lower-tier sector, and will accomplish this by adding 80 staff and support functions.
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Yet Another Big 5 Defection to the Dot-Com World

Andersen Consulting knows the power of the Internet. It's sister company Arthur Andersen is redesigning corporate strategies and setting up billion dollar venture funds to capitalize on the dot-com revolution.
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Is the Web Replacing the CPA?

For years, consumers with simple tax returns have sought the help of off-the-shelf programs like TurboTax and Quicken, much to the chagrin of the CPA and accounting professional who believes they can become a value-added resource to these programs.
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MAS 90 Internet Capability Widens With New Program

Sage Software has announced a partnership with Concentric Network to provide high-speed hosting abilities for its popular acounting program, MAS 90, allowing users of their Internet.access service better and faster connections to the accounting package.
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Big 5 Offer E-biz Strategies

Big 5 consultants are offering new e-biz strategies for high-tech companies. New services offered by Ernst & Young, LLP (E&Y) and KPMG allow clients to benchmark their business decisions and IT investments in areas such as hosted applications and e-commerce.E&Y now offers application service providers (ASP) an auditing service that judges the ASP’s ability to securely host and manage rentable, web-based applications.
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CPA Firms can Rely on "SAVE" to Advise E-tailers

Many CPAs have firms as clients who conduct business over the Internet, especially retailers and others fully engaged in E-Commerce, but how equipped are small- to medium-size CPA firms in helping their clients evaluate an online strategy?KPMG has developed its new SAVED!
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Internet Tip: Check Your Computer's Security Vulnerability

Cyber-security is a big issue these days. But just how vulnerable is your computer to a possible security breach? Get a quick, free and easy security diagnostic through www.antionline.com by providing nothing more than an email address. One of their systems will scan your computer remotely, and report back any potential vulnerabilities and how to fix them. Hopefully your analysis will come back without too much to report!
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Oregon Town Becomes a Dot-Com

It was only a matter of time.Individuals and businesses have been flocking to the Internet in record numbers over the past couple of years, so why not an entire town?Yesterday, the town of Halfway, Oregon officially changed it's name to Half.com, prompted by a successful lobbying effort by a dot-com company of the same name.Half.com, a business that sells half-priced books and movies over the Internet, approached the town leadership last month asking if they would be interested in changing the name of
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Just $260K to Corner The Market on Online Tax Prep

Is having the right domain name the key to success in online tax preparation?If you think the answer is "yes," and if you're willing to invest at least $260,000, then at this time next week you might be well on your way to cornering the market for online tax preparation services.How?The domain name WWW.TAXES.COM is being auctioned off this week by domain name broker GreatDomains.com.According to the promotion:"In the area of taxes, no other name confers the instant credibility and recognition rep
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Free Online Tax Prep Now Available To Consumers

Financial broker H.D. Vest today announced a new service which offers US taxpayers free web-prepared e-filed tax returns, regardless of salary of form requirements.The new service, available at H. D. Vest Online, is expected to draw one million users in its first tax preparation season.

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