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Technology Consultants Must Lead to Succeed

In this ever-changing world of technology and solutions in the small business accounting world, it's natural for consultants to be overwhelmed by all the vendors in the market who claim to have the best solution in their market space.
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AICPA and XBRL US Offer Online XBRL Certificate Program

In an effort to address the increased demand for comprehensive and intensive training on XBRL, the AICPA and XBRL US Inc., the not-for-profit consortium for business reporting standards, launched the XBRL US GAAP Certificate Program.
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Eliminate a Common Spreadsheet Design Flaw

Whenever column headings within a worksheet span two or more rows, a cascade of issues can occur. Fortunately, a simple technique can help you avoid frustration and save time when working in Microsoft Excel.
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Google Authorship: Taking Your Niche a Step Further

Google Authorship is helping small- to midsize business owners improve SEO, develop a personal brand tied to their business, improve click-throughs, and increase lead generation from the Internet.
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F&A BPO Services Likely to Increase for Companies in 2013

The "State of the Outsourcing Industry 2013" survey, which was released on July 8, found that client expectations of outsourcing are evolving to be more value-focused, with IT and F&A BPO dominating future outsourcing plans.
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Three Ways to Convert Text-Based Numbers to Values

Periodically, you may encounter numbers in Excel that you can't sum or use arithmetically. A common cause for this is numbers formatted as text. David Ringstrom describes three ways you can convert numbers that appear trapped under glass into a usable format.
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How to Make Facebook Work for Your Firm

Is Facebook an effective marketing tool or a time-consuming burden? Experts say it could be either, depending on your firm's approach. So how do you build a profitable Facebook strategy? Our experts offer five tips.
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LinkedIn's Updated Features and Expanded Services

LinkedIn has made several changes in recent months, including beefing up its contact features, profile options, and online content.
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LinkedIn Tips Part 6: Lead Generation

In the final segment of Mark Lee's LinkedIn series, he covers what's probably of most interest to accountants – how to use LinkedIn to find prospective clients.
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Plante Moran Survey Asks Businesses to Evaluate Their Innovation IQ

Building on the findings from last year's Innovation Survey, Plante Moran is back for a third year asking organizations throughout the Midwest what fuels innovation in their organizations.
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Automating Data Validation Lists in Excel

Working in an Excel spreadsheet can be somewhat like the Wild West – unless other provisions are made, users can enter any value in any cell. One way you can restrict users to a predefined set of values is by way of Excel's Data Validation feature.
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Improving the Integrity of Excel's SUM Function

My unscientific observation is that the SUM function is the most widely used function within Excel spreadsheets. This function makes it easy to add up multiple cells at once without laboriously adding multiple cells together individually.
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ZenPayroll Adds Contractors to Its Cloud-Based Payroll Service

When ZenPayroll launched in 2012, its mission was to bring the power of modern software to the payroll industry through a Cloud-based service that's easy to use, comprehensive, and accessible 24/7 from any computer or mobile device.
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Microsoft's Chip In Program Offers Crowdfunded Laptops to Students

Microsoft is dipping its corporate toe into the crowdfunding pool. An experimental program dubbed Chip In allows students to tap friends and relatives in a quest to fund their next computer.
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Winners of 2013 Innovation Awards Announced

The winners and finalists for the tenth annual Tax & Accounting Technology Innovation Awards are all Cloud-based solutions, highlighting the movement of accounting and tax experts toward mobile technologies. The awards were presented June 3 by CPA Practice Advisor.
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Resolving #VALUE! Errors in Microsoft Excel

It's a frustrating experience when a simple Excel spreadsheet displays #VALUE! in a worksheet cell rather than the expected result. Many times the problem is obvious, but sometimes the culprit is harder to track down.
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IRS Fine-Tunes e-File System to Prevent Processing Delays

After performance issues to its electronic filing system caused delays in processing tax returns during the 2012 filing season, the IRS has made several enhancements to the system over the past year that are expected to improve the tax-filing process.
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Firms Must Also Look Internally to Keep Their IT Systems Secure

While you might think your IT systems are safe and secure, think again. One of the greatest security threats comes from a firm's own staff. Learn five ways your staff can wreck your IT systems and cost your business in lost productivity.
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Overcome a Nuance of Excel's Subtotal Feature

Many users rely on the Subtotal feature in Excel to instantly insert totals, averages, counts, or other statistics into a list. As you'll see, the feature is easy to use – until you want to copy or format just the total rows.
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Apple Has Been Accused of Large-Scale Tax Avoidance

Apple CEO Tim Cook appeared before the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations to defend his company's tax practices, including a 2 percent corporation tax rate deal it struck with the Irish government on two of its subsidiaries.

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