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Accountants' Social Media Use Focus of SocialCPAs Survey

When CPA Barry MacQuarrie started the "Social Media Survey" in 2010, he said social networking was still relatively new to the accounting profession. He was curious about how accounting professionals were using such sites as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.
Technology

How to Maximize Excel's Recent Items Menu

Depending upon your version of Excel, the Recent list on the File menu can streamline access to both files and folders. If you work on numerous spreadsheets, this list offers marginal value in Excel 2003 and earlier.
Technology

Study Finds Security and Integration among Top Technology Concerns

Systems security and finding a software solution that integrates financial data across multiple functions rank as family offices' top technology concerns, according to new research.
Technology

Worlds Colliding: Convert a Digital Photo into an Excel Spreadsheet

In an unlikely mash-up, Matt Parker of Think Maths offers a free tool that converts a digital photo of your choice into an Excel spreadsheet. If you have Excel 2007 or later, you can try the technique yourself.
Technology

Survey: Most Tax Pros Lack Knowledge about Cyberattacks

When it comes to risks associated with cyber incidents, a majority of tax professionals do not have a firm grasp of what it takes to prevent attacks on their data, according to a new survey from the Travelers Companies Inc.
Technology

Mobilizing the Cloud for Small Business Accounting

With more than 1.3 million Intuit QuickBooks users alone accessing the online version, it's time for every accountant to take a look at what Cloud computing can offer for streamlining the process of everyday tasks.
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Survey: Biggest Roadblocks to Protection from Corporate Risks Are Internal

Despite increasing stakeholder and regulatory pressure to improve governance, risk management, and compliance, organizations are significantly hindered from performing the task effectively.
Technology

Microsoft Excel: How to Automate Text File Links

Some time ago, I explained how to use Excel's Text to Columns Wizard for separating text within a spreadsheet into columns. Although this approach is helpful for data that's in a spreadsheet, in other cases, you may wish to link spreadsheets to text files that change periodically.
Technology

How to Keep Your Website Healthy

If your website is in ill health, or if your online presence is fading fast, a "health check" might be just what you need to revive your site. A health check opens up your website and looks at just how healthy it really is and what you can do to improve its prognosis.
Technology

A How-to Social Media Action Plan for Accounting Firms

PracticeWEB Marketing Manager Elizabeth McMahon has provided the following structured framework that can help your firm get the most out of social media tools.
Technology

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.
Technology

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.
Technology

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.
Technology

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.
Technology

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.
Technology

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.
Technology

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.
Technology

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.
Technology

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.
Technology

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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