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E-Trade & EY: Match Made in Financial Heaven?

It has just been announced that Internet securities broker E-Trade and Ernst & Young will partner to form a new venture handling financial advisory services.Each company will put up $25 million for the new company, which has not yet been named.
Technology

Battle of the Handhelds: Palm Fends off Microsoft

The battle of the handheld PDA (Personal Digital Assistants) is heating up once more.

Former ASAP Software CEO ‘Clicks’ Payroll into the Future: Scott Wald Returns to Launch Online Payroll Company

HIGHLAND PARK, IL — June 1, 2000 — From the man who Fortune Magazine named one of the “40 smartest entrepreneurs in America under the age of 40,” Scott Wald launches his next venture, SurePayroll.com – a radically new, Web-based payroll system. For the first time ever, SurePayroll.com’s system electronically distributes paychecks, notifies employees that they’ve been paid and allows them to view their paystubs on-line.

SEC Taps CPA to Oversee Fraud Cases

Charles Niemeier, a CPA with the Washington, D.C. law firm of Williams & Connolly, is now on board with the SEC as Chief Accountant of the Division of Enforcement to help investigate accounting fraud. In this capacity, he will advise the enforcement division on accounting related issues.Niemeier also will head a new SEC group called the 'Financial Fraud Task Force,' which will consist of a team of accountants and lawyers focusing on accounting and financial reporting investigations.
Technology

Search Engine Savvy

You know the first step to getting your web site noticed is to ensure that search engines pick it up, right? But anyone who has tediously signed up their site directly with search engines (read one by one)knows that this is a process that could drive even the most patient person over the ledge!The good news is that there is a solution. The better news is it's inexpensive to register your site with multiple search engines at the same time! A new service provided by NetMechanic boils the grind down to a manageable task.

Retirement may be old hat - Get Back to Work!

Although the consensus is that most everyone looks forward to retirement, statistics and trends actually show that baby boomers nearing or at retirement may actually never fully retire.Why? Analysts say that most retirees who have led successful and productive lives want to continue down that path - and often do so by taking on a challenge they've always wanted to tackle.Many boomers now are planning and preparing at age 40 for that next giant step. A businessperson could become a travel writer, or an engineer could pursue sculpting.

Eva Rosenberg - a.k.a. The Tax Mama

Eva Rosenberg, MBA, EAemail: taxmama@taxmama.comwww.taxmama.comAffectionately known as TaxMama to her clients and her audience.Our TaxMama has decades of tax and business experience, across a surprising spectrum of industries. Combining formal training at national CPA firms and years in the trenches with her warm, homey style, she does her best to protect her brood from the ravages of the U.S.
Practice

What A/P Managers Need To Know About Digital Signatures

Reprinted with permission from Financial Management Network. What Every A/P Manager Needs to Know About Digital Signatures and Encryptionor Julius Caesar’s Impact on Accounts Payable Mary Ludwig SchaefferOne of the biggest fears your boss has about the Internet is the lack of security. The solution to the security problem lies in encryption and digital signatures. A/P professionals need to understand that these new technologies are coming to accounts payable — quickly.

Gaining Partner Support for Marketing Efforts - with Tina Kersen

Tina Kersenthe one80 groupSession Moderator: My name is Michael Platt and I want to welcome you to today’s workshop! We're very fortunate to have Tina Kersen with us today to discuss gaining partner support for marketing efforts.Tina is the former marketing director of a CPA firm. Her view of the accounting industry comes from both a marketing and human resource slant.
Practice

Maximizing Referral Systems in Practice

Ask any practitioner where the vast majority of new clients come from and they say “Word of Mouth” or “Referrals.”We all know that referrals cost you next to nothing to get and usually (if a good existing client has referred them) the new client is of relative good quality. The $64,000 question is “what systems do you have in place to make sure the referral happens?”Before we look at the systems let’s look at the importance of referrals to your practice. To quantify how you can grow your practice through referrals, consider your existing client base.

Casual Attire a bit 'too' Casual

A new survey by Accountemps found that almost 40 percent of responding managers felt employees dressed too casually within the office on the days they could dress down.The survey was conducted among 1,000 large companies in the United States, with a response rate of 150 or 15 percent. While 55 percent of respondents felt employees dressed appropriately, Max Messmer, head of Accountemps, feels the lopsided numbers clearly send a signal to employees.He suggests, among other things, to observe managers' attire and emulate when possible--and appropriate.
Technology

To the Rescue: CPAs Advise Failed Dot.coms

Last week's news about the demise of online retailer boo.com has fueled a discussion in the United Kingdom that a new service line for accountants is literally waiting to happen: the rescue of the dot.com.What's it all about? CPAs and accountants (chartered accountants in the UK), can provide financial advice to failed or struggling online businesses.

Graduates Turn to the Internet

As graduates leave the academic world behind, job sites find their servers and databases being put to the test. Some sites are better than others at handling the surge at peak times. Others, such as Headhunter.net even market to graduates as early as April and continue through June. So, if you are looking for an online source for graduates, read on!Some sites are ready for the spikes in resume traffic. Monster.com, for example, handled 3.4 million unique visitors this past March.

AccountingWEB Weekly News Wrap-up - Issue 44

The AccountingWEB Friday Wrap-Up Newswire - Issue 44May 26, 2000Logon to http://www.accountingweb.com for more resources.Don't know your membership login details?

10 Hottest (and not so hot) Jobs for the Future

What will be the hot jobs for the future? Time magazine has chronicled these in its May 22 issue, and even took the 'time' to figure out what jobs will disappear.Get out your dictionary, or better yet, ask anyone under the age of 25.

Restructure at Cap Gemini Follows EY Acquisition

Cap Gemini has announced its plans to restructure its operations based on the recent acquisition of the Ernst & Young Consulting Group.First on the table is a new brand for the European company, and will most likely be a hybrid of both company names. However, the new name only can be used for four years under the rights in the agreement.Also being changed is the company's governance structure, moving from a four-man directorate and a supervisory committee to a board of 11 members, including directors and an executive committee.

On-Point, Deloitte & Touche Named in Class Action Lawsuit

On May 22, 2000, the law firm Cauley & Geller LLP filed a Class Action Complaint in the U.S. District Court on behalf of Purchasers of On-Point Technology Systems Inc. stock between May 19, 1997 through February 22, 2000. The law firm has substantial experience with securities fraud class action lawsuits.The complaint is aimed at On-Point’s president and chief executive officer, Frederick Sandvick, other employees of On-Point, and Deloitte & Touche LLP.

Tina Kersen Ferguson

Tina KersenPresidentthe one80 groupTina Kersen loves the dynamics of today's evolving business workplace. A former marketing director for the 10th largest accounting firm in Dallas, Tina brings a unique perspective to AccountingWEB. Her view of the accounting industry comes from both a marketing and human resource slant. She has published articles about outsourcing, employee retention, employee morale, and financial strategies.

Judge Stops Microsoft Hearing; Ruling Pending

On Wednesday, in an abrupt turn of events, Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson, shut down any further testimony on the Microsoft Antitrust case. He advised each side to file any final papers by the end of the week.This was the first set of hearings since the news last month that Microsoft allegedly maintained a monopoly with its operating system.
Community News

National Law Journal Features new CPA Column

Earlier this week, AccountingWeb published a story regarding the overwhelming number of lawyers working in CPA firms.The media also recognizes this trend, and beginning next week, the National Law Journal will begin a new column devoted to accounting-related issues within the Big 5 firms.The column will include information on the Big 5 firms and how lawyers affect the practice of law and accounting.

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