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Use Your Team's Input To Increase Your Bottom Line

Your marketing efforts are bringing more business in the door. Your gross revenue has increased significantly in the past year. But somehow, you don't think your people are performing at the level they could be. Or, maybe, you need them to increase their productivity level to keep up with your new business. How do you bump up productivity without making employees feel overworked and underappreciated?Chances are, your hunch is trying to tell you something. There may be room for increased productivity with your existing employees; hiring more talent isn't always the answer.
Practice Management

It's the little phone things that really irritate clients

You've invested in service building programs, you have high firm standards for products going out to your clients, but wait! It's your phone manners that can undo your best client service efforts.Put your best phone forward. Clients appreciate prompt, courteous attention when they call your firm. Make sure they don't have to go through telephone system twister to get to you. Offer a direct line when possible. Always ensure that your clients have a backup contact in case you aren't available. Use caution if you screen phone calls.
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Two Wisconsin CPA Firms Merge To Become #17 in the USA

470 person Virchow Krause & Company announced this week a merger with 150 person Schumaker Romenesko & Associates forming a CPA firm with over $70 million in revenues. The third merger for Virchow Krause in the past year, this one will move it to the position of #17 in the country, and will solidify for the firm offices across the state of Wisconsin. The resulting firm will be know as Virchow Krause & Company.
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CBiz Acquires Tri-Tek Information Services

Century Business Services (CBiz) has acquired Tri-Tek Information Systems, a privately held technology services company based in St. Louis.
Technology

New Pentium Speed Reaches 700 MHz

Just when PC users began to get used to top speeds of 500 MHz, Intel will unveil its new 700 MHz Coppermine Pentium III chip in October.The new chip will run at a faster speed than the 600 to 667 MHz speed analysts first predicted, and goes head-to-head against the perceived competition from Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) and their Athlon processor.Intel said the Coppermine chip also will be available for notebook computers, marking a real advantage for notebook computer users whose processor speeds traditionally have not
Technology

Update Your System With updates.com

http://www.updates.com is a free update service that will analyze your entire hard drive and tell you what software needs to be updated. It will even provide you the link for downloading updates. Additionally, updates.com analyzes hardware and gives tips for improving performance. To use their service, you must have cookies enabled and download a 1.2 meg Netscape plug-in (Note: be sure to close your browser before installing the plug-in.)

AccountingWEB Weekly News Wrap-up - Issue 7

============================================================== The AccountingWEB Newswire - Issue 7 September 2, 1999 http://www.accountingweb.com============================================================== In the headlines this week:1. New AICPA Initiative To Develop Financial Reporting Computer Language2. IRS Issues Alternate ID Numbers For Tax Preparers3. Microsoft Stumbles A Bit As Security Issues Dominate the News4.
Practice Management

Is your vision statement working?

Yes? No? Don’t know? Hey, what’s a vision statement? In many firms, vision statements are beautifully lacquered plaques that hang quietly on the wall waiting for someone to read them. The problem is for a vision to be a truly powerful communications tool for your team, you must have a strong, realistic vision statement in place.Use these tips to “grade” your current vision statement’s program effectiveness. Is it true?
Practice Management

People Before Strategy

As the accounting industry drives through consolidators, mergers & acquisitions and Big 5 fall out, your firm may be trying to change strategy or culture to keep up with the flurry of activity.
Technology

Sun Introduces Web-based Office Software Suite

Sun Microsystems today announced the debut of StarOffice 5.1, a new software applications package that competes head-to-head with the Office suite from Microsoft.The software is available free for download at the StarOffice Web site, and is selling a CD-ROM for customers who prefer not to wait for the software to download.
Technology

Harte-Hanks to Purchase ZD Market Intelligence

Media giant
Community News

AICPA Develops XML-Based Language With Big 5 Accounting Firms

The American Institute of CPAs today announced a collaboration with all five of the Big 5 accounting firms to develop a new computer language intended specifically for the preparation and exchange of financial reports and data.Much has been written over the past year about the advantages of Extensible Markup Language, known as XML—a code similar in format to HTML, or the language of the Internet.
A&A

Powerful Portfolio Management Software Now Available

1st Global, Inc. just rolled out its new version of Premier Allocator(TM). The new version combines Wiesenberger's Blueprint and InvestmentView products for the technology and database engines driving the program. The program bundles into one package asset allocation, mutual fund research, and decision support tools.
Technology

Microsoft's Hotmail Left Users Exposed To Unscrupulous Web Sites

Is security an issue with Microsoft? You have to wonder. On the heels of two other security glitches with Microsoft software products, its Hotmail servers were taken down yesterday when it was discovered that several web sites maliciously used a security hole in Microsoft software.These web sites allowed anyone to access any Hotmail account by simply typing in an account name. No password was required to read, send or delete mail from an account.How did Microsoft learn that its millions of free email service users were vulnerable?

AccountingWEB Passes First 1000 Milestone

Over 1000 people have already subscribed to the free AccountingWEB US newswire.
A&A

Move to Self-Brokerage Fuels Increased Trading and Tighter Control

While the stock market continues to gain momentum, the headlines boom with stories about day trading, after-hours trading and the much-discussed 24/7 trading.

Pay Gap Widens Between Management and Workers

The sixth annual survey by the Institute for Policy Studies and United for a Fair Economy today reported that the pay for top corporate executives versus an average production worker last year reached a gap of 419 to 1.The survey, A Decade of Executive Excess," also cited that the gap compares to a 1980 sum of 42 to 1. If the pay for workers had risen at the same pace as executives, the organization says the average production worker would today earn $110,000 annually.
Technology

New Products Dominate Hand-Held Palm Market

The burgeoning Palm marketplace is heating up again, as a bevy of software solutions are in the works for the hand-held personal digital assistant.Palm Computing, a subsidiary of the parent company, 3Com Corp., continues to develop more software, and is expanding the number of Palm Operating System (OS) licensees.
Technology

BDO Seidman Join's PeopleSoft's Alliance Program

One of the nation's second-tier accounting and consulting firms, BDO Seidman, has joined PeopleSoft's Alliance Program to provide services for the vendor's manufacturing software suite.The joint effort helps PeopleSoft increase its solutions in several business areas, including financial and supply chain management, by building on BDO Seidman's Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and supply-chain business knowle

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