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One-Button Disaster Recovery Available For Small, Medium Businesses

As accounting professionals, we live and die by bits and bytes of computer data. If you lost all computer systems in your firm, do you know what it would take to get your firm back "online?"Hewlett-Packard does. The worldwide market leader in tape backup solutions just recently announced that its One-Button Disaster Recovery (OBDR) system now can be utilized by many of the leading servers used in small- to medium-sized businesses. Among those supported: Acer, Compaq, Dell and IBM. ARCserve IT for NT is scheduled to support OBDR by October.
Community News

HRB International Taps Former AmEx Exec

H&R Block expands its international tax operations today by appointing Jeffery Yabuki to the newly created position of President of H&R Block International.Mr. Yabuki will head up the company's international tax operations, with primary focus on Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom. He will also be responsible for implementing the financial services expansion stategy overseas.Mr. Yabuki was former President and CEO of American Express Tax and Business Services, and was a key player in the CPA firm acquisition strategy of American Express.
A&A

H&R Block Buys Discount Stock Brokerage

H&R Block solidified a deal Wednesday to buy Olde Financial Corp., a discount stock brokerage based in Detroit. The company was bought for a reported $850 million in cash, and is intended to provide an estimated 16.5 million H&R Block customers with a greater range of financial services.
Community News

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.
Community News

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.
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.
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
Technology

PricewaterhouseCoopers Launches Second Generation of its Intellectual Property Exchange

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) launched the upgraded e-business version of its Web site, The Intellectual Property Exchange (IPEX). The IPEX assists intellectual asset management (IAM) professionals in search of intellectual property acquisition, joint venture and licensing opportunities.
Technology

Deloitte & Touche Teams to Provide Enterprise Software Solution

Hewlett Packard, Deloitte & Touche and QAD announced they have formed an international beverage focus team to help beverage manufacturers and distributors answer their industry-specific enterprise software needs in the areas of e-business, food safety compliance, manufacturing agility and brand management.The team is offering beverage companies a joint solution that provides tight integration of QAD applications and other best-in-class beverage software with HP servers and consulting services

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