As our world becomes more and more connected, the terms used to describe online services blur into abstraction. In this article, I'll clarify the terms "cloud computing" versus "software as a service," often referred to as SaaS.
The CloudSolutions Alliance, an accountant-focused educational collaborative comprised of Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc., XCM Solutions, SmartVault, FreshBooks, and Avalara, announced the addition of Shoeboxed.
It is hard for legislators in cash-strapped states to ignore the explosion in the use of electronic devices - handheld computers, smart phones, iPods, iPads, and e-readers - and not view the many products these devices deliver as a basis for a new sales and use tax.
In February, Microsoft News Center (MNC) spoke with Kurt DelBene, President of the Microsoft Office Division, and Satya Nadella, President of Microsoft's Server and Tools Business, about what's new and what's unchanged with cloud computing. Here's what they had to say.
Few readers think time management is their strong suit, with the vast majority of respondents to a recent survey – 87.3 percent – saying they're either "OK, not great" at it or "could use some improvement." It's no wonder. During tax season, most accountants feel the tensions of too much work and too little time.
Glenn Reeves of Burlington, Kansas, recently released his fifteenth annual spreadsheet-based version of the U.S. Individual Tax Return, commonly known as Form 1040. Since 1997, Reeves has pursued this "labor of love," which means he allows any taxpayer to download and use the spreadsheet for free.
Microsoft announced that the next version of its flagship productivity suite has entered the "technical preview" phase of its development cycle. This program allows Microsoft customers to test and provide feedback on what's currently known as Office 15.
Some accountants hesitate to adopt SaaS-based solutions. While they offer a variety of reasons for their hesitation, uncertainty seems to be the underlying one. However, accountants who adopted SaaS solutions over the last year have found increased success in their respective practices.
In the more than forty years Rochester, New York–based Paychex, Inc. has been in business, its mission has been to provide excellent payroll, human resources, and benefits outsourcing solutions to the backbone of the American economy – small and medium-sized businesses.
If you or your clients use QuickBooks Pro, Premier, or Enterprise, you'll find that QuickBooks 2012's new features will help you gain new insights into financials, get more organized, and save time and steps.
Getting through your to-do list faster isn't what time management is about – at least not anymore. After all, this is the digital era! Rather than managing our existing time as if it was finite, we need to find ways to multiply it and make our lives better.
Innovative thought is the theme at CCH Connections, this year's annual CCH User Conference, and the Thomas Paine statement of "Lead, follow, or get out of the way," has never been more appropriate than it is today.
There used to be a time when financial professionals at tax and accounting firms spent hours of their time in back offices copying returns in triplicate or communicating with their clients through daylong games of phone tag or trips to the post office.
New River Innovation has announced a new alliance with Drake Software, a tax preparation solution vendor. The multiyear partnership provides New River Innovation with an established channel for introducing Beyond415 to the tax and accounting market.
In a letter this week, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants urged the IRS to work with small business owners to safeguard private data included in electronic accounting software records that the IRS may request as part of an examination.