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Calcbench Named the Grand Prize Winner of the XBRL Challenge

Calcbench, an open source application that consumes corporate XBRL data and performs comparative analytics, was named the winner of the XBRL Challenge at the XBRL and Financial Analysis Technology Conference on February 29. The contest is for developers of applications that leverage XBRL-formatted data in the SEC EDGAR database.
Practice

Quick Steps to Take in Advance of Google's Privacy Policy Changes

If you use Google products - Gmail, Google, YouTube, etc. - on or after March 1, you'll give them implicit permission to aggregate your web search history and other information Google has gleaned about you into a single mega-dossier.
Practice Management

Sleep Soundly with Data Security

Can you sleep soundly at night knowing your firm is safe from data security breaches? Security is a vitally important area that often is overlooked or taken for granted by accounting and law firms because it's not looked at as strategic, but rather one of those things that should and must be done "just in case."
A&A

IC Opportunities Event – A Forum for Industry Innovation and Change

Jason Blumer, of Blumer and Associates CPAs, has no problem admitting to the conservative nature of the accounting profession. Its reverence of tradition and legacy, its hierarchical leadership style, and its reliance on "tried-and-true" business practices, are what once made the profession great.
Technology

Cloud Chiefs Talk Myths, Trends, and the Future for Business IT

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.
Practice Management

Federal Agency Paves Way for Easier Move to the Cloud

The US General Services Administration (GSA) has released long-awaited details on a standardized program that is expected to smooth the way for the federal government's move to the cloud. Security risks are one of the main stumbling blocks for government agencies to make the move to a cloud-based solution.
Practice

Six Things Accountants Often Don't Understand about LinkedIn

You've probably heard about LinkedIn, and perhaps you've already registered your profile. Thousands of accountants register, but many fail to register properly, they complain about it, or they simply say it hasn't generated any business for them.
Practice

New CSC Survey of More Than 3,500 Cloud Computing Users

A survey of IT decision makers found that the shift to cloud computing is driven primarily by a desire to connect employees through a multitude of computing devices. Thirty-three percent cited accessibility to information through multiple devices as their top reason for adopting cloud computing.
Technology

Free Spreadsheet-Based Form 1040 Available for 2011 Tax Year

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.
Technology

Excel Tip: Table Feature Enables Effective Analysis

Excel 2007 and 2010 users often overlook the useful Table feature, which can streamline data analysis. The feature is a major overhaul of the List feature that has been on the Data menu of earlier Excel versions. This article will introduce you to the Table feature and show you how it can help you work faster.
Technology

On the Horizon: A New Version of Microsoft Office

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.
Technology

SaaS Products Can Boost Your Firm's Success

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.
Technology

Deloitte Buys Boutique Mobile App Firm

Big 4 accounting firm Deloitte started the new year by purchasing Seattle-based Ubermind. The 200-person firm develops mobile apps, e-commerce, and content management solutions for such companies as Apple, Target, Alaska Airlines, TruTV, Amtrak, and REI.
Practice

Results of SocialCPAs 2011 Social Media Survey

SocialCPAs published its Social Media Survey in December. The survey was developed to gain an understanding of how the accounting profession is adopting or avoiding social media. Barry MacQuarrie, CPA, of SocialCPAs surveyed hundreds of accounting professionals and received responses from eighteen countries.
Practice Development

Paychex Introduces Website to Spur Small Business Development

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.
Tax

Web Sites Designed for Accountants by Thomson Reuters & Emochila Team

On December 9, Thomson Reuters announced it had acquired Emochila, a leading Web site design company that works specifically with accounting and tax firms. Thomson Reuters and Emochila will now work in collaboration to assist accounting professionals in creating and maintaining their Web sites.
Technology

Three Irreverent Time Management Strategies for the Digital Era

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.
Technology

Gone Phishing: Dealing with Internet Thugs

Members of the legal and financial community have received a phishing message in the past week purportedly from AccountingWEB. As with the other phishing schemes, this message is not a legitimate message, it should be deleted, and any attachments should be ignored.
Practice Development

How Web Sites Can Be Used to Recruit Clients

Your Web site should be a profit center for your accounting practice and generate a steady flow of qualified leads. If it is not, then something is wrong....
AccountingWEB Life

Sleeter Group's 2012 Awesome Add-Ons Awards Recognize Tools for Efficiency and Productivity

The 2012 "Awesome Add-Ons" were announced earlier this month at the Accounting Solutions Conference in Las Vegas, recognizing technologies that can work with common business accounting and management systems to help small businesses be more efficient and productive.

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