by AccountingWeb on Nov 12, 1999
The Internet economy is worth $507 billion. This Internet explosion has numerous corporations seeking, at a record rate, consulting firms to help them plan and implement e-business strategies.Consulting firms eager to cash in on the boom are quickly morphing themselves into "technically enlighted strategists." They are doing this to set themselves apart from the many boutique firms that have popped up in response to the e-commerce Web mania.U.S. Internet consulting services are expected to top $710 million for 1999 and could grow to $4.38 billion in 2003.
by AccountingWeb on Nov 10, 1999
The tide may be turning towards a tax-free Internet purchase zone if Virginia Governor James S. Gilmore III has his way. As head of the Advisory Commission on Electronic Commerce, Gilmore has recommended, among other provisions, that levying taxes on virtual purchases would discourage the future of e-commerce.His suggestions also include repealing a federal excise tax on local and long-distance telephone service, and for states to be free to spend welfare money on computers and Internet access for poor people.
by AccountingWeb on Nov 08, 1999
Early Internet adopters remember when registering domain names was EASY and the cost was FREE.Just a few years later, the Web invaded our lives like gangbusters, and registering a domain cost money. Still, there was only one place to register at the government-approved company known as Network Solutions.There is good news in the fact that $70 still is the going rate for an annual fee, but times have changed. Network Solutions needed help and the government finally granted other organizations the same rights as the original provider had.
Imagine a computer without a Windows operating system (OS), and you either think of the new Linux or something totally random built in some far-away, little-seen garage or basement.The gauntlet has been thrown down, and in an effort to take away market share from Microsoft, other well-known computer vendors, including Gateway, Dell and Compaq, are reportedly beginning to build "appliances" that will deliver the Internet without relying on the Windows operating system.Think of the po
Perhaps this is the next step in the much-discussed WebTrust program that enables CPAs to verify the security of e-commerce Web sites.Consumer Reports has announced it will begin evaluating Web sites in much the same way the magazine always has been a primary source of consumer information for hard goods. The observations will be listed on Consumer Reports Online.Consumer Reports also will verify security much in the way WebTrust does.
Now that your firm has an online presence, you may think it’s time to sit back and watch the prospects roll in. Think again. Your marketing efforts are more important than ever.According to the Ecom Advisors, the biggest problem with web sites is unrealistic expectations. They say that businesses think if they spend $100, they will earn $150 the next quarter. They caution owners that it doesn’t work that way; you may not see results for 12 to 24 months.The reason sites fail is equally as simple.
by AccountingWeb on Nov 01, 1999
It’s a big Web out there. When you want to search it quickly and effectively, follow these tips:If you are short on time, consider using a multiple search engine to "grab" results from the leading search engines. Try multiple search engines like Mamma – The Mother of All Search Engines or Dogpile.com to get fast results.Don’t go back and forth. Instead of using your browser and the “back” button, consider opening a new window to view your results.
by AccountingWeb on Nov 01, 1999
Selling online is difficult – and costly. Clothing giant, Levi Strauss, confirmed last Friday that it will discontinue selling its products via the web.
by AccountingWeb on Oct 29, 1999
It's 7:00am. You're getting ready to give a PowerPoint presentation to a client in two hours, and just realized you really need to enhance your presentation with some graphics. But where can you find a picture of a construction site to add to that one critical slide? Or a picture of the Eiffel Tower to pitch a prospective client looking to expand overseas? Check out and bookmark http://www.ditto.com, a wonderful search engine that looks for images across the Web.
by AccountingWeb on Oct 28, 1999
Microsoft has announced a release date of February 17 for its Windows 2000 operating system catering to network and company computers. The software will be available to manufacturers by the end of 1999, enabling them to make-ready their systems by the February debut.Windows 2000 is the new operating platform that follows the company's NT product line. In fact, companies who are running NT 3.0 should know that Windows 2000 will only run on NT 4.0.
by AccountingWeb on Oct 28, 1999
Computer Associates International announced that a new worm-type of virus. has popped up in the Netherlands. The worm is named “Badass.”As with other global viruses, it’s only a matter of time before it reaches the U.S. This worm is similar to the devastating Melissa virus.
by AccountingWeb on Oct 27, 1999
They inherit names like Melissa, Thursday and Chernobyl, but what are they? These three were viruses. Another popular cyber warfare tactic is use of a trojan horse program.Trojan horses operate by pretending to do one thing (obvious to the victim) while really doing something else (unknown to the victim). Trojan horses work because they send the victim a “gift” to keep the victim occupied while they perform their cyber terrorism.
by AccountingWeb on Oct 26, 1999
AEC Connect is PurchasePro.com’s browser-based e-commerce solution for the architectural, engineering and construction (AEC) industry. PurchasePro.com is a leading provider of online “business-to-business marketplaces.”The new software will electronically unite architects, engineers, contractors and suppliers. Linking the parties will offer operational efficiencies.
by AccountingWeb on Oct 25, 1999
CPAs and accounting professionals have heard much over the past few months about ASPs, or Application Service Providers, and the business of renting software applications that more closely fits their needs instead of buying entire packages.Industry leaders like Microsoft are finding it difficult to come to terms with hosting options because projected revenues are difficult to determine based on the needs of small- to medium-sized businesses.Recently, the GartnerGroup reported that the market will reap $2.7 b
by AccountingWeb on Oct 22, 1999
Palm aficionados can expect a color display for the hand-held information devices sometime during the first six months of 2000, according to an announcement made at the PalmSource 99 Conference in Santa Clara, CA.Up to now, Palm Pilots have had an LCD display, a disadvantage in convenience and readability compared to some of the models by popular manufacturers with the Microsoft-based Windows CE operating system.A drawback to a color display for the Palm, according to industry sources, is that the display will draw