Accountants face new technology issues for year ahead

While fires raged in California last week, accountants at the second annual Accountants Technology Conference in nearby Las Vegas learned about what they can expect to see in the near future in the way of technology changes.

Speakers at the event, which ran Sunday through Tuesday, October 21-23, offered a plethora of information about new programs, new gadgets, innovative technology techniques, as well as helpful tips for making the lives of accountants more efficient and effective.

In addition to having a chance to meet with several vendors and other professionals in the accounting technology fields, attendees were exposed to techniques for improving security, making their workspaces more efficient, choosing software, choosing hardware, and generally improving their working environment.

Several training sessions revolved around new Microsoft products, including Office 2007 features, the Vista operating system, and Microsoft Accounting software. Participants learned about many of the features these programs have to offer and techniques for incorporating these new products into their own businesses.

Of particular interest to accountants getting ready to make the switch to Office 2007 and Excel 2007, conference attendees learned transition tips and what they can expect from new features. Many of these tips, along with others we have learned here at AccountingWEB while testing the new software, will be presented to readers in weeks and months to come.

For many, the new look of the latest Microsoft products seems like a deterrent to making the transition to the new software. Will Fleener, CPA, PhD., and CFO of K2 Enterprises, a Louisiana-based technology training and consulting firm, had this simple advice for those struggling with the transition to the 2007 programs: "Get used to it."

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