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Planning: A Path To Innovation

The importance of agile planning, and the tools and techniques required to keep your business on the move is something we can't write about enough. Limiting planning to an annual exercise adds risk, because there's simply no way to anticipate and accommodate the wild market peaks and valleys businesses face today. But the need to embrace agile planning doesn't invalidate the need for an annual plan. If anything, the annual plan takes on more importance. It remains the fundamental strategy for the year, establishing the mission, goals, desired outcomes, measurement benchmarks, and specific actions for components of the organization. Read more...

Three Pillars of Data Security

Among the many institutions affected by internet threats, accounting institutions are especially vulnerable to threats such as viruses, hacking and malware. Since theft is often the goal of these attacks, accounting institutions are particularly susceptible to legal action resulting from fraudulent bank activity directly related to malicious external exploits. Read more...

Make Your IT Budget Seem Huge

Budget ArtHere's a business strategy that should be familiar to every reader. When business is good, you invest in IT to improve the company's operations, service levels, and competitiveness. When business is bad, you freeze or cut the IT spend. Read more...

Excel Productivity Tips You'll Use Often

excel logoSpending lots of time working on Excel spreadsheets is a normal part of a typical workday for most of us. Often, it's a big part of that day. Streamlining your work in Excel, eliminating time-consuming problems and making your worksheets available to others quickly and easily can save some of that time. Here are six tips that are guaranteed to save time and help avoid problems in Excel 2007 and 2010.


The Cloud and Old Computers: A Perfect Match

tower computer artThe legacy computer system at your small- to mid-sized business is old. The cloud and web-based computing are new. Will the two make nice together?  For many small businesses considering a move to cloud computing, the question is a paradox that has stymied the transition. Read more...

Tablet Computers and the CPA - Really

"The Tablets are Coming, the Tablets are Coming" is being considered as a movie to be released in 2012. It is not yet cast, but casting calls for the part of Steve Jobs have already been sent out to talent agencies. If you are thin, and can fit into slim jeans, call your agent. If you wear round glasses and look like a college undergraduate, try for the Bill Gates role. A lot of extras will be needed to appear as a GUI look-alike.


Getting the Most Out of Dashboards

dashboard Performance management dashboards are a hot topic. That's because dashboards have evolved into something much more powerful than what we knew just five years ago. They are no longer simply a collection of static images spit out by spreadsheets and tools. Today's business dashboards are powered by dynamic business management software and business intelligence platforms. The difference can be seen immediately and all the way down to your bottom line. Read more...

Leveraging Technology Tools

toolsLeverage and accounting firms go hand in hand. This is a statement most partners intimately understand, as it's their paychecks that are dramatically impacted, positively or negatively, by the firm getting the leverage equation right. While many of us grasp the staff leverage concept, we rarely understand how to properly leverage other aspects of our business effectively. That said, the chief tool in each of our offices is technology. Read more...

Chromebook to Revolutionize the Industry?

ChromebookIsn't technology great when you simply push the power button and it's instantly ready for you to be productive? If you agree, then you have experienced the euphoria that results from the synergy of human and machine interaction. However, if you disagree, it is most likely due to a kink in the system anywhere between your fingertips and the Cloud. Fortunately, Google has introduced a product called the Chromebook that will move us one step closer to seamlessly integrating technology into our lives. Read more...

Google Apps is Smart for Business

Google logoThe mobile life, especially for professionals, is required. The frequency of communicating within any of the hours on any of the seven days is increasing. Working from distant locations such as another city or state has increased. So, whether communicating is with staff, client, family, friends or contacts, mobile technologies are already in use and more is on the way. Read more...

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