The American Institute of CPAs plans to replace its annual Top Ten Technologies list with two lists, one for CPAs in public practice, and the other for accountants industry, according to the chair of the task force that has decided on the change. However, Chairman Ron Box said the committee immediately plans to work on the 2011 list so that this year's delay in publishing the list won't be repeated.

"As we went through that process, and what we decided to do was allow the product to evolve in a broader directions," Box says. It was that decision to change the format that led to the delay, he says. The two lists will be published by April 30 with plans to push the process forward to having next year's list out closer to the beginning of the year. "What we are going to do after we finish this cycle is we are immediately go into the next cycle," he says.

Box says the lists would also be accompanied by guidance about how to implement actions regarding the technologies. "We’ve had information security, just listed as a valuable technology and it’s been the first one on the list for several years," says Box. "We haven’t made that suggestion actionable."

Box said former chairman Mark Mayberry, who resigned the position because of workload, remains on the task force.

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