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Annual Report: 2016 BSI Top 100 VARs

Annual Report: 2016 BSI Top 100 VARs

The web has reduced the need for large channels; the difference between reseller and ISV is blurring and perhaps most important, the younger generations of business people that are running things often have very little interest in purchasing on-premise software. They live in world that’s not only cloud-first, it’s cloud only. This is the background for this year’s theme: A New Direction: But So Many Choices?”

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REVIEW: Website Building Software

Web design and editing have always been a problematic software category. When the World Wide Web debuted in 1990, it was largely a text-only system of document sharing using the Hypertext Markup Language (HTML).


REVIEW: Budget Software 2016

Change has finally come to the category of planning and budgeting software, resulting in a round of improved capabilities, tighter integration with other software, and another potential revenue stream for accountants who are able to act as master planners and budgeters.


Report: Making Smart Payroll Choices

Making Smart Payroll Choices

Payroll is about much more than just paying employees. But the discussion about how to handle payroll used to be simpler: process payroll yourself or pay someone else to do it. Over the years, most companies added a “have-it-your way” approach in which companies could choose to split functions as they wished with outsources, sometimes on a client-by-client approach.

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Report: Reaching the Cloud - How Ready are Firms to Move

Reaching the Cloud - How Ready are Firms to MoveThose who have been around long enough probably remember it took tax and accounting firms a long time to move from DOS to Windows. After all, DOS-based products worked well for their businesses.  The situation is similar with the move from desktop software to web-based applications—those well-used on-premise products are working very well. But clients are increasingly moving to the cloud and so are professionals. And while that transition is not as rapid as many would have anticipated, and software publishers would have liked, there is no doubt the direction is  toward the cloud.

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REVIEW: Workflow Software 2015

The software category of workflow management is exploding, with new versions, streamlined capabilities and new features. But there is an old adage that when you are up to your hips in alligators it is easy to forget that the intent was to drain the swamp.


REVIEW: Small Business Accounting Software 2015

Driven by the growth of cloud computing and an understanding of how little most small businesses want to delve into the minutiae of accounting, the market for small business accounting software has exploded in the last decade. Still, it remains a hard market to serve. The new entrants are able to make use of the economies of "software as a service" in ways that the larger, more established vendors with their legacy customer base have some difficulties in matching.


BSI: 2015 Top 100 VARs

2015 BSI Top 100 CoverThe last few years have seemed to be a story of survival. But the revenue figures reported by this year's Top 100 VARs tell a much different story. They confirm what resellers have been reporting for the last few months—that business is good; so good that many are having some of the best results in their history. The increases in revenue registered by many are in double digits. There are always the companies that do well and we present 100 of them in this Report.

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REVIEW: Online Payroll Systems 2015

Despite the profits it can generate and the benefits it may offer in client relationship management, these are difficult times for payroll vendors and their accounting partners. Competition continues to increase from banks and other financial institutions, driving a wave of consolidations and undercutting prices.


REVIEW: Document Management Software 2015

In the "2014 Accounting Firm Operations and Technology Survey and eBook," a report from Insight Research Group and the Network Management Group, Inc., 32 percent of accounting firms reported that the most significant technology challenge they face in the next three years is to enhance workflow and internal efficiency. This challenge tops the list of critical management issues industry-wide. Yet at the same time, the report notes that 59 percent of firms are using no formal document management system, or are still using a paper-based manual system.


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