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Sage 50 2014: Better Access to Existing Data

sage decision imageFor the small or mid-sized business owner, today's crop of accounting solutions is an embarrassment of riches. Your clients can dip their toes into cloud-based accounting by using an online solution for one or two functions. They can integrate an online add-on with their desktop accounting software. They can forge ahead and implement a 100-percent-in-the-cloud solution, like QuickBooks Online or Intacct, or sign up for a hosted environment.


Intuit Practice Management Debuts

Aaron Brady, IntuitTwo years after its intended launch, Intuit's Practice Management software is on the market. An Internet-based product, the application works with the company's QuickBooks and Lacerte products. The company is rolling the title out with a 90-day free trial. The official launch is planned at the California Accounting and Business Show and Conference next month.


REVIEW: Online Payroll Systems 2013

Payroll services for accountants, once considered a low-margin client service that accountants could take or leave, is once again gaining attention among accounting firms of all sizes. To a degree, this renaissance is based on the economy. With small businesses struggling under the burden of new taxes and uncertainties, accounting firms are working overtime to shore up their client relationships and their firms' revenue streams.


REVIEW: Scan This / Scan That

Scanners everywhere are converting paper to digital data. It does not matter that what is often being scanned was a digital file and used to create the printed page(s). It would be amazing if you, dear reader, are not already using scanning as part of your workflow and operations. We all know that working with digital files is easier, more accurate and way more effective for what needs to be processed. Tax data, accounting records, audit work papers are scanned on an almost daily basis through the accounting industry.


REVIEW: Website Builders 2013

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Every business, big or small, needs a website. Your website tells people how to find you, advertises your products and services, and stakes your claim in your marketplace. Your website is also an essential part of your marketing plans, by allowing you to identify your company's brand: what are you focusing on, who is your target market, and what are you best equipped to do for them?


Windows Phone 8: Not Ready for ... Anything

facebook-dislike-logoI've had my Nokia 920 which runs Windows Phone 8 for about four months. In that time I've given it a decent workout and used it a fair amount. I have to say I'm unimpressed by Microsoft's attempt at a phone operating system. The application ecosystem is not only slim:


REVIEW: Engagement, Trial Balance Software 2013

audit artAs we are knee deep in our busiest time of the year, we are very conscious of how we spend our time. So, when working on the engagement software review, I wanted to look at the software from a workflow standpoint and not just a way to automate an audit. All the programs in the review not only do the typical trial balance and audit software but also work on the byproduct of the process - the tax return. In the past small firms that don't do audit work but do a lot of tax and tax resolution work would not have consider an engagement product.


Review: Budget Software 2013

budget artBudgeting is one of those unpleasant tasks every manager has to do. It's a lot of number-crunching, comparing actual expenses versus last year's estimates and adding information about upcoming projects and known expenses. Thousands of people do their budgeting in a spreadsheet. However, while this is adequate for a basic budget for a department or small company, you have to enter the budget data manually, making it difficult to scale your budgets for larger companies. Moreover, spreadsheets rarely provide the analysis tools to create an accurate, tight budget based on existing numbers, and they are not suited for collaborative financial planning. This is where budgeting software comes in. Read more...

REVIEW: Tax Planning Software 2012

Sequestration. The Fiscal Cliff. The Affordable Health Care Act. A double-dip recession? We are not even into the new year, the environment for both individual and corporate taxes is changing for 2013. And while the dust has not yet settled on exactly how tax law will change, one thing is clear: Tax Planning will become critical, especially for small business owners. Read more...

Microsoft Surface Swims into the Mobile Ocean

surface artMicrosoft has come out from behind the curtain to join the mobility party. With the launch of its Surface line of tablets, this is a key moment for the personal computing universe. After a long hiatus which must have been filled with days and months of inner reflections and torment, Microsoft has made another move to include hardware as a company product. Read more...

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