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Special Reports (151)

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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...

Review: Invoicing Software 2012

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Although most service businesses are used to generating invoices manually in a word processor, there are many disadvantages to this. First, you have to find all the charges billed to a particular client and project. Next, you have to add everything up correctly and send it out. Finally, you have to manually enter invoice amounts received from the client in your accounting software.

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Review: Time & Billing 2012

/time and billing.There are two ways to bill for client services, and neither is perfect. The first is known as project billing, or billing-by-the-job. Under this method, the client is quoted a full price for the job based on the estimated time and costs anticipated for the job. This usually works to the advantage of the accounting firm, since no firm wants to lose money on a job and thus will quote just a little on the high side.

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REVIEW: Fixed Asset Software

You can't fully appreciate the complexity of a concept until you attempt to explain it to someone else. Over the course of the past year, I had just such an opportunity while trying to explain U.S. rules for depreciating fixed assets to a very bright individual from France. When we compared notes regarding every other element of accounting, we were happy to discover more similarities than differences between the two countries.

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iPhone 5: Faster, Thinner, Lighter

iPhone 5Unless you have been living in a cave, you know that Apple recently introduced the iPhone 5. The prior releases from Apple, the iPhone 4 and 4S, have been well crafted, highly popular, and have solidified the feature set of the innovative phone series. We were all waiting to see if, with Steve Jobs no longer at the helm, Apple could continue the innovation that has been the catalyst for its recent success. Read more...

Homeplug: Networking through a Powerline

Homeplug logoWhen it comes to networking the small office or home office, the choices can be very limited. The ideal network would be Ethernet or another wired technology, but it is not always possible to run cable through the walls of rental offices, older office or home offices. Read more...

REVIEW: Overdue Upgrade - New QuickBooks Interface

Intuit logoIf you've been involved in accounting technology for a couple of decades, you remember what a pleasure QuickBooks was to use at first. That graphical flowchart on the home page. Those pretty icons. That uniform look and simplicity. Read more...

REVIEW: CRM Software 2012

Customer relationship management software has never been more critical for accounting firms - and never more confusing. Literally dozens of solutions are available in the marketplace, at price points that range from a hundred dollars to many thousands. And yet, most are useless for accounting firms because their focus is less on relationship management than on sales force automation. Read more...

REVIEW: Client Write-Up Software

Client Write-Up services and their counterpart, After-The-Fact Payroll, are examples of core services that have resisted many of the changes that have swept through the accounting industry in the past three decades. Read more...

REVIEW: Nonprofit Accounting Software

The market for fund accounting software for not-for-profit organizations is considerably smaller than the market for commercial accounting software, but it is no less varied. Unlike standard commercial accounting, fund accounting lets you identify and separate your financial resources in separate funds. This lets you track the source and the use of the funds.

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