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CES 2012 - Products & Services & Apps, Oh, My


ces logoThere are lots of events that happen once and only once every year: Holidays like Thanksgiving, Birthdays like yours, and Sports like the Super Bowl. The Consumer Electronics Show almost falls within the once and only once category.

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Get Found and Go Places With Google Places

google places logoCould your practice use more customers? If so, think Google Places. Google reports that 97 percent of consumers today search for local businesses online, so having a virtual presence in our digital age is essential. Google Places brings potential customers and local businesses together first online, then in the real world. It's a savvy way for businesses to be found in today's competitive marketplace. Read more...

Megatrends to Shape Business Strategy

crystal ballIt's that time of year when business and IT pundits alike peer into their crystal balls, and tell you what's ahead for 2012 and beyond. But the number of predictions and the resulting advice that emerge each year can be overwhelming at best, and confusing at worst. This year we're going to try to do the heavy lifting for you. Rather than create yet another list of predictions, we've decided to integrate our predictions with those from leading media, analyst, research, and consulting firms-including Gartner, Aberdeen, Forrester, McKinsey, and major IT trade publications. We want to put key information about major trends at your fingertips, and help you start thinking about what your organization needs to do to prepare. Read more...

Managing Your Mobile Devices

mobile art.In the 1980s, the typical portable computer weighed 30 pounds. Things have changed. Smartphones are required part of everyone's professional mobile toolkit. Tablet computing devices are either in use or on the way. The weights are decreasing and allow us to move a little easier with less weight lifting pull-ups. Read more...

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.

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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.

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