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Leveraging Technology Tools

toolsLeverage and accounting firms go hand in hand. This is a statement most partners intimately understand, as it's their paychecks that are dramatically impacted, positively or negatively, by the firm getting the leverage equation right. While many of us grasp the staff leverage concept, we rarely understand how to properly leverage other aspects of our business effectively. That said, the chief tool in each of our offices is technology. Read more...

Chromebook to Revolutionize the Industry?

ChromebookIsn't technology great when you simply push the power button and it's instantly ready for you to be productive? If you agree, then you have experienced the euphoria that results from the synergy of human and machine interaction. However, if you disagree, it is most likely due to a kink in the system anywhere between your fingertips and the Cloud. Fortunately, Google has introduced a product called the Chromebook that will move us one step closer to seamlessly integrating technology into our lives. Read more...

Google Apps is Smart for Business

Google logoThe mobile life, especially for professionals, is required. The frequency of communicating within any of the hours on any of the seven days is increasing. Working from distant locations such as another city or state has increased. So, whether communicating is with staff, client, family, friends or contacts, mobile technologies are already in use and more is on the way. Read more...

The Cost of the Cloud

Cost is a persistent mis-perception about cloud computing. Is the cloud more or less expensive? Just as would-be users fear limited functionality, perceived security vulnerabilities, or even have a basic fear of the unknown, some people believe that software as a service costs more than buying and running a server in-house. This perception often prevents likely users from pursuing a cloud solution. Read more...

Selecting the Right Smartphone

Smartphones have evolved almost continuously since their introduction in 1993. Designed to be the top end of the cellular device scale, they are distinguished from feature phones by their more substantial computing power, the array of third-party applications available for them, and the speed of their operating systems for functions such as video and web browsing. Read more...

Six Technologies That Don't Work

Decades since the introduction of personal computing there are still too many business technologies that don't work. Oh, the hardware and software firms will tell you that they do. But they still don't get it. For example, go to Microsoft's support site and type in "Microsoft Word Error" (leave out the quotes). I did this and got 2,380,000 results. Is this indicative of something working? Read more...

The Insecurities of Email

Email has been around a long time and has evolved into a mission-critical resource to deliver documents and communicate with clients. It's the default for most businesses-convenient, easy, and mature-and has all but replaced time-consuming faxing and manual delivery of documents. However, while email has been a trusted delivery tool for years-is it safe?

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Eleven Cool Mobile Apps to Consider

Mobile imageLast month, we featured five cool web apps for running your firm that were highly recommended by your accounting colleagues. This month, we’re going to stay on the productivity app beat and take a look at the mobile device space. Why mobile? It’s The Age of the Connected Accountant. We asked Rick Telberg, president and CEO of Bay Street Group, the provider of CPA Trendlines research, for his thoughts and research on mobile productivity for CPAs.

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Video Delivers Your Message

Communicating began with sounds - roars, chirps, grunts and so on. Early Homo sapiens did a lot of grunting but started communicating in more detail with pictures on cave walls. Ever since, pictures have been an important means of communicating messages, ideas, and entertainment.

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How Secure Is Cloud Computing?


cloud imageTechnology pop quiz for business owners: What's more secure?
A. Data stored in redundant back-up server installations (or "the cloud"), automatically updated and maintained, in a facility secured from outside threats. Or B. Data stored or backed up to an on-site tape or flash drive, whenever the company's controller or non-IT back-office staffer remembers to do it - then left in the drive? For many, the answer in theory is A, but in practice, it's B. Read more...

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