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Five Things to Know About Online Accounting

cloudIt was just only a few years ago that when a client asked me to recommend them a cloud-based accounting application I had few options to offer. And now, seemingly out of the blue, there are many. Many good ones.

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Social Media Through Girl Named Bill

Struggling with the whole social media thing? Don't know a tweet from a twit? Can't decide if your company should have a Facebook page? Trying to understand the value of Linked-in? I know a guy who's figured it all out. His name is Bill. "I'm a social media God," he told me recently.

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Six Ways Google Will Transform Your Business


GoogleWhen Google held its annual I/O Conference for its developers and partners, it announced a bunch of new products and services. This is a company that doesn’t stop innovating. It is not afraid to invest in new ideas, make changes, expose themselves to criticism. It is also not afraid to kill projects that aren’t working out either. Good for them.

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Top 20 Tech Trends

Randy JohnstonSome of the terms in Randy Johnston’s presentation are not  recognized by your average running of Microsoft Word, words such as consumerization and gamification. But those are among the Top 20 Trends covered by the K2 Enterprises consultant and CPA in his technology update at the recent AICPA Tech+ Conference. Many of the trends involve phrases and words that are becoming familiar to many who are only marginally involved in technology, such as big data, cloud computing and on-demand services.

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Johnston: Upgrade Windows, Office by Tax Season

Randy Johnston, K2 EnterprisesAccountants who use Windows XP and Office 2003 need to upgrade their platforms before tax season, according to CPA consultant Randy Johnston. He made that recommendation at this week's AICPA Tech Plus conference based on the sunset dates for those products on April 8, 2014.

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Mobile Apps for Accounting Professionals

Mobile imageSmartphones offer the ability to browse the Internet and access email, but there are countless applications (apps) available for the mobile practitioner to increase productivity, bank, conduct meetings, network, and travel. As Apple's marketing says, “There's an App for that.”

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Five Easy Tech Tweaks to Improve Your Business

improve art"Our software is terrible!" "Our systems are out of date!" "We need something that's more user-friendly." I hear this pretty frequently. And mostly it's not true. It's an excuse. The truth is that most business software that's on the market today, particularly if it's from a long time and reputable vendor, is good and likely able to do the job that it was intended for. Usually when there's a problem it's not a software problem. It's a people problem.

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The Improbable Dream: True Software Integration

puzzle artWhen I started my company back in 1994 I could only dream of certain things.  I dreamed of no longer having to wear a "pager" when someone needed to contact me. I dreamed of not being forced to find a payphone to call clients when out of the office. I dreamed of a lighter laptop computer with more power that was easier to use.

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Big Data Tops Scale in AICPA Top Tech Lists

Donny ShimamotoManaging and retaining data emerged as the No. 1 issue in the Top Technology Initiatives of the American Institute of CPAs. It was only the second time in the last 10 years that information security was not the top issue. And the reason, according to Donny Shimamoto, chair of the AICPA's Information Management Technology Assurance Committee, is big data. The other big change was that overall survey participants are less confident in achieving goals for the Top 10 issues. Read more...

For 2012, The Cloud Got a C+

cloud cryingHas this ever happened to you? You're sitting in an airport (in my case at the moment it's the Philadelphia airport) and you try fruitlessly for an hour to connect to your cloud-based server because that's where everything is nowadays. It's in "The Cloud." But...uh-oh...the router or something isn't available. And neither is your Verizon 3G-or-4G-or whateverG-service. You're dead in the water. You've been there, right? That's where I am right now. Luckily, I'm able to do something else. I have a local version of Microsoft Office installed on my laptop. That way I can write this essay. Maybe you're that fortunate. Maybe you're not. Chances are you've been rendered, once again, unproductive. Read more...

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