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Paychex Buys ExpenseWire

Paychex logoPayroll provider Paychex has acquired ExpenseWire an expense report automation application for small and medium-sized businesses, from Rearden Commerce. Web-based ExpenseWire has tools for managing and controlling the expense reporting process, including approval, reimbursement, and reporting. Read more...

Holiday Gadget Wish List 2012

Christmas techGifts and gadgets go hand in hand. This year, what new items will suit the occasion for productivity at work and play at home? I've searched for the best new and interesting gifts from the tech world and have compiled them into a Holiday Gadget Wish list 2012. Enjoy!

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Rating: Surface Versus the iPad

Surface tabletMicrosoft Surface has shipped, and I was one of the lucky people to get one of the very first units. We are going to see many new tablets released this fall including the iPad Mini, which I have on order ($634.99), as well as the new iPad4 and replacements for the Google nexus7 and Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 that I own, like and use. The tablet operating systems, usability and applications improve daily.

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The New SEO Landscape

SEO or Search Engine Optimization is a practice where companies spend (lots of) money or time tweaking their web based content in hopes that it is ranked highly by search engines such as Google and Bing and therefore found within the first few pages of search results. Read more...

For Most Businesses, The iPhone Doesn't Matter

iPhone5A couple of weeks ago I traveled to Orlando and a car service met me at the airport. The driver was a nice man who spoke almost no English. But that made little difference. Because what was the first thing he did once I was settled in the backseat? He took out his iPad and updated the office with details of my pick-up time, number of bags and destination. When we arrived at the hotel where I was staying, the driver again completed the order with my drop-off time and took my credit card using the tablet. His office knew where he was at every turn by the device's built in GPS system and notified him of his next pickup. Read more...

SmartPhone Apps for Salespeople

Smartphone imageIf you are a salesperson, then you will have a smartphone. Not a Blackberry, because no one in this country uses Blackberrys any more. You will have an iPhone or a phone that uses the Android operating system. This may not be the case in just a few years when (in my opinion) tablets, like the iPad, Nexus and Surface will be the primary device for you. But for now it's the smartphone. It is your No. 1 tool for closing more deals. Read more...

Telling Your Firm's Story on Camera

Video cameraThere are not many feature movies made about an accountant. Some of you may remember a 1974 movie about an angry vigilante fighting against street criminals. The movie, you may not realize, changed the profession of the writer's hero. In the movie Paul, played by Charles Bronson, was an architect. In the book by Brian Garfield, Paul is a middle-aged, overweight New York accountant. There was a time when I was a middle-aged overweight New York accountant. No one ever made a movie about me. Read more...

Richardson's Tech Predictions and iTV

Dana Dana "Rick" Richardson made his annual technology predictions at this year's AICPA Tech+ conference. But while all elements cover important subjects, one that has potentially great impact on people's day-to-day lives is the looming introduction of Apple's iTV. Read more...

Mobile Launches from Big Players Proliferate

Mobile is in the air as major tax and accounting companies this month introduced products and services in the rapidly expanding market for applications that run on mobile devices. The players with new entries are Sage, Thomson Reuters, Paychex and Intuit. Read more...

The (Almost) Totally Outsourced SMB

Intuit's recent purchase of DemandForce, which provides a variety of outsourced services to small businesses, raises a question. What's next? Outsourcing is a time-tested way of handing off duties that a business does not want to handle

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