Technology


The AICPA issues its annual ranking of the 10 technologies most likely to significantly affect practitioners, their clients and their employers in the coming year. Topping the current list ( www.cpa2biz.com/toptechs ) is information security—the use of hardware, software, processes and procedures to protect the data in an organization’s systems—followed by antispam technology to reduce or eliminate unwanted e-mail; digital optimization—the process of capturing and managing documents electronically; database-application integration to ensure the synchronization of information in each of a company’s business systems; wireless communications technologies; disaster recovery; data mining; virtual office technologies that enable personnel to collaborate regardless of physical location; Internet technologies that support XBRL-based business transactions; and e-mail, voice mail and instant messaging applications.

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Cybersecurity threats proliferating for midsize and smaller businesses

This report details how SMBs can properly protect private information from breaches, design and implement a cybersecurity policy, and create safeguards for training and education.

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Being responsive to clients

CPAs and their firms have daily pressures and hectic schedules, but being responsive is crucial to client satisfaction. Leaders in the profession offer advice for CPA firms that want to be responsive to clients.

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