Accounting, Technology and Small Business – The Best of 2013 from CooperMann

Accounting, Technology and Small Business – The Best of 2013 from CooperMann

cooper-mann-top-20It has been an eventful year, hasn’t it?  With the NSA lurking about collecting data, innovative new approaches to information and identity theft emerging almost daily, and complete turmoil in the IT services industry challenging trusted sales and distribution models, most of us have simply become numb to the noise.  Information technology is evolving at an increasingly rapid pace and the way people and businesses interact with and use technology is being forced to change along with it.  It’s starting to become almost, weirdly, natural.

Much of this change can be attributed to “The Cloud”, which is not a thing or a place.  Cloud has become the term which applies to just about anything having anything to do with the Internet.  For technology “purists”, cloud means something fairly specific, but for normal people (no offense to the nerds and geeks, but you know what I mean), cloud applies to pretty much anything accessible via the Internet.  Photos back up to “the cloud”; music gets stored in “the cloud”, websites are hosted in “the cloud”; businesses run their applications in “the cloud”, and you can do darned near anything you need (or want) to with a phone.  The cloud could be some guy’s server in his basement, or it could be a sophisticated network of systems housed in secure facilities around the globe.  They both qualify, sort of.  The point is that mobility, Internet services, subscription access to technology, and social computing are changing how people view technology – resulting with changes not simply in how IT is purchased, but in how IT is used and applied to daily life.

There are, however, some things that do not change even if the working environment does.  The accounting profession, for example, is undergoing a great deal of change, and much of it fueled by the advancements in technology and social computing.  But accounting fundamentals – the “truth of debits and credits” and the good old accounting equation – remain.  The basics of running a business are also unchanged, even as methods of doing business evolve and globalization of markets continues.  Business fundamentals – fiscal responsibility, cash and growth management, and focus on value and sustainability – are as necessary now as every before.

With all this change and IT “advancement”, there have certainly been impacts to how and where we work.  But the more things change, the more they remain the same.  Good business generates goodwill and more business – that doesn’t change – and bad news still tends to spread faster than good news (much faster, given social platforms that are designed to spread the word far and wide).  And when it comes down to the fundamentals – the basic and essential foundations supporting building, operating, and accounting for business – we generally find that they remain constant even as the environment in which they exist experiences change.

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Here are the top 20 ranked posts for 2013 from CooperMann.com

  1. The 2 Most Popular Models for Working with QuickBooks Desktop Editions and the Cloud
  2. Accounting Professionals, You’re right – your clients don’t care about the numbers.
  3. Remote access to client bookkeeping comes in many forms because clients come in many forms
  4. What Small Businesses Need To Know about QuickBooks and the Cloud
  5. Intuit Introduces Changes to Authorized Commercial Host for QuickBooks Program, Introduces QuickBooks Enterprise Rental Licensing
  6. Managed Applications, Cloudpaging, and a New Flavor of Hosted QuickBooks
  7. The Language of Accounting: Disconnect between Accountants and Bookkeepers
  8. Why Accountants and Bookkeepers Use the Cloud
  9. Small Business Owner to Accountant: Make Accounting Valuable to ME
  10. Changing How We See Software: QuickBooks 2013 interface frustrates power users
  11. Bookkeeping and Benchmarks – Getting the Numbers Right
  12. In Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Information Technology: The Value of Outsourcing
  13. Hosting All My Applications in the Cloud
  14. 4 Rules of Thumb for Business Success
  15. Intuit Hosting Program for QuickBooks Website Goes Live
  16. Re-defining the role of the accountant, or going back to the good old days?
  17. Cloud Computing for Small Business: It’s All About 3 Apps
  18. The Collaborative Online Model for Small Business Accounting Professionals
  19. QuickBooks Hosting: New Program Tier Announced for QuickBooks Hosting Providers
  20. 4 Rules for Building Service Customer Loyalty
Posts by category – with Accounting Professionals, QuickBooks Hosting, QuickBooks Software, and Small Business being the top categories with ranking articles.
ACCOUNTING PROFESSIONALS
Small Business Owner to Accountant: Make Accounting Valuable to ME
Accounting Professionals, You’re right – your clients don’t care about the numbers.
The Language of Accounting: Disconnect between Accountants and Bookkeepers
Why Accountants and Bookkeepers Use the Cloud
Bookkeeping and Benchmarks – Getting the Numbers Right
In Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Information Technology: The Value of Outsourcing
Re-defining the role of the accountant, or going back to the good old days?
The Collaborative Online Model for Small Business Accounting Professionals
Remote access to client bookkeeping comes in many forms because clients come in many forms
QUICKBOOKS AND BUSINESS APPLICATION HOSTING
The 2 Most Popular Models for Working with QuickBooks Desktop Editions and the Cloud
What Small Businesses Need To Know about QuickBooks and the Cloud
Intuit Introduces Changes to Authorized Commercial Host for QuickBooks Program, Introduces QuickBooks Enterprise Rental Licensing
Hosting All My Applications in the Cloud
Intuit Hosting Program for QuickBooks Website Goes Live
Cloud Computing for Small Business: It’s All About 3 Apps
QuickBooks Hosting: New Program Tier Announced for QuickBooks Hosting Providers
Managed Applications, Cloudpaging, and a New Flavor of Hosted QuickBooks
QUICKBOOKS SOFTWARE
Changing How We See Software: QuickBooks 2013 interface frustrates power users
SMALL BUSINESS
4 Rules of Thumb for Business Success
4 Rules for Building Service Customer Loyalty

About Joanie Mann

Joanie Mann is a recognized authority in the areas of ISV cloud enablement and ASP service delivery, and consults with application and platform hosting companies worldwide. Her extensive work with accounting professionals worldwide has also positioned her as an expert consultant and adviser to professional practitioners seeking to leverage cloud accounting solutions, web-based applications and Internet technologies in their firms and with their clients. Author of Cloud Hosting Explained for Normal People (available on Amazon Kindle) Principal consultant at Cooper Mann Consulting CooperMann.com @JoanieMann on twitter
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