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Four Software Applications for your Professional Service Firm

In a recent Webinar, Software Shortlist explored key factors that make Professional Service Firms unique. What distinguishes service firms from any other business? What is unique about professional services? And what software is really critical for an owner of a service firm? Out of this analysis came a concise

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The Difference Between Time and Attendance and Time Billing Software

There are many time accounting packages on the market. Your business can leverage these software packages with vertical industry offerings to provide function and features unique to your business and market. Before you get serious about the search for software, there is one aspect of these systems

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A Better Way to Access Business Software

For many years now, there has been a general trend in business to focusing on what you do best – that is, your core competencies – and engaging third parties to provide other equipment, people, expertise, and services. Typically specialist providers can do those other things better,

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You’ve Chosen Business Software, Now What? The Importance of End User Training

So you’ve made the decision, selected your software, implementation is underway and you are shortly due to go live. So much to organise and yet often the crucial process of incorporating an end-user strategy is forgotten – arguably the most important. Unless your staff are trained on

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CIOs seek balance between innovation and thrift

Australian CIOs are engaged in a balancing act – attempting to deliver the digital agenda that boards and investors crave, while keeping tight rein on costs… According to industry analyst Gartner Australia will this year spend $83.5 billion on IT. But carving up that investment is increasingly

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Automation, Workflow and Alerts for SMEs

One way to significantly reduce costs for SME businesses is to automate internal processes. This includes automated workflow, alerts and the like. Examples of these include: * Automating tedious processes, such as weekly, monthly, quarterly and yearly recurring sales and purchase invoices and general ledger accounting entries.

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Billing best practice: Tips for a healthy debtors ledger

We feel like we are being held to ransom by our invoicing, but if we don’t get the dollars in the door more easily and effectively, our livelihoods will be on the line. David McNickel investigates the issues and offers the latest best practice advice on how to ensure

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How to justify your technology choice

As technology plays an ever-stronger role in modern business models, predicting and measuring productivity gains from technology investment is becoming paramount to getting project sign off. Alex Gelman shares an excerpt on the topic from his book ‘A practical guide to selecting and justifying the right business technology‘… The

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CFOs should have much to say on cloud computing

Today’s successful CFOs are modernising their departments while partnering with the CEO and line-of-business leaders to find new growth opportunities, says Oracle’s Jeffrey O. Henley… As the managers of risk, planning, and investments in a business, chief financial officers (CFO) have had two main responsibilities: manage the

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Management practice lags behind tech innovation

In many organisations management practice is about 20 years behind the web. Gerry McGovern discusses what this really means… Rarely do I find organisations where senior management is truly engaged with the web. The web is still seen as some peripheral entity that is somehow disconnected from the core

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