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January 2011

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QuickBooks Tip
Quotable Quotes
Notes from the Field...
Motivate Employees
QuickBooks Solutions

QuickBooks Tip

Speed up QuickBooks

Is your QuickBooks running slow?  This can be caused by many factors.  However, there is a good chance that we can solve your  slowness and latency problems.

The first thing to consider is the QuickBooks file size.  You can find your file size in the QuickBooks Product Information window (accessed from the F2 key while in QuickBooks). do this, click F2 while in QuickBooks.  Use the file size and general guidelines below to help you find a solution.

If your file size is:

Less than 125MB - Call us for several Preferences and best practice tips and tricks to speed up your QuickBooks.  Also, for these smaller file sizes, it may be a systems issue that we can help with.

125MB - 500MB - Most likely you have outgrown QuickBooks Pro / Premier; you will want to consider QuickBooks Enterprise.  Call us for discounted upgrade pricing and free consulting with your purchase.

Over 500MB - Files of this size may need our data archival / compression service.  We can speed up the file by applying our technology to reduce the file size and get you back to speed.
Quotable Quotes

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
-Winston Churchill 

Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate and doubt, to offer a solution everybody can understand.

-Colin Powell

Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.  

-Henry Ford


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Founded in 1992, Mendelson Consulting is a technology consulting firm that specializes in business management systems for growing and mid-sized organizations.  The focus is in QuickBooks solutions and Information Technology consulting services.


The firm has been recognized by Accounting Technology magazine as 'Killer VAR', acknowledging commitment and character as a value-added-reselling organization and by AccpimtomgToday magazine as  'Technology Pacesetter', recognizing reputation among peers and participation on advisory boards and speaker panels at industry events; the firm was also recognized as part of Bob Scott's Insights 'VAR Stars' for its accomplishments in mid-market financial software. 


The firm was the first charter member of the Intuit Solutions Provider Program.  Mario Nowogrodzki currently serves on the Intuit Solutions Provider Program Advisory Council--the only consultant in the nation to serve since program inception, for three consecutive terms.  Mariowas also voted by his peers at the Sleeter Group National Consultants Network as 'Top Technologist' for three consecutive years.


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New decade... new name.  This year we are excited to bring you our informative newsletter, now with a new name --The Mendelson Active Solutions.  We took a few extra days this month to ensure the new name and feel were ready for publication.  This title is more indicative of our kind of approach and methodology for conveying technical knowhow.

Today marks another anniversary for Mendelson Consulting:  This is our 19th year of delivering professional computer solutions.  The firm was incorporated on 27 January 1992.  Please join us in celebrating almost two decades of providing impeccable service to our esteemed partners! 


NEWSFLASH: Mario Nowogrodzki interviewed by Sleeter Group for winning "Top Techie" Award for 3rd Consecutive Year!

The Sleeter Group Consultants Network presented the "Magnificent Member Awards" at the annual Accounting Solutions Conference, in November 2010 in Las Vegas.  Award winners were chosen by members to recognize their peers in the QuickBooks consulting industry.

The Top Techie Award went to the consultant who has the most accounting software and networking technical knowledge and is best at communicating it.  The winner of the Top Techie Award, for the third year in a row, was Mario NowogrodzkiRead full interview by The Sleeter Group...
Canadian Software
QuickBooks Conversion, Eh?

Ready for a QuickBooks technical anecdote with international connotations?  Read on.

A recent project took us to the depths of QuickBooks to QuickBooks conversions.  I'm speaking of converting a QuickBooks Canadian Edition company data file to QuickBooks U.S. Edition.  We had to use special care and lots of patience to complete the project.  The job involved extracting all lists and historical transactions from the QuickBooks Canadian data file and importing into a new QuickBooks U.S. data file.

Special care was needed because QuickBooks Canadian and QuickBooks U.S. do not live well together, at least when it comes to 3rd-party utilities we needed to use for the data extraction and import.  Specifically, QuickBooks Canadian and QuickBooks U.S. each have a different Software Developers Kit (SDK); the SDK is the "connecting fiber" that allows 3rd-party add-ons to communicate with QuickBooks software.   The special consideration here is that only one SDK could be active in one computer at any one time, making it impossible for the 3rd-party utilities to connect with both QuickBooks Editions at the same time.  Instead of constantly activating and deactivating each SDK (by renaming the containing folders), the simpler solution was to use separate computers, one with only QuickBooks Canadian installed and the other only with QuickBooks U.S. installed.

Earlier I mentioned special care and lots of patience.  The patience came into play as we carefully watched tens of thousands of transactions be imported using the 3rd-party utility.  And further patience was exercised in comparing and matching each year's financial results between the two files (original QuickBooks Canadian and new QuickBooks U.S.), as well as comparing transaction totals by transaction type, by customer, by vendor, and so on, again to verify that all information was indeed converted correctly.

If you're wondering why the client requested to be converted from QuickBooks Canadian to QuickBooks U.S. it was because they needed the advances offered by QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions (U.S.), not available in Canadian Edition.  So the next time you are thinking of converting any kind of accounting file to any type of QuickBooks, make sure to call in the expert team of Mendelson Consulting.

Super Bowl Fun Facts

Super Bowl memories are full of nail biters, big hits, incredible comebacks, and memorable commercials. With the teams already set for next month's Super Bowl, here are some facts to impress your friends at the next Super Bowl party:

On the Monday following the Super Bowl, an average of six percent of the workforce calls in sick.

 - While it might be bad for productivity, the Super Bowl is good for one thing: the antacid business. Typically, antacid sales increase about 20% the day after the game.

- Super Bowl fans spend more than $50 million on food during the 4 days prior to the Super Bowl.

 -8 million pounds of guacamole is consumed on Super Bowl Sunday.

- 14,500 tons of chips are eaten along with that guacamole.

- Of the top 10 most watched television programs of all time, 9 of them are Super Bowls.

- 35% of people who attend the game write it off as a corporate expense.

- 80 percent of all Super Bowl tickets sold go to corporate sponsors of the NFL and of the Super Bowl.

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