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The K2 Enterprises Team                                                                                     April 2011

Greetings!
 
In this month's K2 Tech Update we discuss Office 365 and our On-Site training opportunities for organizations of all sizes.

You'll find technology tips for Excel's Fill Justify tool, Windows 7 Aero, and Excel's Trendlines, along with news about CCH KnowledgeConnect and the discontinuation of the Free Document Management in QuickBooks 2011. Looking for K2 webinars and webcasts?  Be sure to review our webinar and webcast schedule for May.
 
This month our course spotlights are focused on Advanced Excel, QuickBooks - Advanced Reporting and Security Tools - Up Close and Personal.

We hope you find this issue timely, relevant, and useful.  If you have topics you would like for us to cover here in the coming months, please let us know.

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Using Excel's Fill Justify Tool
  

Excel's Fill Justify tool is an interesting feature that allows users to reformat text in Excel so that it fits into a pre-selected space. Accordingly, it is an excellent tool for streamlining text editing in Excel. With Fill Justify, you can forego many of the manual efforts otherwise required to fit text in Excel into a specific area.

 
  
Taking Advantage of the Windows 7 User Experience
 

The Aero user experience is the default experience established in Windows 7 for those computers able to take advantage of it. Among the key characteristics of the user interface are large buttons on the Taskbar, Jump Lists, Live Preview, the Action Center, and the ability to launch programs from the Search Box.


Located at the bottom of the window, the Taskbar allows users to launch programs quickly, without going through the Start menu. Users can add applications quickly to the Taskbar.
 
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Predicting the Future with Trendlines in Excel

Many times, business professionals are called upon to look at prior data, gaze into a crystal ball, and make predictions for the future based on that data. Commonly, these estimates underlie budgets and forecasts that are prepared in Excel. Fortunately, for professionals needing to create these types of calculations, Excel provides a number of tools useful in the process. For those who want to use formulas, the following may be quite useful when predicting the future with Excel: LINEST, LOGEST, FORECAST, and TREND.

 

However, one of the easiest and most powerful tools is to create a chart in Excel and add a trendline to the chart.

 
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  The Cloud Grows Bigger
   
Cloud computing just got a little bigger as Microsoft announced that its Office 365 service has entered its public beta phase. Office 365 is a cloud-based version of Microsoft's standard-setting desktop productivity suite. In its final release, Office 365 is expected to include email and calendaring functions, access to Office Web Apps, the ability to create websites and to collaborate with others, and instant messaging and online meeting capabilities.

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FeatureArticle2 On-Site Technology Training Options Available to Organizations of All Sizes  

Many organizations have recognized and experienced the value of on-site technology training. As more organizations gear up for major technology upgrades in 2011 - including migrating to Windows 7 and Office 2010 - one of their key considerations will be to ensure that they provide appropriate training to all team members. Failing to do so will almost certainly ensure that the organization does not receive the appropriate return on the technology investment.

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News1CCH KnowledgeConnect Nominated for CODiE Award 

 

CCH KnowledgeConnect, a knowledge management system targeted specifically for the accounting industry, has been selected as a finalist for Best Collaboration/Social Networking Solution in the 26th Annual Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) CODiE Awards. This prestigious awards contest recognizes excellence and innovation in information and software products and applications.
 
 

 
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News2Free Document Management Discontinued in QuickBooks 2011  

 

For those QuickBooks 2011 users who have been using the free document management service embedded in QuickBooks, Intuit announced that, after May 15, 2011, this service will no longer be available free of charge in QuickBooks to new QuickBooks Document Management users. But for existing users of QuickBooks 2011, in order to use the free service, you must set up your free Document Management service and create and save an attachment prior to May 15, 2011. If you do so, you will be able to use the free service for two years.    

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News3K2 Enterprises Webinar Schedule for May 2011 

 

To better serve the accounting community, K2 Enterprises has partnered with CPA Crossings to offer a series of webinar training events.The cost of each of these two-hour sessions is $79 and group discounts are available.   

 

Additionally, K2 Enterprises is pleased to offer course web-based content through ACPEN. The following two courses are available in April and each course offers eight hours of CPE credit. The cost of each ACPEN course is $195.

 

Imagine, you now have the opportunity of getting leading-edge, K2 developed and presented content delivered to you in the friendly confines of your home or office. We are truly excited about this ability to serve you even better in 2011 and beyond. 

 
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Spotlight1Advanced Excel

  

Although many accountants consider themselves experts in using Excel, most accountants are self-taught and do not use Excel to its full potential. This course takes experienced, self-taught users to the next level.

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Spotlight2QuickBooks - Advanced Reporting

QuickBooks remains the top-selling entry-level accounting software solution in the United States. Yet, many accountants wrestle with generating financial statements and operational reports from QuickBooks data files. In this half-day seminar, you'll learn how to use advanced techniques and tools to assist you.
  
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