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K2 Tech Update

Your Accounting and Finance Technology Update 

October 2012
In This Issue
Are Your Excel Spreadsheets Accurate?
A Few Words About Mobile Computing
Windows 8 Debuts
CCH Releases New Knowledge-Based Audit Title for HUD Programs
Microsoft, Apple, and Samsung Release New Tablets
Excel-Based Reporting and Analytics for CCH Practice Management
K2 Webinar Schedule for November
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K2 Tips
Course Spotlights

In this month's K2 Tech Update, we discuss the importance of Accuracy in your Excel Spreadsheets, as well as Which Mobile Devices Traveling Business Professionals Need.

In our News section, learn about the Debut of Windows 8, CCH's Release of the New Knowledge-Based Audit Title for HUD Programs and the Release of New Tablets by Microsoft, Apple, and Samsung.

The K2 Tips section includes Excel tips on Hiding Excel Worksheet Tabs and Another Option for Converting an Excel Formula to a Value, along with Finding the Correct Sales Tax Rate for a Specific Location.

This month we spotlight the K2 courses Excel Financial Reporting and Analysis, QuickBooks Advanced Features, Tools and Techniques, and PDF Documents - Beyond the Basics.

Be sure to review the November webinars for your online training.
Are Your Excel Spreadsheets Accurate? Are You Sure?

Microsoft Office Excel is a cornerstone tool for most business professionals. We use it for everything from financial reporting and analysis to budgeting and forecasting to tracking project statuses and all things in between, even including our Holiday shopping lists. Given our personal and professional dependence on this tool, maybe we should take a few moments and address a simple question: Are my spreadsheets accurate and how can I be sure? 

A Few Words About Mobile Computing

The number of mobile computing devices many business professionals carry is amazing. I recently sat next to a business traveler on a plane for a nearly five-hour long flight. During the trip he pulled out and used a notebook computer, a tablet, two different smartphones (one for business use and one for personal use), and a beautiful leather case that held an expensive pair of headphones. During the flight, we conversed and I learned that he also had a GPS unit he used in rental cars and a small "hot-spot" device he needed to connect to the internet via his cellular carrier. I was extremely impressed and pleased that I had not followed him in the security checkpoint line


So which mobile devices do traveling business professionals need?

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Window 8 Debuts

Windows 8, the next evolution in the Windows operating system, is now publicly available. Offered in three primary versions - Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro, and Windows 8 Enterprise - the operating system features support for touch-enabled devices such as tablets, the option to utilize a radically overhauled user interface, enhanced security, and improved speed and performance. Additionally, a fourth version of Windows 8 - Windows RT - is available; this version is for use only on Advanced RISC Machine (ARM) computers, such as tablets.


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CCH Releases New Knowledge-Based Audit Title for HUD Programs
CCH's expert guidance is now available for conducting audits of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) program participants in accordance with new clarified auditing standards issued by the AICPA. The new publication, Knowledge-Based Audit Methodology: HUD Programs, is based on CCH's Knowledge-Based Audit (KBA) methodology and now available via ProSystem fx Knowledge Coach.  
Microsoft, Apple, and Samsung Release New Tablets

The race to rule the tablet computer market continues to escalate as Microsoft, Apple, and Samsung have all released new tablet devices. Microsoft's Surface tablet, Apple's iPad Mini, and Samsung's Nexus 10 have all appeared on the market within the past week. For Apple, the iPad Mini is designed to help the company hold onto its commanding 68% share of the tablet market; for Microsoft and Samsung, their new entrants aim to put a dent into Apple's market leading position.

Excel-Based Reporting and Analytics for CCH Practice Management

November and December Webinars

BizInsight™ is an Excel-based reporting and analytics solution that delivers simple, yet powerful, reporting and analysis capabilities to business users.  BizInsight makes it easy to gain immediate control of the entire reporting and analysis process and allows users to produce reports accurately, efficiently and more easily than ever before.


K2 Webinar Schedule for November
To better serve the accounting community, K2 has partnered with Surgent McCoy, LLC to offer high quality web-based CPE training. This gives you the opportunity of receiving leading-edge, K2 developed and presented content, in the friendly confines of your home or office. The cost of the two-hour sessions is $79 and the cost of the four-hour sessions is $129. We are excited about this ability to provide web-based training and hope to see you on the Web.
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.
The K2 Team 
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