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K2 Tech Update

Your Accounting and Finance Technology Update 

November 2014
In This Issue
The Growing Importance of Business Intelligence
The Technological Emotional Roller Coaster
K2 Enterprises Conference Survey Coming in December
AccountantsWorld Enhances ACCOUNTING POWER
Centage Corporation Secures $9.5 Million Capital Investment
K2 Enterprises Webinars
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In this month's K2 Tech Update, our feature articles discuss The Growing Importance of Business Intelligence and The Technological Emotional Roller Coaster.
  
Our News section reports on K2 Enterprises Conference Survey Coming in December, AccountantsWorld Enhances ACCOUNTING POWER, and Centage Corporation Secures $9.5 Million Capital Investment. Also, be sure to review the upcoming K2 Webinars.
  
Learn some great Technology Tips by reading the articles or watching our YouTube channel that cover: Using Excel Data Models to Solve Fiscal Year Reporting in PivotTables and Filtering Unwanted Data from Excel Charts
  
Finally, this month's Course Highlights include Excel Best Practices, QuickBooks for Accountants, Advanced Excel and Excel Financial Reporting and Analysis
  
The Growing Importance of Business Intelligence
Business intelligence - or BI as it is commonly abbreviated - refers to the technology-driven processes by which we convert potentially vast amounts of data into actionable information that can be used by management teams to make informed decisions to enhance organizational performance. For years, BI has been thought of as a technique available only to large organizations. However, new technology tools are appearing on seemingly a daily basis, and these tools make BI a viable option for organizations in all industries and of all sizes. In this article, you will learn about why you should consider deploying BI and about the new breed of tools now available to facilitate that effort.
  

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The Technological Emotional Roller Coaster
Technology tools often cause people to display a wide range of emotions and have for years. Many people have been seen screaming at their computer screens because an important file was corrupted and therefore rendered unusable. On the other hand, there have been situations where a new technology saves an information worker many hours of tedious effort. When this happens, technology becomes a source of real joy for the person reaping the benefit.    

 

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K2 Enterprises Conference Survey Coming in December

Again for 2015, K2 Enterprises will conduct a survey of accounting professionals to help determine the topics presented in the company's 2015 Technology Conferences. These conferences have become a cornerstone of many accountants' continuing education activities, due largely to the relevance and timeliness of the topics presented.   

 

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AccountantsWorld Enhances ACCOUNTING POWER
AccountantsWorld, a provider of cloud-based solutions for accountants, has announced major enhancements to its popular ACCOUNTING POWERŪ software, part of its complete suite of cloud-based applications. These enhancements accommodate a more mobile audience on smartphones and tablets, in addition to its being available across all browser platforms. Enhancements include expanded tools for financial analytics, including a comprehensive Dashboard, financial reporting capabilities, and a bill payment approval process to help accountants perform complete accounting services more efficiently. A streamlined setup process, more intuitive navigation, and overall operational and archiving advances have been implemented, all designed with the critical needs of accounting professionals in mind.

 

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Centage Corporation Secures $9.5 Million Capital Investment
Centage Corporation, the provider of Budget Maestro - a budgeting and forecasting application for small and medium sized businesses - has secured $9.5 million in Series A funding from TVC Capital and Northgate Capital. Effective immediately, Jeb Spencer of TVC Capital and Jared Stone of Northgate will also join the company's board of directors.  
  
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K2 Enterprises Webinars

Our list of webinars for the next month are sure to offer topics of interest to you. Each topic is designed to help you become more efficient and proficient in using everyday technologies. 

 

The schedule includes:       

 

Eight Hour Webinars

Thursday, December 11, 2014   

 

Monday, December 1, 2014

Word Advanced Tips, Tricks and Techniques
Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Excel Macros - Easier Than You Think
Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Advanced QuickBooks Tips and Techniques
Monday, December 8, 2014

Microsoft Office 365 - Your Office, Your Way
Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Excel Advanced Reporting - Best Practices, Tools and Techniques
Monday, December 15, 2014

Word, Outlook & PowerPoint - Tips and Tricks for Enhancing Productivity
Thursday, December 18, 2014

Excel PivotTables for Accountants - Part I
Monday, December 29, 2014

Outlook 2010/2013 Tips, Tricks and Advanced Techniques
Tuesday, December 30, 2014   

 

Two Hour Webinars

Excel Data Combination and Consolidation
Tuesday, December 2, 2014

PDF Forms - Retire the Typewriter
Wednesday, December 3, 2014

What's New with PivotTables in Excel 2013
Tuesday, December 9, 2014

 Information Security - A Practical Approach
Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Excel Techniques for Detecting and Preventing Fraud
Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Windows 8.1 - Tips and Tricks
Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Office 2013 - What's In It For Me?
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Excel 2013 - Best New Features for Accountants
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Building Dynamite Charts for Effective Communication
Monday, December 29, 2014

Top Excel Tips and Tricks
Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Dashboard Reporting Tools and Techniques
Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Do It Yourself Business Analytics
Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The New Grapevine: Social Media Tools and Tips for Accounting Professionals
Wednesday, December 31, 2014

 

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.
 
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The K2 Team 
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