Computers that will be able to run Vista [the next Microsoft operating system] when it is released. John Kleb
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There is a lot which we will be procuring in 2005/Q4 and 2006/Q1:Disaster recovery, redundant off-site servers with hot back-ups via the internet and traditional tape; VoIP telephony integrated to our eSynergy Collaborative Community Environment; Updated server infrastructure for Exchange; and - Whatever else the "propeller-heads" here at Xonitek can dream of and justify.
At Withum Smith and Brown, the most important item on our technology-buying list for 2006 is technology training for our professional staff. Over the past few years, our profession has been literally obsessed with implementation of paperless engagement applications and electronic document management applications. In my travels, meeting with other CPAs and speaking at various CPA society conferences and seminars, it has become pretty clear that we all could do a better job of training our staff not only on these applications, but all of the other technologies and applications that interact with these recently implemented tools.
James C. Bourke, CPA, CITP
Red Bank, N.J.
Hardware security, firewall, virus scanning, maybe URL filtering.
Precision Computer Methods
West Chicago, Ill.
Enhanced Pocket PC phones for our staff. The email capabilities are very important, but the ability to access our CRM solution real-time from anywhere is incredible. We can check the status of open issues, support calls, and proposals. We can also use it as a sales tool by showing it to our clients, and to take it a step further we can show our clients how they can take orders on these devices and check inventory stock. So it really increases the level of communication within our organization and acts as a sales tool to upsell our clients at the same time.
Dynamic Software Solutions
Windows Vista and MS Office 12.
Our most important item for technology purchase in 2006 is more effective spam filtering and email management. We currently receive between 35,000 and 40,000 spam emails a day. We are also sending out various emails during the month for marketing purposes using SalesLogix. We are using two separate products, GFI Essentials and Message Labs, but are looking at the more sophisticated product called Postini.
Eagle Consulting Group
Mobile devices and/or wireless services, via national hotspot providers if regional coverage is saturated enough to warrant purchase. The reason is that we are trying to make our organization truly mobile, where customer service and support can be done anywhere, anytime, using laptops with all Web-based resources available at the office. The handheld mobile devices are of interest, but I've found nothing (as of this month) that could replace the full-function laptop for remote administration and support at the server level.
Yvonne L. Mangum
Bird Island, Minn.
The most important item for us is getting more value out of what we already own.
Richard Paul Thomas
Training and education are on the top of my technology-buying list. I have all the technology tools I need, I just need to learn how to take better advantage of them to maximize my productivity.
John H. Higgins, CPA, CITP