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THOMSON ELITE 3E Elite 3E's financial and practice management software embeds workflow and process automation so that system users can exchange data to achieve management goals. It also deploys customer-specific applications. Its scalable platform is designed to support firms of any size.

Designed for professional services companies, 3E's enhanced metrics permit the manipulation of financial data and other measures. Its built-in capabilities eliminate the need for manual analysis. New metrics can be defined and multiple metrics can be run side by side.

Price: Starts at $800 per seat. Thomson Elite: (800) 354-8337.

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ASPEN'S CALIFORNIA PAYROLL GUIDE

The 2006 edition of California Payroll Guide covers all issues regarding California payroll, including state disability insurance, wage garnishments, and income tax withholding.

The introduction highlights key differences between California and other jurisdictions. Topics in subsequent chapters range from new-hire reporting to wage-and-hour laws. Appendices reproduce Publication DE 44, California Employer's Guide, and 2006 California Income Tax Withholding Tables.

Updates, revisions, and supplements are free.

Price: $189. Aspen Publishers: (800) 638-8437.

SAGE FUNDRAISING 100 V.5.0

Version 5.0 of Sage Fundraising 100 for midsized to large nonprofits boasts an enhanced document manager and a new Endowment Management module.

The module improves the system's flexibility and workflow when working with grant proposals and endowment funds. Its customizable options include color-coded receivable views, favorite-action menus, and daily tasks. Endowment Management is offered as an à la carte module within Sage Fundraising 100 or as a stand-alone application. The "Extras" view expands the data storage options.

Price: $9,000. Sage Software: (800) 647-3863.

ACCPAC WMS 5.0

Version 5.0 of Sage's Accpac Warehouse Management System features an upgrade to its Web Services API, providing the ability to integrate the system with Web-deployed and LAN-based business applications.

Reports created via the Web Dispatch Management feature are published in XML format and can be exported to Excel by clicking on an icon. Administration tools have also been upgraded to provide faster troubleshooting, including new and improved reporting and security figures. Available in three editions, 100, 200, and 500, WMS 5.0 integrates with Accpac ERP and Pro ERP.

Price: Starts at $9,500 (two users). Sage: (866) 308-2378.

EXACT EVENT MANAGER 5.7

Event Manager 5.7, a workflow application, monitors business activity and can initiate emails and workflows based on predefined business events.

The latest version has enhanced date-and-time functions to improve business processes, and includes conversions to Universal Time Code. It also supports Crystal Reports Versions 9 and 10, and reports can be generated using RDC instead of the Crystal Reports engine. Additional features include Crystal Reports options for both XML and Microsoft Word.

Price: Starts at $3,250. Exact Software: (800) 468-8034.

SAGE PAYROLL SERVICES

Sage Payroll Services, an online system, now integrates with Accpac ERP to provide its users with outsourced payroll services.

Sage Payroll Services handles payroll and tax compliance needs and real-time reporting on demand. Users can offer direct deposit for multiple employee accounts, and outsourced or on-demand check printing from the desktop.

Price: $395 per module. Sage Software: (866) 271-6054.

BEINSYNC PRO 2.0

Users of BeInSync 2.0, a remote access file synchronization program, no longer have to install a BeInSync client first to access files on a remote PC.

After viewing files via a Web browser, users can install the remote access package on their computers in order to automatically update folders. Access is available via Firefox, Safari, and Opera. An updated launch pad is available, while additional features allow users to configure settings remotely.

Price: $59.95 per year (Web download). BeInSync: (972) -3-560-6188.

DYNAMICS GP 9.0 EXTENSIONS

Dynamics GP 9.0 Extensions deliver compliance tracking and reporting to enable users to meet requirements of Sarbanes-Oxley.

The audit trails let users track, trace, and report changes to data within the Dynamics GP package, including changes made to data within third-party software. Electronic signatures allow companies to assign dual-signature authorization requirements for critical business documents, helping reduce the risk and errors associated with business processes. Dynamics GP Extensions' additional "pay-step" features allow HR staff to set up and maintain pay-step tables, automating the process of moving employees to the next pay increase.

Price: Starts at $3,500 (single user). Microsoft Business Solutions: (888) 477-7989.

GUIDE TO ERM

The Guide to Enterprise Risk Management: Frequently Asked Questions is a resource for executives who are developing an ERM package.

The book offers insights, ideas, and strategies for C-level executives who design or implement enterprise risk management systems for their organizations. The guide outlines how to perform a risk assessment, prioritize and evaluate risks, and use Protiviti's risk consulting and internal audit framework to build and implement an ERM application. It also discusses how ERM can be implemented to assist in compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley.

Price: Free. Protiviti: (888) 556-7420.

MISYS SBM

The latest release of Manufacturing Information Systems' business management system for small manufacturers, MISys SBM, tracks inventory, work in process, and bills of material.

A primary task of the "accounting-centric" manufacturing system is to maintain a manufacturing subledger. At fiscal year end, the application transfers its subledger to the general ledger of compatible small business accounting systems. MISys SBM's core basic manufacturing functionality includes stock transfer, physical inventory, cost rollup functions, production work orders, manufacturing planning facility, and user-configurable alerts. Advanced Purchasing and Bin Tracking are available for an additional cost.

Price: Starts at $2,500 (single user). Manufacturing Information Systems: (802) 457-4600.

APEX'S FIRSTSTRIKE 6.0

FirstStrike Retail 6.0 and FirstStrike Commercial 6.0, accounts payable and error prevention and fraud detection software, are real-time applications that support audits by addressing an organization's AP recovery audit services. FirstStrike is a tool to assist companies to internally detect, control, and prevent errors and fraud within AP and procurement.

FirstStrike Retail 6.0 is designed for high-volume vendors including general merchandise, grocery, and drug stores. Improvements consist of an enhanced claim writer that enables users to link exceptions to new and existing claims and attach documents in various formats. Version 6.0 of FirstStrike Commercial for global manufacturers and marketers features multi-currency and VAT capabilities.

Price: Starts at $4,999 per month. Apex Analytix: (800) 284-4522.

THINMIND 6.1

ThinMind Project Management 6.1, a Web-based application, collects, tracks, and organizes project management information.

Added features and functionality include file attachments that permit project managers to upload files and attach files, which can be created at either the project or project-task levels. Detail Budget Allocations allows users to specify budget amounts by itemizing time estimates, labor dollars, and expense dollars. Billing/Costing Summaries enhances reporting capabilities with project billing and project costing summaries. ThinMind is a software-as-a-service product suite designed for businesses including financial services, legal, IT, and consulting firms.

Price: $5 per month per user. Shift Technologies: (888) 404-7386.

EPICOR PORTAL

Epicor Portal is designed to provide information to consumers, suppliers, partners, and employees from a secure access point.

The Portal incorporates real-time data from throughout the organization for various audiences. End users can create their own personal views of the business via a step-by-step wizard process to access the information that is most important to them.

Price: $2,500 per processor. Epicor Software: (888) 937-4267.

QUICKBOOKS EASY ESTIMATE

QuickBooks Easy Estimate, an entry-level software proposal writer for contractors, eliminates the need to manually produce proposals for prospective clients.

The software calculates estimates based on information entered by the user, and transfers the data into one of many industry-specific templates and Microsoft Word for easy formatting and printing. The program also allows users to export estimates to QuickBooks to generate invoices and track payments. Estimates and invoices can be customized to include the contractor's company logo and contact information.

Price: $99. Intuit: (877) 683-3280.

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