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TRANSCEPTA DISTRIBUTOR EDITION Transcepta Distributor Edition sends invoices and processes electronic payments over the Web, and also enables companies to receive payments by ACH or credit card. Outbound invoices and incoming payments can be imported directly into an accounting system.

Credit managers can confirm that electronic payments have been made, creating the opportunity to release credit-held orders. Implementation of the system takes less than one day.

Price: Transactional cost of 29 cents per invoice adjusted based on volume. Transcepta: (949) 330-6750.

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MICROSOFT FORECASTER 7.0

The latest version of FRx Software's budgeting and planning application focuses on enhanced usability, adaptability and visibility including a new user interface, shortened implementation time and easier learning curve and maintenance.

General ledger and budget data from Forecaster can be integrated into reports generated by Microsoft FRx with the ability to view new fields and choose from various formatting options. Total Types functionality reduces the number of calculations or trees users must maintain.

Price: Starts at $8,500 (server plus one user); $500 each additional user. Microsoft: (800) 379-7658.

WORKSPEED PAYABLES

Nexus Systems and Workspeed have produced a combined work order and accounts payable automation package for the real estate industry.

Maintenance technicians can manage work orders in their Workspeed application and flow them into purchase orders in Workspeed Payables for routing and approval. The information is then transferred to the invoices when they are received and then into the property manager's general ledger software for payment.

Price: Starts at $30,000 per year. Nexus Systems: (703) 524-9101.

KINTERA SPHERE FUNDWARE

Kintera has incorporated its FundWare fund accounting package in the company's Sphere customer relationship management platform.

Sphere FundWare enables nonprofits and government organizations to track the flow of funds from end to end, integrating with existing businesses applications such as ecommerce utility billing and grants and donor management and is available both as a software-as-a-service and client-installed offering.

Price: $100 to $175 per user per month. Kintera: (800) 551-4458.

FIN 48 PUBLICATION

Thomson Tax & Accounting's "FIN 48-Accounting for Uncertain Tax Positions" features analysis to help practitioners comply with FIN 48.

Highlights of the publication include observations and recommendations from RIA's tax authors and other experts, real-world illustrations and examples and implementation guidance for small and midsize companies. It also provides a library of FIN 48 communications, sample documentation templates and checklists.

Price: $125. Thomson: (800) 950-1216.

NETSUITE B2B ECOMMERCE

NetSuite's B2B ecommerce platform consolidates invoicing, inventory and warehouse management, customer support and service and shopping carts in a single system.

Enhanced features include advanced inventory management, personalized Web sites for each customer and integrated shipping with UPS and FedEx. Customer analytics recommend upsell options similar to Amazon. A self-service Partner Center allows selling partners to manage leads, joint customers and orders and search for product and service information and training. Companies can track the commission and ROI for each partner from online sales.

Price: Included in the standard service which starts at $499 per month plus $99 per user per month. NetSuite: (877) 638-7848.

AVATAX

The March '07 release of the Web-based AvaTax sales tax compliance services offers a new AvaTax Dashboard, deeper integration of the AvaTax for Microsoft Dynamics connector and several enhancements meant to reduce the time it takes to gather, consolidate and report tax data.

The upgrade provides line-by-line details into historical tax rate information, including details on tax jurisdiction and rate calculations at the time the report is generated. A Transaction Tab lets users reconcile their data against their ERP or accounting system. Administrative Reports provide a printable summary of the setup detail of the system. Administrators also get more control upon deployment.

Price: Starts at $100 per month. Avalara: (877) 780-4848.

CERTITAX INTEGRATION

CCH's CertiTax plug-in for Microsoft Dynamics AX provides support of multiple addresses within a single invoice, line-level nexus determination, keyword address selection and filtering, support for the AX 4.0 Sales Quotation Form and currency mapping.

The hosted application provides real-time address validation and tax calculation based on CCH's database of rates and taxability rules. Integration with Dynamics AX allows users to simply map tax categories, automating the sales tax calculation process.

Price: Starts at $1,502. CCH: (800) 248-3248.

FUNDRAISING 100

Version 6.0 of Sage Software's Fundraising 100 donor relationship management application for medium to large nonprofit organizations adds integration with Microsoft Outlook's Task and Calendar features and data encryption capabilities for storing donors' personal information in compliance with privacy regulations.

Enhanced Grants Management functionality includes General Ledger integration with MIP Fund Accounting and other third-party accounting systems. The new Directed Giving Campaign module records communications with donors and disburses funds to the appropriate programs. An ad-hoc Common Receivables table contains the combined records for each pledge, gift, event or membership.

Price: Starts at $9,000 (four-user license). Sage Software: (866) 308-2378.

PENSOFT REMOTE PAYROLL

PenSoft has launched a Web-based downloadable application to remotely submit payroll information to payroll processors, multi-location facilities or mobile businesses.

PenSoft Remote Client allows users to modify employee lists, enter time and leave information and receive reports on a secure page on PenSoft's Web site. The payroll processor maintains full control of the payroll but no longer has to collect data via faxes and emails.

Price: $3 per payroll (minimum $10 per month). PenSoft: (888)736-7638.

XACTLY SALES PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT

Version 3.2 of the compensation application, Xactly Incent, adds Certification Letters that sales representatives are required to review and sign to ensure they have no side agreements.

A new module, Xactly Modeling, forecasts commission expenses and models compensation plan changes before implementing them. Finance teams can use actual or projected orders to determine future cash requirements and change the organization structure and view the effects on the top and bottom lines. Xactly Rewards provides a non-cash sales compensation incentives program that assigns points based on campaigns that employees can redeem for products, tickets or adventure packages.

Price: $50 per user per month; additional cost for modules. Xactly: (866) 469-2285.

NAVIPLAN ASSET ALLOCATION

NaviPlan Standard version 10.2 creates and compares asset allocation strategies by reviewing the current allocation, determining risk tolerance, creating and comparing proposed strategies and generating presentations outlining the results.

Configurable options, client reporting capabilities and added entitlements in NaviPlan Central version 10.2 help managers and administrators oversee planning activity and manage compliance issues. Both NaviPlan Standard and NaviPlan Extended use 2007 Federal U.S. tax and inflation values, the latest Peterson's Undergraduate Database and the most recent Ibbotson Asset Allocation Database.

Price: Starts at $625 per year (single unit, Standard); $1,250 (Extended). EISI: (888) 692-3474.

HUMAN RESOURCES GUIDE

CCH's "2007 U.S. Master Human Resources Guide" covers the basic principals and concepts of human resources management and comprehensive summaries of all federal employment laws, individual rights, discrimination, hiring, compensation, benefits, performance management and labor relations.

Updates to this ninth edition include an explanation of the advantages and requirements of heath savings accounts and other tax-favored heath plans, changes in pension-related issues as a result of the Pension Protection Act of 2006 and extensive examination of the issue of reasonable accommodation pertaining to persons with disabilities.

Price: $99.95. CCH: (800) 248-3248.

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