ADAGIO GL 9.0A Unlimited years of history and a “soft” year-end lead the feature set in version 9.0A of Adagio GL, the flagship product of Softrak Systems’ 19-module Adagio Accounting suite.
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Opening a new year does not require closing the current one. The year can be closed to determine year-end adjustments that can be posted to a special period and not affecting last year’s monthly statements are unaffected. Historical data can be loaded into the GL for comparisons of up to 10 years on a single financial statement.
Price: $1,250 per module. Softrak Systems: (800) 663-9798.
DELTEK PRODUCT SUITE
Deltek bolstered the performance and integration capabilities in its Costpoint family of products that focus on project-driven organizations.
Time & Expense 8.0 automates the collection, validation, approval and processing of labor, expenses and human resources information through exception-based timesheets, per-diem support, multiple start/stop times and the ability to import Visa transactions. Costpoint 6.1 strengthens security and lowers deployment costs.
Price: Based on number of employees. $14,500 (50-employees). Deltek: (800) 456-2009.
MISYS SERIAL/LOT TRACKING
Manufacturing Information Systems brings a Serial/Lot Tracking module to its MISys Small Business Manufacturing software product, MISys SBM, a Microsoft.Net-based system providing inventory, purchasing and production control for firms with fewer than 100 employees.
Serial numbers and lot tracking for both raw materials and finished goods tells manufacturers how much stock of particular items they have, which assembly contains the items, which items were used as components of an assembled product and its destination.
Price: $3,000. MISys: (802) 457-4600.
TOTAL ACCOUNT AGGREGATION
FamilyOfficeNetwork, which provides online portals for the financial services industry, now offers Total Account Aggregation, which consolidates updated client account information including tax returns, credit card statements, financial accounts and trusts in one spot.
The offering comes as a result of an alliance between FamilyOfficeNetwork and Advisor Exchange. With the basic edition, advisors can have up to 500 clients on the same system and an unlimited number of financial accounts. Nightly updates are automatic. The standard edition also includes the ability to export data into Excel.
Price: $750 setup fee, $199 per month (Basic Edition). FamilyOfficeNetwork: (866) 801-1553.
MICROSOFT DYNAMICS FOR RETAIL
Microsoft Dynamics for retail focuses on customer service at the point of sale by delivering real-time information about inventory sales and financials between stores and headquarters.
Retailers set base pricing and make promotional, purchasing and merchandising decisions by drilling down into centralized sales data by product, store, sales associate, supplier and region.
Price: Starting price based on Dynamics ERP per user pricing. Business Essentials, $2,250; Advanced Management, $3,980. Microsoft: (888) 477-7989; www.microsoft.com/ dynamics
QUICKBOOKS 2008 SOLUTIONS GUIDE
QuickBooks 2008 Solutions Guide for Business Owners and Accountants shows readers how to correct and easily fix common errors and offers tips for properly using the software.
It includes advanced techniques for saving time reviewing, finding and troubleshooting QuickBooks data files and tackles the issue of fixing data in both Cash Basis and Accrual Basis reporting methods. Author Laura Madeira, an Advanced Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor, is one of seven national trainers for Intuit’s Accountant Training Network.
Price: $31.49 (free shipping). www.informit.com/store.
THOMSON ZCALC FIDUCIARY PRACTICE
Thomson Tax & Accounting has enhanced its zCalc fiduciary practice system with an Advanced Estate Tax Calculator for federal and state estate taxes.
Practitioners can input dependent information and expenses, factoring in multistate asset locations, resident and non-resident state situs, beneficial interests stated as a fixed amount or percent of residue and marital and charitable interrelated calculations. Estate practitioners can create custom scenarios from a library connected to Microsoft Excel for evaluating and planning purposes, using predefined spreadsheet templates to present to their clients.
Price: $395 (single user). Thomson Tax & Accounting: (800) 331-2533.
ACCOUNTANTSWORLD FIXED-FEE PAYROLL
AccountantsWorld’s Payroll Relief includes two fixed-fee payroll processing options.
The first lets users process up to 5,000 paychecks for their clients for an annual cost of $5,000. The second allows for processing up to 20,000 paychecks for $10,000 per year. Payroll Relief allows accountants and clients to enter payroll data and automatically handles the computations, check printing, direct deposit, electronic tax payments, yearly and quarterly tax-form filing, W-2 generation and reports.
AccountantsWorld: (888) 999-1366.
ACL 9.1 AUDIT ANALYTICS
Auditors can import PDF data with ACL Version 9.1 on both the ACL Desktop and ACL Server Editions without needing to convert data into another format.
They also can validate the accuracy of PDF reports through comparative analytics between source data and PDF data that uncover anomalies, inconsistencies and errors that may indicate gaps or weaknesses in business controls or possible fraud. PDF Import offers additional security by only allowing a user to open a PDF file when assigned a password. ACL 9.1 supports Microsoft Excel 2007 and Microsoft Access 2007 data formats.
Price: Starts at $2,000. ACL Services: (888) 669-4225; www.acl.com.
ACCUPOS RETAIL POS
Attitude POSitive’s AccuPOS Retail 2008 concentrates on more targeted customer incentives, employee training and compatibility with accounting packages.
Discounts for specific customer segments can be applied automatically while a No Discount feature prevents employees from discounting certain items. Training emulation mode mimics common transactions such as adding new customers, charging accounts and processing credit cards as if they were processed in real time, but without affecting live data. Customer lookup fields are searchable by name, company and phone number. It is compatible with QuickBooks 2008, Peachtree 2008 and Simply Accounting 2008.
Price: $595 to $2,495. Accupos: (877) 888-0880.
SAS 112 COMPLIANCE GUIDE
“PPC’s Guide to Internal Control Communications—Applying SAS No. 112”serves helps auditors evaluate, aggregate and classify internal control deficiencies of nonpublic companies.
It is available in print, CD-ROM and online through Thomson Tax & Accounting’s Checkpoint platform.
Price: $199. PPC: (800) 323-8724; http://ppc.thomson.com.
PAYCHEX FSA DEBIT CARD
Employees can access flexible spending account funds via the Paychex FSA Debit Card, to pay for eligible costs such as prescriptions, co-pays and dependent care.
Expenses are automatically deducted from the participants' accounts instead of their waiting for reimbursement. The card complies with IRS regulations stipulating they be used at stores and Web-based vendors that install an inventory information approval system to ensure the eligibility. There is no charge to Paychex clients or enrolled participants.
Price: Approximately $100 per month plus $2 per participant (Paychex FSA). Paychex: (800) 322-7292.
FRAUD DETECTION SOFTWARE
APEX Analytix’s Vendor Risk Analysis services and FirstStrike Fraud Detect software have been enhanced to help auditors further mitigate risks and detect potential problems.
Risk analysis services combine a manual evaluation by trained fraud prevention forensic analysts and software to flag high-risk transactions and vendors. Then auditors review documentation and databases to identify fraudulent vendors and employees who sidestepped internal controls. APEX partnered with ATTUS Technologies to incorporate government information on prohibited individuals, companies and countries into FirstStrike Fraud Detect. The software flags suspicious transactions and provides risk scores.
Price: Starts at $40,000 (Risk Services); $85,000 (FirstStrike). APEX Analytix: (800) 284-4522.