I'm always amazed at how previews of anything command rapt attention. Who, for instance, when watching their favorite television program, doesn't suffer through the credits just to catch a sneak peak of next week's episode?

We hope this year's teaser cover of our Top 100 Products will have the same magnetic effect for our readers - those vying for a glimpse of the technology products poised to descend on the profession in 2009.

But while technology trends and products may change, Accounting Today has, for 16 years, brought you what we consider the century elite of software products. Our editorial staff, as well as our contributing editors in the technology space, zero in on a basic checklist for qualification, including frequency of use, practitioner levels of acceptance, visibility, support for end users and, of course, market demand.

This year we've added some enhancements, not the least of which is an expanded "Ones to Watch" section that will now spotlight some 50 promising solutions to keep an eye on.

Through proprietary research, we've also gleaned insightful data on technology use at over 500 CPA firms across the country, as well as their purchasing plans for the upcoming year and their feedback on specific applications.

And finally, we've polled a panel of well-known technology experts who offer their 2009 predictions on hot new technology trends, as well as their advice on what technologies CPA firms should be investing in.

So as not to delay the anticipation any longer, it is our pleasure to bring you this year's Top 100 Software Products.

It won't remain in previews for long.

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