Denver (Aug. 27, 2003) -- Wayne Harding, former senior director of channel development for CPA2Biz, is under contract with Microsoft Corp. to study the accounting profession worldwide.

Harding, who earlier this summer stepped down as senior director of channel development for accounting software vendor AccTrak 21, is studying accountants' role in the information technology buying decisions made by their firms and by their small and midsized business clients, according to several knowledgeable sources. Harding, who's also a member of the American Institute of CPAs' governing Council, declined comment.

Before joining CPA2Biz, Harding was a vice president responsible for accounting profession relations at the former Great Plains, a middle-market accounting software vendor that Microsoft acquired in late 2000. He left CPA2Biz for AccTrak 21 in September, 2002, and left that company after it struck a product distribution deal with tax compliance software publisher ATX Forms of Caribou, Maine. Harding is apparently working from his home area of Denver and has a staff of researchers.

-- John M. Covaleski

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