Software & Gear Equity genealogyResearching the ancestry of an equity - its swaps, spin-offs, mergers, splits and other corporate actions - is a task so complicated it would daunt even a Mormon genealogist. But much as the Mormons have made genealogical research easier by aggregating vast quantities of generational data, the BasisPro Cost Basis Analyzer, from GainsKeeper (part of Wolters Kluwer Financial Services) makes cost-basis research easier with a database of historical information for thousands of different equities.

BasisPro automates the process through a Web interface, and can return detailed answers for individual securities in seconds. Even better, if the database doesn't have an answer, GainsKeeper's staff will provide the requested cost-basis information within 48 hours, and also update the database.

Price: Yearly subscription - new and renewal, $1,000; quarterly subscription - new, $349; renewal, $249.


Active Governance

LogicalApps' new Active Governance is an integrated platform for risk documentation, compliance operations and internal controls automation in ERP applications. Embedded in the user's financial and accounting system, the software can monitor critical transactions, guide user activity and manage changes to key data, helping you stay in continuous compliance and ensuring accurate financial reporting.

It includes Access Governor, Data Governor and Policy Governor modules, to manage segregation of duties, user-access tracking, data change control, and automation of key financial processes. And below these modules is the Active Governance Platform, which has a business intelligence engine that drives executive dashboards for assessing the compliance health of your business, and provides a complete audit trail of control activity.

Price: Contact vendor.


Project InVision

The vast logistical, administrative and management efforts that go into producing each issue's New Products section are on a level with those of the Normandy landings, so we could clearly benefit from implementing Project InVision's new Project InVision: Professional Services Automation, a hosted project/process management and workflow solution.

As its name implies, though, it's primarily designed for professional services organizations, who will find that, with its user-friendly Web interface and customization capabilities, Project InVision can help them control and access critical data for collaboration, track progress and generate comprehensive reports on the status of client projects.

Price: 100-user on-demand subscription - starts at $79.50 per user per month. Perpetual licenses - site set-up/server pricing starts at $50,000. Pricing for 100 users - starts at $699 per user plus maintenance. Volume discounts available.

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Rolling right

Your laptop is a pretty high-end piece of equipment - so why shouldn't the bag you carry it in be fancy as well? Pacific Design's Rolling Lite is the kind of bag that makes other travelers curse their own sad, outdated baggage, and catches the eye of attractive strangers in the airport lounge. It fits a 15-inch laptop, and has all kinds of padded compartments and accessory pouches, as well as in-line skate wheels, and can still be shoved under most airlines seats. Not that you'll shove this beauty - you'll stow it carefully, or dare we say, reverently?

Finally, it has locking zippers that are "self-repairing." We don't know what that means, but hope to be cool enough to deserve a Rolling Lite some day and find out.

Price: $79.

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