Minding the e-storeJust as QuickBooks makes accounting easier for small businesses, Intuit's new QuickBooks Merchant Service for Web Stores should make e-commerce easier. Intuit has partnered with leading online store providers to create an end-to-end, QuickBooks-compatible solution that lets businesses create a Web store, sell online, accept credit card payments and link all the business data directly with their QuickBooks accounting software.
Price: Monthly fee for Merchant Service - $17.95; one-time set-up fee - $59.95. Prices for Web store plans vary depending on provider, from $6.99 to $249.95 a month.
Microsoft's SharePoint lets users in different sites work together on a project through the Internet - but what about those times when you can't get online? Colligo Network's new Colligo Reader for SharePoint and Colligo Contributor for SharePoint let you use content from SharePoint team Web sites while you're offline. Colligo Reader offers read-only access, while Colligo Contributor users can modify content and then synchronize it back to the SharePoint site when they are back online. With intuitive, easy-to-use interfaces, these two products will take us even further into a future where there will be absolutely no downtime whatsoever.
Price: Colligo Reader - free. Colligo Contributor - contact vendor.
Colligo Networks Inc.
SOX and friends
For those who have to go beyond Sarbanes-Oxley and comply with foreign financial reporting regulations, the fourth generation of OpenPages' corporate governance, risk and compliance management solution, OpenPages FCM 4.0 (formerly SOX Express), is available in six languages: English, French, Spanish, German, Japanese and Chinese. It also allows users subject to multiple regulatory regimes to share processes, risks and controls across different regulations. For those who never leave home, the solution's enhanced user configuration, automation, reporting and third-party integration features may be more appealing.
Price: Contact vendor.
Big hard drives
Call it the corollary of Moore's Law: The size of hard drives increases in inverse proportion to the size of our cubicles here at New Products. Thus, while the recent introduction of Samsung's biggest-ever hard drives - the 400GB Parallel HD400LJ and the Serial ATA HD400LD - is great news for those who are seeking more computer storage space and faster processing, it means we're due for another tightening of the veal pens.
Samsung Electronics Ltd.
From front to back
At the end of July, Fusion Software plans to release its new Accounting System Integration for Sage MAS 90, which creates tighter integration between the back-office accounting system and Fusion's point-of-sale system. The ASI will do away with the cumbersome and error-prone manual process of posting sales transactions from the POS system to MAS 90.
Price: Contact vendor.
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