How much is that?They say everything has a price, but not everything has a price tag, which can complicate matters when it comes to shopping for things like businesses, small countries and the souls of politicians. For businesses, at least, you can turn to an appraiser, who would do well to turn to business valuation application ValuSource Pro. Built around Microsoft Excel and Word, the software is highly customizable, and offers a standardized and automated approach to every aspect of valuation, from inputting financial information and benchmarking to performing a variety of appraisal methods and generating a comprehensive, defendable final report.
The new release, VSP 4.0, includes a number of enhancements, including more flexibility in data entry, the ability to extrapolate full financial forecasts using a discounted cash-flow model with fewer assumptions, and the addition of asset and enterprise value considerations to the existing equity value calculations. A new integrated report writer is also available as an add-on.
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We here at New Products like taking online quizzes - we already know what kind of animal we are (hyena), which Friend (Chandler), and which breakfast cereal (Quisp) - but it's hardly professional to fill them in in the office. Unless, that is, you're taking billing and revenue management software provider Softrax's Financial Compliance Checklist: Billing Edition. This interactive tool (it seems wrong to call it a quiz) helps companies determine if their financial operations can handle highly complex billing, and produces a profile with a billing score and a set of recommended next steps. The assessment is available at www.softrax.com/billingchecklist.
GXS' Accounting Package Accelerators lets users of all sizes integrate e-commerce transactions with their back-office accounting software. Supporting 37 different accounting packages, APA removes the need to re-key data, making EDI and accounting processes faster and more accurate. It can automatically pick up incoming EDI documents and integrate them into your accounting software, and can also turn outbound documents, like invoices, into ready-to-use EDI documents. The hosted service includes pre-built maps to EDI requirements for large enterprises, and makes it easy to add new trading partners as needed.
Price: Starts at $199 a month.
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It's been at least five minutes since we stressed how important back-ups are, so we're glad that the recent release of the BizGuardian all-in-one back-up and recovery solution gives us a chance to do it again. A disk-to-disk-to-tape appliance, BizGuardian automatically scans a business' network to find new desktops, notebooks or servers, and backs them all up to disk without you having to tell it to, creating an encrypted tape for offsite storage. Our favorite feature, though, is the one that lets users perform their own file restorations, without having to drag in the IT department - a dangerously efficient idea. Now, just let us back this up ... .
New and improved!
Sage Software has released FAS Compliance Advisor, a wizard-based module to help users of FAS Fixed Assets report on their compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley. ... LexisNexis has teamed with BNA to make the latter's tax news and analysis available on the former's Tax Center research platform.
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