In the comics, all you have to do is get exposed to some radiation, don some tights, and everyone knows you're ready to take on the world.With accounting software, it's not that easy.

Take the ongoing saga of "Software as a Service" - applications that are accessed over the Web, rather than installed in your office. While the idea has been around in one guise or another (as "hosted" or on-demand software, or in the application service provider model) since the late 1990s, and has made inroads in certain areas of business software, it has yet to create the revolution it promised, least of all in the market for core financial and accounting markets.

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