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The Tech Gap



Random musings about all things technological, from the viewpoint of an experienced practicing CPA. Is technology the road to riches in the practice of public accountancy?



Updated: 2011-06-01T13:44:00-05:00

 



POSTINGS SUSPENDED INDEFINATELY

2011-06-01T13:44:00-05:00

NOTE: My duties as VP of Product Strategy at CPA2Biz consume my available time completely -- I am unable to continue posting to TheTechGap. In 2004 when I originated TTG it was the only blog serving the tax & technology space. Today there are dozens, perhaps hundreds, of sources providing content. While I will continue to Tweet (@glafollette) and occasionally post to LinkedIn there are...



Another Entrant in the Mobile Monitor Market

2011-05-02T19:26:10-05:00

I heard from more than a few readers regarding my post on the MMT Field Pro mobile monitor last week . The message was consistent -- you missed the Toshiba competitor! You’re right, I did. My bad. BUT --- there’s ALWAYS a but --- it turns out that I’m standing by my original recommendation. Toshiba’s entry is a 14-inch USB Mobile LCD Monitor for $200....



Finally a Mobile Monitor Suitable for CPA-style Fieldwork

2011-04-29T10:48:47-05:00

I just unboxed a “mobile monitor” from (who else?) Mobile Monitor Technologies. The profession has been looking for a fieldwork capable, light weight, thinly profiled, portable, durable and affordable dual monitor solution ever since the multi-monitor craze doubled, and sometimes even tripled, the monitor count on virtually every tax and accounting professional’s desk. Productivity skyrocketed as we adapted workflows to take advantage of the newly...

I just unboxed a “mobile monitor” from (who else?) Mobile Monitor Technologies. The profession has been looking for a fieldwork capable, light weight, thinly profiled, portable, durable and affordable dual monitor solution ever since the multi-monitor (image) craze doubled, and sometimes even tripled, the monitor count on virtually every tax and accounting professional’s desk. Productivity skyrocketed as we adapted workflows to take advantage of the newly available screen space. Until now auditors have had to hit the road with a laptop. A single screened laptop!  (Unless you tried some of the huge, silly and hideously overpriced “dual-monitor laptops”.)

Finally we have what appears to be a decent quality, moderately priced, and – most importantly – easy to set up and use, solution.  The MMT2 “Field Monitor Pro” has a 15.4” screen encased in a good-looking matte-black clamshell case that folds up and fit easily into my laptop bag. It includes a base with a numeric keypad – a super benefit for CPAs in the field! The 4 pound unit is AC powered and connects via USB. The design is quite clever allowing use with or without the base and also in either portrait or landscape mode. It operates based on the industry standard DisplayLink software. Total elapsed time from shipping box to fully installed and paired with my laptop was under 10 minutes. Subsequent setups entail connecting a USB cable, an AC power cord, and pushing the “ON” switch – it’s so easy even an auditor can do it! (smile). Priced at under $300.

Enjoy …..

gll




The E-Myth Accountant

2011-02-10T15:02:43-06:00

My good friend Darren Root has co-authored what I’m guessing will quickly become the definitive treatis e on “Practice Management” for accounting firms. His co-author? None other than Michael Gerber of The E-Myth Revisited fame, which sold over 3 million copies in 16 languages (his other eight books sold well, too!). The E-Myth Accountant is sub-titled “Why Most Accounting Practices Don't Work and What to...



CPA2Biz Appoints David Pollak New VP of Sales

2011-02-10T09:01:38-06:00

CPA2Biz has hired David A. Pollak has vice president of sales. CPA2Biz CEO Erik Asgeirsson was quoted as saying ““David has a long successful career selling technology solutions to CPA firms. He has a proven track record of building high-quality sales organizations and leading them through periods of significant growth. With our client accounting solutions—Intacct and Bill.com—getting as much traction as they are, our level...