the cheapest clean energy might be lunar

here’s how the next wave in the energy revolution should work.

by rick richardson
technology this week

in the decarbonization era, solar power is, by far, the leading technology both in scale and cost. lunar energy is taking a lot longer.

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we only need to walk into the surf on the north shore of oahu, hawaii, to understand the enormous power of the ocean. one of the biggest differences in wave technology is the harsh and punishing environment in which this new energy generation will have to operate.

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apps to put your affairs in order

diy asset organization made easier.

by beth ziesenis
app of the week

the third full week in october isnational estate planning awareness weekto encourage people to think about what happens to their assets when they die.

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when my mom passed away, she had emails in her inbox that went unanswered because we didn’t have any passwords. no one likes to talk about passwords before we pass away, but these tools can help make things easier for your loved ones to manage your digital life.

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help your clients save money

recent market volatility has most americans concerned about retirement, but there are apps that can help your clients save money and build more retirement savings.

by beth ziesenis
app of the week

according to ajune survey from kiplinger, three-fourths of americans want more guaranteed income in retirement than what they have or what they expect to have. however, almost of americans aren’t saving enough for retirement.

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perhaps it’s because they don’t have a good budget tool. the third week in october is national retirement security week, so there’s no better time to help your clients by recommending easy apps to ease their minds.
fortunately, we’re here to help with that.

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the six pillars for fp&a transformation

chris ortega reveals his blueprint for success.

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after years in public accounting, chris ortega decided he wanted something different.

the indianapolis native knew he wanted to be an accountant when sarbanes oxley was making headlines and accountants were in high demand. “also,” ortega said, “i always loved numbers.”

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he continued, “i started the first six years of my career in both public and corporate accounting then moved into finance and fp&a while getting my mba.”

armed with his mba in corporate finance from the university of indianapolis and a stellar resume, ortega said something was missing.

“after 17 plus years of experience in accounting, fp&a, finance and leadership, i felt there needed to be a fresh perspective on finance,” he said. “so, that is why i started fresh fp&a, which is fresh perspective on financial partnership & advising.”

and, while many business owners start with dreams and plans, ortega said his company operates with six key pillars in mind.

“think of it as the foundation of a house,” ortega explained.

those six “ps,” as ortega coined them, are:

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survey: are you using too many monitors? or not enough?

half of firms use two. some use more. a surprising number use just one.

the accounting firm operations and technology survey

what’s the easiest way to see multiple projects at once?

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multiple monitors, of course.

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time to upgrade your spreadsheets

app of the week: super-powered spreadsheet database tool

by beth ziesenis
app of the week

if you love a good pivot table (and what cpa doesn’t?), celebrate the anniversary of the first copy of visicalc, the first personal computer spreadsheet software.

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spreadsheet day, october 17, gives us the opportunity to upgrade the humble cell-filled file.airtableis either a database tool disguised as a spreadsheet or a spreadsheet tool with database superpowers. either way, airtable gives you linked data tools to manage everything from personal budgets to company sales tracking.

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survey: are you still using a dell pc?

signs of a decline.

the accounting firm operations and technology survey

no matter how large tablets get, sometimes there’s nothing else like a desktop for displaying columns and columns of data. when that time comes, 49 percent of accounting firm operations and technology survey users turned to dell. hp was second at 16.8 percent, where it has remained solidly for three years now.

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app of the week: secretly stash cash

make money easier for your clients with these apps.

by beth ziesenis

many of us remember the first day we walked into a bank and opened our first checking account. the fact thatnational online bank day(the second monday in october) exists means that the ritual may have gone the way of the fax machine.

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despite convenience,cnbcreported that late fees, overdrafts and fraud costs american households an average of $577 each year andbankratereports that 21% of americans have no emergency savings.

with all of our new fancy apps, there has to be a way to help clients, friends and family make saving easier, right?

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easy apps for increasing client engagement with video

app of the week: here are the apps for that.

by beth ziesenis

like it or not, cpas are not necessarily known for creativity. however, you won’t need a degree in art to increase engagement with your brand online with video.

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an upcity report stated, “video content has emerged as one of the most effective ways to build trust and increase brand engagement,” and cited research stating 86% of people would like to see more types of video with 36% saying they’d most like to see more educational/explainer video style content. can you imagine creating videos for your clients and potential clients helping them understand complicated financial or tax concepts? game changer.

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app of the week: grow your business knowledge and career skill sets

it’s never a bad time to increase your business acumen, and this 卡塔尔世界杯常规比赛时间 app of the week can help you and your team advance company goals.

by beth ziesenis

september is self-improvement month, and it’s a great opportunity to grow your business skills and knowledge base.

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with more firms needing to upskill or reskill team members, why not take advantage of free or low-cost ways to do so?

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survey: firewall choices, choices, choices

no single brand was favored.

the accounting firm operations and technology survey

when it comes to firewalls, “other” has been a strong contender before, but it has shoved its way to top dog, pulling in 34.2% of responders to the accounting firm operations and technology survey.

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why firms shy away from cas

portrait of a cheerful businessman smiling at the cameraif you’re hesitating, consider these solutions.

by hitendra patil
client accounting services: the definitive success guide

why fall into the same trap that other firms have fallen into during their client accounting services journey? if you know what those traps are, you will save significant money and time in establishing your cas practice.

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fortunately, the 卡塔尔世界杯常规比赛时间 cas survey identified which are the top five cas killers, for firms of different sizes, that the accounting profession has experienced.
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u.s. combat medics look to a.i. goggles

augmented reality goggles could someday be the difference between life and death on the battlefield. could the technology move to the mainstream with civilian paramedics?

by rick richardson
technology this week

the combat medic is the most important factor in surviving a battlefield injury. the medic is first on the scene and can administer help within the golden hour or even golden ten minutes. quick, effective medical procedures can be the difference between life and death.

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the defense advanced research projects agency (darpa) has selected raytheon bbn to lead a team to develop an augmented reality device that will provide the combat medic with a virtual assistant. the system will use a set of a.r. goggles to provide visual information on 50 different medical procedures.

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survey: one in four firms replaces servers by schedule

more than 40% are less strict.

the accounting firm operations and technology survey

for accounting firms with servers, the hardware is a critical component. that doesn’t mean it is treated with high concern, however.

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your cd and dvd backups are rotting away

here are two suggestions for rescuing your old data.

by rick richardson
technology this week

attention, readers, this is your annual wake-up call!

all those cds and dvds you have burned over the last decade to back up your precious pictures, music and movies may have bit rot.

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that’s right. they may be harmed by scratches or temperature and humidity variations. most commercial cds and dvds will survive better than custom discs, but they all are prone to damage after sitting for an extended period.

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