Learning from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

What disaster recovery readiness means for accountants.

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Disaster Recovery Effectiveness
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By Donny C. Shimamoto

Think back just a short while agp when you first found out that Hurricane Harvey was poised to hit Texas. Or this past week, knowing that Irma was about to hit Florida.

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If a hurricane or other natural disaster were coming to your town would you know what to do to ensure that the damage and impact to your IT environment was prevented or minimized?
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Focus on Cyber Risk, Not Just Security

Infosec triangleTake a comprehensive and holistic approach that includes your business strategy.

By Donny C. Shimamoto

Cybersecurity is a huge buzzword right now. Businesses are worried about it, people are worried about it and vendors are trying to sell you cyber protection solutions.

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Attending a cybersecurity webinar or seminar is also not for the faint at heart. Even I, an IT specialist in the CPA profession, often leave those events scared to put any of my personal data anywhere online.
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RESEARCH: When to Replace Your Firm’s Computer Equiment

Arrow Hitting Ground On Laptop Shows Drop On Sale Or Failures

How to plan with "risk of failure" and "ease of replacement" calculations.

By Donny Shimamoto
IntrapriseTechKnowlogies LLC

What are the standard refresh cycles for CPA firm technology equipment? Well, it depends on the type of equipment.

As a physical asset, hardware replacement must usually be planned for in advance so that you’re not scrambling to replace it after it fails. This proactive replacement is often referred to as performing a “hardware refresh.”  Hardware refreshes are often driven by the risk of failure of a particular hardware asset.  Different types of hardware have varying risks of failure as they age. For example, laptops have a relatively high risk of failure once they're four years old, but they are also moderately easy to replace. On the other hand, servers are generally unlikely to fail in their first three years of use, but they can be expensive and difficult to replace.

The table below shows some of the common types of hardware and general risk of failure based on the number of years the hardware has been in service.

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Making IT Matter to Accountants

4 added values, plus questions you both should be asking.

By Donny C. Shimamoto, CPA.CITP
IntrapriseTechKnowlogies

Back in the olden days of 2003, business philosopher Nicholas Carr published an earthshaking article in Harvard Business Review under the title of “IT Doesn’t Matter.” He said that IT had essentially become a commodity, something that every organization had, something that had become so relatively inexpensive that all organizations were – with regard to IT – equal.

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IT Nerds Need Budget Help

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Accountants must define categories of expenditures.

By Donny C. Shimamoto, CPA.CITP
IntrapriseTechKnowlogies

If you think the brainiacs in the IT department are going to tell you how to divvy up their budget into capital and operating expenditures, you’re in for a surprise, and not necessarily a good one. IT people are smart, but they aren’t accounting smart, which, as we all know, is a very special kind of smart.

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8 Ways to Wrestle Software Subscriptions Into Submission

One question leads to another.

By Donny C. Shimamoto
IntrapriseTechKnowlogies

Budget talks between accounting and information technology departments can get pretty complicated. Accountants know budgets; IT folks know IT. Not many people know both.

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But you don’t have to know both if you know the right questions. One area of special concern is budgeting for subscriptions to software.

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IT Hardware Gets Even More Complex (Great!)

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Some questions for both accountants and IT.

By Donny C. Shimamoto
IntrapriseTechKnowlogies

Budget season is a good time for accountants and IT wonks to get together for a heart-to-heart about hardware. Computers and peripherals aren’t like the hardware of yore. They’re omnipresent in the organization. They have strings attached. They have special issues in obsolescence. Sometimes it’s hard to draw a line between hardware and software.

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Here is a suggested a series of questions that accountants and IT wonks should address as they make budget decisions. Here are a few of the ones that relate to hardware: READ MORE →