Alexa’s Moving into Your Next Apartment

Another step by Amazon into the service space.https://cpatrendlines.com/2020/09/23/alexas-moving-into-your-next-apartment/

By Rick Richardson

Amazon has become a ubiquitous part of the modern world, but now it may even make its way into rental properties.

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Amazon is unveiling a program to make it easy for landlords to include Amazon and Alexa-powered devices in rental units across the country, including the Echo Dot and other Amazon smart products.
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Developing Your Office 365 Deployment Strategy

Don’t treat it as just an extension of your desktop applications. That’s a waste.

By John Higgins
CPA Crossings

Once you have made the decision to commit to deploying Office 365 in your organization, it is important that you develop a deployment strategy. This will determine whether you achieve success or failure.

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There are countless examples of organizations that treat Office 365 as simply an extension of the Microsoft Office desktop applications. They simply make Office 365 available to their staff without any advanced planning or training. A sure recipe for disaster.

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No Backups? No Excuses!

Composite image of hand writing with markerToo many firms are still ignoring the basics.

By Roman H. Kepczyk
Quantum of Paperless: Technology Guide & Checklist

Your firm’s safety net in the event of any disaster is your data backup.

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It had better be consistently performed and securely stored offsite.

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Global Tokenization Standards in the Works

illustrationMicrosoft, Nasdaq and others on board.

By Rick Richardson

Microsoft, IBM, Hyperledger and other technology and financial organizations have formed an alliance to develop global standards for tokenized ecosystems.

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Microsoft’s principal architect, Marley Gray, and Enterprise Ethereum Alliance’s former executive director, Ron Resnick, recently launched the InterWork Alliance (IWA), a nonprofit organization aimed at bringing global standards to the token-based ecosystem.
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Three COVID-19 Opportunities for Robots

Their perceived safety means the market is booming.

By Rick Richardson

A world where contactless and socially distant solutions are preferred has set the stage for robots to rise to the occasion.

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The COVID-19 outbreak has given way to an era of innovation as entrepreneurs develop tools and services to meet new needs. Though there might have been concerns about automation and the future of work before the current health crisis, the pandemic has shown how robots are benefiting us while the world grapples with the novel coronavirus.
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Laptops vs. Desktops

Standardization can save you 26%.

By Roman H. Kepczyk
Quantum of Paperless: Technology Guide & Checklist

Getting the right mix of mobility is critical for firms today. The accounting professional’s Rule of Thumb is that everyone who works out of the office one day per week or more and needs to be self-contained should have a laptop as their only machine. Thanks to COVID-19, those numbers grew by leaps and bounds in 2020.

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The obvious exception to this is for tax or administrative personnel who would never work from remote client sites and have a computer at home that they can use to connect to the firm via a secure remote access solution. However, this is changing. The string of natural disasters over the past two decades – along with the promotion of remote work opportunities to retain staff as well as the transition to more cloud-based applications – has led some firms toward making the decision that ALL professional staff will utilize a laptop as their only workstation.
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Can Google Kill the Business Card?

screenshot of people cardIndia is about to find out.

By Rick Richardson

Google might be about to disrupt the business card – and it’s starting with a trial in India.

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In a new blog post, the company announced it is rolling out its “people cards” across the country. It’s like a business card that will appear on top of Search when someone looks up your name. Google first began trialing the feature about six months ago, and it seems it’s finally ready to make it more widely available.
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One ‘Mega’ Data Breach Can Cost a Company $392 Million

Illustration of computer security threatsCompanies that have invested in automated technologies are coming out ahead.

By Rick Richardson

The average cost of a “mega” data breach has risen astronomically over the past year, and enterprise players impacted by such a security incident can expect to pay up almost $400 million.

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Data breaches are a commonplace occurrence now, and cyberattacks launched against companies have spawned a new cyber insurance industry, the emergence of regulatory and class-action lawsuits against firms that fail to protect data, and new laws – such as the EU’s GDPR – that can be used to impose heavy penalties against data controllers with lax security.
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