Space Factories! DARPA Launches New Program

artist's concept of building in spaceCheck out the webinar this Friday.

By Rick Richardson

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the semisecret Pentagon outfit that brought you the internet, wants to invest in new materials and processes that could enable manufacturing in space and on the moon’s surface.

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To that end, the agency is launching the Novel Orbital and Moon Manufacturing, Materials and Mass-efficient Design program, or NOM4D.
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Digital Era Drives Brick-and-Mortar Boom in Data Centers

REITs are the proof.

By Rick Richardson

The shift to digital work and play from home, hastened by the pandemic, has wreaked havoc on commercial real estate. But experts say it has also generated one surprising bright spot for the industry: data centers.

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The growing reliance on cloud-based technology – and the huge, blocky buildings that house its hardware – has created greater opportunities for developers and investors as businesses and consumers gobble up more data in a world that has become increasingly connected.
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Why Daily T/E Entry Matters

Laughing businesswoman talking on the phone in office in front of four monitorsHow about better cash collection?

By Roman H. Kepczyk
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Studies done over the past two decades have clearly shown that there is a significant improvement in realization for firms that enter, release and post time and expenses on a daily basis. This process allows for daily or “hotel”-type billing that is sent out with the completion of each billable project.

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The next step in the evolution of time and billing systems provided real-time dashboards to report on firm activities and effectively allow firms to generate invoices. This can work only if all time and expenses for all personnel are captured within the system. While most firms have a daily time entry “policy,” the biggest abusers of the policy are often owners and managers, so it is about time for them to get on board and use the system.
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Go Digital-First, or Just Go Away

Three Megatrends You Can’t Ignore in the New Digital Economy.

By Rick Richardson

It may sound cliche, but we’re officially in the digital economy.

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“If you’re feeling whiplash, it might be the 10 years forward we just jumped in 90 days’ time.” This is how the final McKinsey quarterly briefing of 2020 began, fittingly dubbed “The Quickening” – a stunning glimpse into the meteoric rise of all things digital.
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What Your Auditors Need in the Field

Three partners, one male and two female, walking and smiling outside a buildingTWAIN compliance dictates some choices.

By Roman H. Kepczyk
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The advent of today’s audit “document container” applications has transitioned every aspect of audit production into a digital format. The key to successfully using these engagement applications is to make sure your personnel have the optimal equipment with them to work digitally.

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This includes

  • multiple monitors,
  • image capture equipment and
  • remote communications capabilities.

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The Value of Firm Procedures Manuals

Scrambled thoughts enter man's head, straightened ones come outWhere does the most potential benefit lie?

By Roman H. Kepczyk
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Every firm has accountants who are 10 percent, 20 percent or even 50 percent more productive in their departments than other personnel because they have simply “figured it out.”

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Unfortunately, when these people leave the firm, their unique knowledge of specific processes and shortcuts goes with them. It is the responsibility of firms to capture these individuals’ best practices so that that specific knowledge can be shared and accessed by all firm members both now and in the future. This can be accomplished by making a concerted effort to develop a best practices manual within each department.
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Drone Delivery One Step Closer to Reality with New FAA Rules

drone delivering brown paper package against city skylineOperators will have to carry their certificates.

By Rick Richardson

Amazon, Google’s parent Alphabet, and UPS all hope to one day deliver large amounts of goods by drone. New U.S. government rules have cleared some hurdles to make that dream a reality.

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The Federal Aviation Administration finalized new rules for small, unmanned drones that could pave the way for expanded commercial uses of the vehicles, including delivery services.
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