The End of Lotus 1-2-3 – Did You Hear the Tree Fall?

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The Future of Spreadsheets?

In the April/May 2015 issue of the Journal of Accountancy [1], columnist Jeff Drew asked a group of panelists to discuss the future of the spreadsheet. Drew noted “last fall (Sept 2014) that IBM officially ended support for Lotus 1-2-3, which was one of the world’s dominant spreadsheet program.”  He further noted the “demise was barely noticed in accounting circles, where the spreadsheet application was once hailed as revolutionary”. Read more of this post

Top Turkey Dashboard Design Mistakes

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By Heather Peterson

Nothing says Thanksgiving like the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. Everyone grows up waking up and turning the TV on to watch the procession of beloved characters and entertainers on floats or in the form of a balloon. Some even camp out for a spot along the parade route to see the festivities live. Throughout the years, balloons mostly stay the same while new ones are added each year. Floats on the other hand differ from year to year in appearance. Read more of this post

Leading vs. Lagging KPIs – What Successful Companies Measure

LeadingKPIOne of the definitions we have provided in this series was the definition of a Key Performance Indicator (KPI). Per author David Parmenter in his book “Key Performance Indicators”, A characteristic of a KPI is “non-financial in nature that can be measured daily yet can have a significant impact on operations”. For my financial colleagues, that can be a head scratcher as we are always thinking of P&L and Balance Sheet items for metrics which tend to be lagging KPs.Financial statements are merely the scorecard for the results of the KPIs. So what measures of performance can we use as leading indicators of potential issues? This blog will provide some examples. Read more of this post

Human Resources Key Performance Indicators

Downtime Leads to Higher Business Value

Key Performance IndicatorsKey Performance Indicators (KPIs) are designed to help us better manage our businesses. In his book Key Performance Indicators: Developing, Implementing, and Using Winning KPIs, David Parmenter defined a KPI as something that is non-financial in nature, can be measured daily, and can have a significant impact on operations.” In this article, I’ll be discussing human resources KPIs and offering tips for aligning your business’s needs with the need for personal downtime. Read more of this post

Discovering New Ways to Reach Congress – How Social Media Can Raise Your Influence

social mediaApril 26, 2014– Earlier this year, I attended a presentation Harold Peterson (my father) gave at a local community center on Long Island on political reform in New York.  The audience included retired executives who were present to hear the many alarming political spending trends in the state.  Mr. Peterson, author of the website “Reform Albany Now Registry”, shared with the audience efforts to restore New York State to fiscal stability and provided several examples where state spending was not aligned with voter interests.  Several of the stories generated hardy laughs for the sheer incompetence of the system. Read more of this post

QuickBooks Business Analytics with webKPI

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Sleeter Group Blogger Charlie Russell does a review on webKPI for the QuickBooks community. Read more of this post

Gross Profit KPIs: Tips to Beat the Margin

 “I never lost money turning a profit.”

Bernard Baruch wrote that straightforward statement about the importance of making a profiGross Profit KPIst. In order for any business to be healthy, it must have the best gross profit it can possibly achieve. Bottom line – it’s the number one thing that contributes to paying salaries, rent, marketing, and all the other activities involved in running a business. Yet, how many accountants even know what their gross profit percentage even is? Read more of this post