2006 News

WebCentral and Quicken join forces in SME accounting push - Friday, September 29, 2006

Melbourne IT subsidiary, WebCentral Pty Limited, has signed an agreement with Quicken Australia’s parent company, Reckon Limited (ASX: RKN), to resell its popular QuickBooks software via the internet to SME customers. Read more...  

My Company Rules - Thursday, September 28, 2006

The published market-share figures of listed accounting software provider MYOB are a joke, according to its main competitor. The executive in charge of APS (a division of Reckon), Clive Rabie, is angry about a claim by MYOB that it has 94 of BRW’s Top 100 as clients. He believes it is his company that has most of the market.

The dispute about its market share is the latest set back in a challenging year for MYOB’s accounting group. Some accounting firms are seeking compensation from MYOB after alleging that its products failed to live up to their expectation. Read more... 

Product Review: QuickBooks Accounting Small Business 2006/7 - Tuesday, August 01, 2006

It’s tax time again, and inevitably there’s an updated range of software packages designed to make paying the tax man slightly less irritating. Quicken offers a huge number of products in the QuickBooks range, although for many simple tax applications the Small Business 2006/7 package offers more than enough to keep your business ticking over. Read more... 

Avoid Costly Accounting Mistakes - Friday, June 30, 2006

The last things on the mind of a budding entrepreneur are the backroom accounting and record-keeping for tax. But it is worth taking time out from a business to examine the options and avoid expensive mistakes. Read more... 

Premium Package is just the Business - Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Running a small or medium-sized business is challenging at the best of times. Having a computer can make life a little easier – but it’s the software you’re running that can be the real hero.

With tax time looming, it’s important to have your financial records in good shape for the annual return – and for any BAS statements. Quicken is known around the world for its financial management software and the company has a range of products that can suit all kinds of business, big and small. Read more... 

Better Bookkeeping - Saturday, May 06, 2006

Looking for a word processor or a spreadsheet is easy. While you may ultimately ended up choosing an alternative, Word or Excel are highly likely to feature on your shopping list.

At the very least you’ll probably want to benchmark other programs against Microsoft’s offerings in term of cost, performance and capability.

Quicken’s range of accounting applications are similar benchmarks when it comes to financial software – particularly at the SOHO end of market.

As with Microsoft Word, there are alternatives. But Quicken (www.quicken.com.au) didn’t get to be this country’s most visible brand of small business accounting tools for nothing. Read more... 

How Mr Magoo Won the Day - Sunday, April 16, 2006

The four-month trial of rival sharemarket investment strategies we set up here last year has just ended.

The verdict was fairly clear: a trading strategy based on technical analysis proved more reliable than a buy-and-hold approach devised on a fundamental basis. Read more... 

Scalable Solutions or Building Blocks for your Practice - Friday, February 03, 2006

Industry commentators and software suppliers often talk about the 'scalability' of their software solutions but does this actually mean anything to prospective client? It seems that the software world is fast losing touch with its customers by speaking in a clichéd jargon that leaving accounting professionals confused and a little bit wary. Read more...