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How to Make a Good-Looking Company Profile on Facebook by Chris Miksen, Demand Media

Wednesday, 10 April 2013
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Facebook offers companies the opportunity to create Facebook company profiles, which serve as pages that Facebook users can navigate to. A company profile consists of company information, pictures, and the profile's Wall, where the company can post status updates and Facebook users can share their thoughts about the company. A good-looking company profile requires you to include a wealth of positive and relevant information about your company.
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Step 1

Upload your company logo as your company profile picture. Make sure the picture is clear and that nothing essential, such as your company name, is cropped out of the picture.

Step 2

Add relevantly and important information to your "Info" page. Add as much information as you can, to give people insight into your company. Information that you can add includes the date your company was founded; location of your company; overview of your company; company overview; company awards and products; company mission statement; and company website.

Step 3

Review the category you placed your business under. Make sure the category best represents your company. For example, categorizing your company as nonprofit when it's a profit-driven business will lead to confusion.

Step 4

Upload pictures that showcase your company in a positive manner. You have two choices when uploading pictures: Avoid uploading them, or upload safe and positive pictures. Safe pictures consist of images that do not create controversy. Positive pictures include smiling employees, images of your company building when the sun is shining and pictures of your company at a fundraising event.

Step 5

Scan your Wall every day. Remove vulgar and inconsiderate posts. Unless you make it so that no one can comment on your Wall, some people may try to take advantage of your permissions and write negative posts on your Wall.

Step 6

Review everything you add to your company profile and make sure the information is error-free. Clean and accurate information best represents your company.
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Dissecting Microsoft Office 2010

Thursday, 4 April 2013

Computerworld - I review plenty of software packages throughout the course of a year, and it's rare that I come across one that I believe will truly make a difference in the way that I work or use my computer. This is one of those times.
Microsoft just launched the Release to Manufacturing (RTM) version of Office 2010 (to subscribers of Microsoft TechNet and MSDN only), and the suite will be available to businesses on May 12. It will go on sale to the general public sometime in June. (The final version of Microsoft Office Web Apps, the Web-based version of Office, isn't yet available but is expected before summer.)
In this latest version, Microsoft Office has gotten some nifty improvements. The main attraction, as far as I'm concerned, is the Outlook makeover that makes it far easier to cut through e-mail overload and keep up with your ever-expanding group of contacts on social networking sites.
In addition to the Outlook updates, there are plenty of new features in Office 2010, including an improved Ribbon that now works across all Office applications, and some very useful new PowerPoint tools for giving Internet-based presentations and handling video.

Overall interface improvements

Microsoft made a number of improvements to the entire Office suite, notably to the Ribbon. I'll first take a look at the Office-wide improvements and then examine the individual core Office applications.

The Ribbon steps out

In Office 2007, Microsoft made the most drastic change to Office in years with the introduction of the Ribbon, which replaced Office's menus and submenus with a graphical system that groups buttons for common tasks together in tabs. But Microsoft hedged its bets to a certain extent, because Outlook -- as well as OneNote, SharePoint and Publisher -- didn't get the full Ribbon treatment. In Office 2010, that changes. From now on, the Ribbon rules among all Office applications -- and that's a good thing.
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The Ribbon is now suite-wide.
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It was always disconcerting in Office 2007 to switch among applications that had different menuing systems, or which (like Outlook) applied the Ribbon half-heartedly. Now it's seamless to work among different applications. For example, there's now a standard way of handling graphics for all applications via the Ribbon; no more trying to remember how each app handles things differently. I'm a big Ribbon fan and am certainly pleased with its standardization across the suite.
Dedicated interface tweakers like me will also appreciate the control over the Ribbon that Office 2010 gives you -- you can now customize it to a remarkable degree by adding or taking away features from individual tabs, hiding tabs, moving tabs to different locations, and even renaming tabs. Finally, you can make the Ribbon your own.
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You can now customize the Ribbon by adding or taking away features.
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Accounting Software Support: Does Your Vendor Give You What You Need? By Chris A. Harmen

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

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The implementation and support of business management and accounting software are a growing industry. Every year, more small and medium-sized businesses move to complete financially and business management platforms in order to increase the accuracy and efficiency of their records and streamline their best practices. Along the way, however, they usually discover that the value of the vendor they work with is only as good as the accounting software support that the company provides. In most cases, there is a learning curve for businesses when implementing new systems as well as the need for ongoing assistance to cope with unexpected glitches and potential need for eventual expansion and modification. But how much coverage do you need? It varies from company to company, so look for a provider that offers a variety of options.
Training: How Much? Where? When?
If you're acquiring a new accounting platform for your business, chances are you'll be working with a vendor that also offers training for the employees who will be using it. There are differences between the levels of training offered from one vendor to another, however, so be sure to understand what you're getting. Ask if they will be doing the training online or if a representative will come to your facility. Also, be very clear on how many people can be trained in a session and how detailed that training will be. Finally, ask about refresher classes for employees who may need to update their skills as they move from one position to another. Effective, in-depth education now can save you lots of headaches in the future.
Will They Support Systems You Already Own?
Some business platform companies only support software they've sold and installed for you. While that makes sense from their end, if you purchased a platform a few years ago and now need assistance that your former vendor can no longer provide, you could be in a bind. Some companies will offer accounting software support to businesses as long as the platform is one they are familiar with. If they routinely install the system and have partnered with that particular manufacturer, they should be willing to give you the guidance you need now and in the future.
Can They Offer Customized Accounting Software Support?
If they only offer one level of assistance, they may not be able to fulfill your needs. Look for a program that can be tailored to the needs of individual businesses like yours. For instance, do they have a call center with a 24/7 technical specialist on call in the event you run into a problem? Can they create customized reports within your program or platform that your business can use to improve efficiency or address unique needs? Will they be available in the event of a catastrophic problem that needs to be addressed immediately?
Some businesses are strictly looking for a vendor that can answer questions and troubleshoot the occasional glitch while others want full-service that includes training, on-site customization and more. Be sure to ask questions to determine how much help will be available and in what form so that there won't be any unpleasant surprises after you've signed on with an accounting software support provider.
NewGen Business Solutions provides full NetSuite support for small and medium-sized businesses. They will tailor an accounting software support package to your needs to ensure optimal coverage without redundancies. To learn how NewGen Business Solutions can support your accounting software, visit their website.
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