Adagio Blog - All Articles http://softrak.com/blog-viewall en “Automatically” Doesn’t Necessarily Mean “Correctly” http://softrak.com/blogs/article/automatically-doesnt-necessarily-mean-correctly <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><img src="http://softrak.com/images/path_blog.jpg" style="float:left; margin: 5px 22px 0 0;" />For an owner of a small business, an entry-level accounting product like Quickbooks can minimize the hours needed for bookkeeping. The business owner can set up direct feeds from bank accounts and credit cards. The accounting program can “auto-magically” apply transactions to GL accounts, and can save hours and dollars.</p></div></div></div> Wed, 30 Nov 2016 18:17:08 +0000 Andrew Bates 1650 at http://softrak.com Fall Travel Season Wraps Up http://softrak.com/blogs/article/fall-travel-season-wraps <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><img src="http://softrak.com/images/andrew_blogpic.jpg" style="float:left; margin: 5px 22px 0 0;" />November 4th marked the final travel leg for Softrak’s fall presentation season, with evening flights from Philadelphia to Toronto and onward home to Vancouver. Except for a wild cab ride in Montreal, all the travel was uneventful (as one always hopes!).</p></div></div></div> Wed, 09 Nov 2016 18:11:22 +0000 Bruce Nunn 1649 at http://softrak.com The Changing Role of the Accountant http://softrak.com/blogs/article/changing-role-accountant <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><style type="text/css"><!--/*--><![CDATA[<![CDATA[/* >]]><!--*/ img { float: left; margin: 0 16px 28px 0; } /*--><![CDATA[<!]]]]><![CDATA[>*/ ]]> <!--/*--><![CDATA[/* ><!--*/ /*--><!]]>*/ </style><p> <img src="http://softrak.com/sites/default/files/blog/change1.jpg" /></p> <p>According to a United States Department of Labor study in 2014, jobs in accounting and bookkeeping are expected to decline 8% over the next 10 years (2014 – 2024), while general employment (all occupations) is expected in increase by 7% over this same period. Technology is stated as the primary factor that has caused a decrease in demand for accounting jobs.</p></div></div></div> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 22:41:10 +0000 Bruce Nunn 1646 at http://softrak.com The Forecast Calls For Cloud http://softrak.com/blogs/article/forecast-calls-cloud <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p></p><center> <!--<iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/b-EUWym4RJE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>--><p class="western"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-EUWym4RJE"><img alt="" src="http://softrak.com/images/tv-interview500w.jpg" /></a></p> <p></p></center></div></div></div> Wed, 04 May 2016 23:16:47 +0000 Andrew Bates 1639 at http://softrak.com Creating an Extraordinary Sales Experience http://softrak.com/blogs/article/creating-extraordinary-sales-experience <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><img src="http://softrak.com/images/dwayne.wakefield2.jpg" alt="Dwayne Wakefield" style="float:left;width:351px;height:461px;padding-right:15px;padding-bottom:15px;" />Last month, prior to my upcoming road trip, I had to admit defeat and realize the obvious – my waist size was not going to shrink enough in time for me to fit into my "skinny pant" wardrobe for the fall tour. That left me with one pair of already well travelled pants that were definitely not going to survive another 25 flights, hotels, and presentations. It was time to buy a new pair of pants!</p></div></div></div> Thu, 12 Nov 2015 16:08:06 +0000 Andrew Bates 1622 at http://softrak.com A Very Different Approach to the Cloud http://softrak.com/blogs/article/very-different-approach-cloud <div class="field field-name-field-blog-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/blogs/article/very-different-approach-cloud"><img src="http://softrak.com/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/blog/Cloud.cropped.gif?itok=2h7iTS7R" width="220" height="139" /></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>When we started to plan our cloud strategy for Adagio, we recognized that the traditional Software as a Service (SaaS) model had disadvantages for the accounting software market. Forcing everyone onto a single shared application meant that updates and upgrades were installed on the vendor’s schedule as opposed to the client’s. It meant that integration with 3rd party applications would be much more limited. It also meant that once you were operating in the cloud, moving back to an on-premise environment would be another costly migration project.</p></div></div></div> Fri, 23 Oct 2015 22:26:55 +0000 admin 1621 at http://softrak.com Data Backups - Do You Have A Plan? http://softrak.com/blogs/article/data-backups-do-you-have-plan <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><img src="http://softrak.com/images/DataBackups.400w.jpg" alt="Data Backups" style="float:left;width:400px;height:400px;padding-right:15px;padding-bottom:15px;" />Do you backup your data regularly? Is your backup on an external drive or cloud server? Do you even have a backup less than a week old?</p> <p>If you answer “no” to any of these questions, you could have a catastrophic failure waiting to happen.</p> <p>For one of our Adagio clients, the catastrophic failure came this past week. They were lucky. It could have been much, much worse.</p></div></div></div> Mon, 21 Sep 2015 21:51:15 +0000 admin 1620 at http://softrak.com Death of the Paper Check http://softrak.com/blogs/article/death-paper-check <div class="field field-name-field-blog-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/blogs/article/death-paper-check"><img src="http://softrak.com/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/blog/death_of_paper_checks.png?itok=oYsStMcY" width="220" height="146" /></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>I predict that by 2017 that businesses will only issue printed checks when an unexpected situation arises that prompts the company to issue a manual check. A small supply of check stock will be on-hand for these one-offs. For regular payables “check runs”, e-payments will be the norm for businesses of all sizes and industries.  <br /></p></div></div></div> Wed, 05 Aug 2015 15:47:03 +0000 admin 1619 at http://softrak.com Healthy Outlook for Accounting and Advisory Services http://softrak.com/blogs/article/healthy-outlook-accounting-and-advisory-services <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><img src="http://softrak.com/images/up.sml_.png" alt="Road Sign" style="float:left;width:245px;height:327px;padding-right:15px;padding-bottom:15px;" />While the economy continues to sputter, with concerns about Grexit, bank rates and rising food prices, there are many indicators that things are improving. Housing starts in most large North American cities are up. Car sales continue to exceed 2014 figures in both US and Canada. Year-to-date, the NASDAQ Composite index is up 9.95%.</p></div></div></div> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 16:34:00 +0000 admin 1618 at http://softrak.com CIO Review Names Softrak Most Promising ERP Provider of 2015 http://softrak.com/blogs/article/cio-review-names-softrak-most-promising-erp-provider-2015 <div class="field field-name-field-blog-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/blogs/article/cio-review-names-softrak-most-promising-erp-provider-2015"><img src="http://softrak.com/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/blog/cio%20blog%20image%202.jpg?itok=ritiEgc-" width="220" height="118" /></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Softrak was just recognized by CIO Review as one of <strong><a href="http://softrak.com/pdf/ERP_with_Horsepower_in_Financial_Reporting.pdf" target="_blank">2015’s Most Promising ERP Solution Providers</a></strong>. CIO Review has online and print publications read by an estimated 140,000 CIOs and IT executives every month. In its July 2015 edition, CIO Review acknowledges that Adagio Accounting provides ERP that is priced and packaged for the small business marketplace. </p></div></div></div> Tue, 14 Jul 2015 17:43:07 +0000 admin 1616 at http://softrak.com A Few Words as We Wrap Up AOC 2015 http://softrak.com/blogs/article/few-words-we-wrap-aoc-2015 <div class="field field-name-field-blog-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/blogs/article/few-words-we-wrap-aoc-2015"><img src="http://softrak.com/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/blog/aoc2015_event_night_adagiobysoftrak.png?itok=otTjpeGx" width="220" height="123" /></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>We just wrapped up our 16th annual Adagio Opportunity Conference. This year’s event was held at the Westin Bayshore Hotel, on Vancouver’s spectacular downtown waterfront. We broke another attendance record this year. Our attendance was up 9% over last year’s numbers.</p></div></div></div> Tue, 02 Jun 2015 17:33:51 +0000 admin 1613 at http://softrak.com Reflecting on 2014 http://softrak.com/blogs/article/reflecting-2014 <div class="field field-name-field-blog-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/blogs/article/reflecting-2014"><img src="http://softrak.com/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/blog/happy-new-year-2015-fireworks-wallpapers.jpg?itok=uT4ErRGq" width="220" height="138" /></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Looking back at 2014, Softrak had some great “wins” this year.</p> <p>Starting at the beginning of the year, Adagio Accounting was awarded small business software of the year in CPA Practice Advisor’s annual Reader Poll. We were named alongside Quickbooks and MYOB as the best “installed” accounting application in the small business category. Sage was shut out of all categories. CPA Practice Advisor had approximately 4000 of its subscribers vote in its annual poll. </p></div></div></div> Mon, 05 Jan 2015 20:43:23 +0000 admin 1393 at http://softrak.com ERP … Do You Want Fries With That? http://softrak.com/blogs/article/erp-%E2%80%A6-do-you-want-fries <div class="field field-name-field-blog-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/blogs/article/erp-%E2%80%A6-do-you-want-fries"><img src="http://softrak.com/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/blog/French_fries.jpg?itok=8h4A4aeI" width="220" height="147" /></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>I’m not sure exactly when it happened, but commoditization of ERP in the accounting software market seems to have rendered the term almost meaningless. The software category Enterprise Resource Planning has evolved over a couple of generations, as its definition has morphed for new and smaller markets (for industries outside of manufacturing). Software vendors and I.T. firms have misused the term and confused the market to the point that no one really knows what ERP is anymore.</p></div></div></div> Tue, 07 Oct 2014 21:03:28 +0000 admin 1377 at http://softrak.com Record-breaking Attendance at AOC 2014 http://softrak.com/blogs/article/record-breaking-attendance-aoc-2014 <div class="field field-name-field-blog-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/blogs/article/record-breaking-attendance-aoc-2014"><img src="http://softrak.com/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/blog/AOC2014-333Jlt120K.jpg?itok=cVIsmjZC" width="147" height="220" /></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>We just wrapped up another successful Adagio Opportunity Conference. This year’s conference hit a number of milestones. We had our highest attendance numbers since Adagio shipped – up almost 25% over last year. Softrak celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2014, and we pulled out all the stops to make this AOC a special one.</p></div></div></div> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 21:14:24 +0000 admin 1368 at http://softrak.com Adagio Wins Reader’s Choice Award http://softrak.com/blogs/article/adagio-wins-reader%E2%80%99s-choice-award <div class="field field-name-field-blog-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/blogs/article/adagio-wins-reader%E2%80%99s-choice-award"><img src="http://softrak.com/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/blog/readers-choice-2014-tidied_1.jpg?itok=liSpS2Hp" width="220" height="126" /></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Adagio Accounting was named along with MYOB and Quickbooks as the best client-side, on premise small business accounting software in CPA Practice Advisors’ 2014 Readers Choice Awards. Adagio beat out rival accounting products Sage 300 and Sage 50, neither of which made the list. Needless to say, we were surprised and ecstatic to see this recognition.</p></div></div></div> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 02:08:29 +0000 Bruce Nunn 1326 at http://softrak.com Cost-Justifying the Paperless Office http://softrak.com/blogs/article/cost-justifying-paperless-office <div class="field field-name-field-blog-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/blogs/article/cost-justifying-paperless-office"><img src="http://softrak.com/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/blog/paperlessoffice.jpg?itok=yVi0UmQ4" width="220" height="147" /></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Is the paperless office a myth or inevitability? The postal service will tell you that there has been an enormous decline in the number of printed invoices and cheques circulating through the mail system. Distribution of electronic invoices and payments has moved into the mainstream. There is no question that it’s more efficient, convenient and less costly. It is interesting to note that although an accounting office may receive an invoice in PDF format, it is not unusual for the AP clerk to print off a copy of the invoice to get a signature in writing for payment authorization.</p></div></div></div> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 06:01:23 +0000 Andrew Bates 1324 at http://softrak.com