At the risk of really dating myself, I just want to say that I
am still in awe of accounting, or for that matter any,
software. I remember when the term spreadsheet referred to a
giant piece of paper that covered half of my desk. There are
still many of us out here who crossed the threshold from
accounting by hand in journals and ledgers to accounting by
keyboard with electronic spreadsheets and accounting programs.
Besides being in the trenches for this transition, I was also
on the front line, having had the advantage of teaching
accountants how to use computers and many of these programs
when they first came on the scene. As those of us who remember
Pentels and Pink Pearls start to leave the accounting world
behind to those who have only known flatscreens and cordless
mice, I hope our legacy provides more than just an historical
lesson. We not only know how numbers look, but how they feel.
Gail Perry, CPA
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opportunities - to gain greater control of your organization's
financial affairs, to make better decisions, and to improve
cash flow, among others.
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