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Sikich Teaches at 2019 WGFOA Governmental Accounting Workshops – Summer 2019

May 20th, 2019|Accounting, Audit and Tax|

The Wisconsin Government Finance Officers Association offers its annual workshop series covering important topics as they relate to the special reporting and principles for state and local government. Frederick G. Lantz and Dan Berg, partners at Sikich, are presenting the

Group Policy Alternative for Office 365 ProPlus Deployments

May 16th, 2019|Office 365, Technology|

Microsoft recently released an exciting new service that is aimed to help IT management set policies for Office installations based on their Office 365 ProPlus license. For any organization that has a sizable mobile workforce, managing settings within Office has

Contractor Failure: Recognize the Warning Signs

May 15th, 2019|Audit and Tax|

How to Recognize Warning Signs Early and Determine the Best Course of Action  The construction industry has always been a volatile and risky business—past economic downturns have forced the industry to face significant hardships—and many contractors have not been able to weather the storm. The contractors that have been

Microsoft Support for Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, and SQL 2008 Coming to an End Soon

May 14th, 2019|Information Technology, Technology|

Life cycles, whether organic or electronic, exist. The promise of new and better, more features, and more security pushes us along to make sure we are current. While all the promises may not be delivered for each iteration of release,

The Department of Education’s Clarification on Proration of Charges for Title IV Aid

May 14th, 2019|Audit and Tax, Title IV|

How the Department of Education's clarification on proration of charges for Title IV funds can impact your for-profit institution In the IFAP – Electronic Announcement dated March 5, 2019, the Department of Education provided clarification on crediting a student’s

Add Some Color to Your NetSuite Forms With HTML Custom Fields and Conditions

May 9th, 2019|NetSuite, Technology, Tips & Tricks|

NetSuite is great because it can store and display loads of data on all your customers, vendors, and transactions. However, sometimes there is too much information on a form or screen, and it is easy to miss something important as

How to Create Dynamics CRM/CE Dependent Lookups

May 7th, 2019|CRM, Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations, Technology, Tips & Tricks|

The entirety of my software consulting career has been on the functional side of AX/F&O. With some recent down time, I have been learning CRM/CE. As I quickly learned, a functional consultant in CE can perform a good portion of

Calculating Total Cost of Ownership Moving From AX to Dynamics 365

May 3rd, 2019|Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations, Dynamics AX, ERP, Technology|

As good a source as any for this purpose, Wikipedia (abridged) defines the Gartner coined acronym, Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), as a financial estimate intended to help buyers and owners determine the direct and indirect costs of a product

SSRS HITB Report Not Returning Correct Results After Upgrading to Dynamics GP 2018 R2

May 1st, 2019|Dynamics GP, Technology, Tips & Tricks|

This particular issue stemmed from the addition of the checkboxes for Item Quantity and Amount in the Dynamics GP Report Writer version of the HITB report. The parameter change was made in the stored procedure for the report, but not

Tax Efficient Charitable Giving Using a Donor Advised Fund

April 30th, 2019|Not-for-Profit, Tax, Wealth Management|

The benefits of a donor advised fund A donor advised fund (DAF) is a charitable fund held by a not-for-profit organization where the donor can contribute cash or appreciated assets and receive an immediate tax deduction while determining how

#MeToo Movement: Changes on the Horizon for State Mandated Training

April 29th, 2019|Human Resources|

In the wake of the #MeToo movement, many states and local jurisdictions have amplified their sexual harassment prevention efforts, some of which require employee training. The guidelines include: Training requirements Required content Who must attend the training Record keeping

SQL Backup Notifications – The Next Step in Data Security

April 29th, 2019|Security, Technology|

Data integrity and protection are two of the most important tenets of using SQL databases. In most cases, IT will set up daily backups and weekly maintenance tasks to ensure these two tenets are observed. Yet, unless you dedicate one

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