I just saw Randy Johnston give a great technology update presentation at the Sleeter Group Accounting Software conference in Glendale Arizona. Randy has a lot of tips for exactly what technology to purchase and where he feels the marketplace is headed.
His site, Technologybestpractices.com, is a part of the K2 Enterprises group which has provided CPE and educational sessions to the CPA market for many years.
We both try to be as vendor agnostic as possible in order to be independent, both in our consulting practices as well as our seminar presentations. However, like most people, we have our favorites, and like most people, this is often based on what we have actually used and have experience with. We have used Hewlett-Packard desktops, laptops, and printers for nearly two decades now and while, like everyone, we have purchased a model we were less than happy with, over all, we have been very pleased. We also have direct experience with Toshiba and Fujitsu Desktops as well as IBM (now Lenovo.) Perhaps less direct experience with Sony and Dell, but mostly because of their retail channel and Dell selling direct to end-users for so many years. Today we realize that innovation is short lived, when one vendor comes out with a great idea, others will follow quickly with similar or improved versions. We have dropped any Operating System prejudice we may have had many years ago and both are active with Windows, Linux and OS X. We go back to pre-DOS, something called CPM! Actually we go back to before they punched holes in cards and connected wires on a plug-board, but that is just embarrassing.