Some Observations on Changes brought by New Technologies in Business and Education.

By Mario deSantis, January 15, 1999

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I am very partial to excellent and economic business software and routinely I check their

web sites to keep abreast with their upgrades and new services. In particular, in the last two weeks I visited the sites of M-USA(1), publisher of Pacioli 2000, and Intuit(2),

publisher of Quicken, Quickbooks Pro and QuickTax. I was enthralled in finding out that

Pacioli 2000 has been upgraded to become one of the best Internet based accounting

packages and that besides its United States version, it has additional versions to meet the specific taxation requirements of

Canada, the United Kingdom, and the international market at large. The most important market feature which distinguishes Pacioli from Quickbooks Pro is its compliance with General Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)(3). Intuit Canada has upgraded versions for each of the above mentioned packages and the good news is that Quickbooks Pro(4) is now

networkable and will therefore address the needs of a larger market. In the United States, Intuit is providing payroll services
through the Internet along with the electronic deposits(5) of the related employees' pays and other liabilities. In addition, in

order to safeguard the accounting files of its customers, Intuit is providing external backup services through the Internet at

nominal charges.

CBT-Wksp.jpg (7277 bytes)The pace of changes taking place in our Knowledge Economy(6) is relentless and as I was

browsing and hyperlinking from the Intuit site, I came across web sites providing online and interactive training courses through the Internet(7). The beauty of these Internet based training

courses is that they can be delivered at a fraction of conventional costs and they can be

accessed by the participants anywhere and anytime in the world. Additional

hyperlinking took me to the sites of businesses which publish the authoring software packages to create and administer these Internet based training courses(8). It was

another discovery! I have been involved in the provision of courses through the Internet and e-mail, but now these courses

are interactive and include video, sounds and pictures. It is fabulous, however, in this supposed Knowledge Economy we still have universities and colleges debating about cutbacks of traditional educational services(9) and complaining about declining educational standards(10). This situation is a paradox and will not last for ever as we continue to unconsciously change our traditional mind set(11) and learn how to tap into the educational opportunities brought by the ongoing new


1. Web site for M-USA, Publisher of Pacioli 2000 for Windows
2. Web sites for Intuit, and Intuit Canada:
Web site for the paper: "Pacioli 2000 for Windows: An Accounting Software Solution to Address the problems of Accountability of Saskatchewan District Health Boards", by Mario deSantis, June 1996
Web site for Quickbooks Pro, Canadian version:
Intuit's payroll direct bank deposits through the Internet:
@Brint is one of the best research sites on Knowledge Management created by Dr. Yogesh Malhotra:
Follow up sites for the Teach Learn 98 Convention and The Road to OnLine Learning
Sites of Software allowing the online management of educational/training courses:
Macromedia Pathware
Asymetrix Librarian
Manager's Edge      
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Paper: Coping with Changes. An Overview of the Learning Organization, Knowledge Economy, and Current Practices in Information Technology Applications, by Mario deSantis, July 1997