Xero’s brewtiful partnership, a post-Wayfair world, and more accounting news

What’s going on in accounting? Here are five relevant pieces on financial process-improvement software, for better-informed decisions.

Data breach within a European accounting firm

Cloud-based software from Wolters Kluwer, an accounting and financial process improvement firm, was taken offline May 9, after a supposed malware attacks breached its system. With the company’s $4.8 billion brand at stake, the market still lacks clarity on the attack’s long-term impact.

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Spotify launches new interactive voice-enabled AD format, Instagram faces unique challenges with user-generated content, and more CRM news

Happy Monday! Here’s the CRM news that your peers are reading, curated by GetApp Analyst Chris Warnock.

Spotify introduces new voice-activated ad format

Spotify recently introduced a novel approach to capturing consumer attention using interactive, voice-enabled advertisements. The first companies testing this new ad format are Unilever and Spotify itself. When prompted, users that respond by saying “play now” will be directed to an Axe body spray branded playlist or a Spotify original podcast. While the ads currently only promote content within Spotify’s own platform, there is potential for future expansion that might have the gears in creative marketers’ minds churning.
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The 4 most important metrics for SMBs, data mining in universities, and more BI news

Happy Monday! Here’s the BI news that your peers are reading, curated by GetApp Analyst Lauren Maffeo.

Microsoft rolls out Azure updates at Build

Microsoft used the opening keynote of its annual developer conference to share several updates to its Azure product. These include an announcement that IoT Edge integrates with Kubernetes (Google’s open source container orchestration system).
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[NEW RESEARCH – GetData] Over 1/4 of SMBs spend 3 hours or more per week managing payments to suppliers

[NEW RESEARCH – GetData] Over 1/4 of SMBs spend 3 hours or more per week managing payments to suppliers

For small and medium-sized businesses, managing supplier payments can prove to be time consuming, with just over 1/4 saying it can take anywhere between 3 hours per week to 10 hours or more. Just under half of the SMBs surveyed, however, seem to have their supplier payments process under control, as they spend just 1 hour or less per week.

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