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Whitlock, Selim & Keehn expands tech consulting

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Whitlock, Selim & Keehn LLP, certified public accountants, recently announced the expansion of its information technology consulting services division.

Four consultants have been added to the division, and the firm has joined a national group of CPA firms, the Galaxy CPA ExtraNetwork.

"These additions will significantly enhance our capabilities in the areas of implementation, training and support for our clients' core business solutions," said Greg Horton, partner, in a news release.

New additions include Crystal Graham, Mike Robertson, Eric Hakala and Brendan Gallagher.

Graham, who holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Southwest Missouri State University, has 10 years' experience including finance, business administration and technology consulting.

Robertson is a certified Novell administrator and certified optical systems consultant with five years' experience in mainframe and local area network connectivity and support.

Hakala is a senior at SMSU, majoring in computer information systems. He has three years' experience in systems installation and configuration of personal computers.

Gallagher, also a senior at SMSU, is a computer information systems major with two years' experience in systems installation and configuration of personal computers.

Whitlock, Selim & Keehn has been offering software consulting and technology services to its clients for more than 15 years.

Through strategic alliances with such software vendors as MAS90, Business Works, Great Plains and QuickBooks, the firm has installed and supported numerous accounting systems, the release stated.

The firm plans to expand its business software services by providing assistance with the entire process of selecting, implementing and maintaining a comprehensive computerized business solution.

In addition to the accounting software and support services previously provided, the firm will now offer:

?Formal classroom training in the use of several leading accounting software solutions.

?Assistance with the selection, implementation and training of personnel on office productivity tools such as Microsoft Office, Crystal Reports report writer, Visual FoxPro database software, contact management software, fax and e-mail software and Monarch reporting software.

?Comprehensive technology requirements analysis and planning.

According to Horton, "CPA firms understand the business processes of their clients and know that they must take advantage of information technology in order to stay competitive. However, our clients don't want to be on the 'bleeding edge' of technology.

"They want to know that their substantial investment in technology resources is paying off. They need someone to guide them through the complexities of business software so they can achieve their goal, which is to manage their business better and ultimately improve the bottom line."

As part of the expansion, the firm has joined a national affiliation of certified public accounting firms, the Galaxy CPA ExtraNetwork.

Galaxy allows Whitlock, Selim & Keehn's technology division to draw on the experience and expertise of dozens of CPA firms as it performs consulting services for its clients.

According to Horton, "Many of our clients are requiring increasingly sophisticated computerized accounting systems and related technologies, and they need assistance with the process. Our affiliation with Galaxy and its growing list of members allows us to offer a wider array of services more efficiently and more cost-effectively."

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