Deborah J. Schaefer, CPA is a Certified Independent Consultant (CIC) specializing in the selection, implementation, and training of computerized accounting systems. Business and professional offices must be able to obtain the information they need to make the best decisions possible to balance accounting records. Selecting the right software is the first step to achieving this goal. Accounting software, such as PCLaw, aids in the process of reconciling bank accounts, general ledgers and journals, gives the ability to understand accounting reports, and ultimately produces valuable information to better manage your firm. Installation, training and implementation are critical steps to ensuring that the software selected operates properly. Having the right consultant completing these steps will help analyze practice performance, track lawyer productivity and ensure success.