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January 27, 2011 10:30 ET

Clifton Gunderson Partners With Intacct and CPA2Biz to Leverage Cloud Solutions in Its Accounting and Consulting Practices

14th Largest National CPA Firm and Long-Time Deltek, Microsoft and Sage Partner Views Cloud Computing as the Future

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - January 27, 2011) -  Intacct, a leader in cloud financial management and accounting applications, and CPA2Biz, a subsidiary of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), today announced a new sales, marketing and development partnership with Clifton Gunderson, ranked as one of the nation's largest certified public accounting and consulting firms. Clifton Gunderson, which has for many years offered on-premises accounting products from Deltek, Microsoft, Sage and others, is now adding Intacct's cloud applications to its portfolio. The firm views cloud computing as the future of accounting and financial management systems.

Clifton Gunderson, based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, has 47 offices in 21 states and a staff of 1,800 professionals, including more than 600 CPAs. The firm is active in every major industry, but plans to initially focus its Intacct technology consulting practice on professional services businesses, project-based companies and nonprofit organizations. Intacct's web-based applications are particularly well suited for these industries, enabling them to improve productivity, reduce costs and speed growth -- all while delivering the highest value, lowest risk and best customer satisfaction.

Clifton Gunderson has also joined the Intacct Accountants Program from CPA2Biz. As part of the program, the firm will also utilize Intacct within its business process outsourcing practice which offers accounting services for small and medium sized businesses. Using Intacct Accountant Edition, both firm staff and their clients share real-time access to the client's financial information over the Internet, anytime and from anywhere. This collaborative, 24/7 financial visibility will enable Clifton Gunderson to increase collaboration with its clients to improve their financial performance, deliver better financial advice and help them to make faster, smarter business decisions.

"Many of our clients and prospects have multiple locations and remote workers who require anytime, anywhere access to financial information. To better serve them, we knew we needed to expand our application portfolio to include a cloud-based system," said Mickey Scheffki, partner and director of technology consulting at Clifton Gunderson. "We surveyed the market for the most innovative, cost effective and industrial-strength products. After an extensive evaluation, we found that Intacct fit the bill perfectly. We also found it compelling that we could utilize Intacct both in our consulting practices and for our outsourced accounting services."

There are significant benefits to standardizing on Intacct across both consulting and outsourced accounting services for CPA and consulting firms like Clifton Gunderson. Intacct offers deep, award-winning multi-entity financial management, fund accounting, project accounting and revenue management functionality at a fraction of the cost and risk of traditional on-premises financial software. Intacct's flexible architecture and visual development tools also enable these firms to individualize, extend and integrate the system to meet the unique needs of any client.

The Intacct Business Partner Program enables companies like Clifton Gunderson to gain new recurring revenue streams, while delivering improved services and enhanced product offerings to clients. As part of the program, Intacct provides extensive training, marketing and sales support, as well as assistance developing new applications and new vertical solutions.

The Intacct Accountants Program from CPA2Biz also delivers key benefits to member firms, including special discounted-per-client pricing for Intacct Accountant Edition, free training, dedicated partner technical support, plus implementation, sales and marketing assistance. In addition, AICPA member firms that join the program may use Intacct internally to manage the firm's business at no charge.

"Our Intacct Accountants Program continues to attract leading firms. It certainly sends a strong signal within the profession when a visionary firm like Clifton Gunderson expands its use of cloud computing to deliver even better service to clients," said Erik Asgeirsson, president and CEO of CPA2Biz. "The cloud creates many unique opportunities for firms, like greater synergies across practice areas. We're working with a number of firms who envision their Consulting Services Practice as a powerful lead source for their Outsourced CFO Practice under a cloud model."

"We spoke with many of the cloud financial management and accounting vendors, but Intacct's partner programs were by far the best from our perspective," commented Scheffki. "Intacct provides the ability to better serve our existing clients and also open up new growth opportunities with prospects we would not have been able to serve in the past. Intacct has also made a major commitment to helping its channel partners succeed and we liked Intacct's strong ties to the AICPA and CPA2Biz. The combination of these factors made partnering with Intacct an easy decision for us."

"This is the epitome of a win-win-win for Intacct, Clifton Gunderson and businesses nationwide," said Taylor Macdonald, vice president of channels at Intacct. "Intacct gains yet another top national CPA firm with significant domain expertise as a strategic partner. At the same time, Clifton Gunderson gains significant expansion opportunities and greater operating efficiencies, while its clients get access to the leading best-of-breed cloud accounting and financial management system. We expect this to be a partnership that delivers huge benefits across the board."

About Clifton Gunderson
Clifton Gunderson, ranked as one of the nation's largest certified public accounting and consulting firms and the largest U.S. member firm of HLB International, provides a wide range of assurance, tax and consulting services to clients in a variety of industries. Founded in 1960, Clifton Gunderson has a staff of more than 1,800 professionals serving clients from 47 offices across the country. Clifton Gunderson, and the separate and independent member firms of HLB International, provides personal and high quality service to clients in over 100 countries through the HLB International "Global Care" approach. For more information about Clifton Gunderson, visit www.cliftoncpa.com.

About CPA2Biz
CPA2Biz, a subsidiary of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), provides marketing and technology services to the AICPA for its wide array of products and services. CPA2Biz also develops and manages client-focused business solutions programs (e.g. payroll, bill management) that enable CPAs to build stronger relationships with their business clients or employers. For more information, visit www.cpa2biz.com.

About Intacct
Intacct is a market and technology leader in web-based financial management and accounting applications for businesses and CPA firms. Bringing cloud computing to finance and accounting, Intacct's award-winning applications are the preferred financial applications for AICPA business solutions. Intacct applications are used by thousands of businesses from startups to public companies and are designed to improve company performance and make finance more productive. The Intacct system includes accounting, contract management, revenue recognition, inventory, purchasing, vendor management, financial consolidation and financial reporting applications, all delivered over the Internet via cloud computing.

Intacct is headquartered in San Jose, California. For more information, please visit www.intacct.com or call 877-437-7765.

Intacct and the Intacct logo are trademarks of Intacct Corporation. Trusted Business Advisor is a service mark of CPA2Biz, Inc. All other company and product names mentioned herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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