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The main aim of this book is to give either students or practitioners a sound knowledge of the Pegasus Business Software package as well as significantly improving both book-keeping and financial analysis skills. Although some previously gained computing skills would be an advantage to becoming expert in computerised accounts it is by no means essential. This book assumes that the reader has little or no computing knowledge. When embarking on computerised accounts, readers will soon appreciate that accounting skills are more important than computing ones. This book, however, can be used by students still studying accounts and should prove a useful vehicle for improving their knowledge and skills in book-keeping and accounts. The book aims to offer practical guidance to any potential Pegasus user giving an opportunity to reflect on the use and application of the package away from the computer as well as structured guidance of the package while using the computer. The book uses a semi-tutorial approach that can be best used by reading the book in the chapter sequence presented and with access to the Pegasus package.The book begins with an introduction to the concepts of computing, the basic computer requirements to computerise accounts and methods a business might adopt when deciding on a computerisation project. The book then works through the Pegasus modules in a way that develops skills and understanding of both the package and the basic functions that the modules attempt to computerise. A good deal of effort is encouraged to understand exactly what the computer is trying to do rather than simply operating the system in a mechanical way. The book ends by introducing users to some of the more advanced features of the package and examines three case studies of the way different firms went about implementing Pegasus into their business. The book may be of particular interest to those students of accounting working for a qualification with one of the accounting professional boards such as the AAT, ACCA, ICMA. The book not only deals with fundamental book-keeping and accounting principles, but also deals with computing and data processing concepts in an integrated manner, a requirement of almost all the professional accounting qualifications.The book will also serve as a useful text to students and tutors involved with BTEC national and higher awards in business and finance and those students studying small business systems and concepts on BTEC courses in business and computing study areas. With the growing emphasis on the need to integrate in a practical way many business and information technology skills, this book along with the appropriate computing resources, offers a way of meeting such requirements. By the time a reader has worked through the entire book, they should have gained an insight in to the way a business information system operates as well as gained useful skills in computerised accounts; an essential skill even if the reader never uses Pegasus Business Software again.
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