The largest, independent accounting technology conference of the year is quickly approaching, Accountex USA 2017! Taking place in Boston from September 6th to the 8th, its schedule is jam-packed with not only illuminating sessions from thought leaders in accounting, but also features exciting keynotes to help transform your business. Some to note are keynotes by Daymond John from the hit ABC television show Shark Tank, as well as that of former Facebook marketing director, Randi Zuckerberg (Yes, that Zuckerberg!). This year, over 1,100 accountants, CPAs, bookkeepers, controllers, CFOs, and consultants are gathering to see what is on the horizon for accounting technology.
AbacusNext is excited to attend as a platinum sponsor for the first time. We will be attending with our recently acquired solutions: OfficeTools, winner of the 2016 Accountex User Favorite Award for Workflow software, Cloudnine Real Time, a CPA Practice Advisor Reader’s Choice Award winner for QuickBooks hosting, and Results CRM, the leading QuickBooks CRM for businesses.
With a range of different sessions, social events, and activities planned, it’s hard to choose which to attend! We’ve narrowed down our top 5 sessions not to miss:
Fraud in the Cloud: New Risks in a New Environment
Wednesday, Sept 6 – 9:45-10:45 AM
By: Randy Johnston, K2 Enterprises and NMGI
Software-as-a-service (SaaS) has changed how we store and access information by enabling us to work in the Cloud instead of with locally installed software and databases. While Cloud solutions offer advantages, they also pose certain risks, and the forensic case may have gone cold by the time fraud is discovered, if an audit trail even existed in the first place. In this session, learn what these risks are and how to limit your exposure to them, including phishing. Attendees will also come away being able to identify data breaches and controls that could have mitigated or prevented them altogether; they’ll also be aware of the significant issues encountered when investigating Cloud-based fraud. EVOLUTION
Evolution of the Accounting Technology Ecosystem
Wednesday, Sept 6 – 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
A panel of industry execs moderated by: Kacee Johnson, MBA – Blue Ocean Principles
With close to 800 solutions in the v3 Accounting Technology Ecosystem, today’s marketplace has become complex and expansive. What does tomorrow’s product landscape look like? What new types of technology are on the horizon? Which categories will grow in number of options and which are on the decline due to being outdated? Are any of the new automation technologies truly game-changing? This esteemed panel of experts work on developing tools year-round that satisfy the needs of accounting and finance departments as well as businesses worldwide. Get answers from those who make the changes that affect the apps available to you, and find out what is on the horizon in the categories that are truly the backbone of business operations.
Keeping Up with Quickbooks Desktop – a Look Ahead
Wednesday, Sept 6 – 1:15-2:15 PM
By: Certified Advanced QuickBooks ProAdvisor, Charlie Russell
Discover the current developments in the desktop versions of QuickBooks with this in-depth look at the new features of QuickBooks Pro, Premier and Enterprise. If you work with QuickBooks in a desktop environment, this is a great opportunity to learn about and discuss the direction that Intuit is taking the products, as well as to get an understanding of the place that the desktop has in Intuit’s view of the future. QuickBooks Desktop is still very much in the game—this session will reveal why.
4 Things to Know About Perfect Workflow
Thursday, Sept 7 – 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
By: OfficeTools Founder, Mike Giardina
Workflow has evolved from the simple due date monitoring systems of the past to congregated, comprehensive office management systems that can organize your entire firm. We are seeing options ranging from standalone workflow systems to complete firm management systems and the choices are endless. In this session, we will explore why these systems are in such high demand, some of the successful methods used to implement them and how to get your team to embrace the changes necessary to benefit from them.
Foreign Hacks in Politics, How Attacks Affect Your Firm's (and Clients’!) Security
Thursday, Sept 7 – 1:00-1:50 PM
By: AbacusNext Chief Solutions Architect, Tomas Suros, JD
This explorative session will discuss why accounting firms are a prime target for hackers abroad, how the political climate has fueled infiltration of data systems worldwide, and why cybersecurity can no longer be an after-thought for practices in the U.S. Further, we will show your firm how to protect your sensitive client data and educate staff, as well as clients, on how to identify digital risks and best practices to resolve issues quickly.
For the full conference schedule and list of sessions, click here.
Don’t forget to drop by the AbacusNext booth (#505) for a chance to win an iPad and to
learn more about the full product line of AbacusNext technology solutions built for accounting professionals.
We look forward to meeting you! #AccountexUSA