Accounting Technology Conference

Accounting Technology Conference

Accounting Technology Conference

Overview

Attend this year's Accounting Technology Conference to hear from top national accounting technology consultants about the latest updates and insights on the future of money, CPA technology trends, blockchain basics, non-fungible tokens, Office 365 and more.

Accounting and business professionals in all levels and areas of the profession, including public practice, business and industry, government and nonprofit organizations will benefit greatly by attending.

Please Note: The WICPA and the facility hosting this event respectfully request that if you are not fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, that you wear a mask during this event and maintain social distancing guidelines where possible. Livestream is available for this event. If you feel any physical symptoms associated with the COVID-19 virus or its variants prior to the event, please let us know and we will transfer you to the WICPA CPE Livestream option.

HOTEL RESERVATIONS
To make your reservation in the room block, call 262-789-0220 and mention the WICPA Technology Conference or use code WICPAT.

8.0 CPE Credits

Registration

Registration is open through 12/08.

Member Price

$349

Nonmember Price

$449

Student Price

$30

Thursday, December 8

8:00am to 4:45pm (Check-In 7:00am)

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Brookfield Conference Center

325 S Moorland Rd
Brookfield, WI 53005

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Agenda

Thursday, Dec 8th

7:00AM TO 8:00AM / General Session

8:00AM TO 8:10AM / General Session

Tammy Hofstede, President & CEO, WICPA

8:10AM TO 9:50AM / General Session

Sean Smith, Assistant Professor, City University of New York - Lehman College

This session will discuss just what exactly the future of money, a complex topic, might be and what external factors will drive this evolution. Not intended to be an exhaustive of all-inclusive session, the discussion around the future of money is designed to be a launch pad for further discussion, debate and analysis. How will money change? What technologies will drive this change? How should practitioners prepare for this future of money? These are just a few of the questions and topics that will be explored during this session.

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10:05AM TO 10:55AM / Breakout Sessions

Sean Smith, Assistant Professor, City University of New York - Lehman College

This session will go over and explain just what exactly the most exciting technology of the last 20 years, blockchain, actually is. A history and other contextual information will be provided to informed attendees about how blockchain evolved, the different types of blockchain that exist in the marketplace and the implications that blockchain adoption creates for accounting practitioners. Specific market examples of the different types of blockchain will be provided as well as resources where interested attendees can learn more.

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John Higgins, Strategic Technology Advisor, CPA Crossings

The landscape for financial reporting is rapidly changing before our eyes. Just like every other type of information, the trend is to transform the reporting of financial information from historical, text-based reports organized in columns and rows to interactive and visual online, real-time dashboard reports. This session will help you understand how you can facilitate this transformation in your financial reporting.

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11:10AM TO 12:00PM / Breakout Sessions

John Higgins, Strategic Technology Advisor, CPA Crossings

Believe it or not, we are nearing the 25th anniversary of the introduction of cloud-based accounting systems. After a relative slow development timeline and adoption rate, this market has matured and proven beyond a reasonable doubt that it is ready for prime time. This session will provide a review of the current state of cloud-based accounting and financial software applications.

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Sean Smith, Assistant Professor, City University of New York - Lehman College

After attending this presentation, attendees will be able to identify key components of any crypto payment system, recognize opportunities connected to a crypto payment system, recall some of the challenges linked to crypto payments, distinguish the types of crypto-assets that can be used for crypto payments and indicate the accounting issues linked to implementing a crypto payment system. Additional topics to be covered include, but are not limited to, that attendees will examine and walk through the primary considerations that any company seeking to implement a crypto payment system will need to keep in mind, specific steps, the opportunities, and the challenges connected with implementing a crypto payment system and document accounting implications. External resources will be provided for additional context and information.

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1:00PM TO 1:50PM / Breakout Sessions

John Higgins, Strategic Technology Advisor, CPA Crossings

Chances are that your organization has deployed Microsoft Teams or Zoom because of the COVID-19 pandemic pushing us to a virtual work environment. If you are using Teams, it is highly likely that you are missing out on some of the key features it offers to increase the quality and efficiency of your communications, both internally and externally. This session will review all the ways you can maximize the ROI of your Teams deployment. If you don't use Teams, this session will provide an opportunity to evaluate its potential for your organization.

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Sean Smith, Assistant Professor, City University of New York - Lehman College

Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) have rapidly moved from a fringe item and investment class to a crypto option that has been embraced by numerous multinational corporations. This session will explain just what exactly NFTs are, how they operate and how they are different from other types and categories of crypto-assets. In addition, specific NFT tax, audit and valuation issues will be presented and explained to session attendees. Specific examples and use of NFTs beyond crypto-art will be presented and explained, both from an operational and accounting perspective. At the end of the session, external resources will be provided for attendees seeking to learn more. There will also be time for a Q&A.

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2:05PM TO 2:55PM / Breakout Sessions

John Higgins, Strategic Technology Advisor, CPA Crossings

Microsoft Office 365 is one of the most underutilized technology investments in CPA firms and business organizations in general. In this session, the speaker will share their knowledge and experience of helping numerous organizations to effectively deploy Office 365 and maximize the benefits of an investment you are likely already making. You will experience how the integration of Teams, SharePoint, Power BI, Planner, OneNote and other apps in the Office 365 ecosystem can be harnessed to truly optimize your organization's ability to communicate, collaborate and share knowledge with staff and clients in a virtual work environment.

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Sean Smith, Assistant Professor, City University of New York - Lehman College

This session will break down and analyze some of the highest profile, and most impactful, developments and trends as they are connected to virtual money. Moving from simply a source of convenience for individuals, virtual money and virtual currencies, of all kinds, continue to drive headlines, enterprise decision making and individual investment choices. Practitioners must be able to assess and advise both these topics at an operational level as well as possess the ability to advise clients as to the implications of these trends. This session will provide actionable business insights connected to virtual money options, resources where attendees can learn more and suggestions about how to speak to clients about these issues.

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3:05PM TO 4:45PM / General Session

John Higgins, Strategic Technology Advisor, CPA Crossings

One of the biggest professional challenges for CPAs, CFOs, controllers and auditors today is keeping current with the rapid pace of change in information technology. This session will explore the new and emerging technologies impacting accounting, finance and business. Technologies reviewed include cloud computing, data analytics, the metaverse, digital money, artificial intelligence, state-of-the-art equipment and more. This session will help prepare you for conversations with colleagues and clients on these technologies.

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4:45PM TO 4:50PM / General Session

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