Launch of the 7th Annual Accounting Firm Operations and Technology Survey


The accounting profession’s first and only national, independent premier benchmark survey for practicing accounting, tax and bookkeeping professionals

December 6, 2019 – Hutchinson, Kansas and Knoxville, Tennessee – Randy Johnston, Chairman Emeritus, Network Management Group, Inc. and Brian Tankersley, President of Adept Practices, Inc., announce the launch of the 7th Annual Accounting Firm Operations and Technology (AFOT) Survey.  The AFOT Survey will remain open through February 15, 2020.  The survey results eBook, to be released in April 2020, will continue to remain a free resource delivered to practicing accounting, tax and bookkeeping professionals who complete the survey.

“We are always pleased to understand the technology in use by CPA firms across the United States. The survey provides operational information to CPA Firm Leading or Managing Partners while revealing new trends,” said Johnston.  The AFOT Survey continues to lead the profession as the nation’s most valid and complete, professional and insightful presentation of data impacting decisions being made centered on technology budget spend, software adoption and practice management. “I’ve learned something of note every year of the survey,” continued Johnston.

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The 7th Annual Survey eBook will feature a familiar design, trend lines and consultative commentary from Johnston and Tankersley.  “The survey’s validity is hugely important to us; we take this aspect seriously due to critical operational and technology decisions being made by practitioners based on the trend lines our survey reveals,” said Tankersley. “This survey is the premier benchmarking tool for practitioners nationally.”

Facts about the 7th Annual AFOT Survey

  • Take the survey, get the $495 Survey results eBook, FREE OF CHARGE.
  • 91 multiple choice survey questions.
  • 30 minutes is the average amount of time required to complete the survey.
  • Only one survey respondent per firm is required; the survey respondent will receive the AFOT Survey eBook via email on or before April 15, 2020.
  • Who is the best person to take the survey in your firm? The person most familiar with operations, practice management and technology and how decisions in the firm are made.
  • Survey areas include:
    • Demographics
    • Practice Management
    • Technology Management
    • Operating Systems
    • Computer Hardware
    • Application Software
    • File and Data Storage/Management
    • Remote Access/Internet/Telecommunications
    • Technology Spending, Decision-making
    • Annoyances and Trends


 About the Principals

Randy Johnston is Chairman Emeritus of Network Management Group, Inc. (NMGI), a company he helped to create in 1983. Johnston is renowned throughout North America for consultation he provides on CPA Firm on their operations and technology, while also serving hundreds of CPA firms by proactively managing their technology.  Johnston provides insight and guidance for firms of all sizes interested in growth, profitability, mergers and acquisition.

Brian Tankersley, CPA,CITP, CGMA is President of Adept Practices, Inc.  Tankersley is a consultant, an author, and a speaker who specializes in accounting technology issues.  Tankersley has spoken in 48 US states, and three Canadian provinces, and writes for major accounting press outlets including CPA Practice Advisor and AccountingWeb.  He is also a faculty member for Yaeger CPA Review and K2 Enterprises.

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