Some of the current events I’ve been following include the following stories:
- HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE
- GOVERNMENT AND PRIVACY
I’ve been quite busy over the last couple of months, but unfortunately, I don’t have a lot which I can show you, the gentle reader of this blog. A listing of some of the writings I’ve worked on in the last few weeks is as follows:
I also have been meeting with software publishers and reading voraciously preparing for this year’s tech conferences and seminars, which start for me next week in Philadelphia, and take me around much of the continental US this year.
I hope you’ll plan to attend the 2015
@AICPA Practitioners/TECH+ Conference in Orlando June 7-June 10th. You can save an extra $100 w/code TAC http://pstech.cpa2biz.com/
I share articles which I find interesting on Twitter – I’m @BFTCPA. Some of the stories I’ve been following include:
- Microsoft released preview versions of its next version of Office for Windows and Mac this week. I’ve tried them both, and will be writing about them in the near future.
- Don’t forget that Windows 10 will come out later this year. I’ve been participating in the Technical Preview (beta test) for some time, and will have more to report later.
- There’s a new interface, called USB Type C, which is taking the tech market by storm – what CNet thinks you need to know is here. Also, Gizmodo opines that the NSA will love the USB-C charging cables…
- Apple showed off their latest watch, and announced a new Macbook ultraportable. In other news, actress Anna Kendrick has determined that the $10,000 version of the Apple Watch represents “the new gold standard in douchebag detection.”
- In a power grab, our “friends” at the FCC released new rules which regulate broadband internet as a public utility. <sarcasm> (Because we all know that the US Federal Government and public utilities are thriving hotbeds of competitive innovation, and are not places where your dollars go to die.) </sarcasm> The best part – the Wall Street Journal reports that FCC Chairman can’t tell you what the critical “general conduct rule” means.
- Not to be outdone, the FCC’s Canadian twin, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, issued its first fines under the “Canada Anti-Spam Law”, or CASL – CAD $1.1 million to a corporate training company for allegedly sending e-mail without the recipients’ consent or a properly functioning unsubscribe mechanism. (Now if they can just help those poor suffering nieces and nephews of deceased third world government officials get their money back.)
- We’re seeing more companies calling for measurable performance from their social media efforts – this CFO article is a good example.
I’m sad to see that The Sleeter Group has sold to Diversified Communications, but I know it was an offer which Doug and Sherrill couldn’t refuse. Congratulations, and we hope to continue to work with you in the future.
Be careful out there, people. I look forward to seeing many of you on this year’s journey.
I was going through my e-mail this morning, and saw that one of my favorite blogs, Jr. Deputy Accountant (Rated R), was back online after an extended absence. This made me realize that I had left you, the gentle reader of this blog hanging. Well, hang no more. I’m back.
I’ve been very busy over the last few months, and won’t bore you with all of the details. Some of the stuff I’ve been working on includes:
- Analyzing the data from the 2nd Annual CPA Firm Operations and Technology Survey, including crunching most of the data and writing most of the copy. This year’s survey included over 600 firms of all sizes. I expect it to come out sometime around the middle of March. (Watch out people, I have data to back up my rants now)
- Writing a feature article on how the world of electronic payments is changing for the Tennessee CPA Journal. I expect the article to end up in a number of other state CPA newsletters before the year is over.
- Attended the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas with my friend and mentor, Randy Johnston. (We plot world domination together as a hobby)
- Wrote three conference sessions for K2 Enterprises – an update on CPA Firm Technology, an overview presentation related to remote access (including some stuff comparing VDI vs RDS), and a third session on electronic payments.
I’ve also worked on too many writing and consulting projects to mention over the last few months. 2015 is picking up nicely, and I’m making the rounds to software vendors slowly this spring. I’ve already been to Toronto, Atlanta, and have upcoming trips to San Francisco, Dallas, Detroit, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Seattle, and many other cities before teaching season kicks off in early May.
If you’re looking for my quick takes on tech news, just follow me on Twitter (@BFTCPA).
A summary of the state Sales Tax holidays appears below, courtesy my friends at CCH/Wolters Kluwer. Let’s be careful out there, people – shopping is NOT a contact sport.
Dennis Howlett, an accountant/blogger who is a British CA and lives in Spain recently posted to his blog (www.accmanpro.com) a story about Auditing and traditional financial reporting being over. Interesting discussion (and it makes me wonder why our business model is exempt from being reengineered)… thought some of you gentle readers might enjoy it. I may post a rebuttal after I’ve contemplated the article and formulated my thoughts. Whether you agree or disagree, it is thought provoking.
Howlett’s post: http://www.accmanpro.com/2009/02/03/auditing-its-over-cuz-its-not-smart/
The post that started it all: Umair Haque’s “Smart Growth Manifesto”: