Intuit’s Small Business Online Ecosystem Revenue increases 42 percent in its latest quarterly results; takeaways from QuickBooks Connect from Matt Paff and Sholto Macpherson; a new survey shows that 38 percent of employees resent when IT dictates the tech they use at work; crazy stats from the 2018 High Growth Study of professional services firms by Hinge Marketing; why blockchain won’t put accountants out of work anytime soon; and multi-factor authentication headaches
Blake chats with Amy Vetter at the AICPA Controllers Conference about how modern modern accounting departments are refocusing to become proactive service centers as opposed to reactive cost centers; David shares news about Xero from Xerocon London, including Xero’s half year results; Gusto releases simple time tracking; ACH continues to grow; and how AI is helping companies reduce rampant employee fraud on expense reports using automation.
Blake and David are back from QuickBooks Connect and ready to catch up on the news, including the results from two surveys of accounting firms published recently in Accounting Today. The gist: Accountants in public are feeling plenty of pressure to keep up with technology changes and figure out how to differentiate themselves from the competition. Also, Intuit’s incoming CEO Sasan Goodarzi has come out swinging, telling the Silicon Valley Business Journal that he thinks QuickBooks has a huge opportunity to win the mid-market from Sage Intacct and Oracle NetSuite with their new QuickBooks Online Advanced. Meanwhile, Sage has chosen CFO Steve Hare to become their new CEO rather than choosing an outsider with “SaaS in their veins,” as had was expected.
What’s new with Sage Intacct from the Intacct Advantage conference in Nashville; David has joined the AutoEntry team as their Principal Technology Evangelist; results from the 2018 Intuit Average Billing Rate Survey; three key steps that accounting teams can take to attract and retain the industry’s top talent; and the dark side of accounting expertise
Only 53% of accountants' clients are ready for the UK's "Making Tax Digital" launch in 6 months; two entrepreneur speakers advise other entrepreneurs never to outsource accounting (and why); the FBI warns that hackers are targeting Remote Desktop Protocol connections; 6 things your remote accountant policy should probably include; and how to protect your firm from risk of outsourced CFO engagements
Blake and David reconnect to talk about what's new in the worlds of QuickBooks and NetSuite. Intuit is discontinuing their QuickBooks Desktop Advanced ProAdvisor Certification — could this be the beginning of the end for desktop? Meanwhile, NetSuite is soaring according to the latest Oracle quarterly results. Also, blockchain is no longer a much-hyped theory. Walmart will require all its suppliers of leafy greens to use IBM's blockchain to track its supply chain starting in 2019. For this and more, listen to Episode 38!
Levi Morehouse of Ceterus outlines how technology is shaping two future career paths for accountants; Jeff Bezos shares how he structures his day to be most effective; PwC launches a “Digital Accelerators” program to future-proof staff; Garrett Wagner explains how a focus on billable hours drives Millennials away from your firm; Sage Intacct reveals acquisition and integration of Budgeta for FP&A into the Intacct product; the Trump Administration’s proposed tariffs on China could increase costs for cloud computing services; and Intuit now supports tokens for bank feed authentication.