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Winter Tech Fest (TFLF14)
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The Winter Tech Fest covers today’s biggest trends so you’ll have the tools you need to make technology work for you in better ways. Designed specifically for CPAs, we’ll cover cloud accounting systems, new Microsoft features, password managers – and even Bitcoin. This one-day program will give you tips you can use immediately to be more effective and efficient.

When: 12/15/2014
8:30 am until 5:00 pm
Where: Ramada Lafayette Conference Center
2032 NE Evangeline Thruway
Lafayette, Louisiana  70501
Presenter: John Higgins

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Cloud Based Accounting Systems: The Next Frontier

The QuickBooks small business accounting paradigm was introduced to the marketplace in 1994 and substantially changed the way small businesses managed their accounting information. Today we are on the precipice of the next major paradigm shift in small business accounting with the emergence of cloud accounting systems. This session will explore the value proposition of cloud accounting, provide a high level review of top selling solutions and offer a discussion of how you can embrace them in your business or practice.

Office 365: What Is It All About?
This session will explore all of the features of Microsoft’s Office 365 software solutions bundle. We will review MS Office in the cloud, web site hosting, OneDrive cloud storage, Lync online conferencing and more. You will learn all the information you need to know in order to assess whether Office 365 is right for your organization, or not.

Bitcoin: What You Should Know About This Digital Currency
Unless you have been living under a rock, you have probably heard about this intriguing new concept of a digital currency called Bitcoin. This is a virtual online payment system that started as an idea back in 2009 and had over 12 million Bitcoins in circulation worldwide in early 2014. So what is Bitcoin? How does it work? What should I know about it? These are questions that we will answer so you can better understand the implication of digital currency in the marketplace.

Get Your Notes Organized With Microsoft OneNote
Are you finding it more and more difficult to keep all of your notes organized? Some are on note paper, some on hand-written on documents, some in Excel, and some in Word, some in email and on and on. Microsoft's OneNote application may be the best solution for you to pull it all together. OneNote is a very practical note taking application that works on your Windows PC, as well as Android and iPad devices. This session will give you a complete tour of OneNote and how you can use it to organize all of your notes.

Excel 2013: What’s New?
This session will provide a "lightning round” review of the new features in Excel 2013 including Flash Fill, Quick Analysis, PowerView and more. This will help you decide whether it is worth upgrading, or not.

Password Keepers: Why You’ll Want One
If you want to keep your login credentials more secure and easier to use when you need them, you will definitely appreciate this session on password keepers. We will explain and demonstrate what they are and how they work. A review of popular password keeper solutions will be provided. 

Meet the Speaker


John serves as a strategic adviser to CPAs and the CPA profession in all aspects of leveraging technology. He has authored and presented CPE programs for thousands of CPAs over the past 25 years on technology and practice management issues. John is a pioneer in the development and delivery of web based CPE programs. He has presented "live” web CPE events for groups as large as 600+ participants, as well as many small groups. John assisted the Michigan Association of CPAs as an adviser in the development of their web based CPE model. 

John’s primary qualification is his passion for helping CPAs achieve greater success by leveraging technology. He has extensive knowledge and experience working with CPAs throughout the country. John resides in Rochester, Michigan with his wife Karen and their two children. 

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Actively involved in working with local, regional and national CPA firms over the past 25 years.
  • Facilitated hundreds of planning sessions and retreats to develop strategic plans, technology plans, paperless work flow design, innovative client services and more.
  • Nationally recognized speaker and author on technology issues impacting the CPA profession.
  • Monthly host of Document Management to Go (DMS2Go) pod cast sponsored by CPA Technology magazine.
  • Former national consulting partner with a top 10 CPA firm.
  • Former CEO of technology training & consulting firm.
  • Member of the AICPA Business & Industry Hall of Fame.
  • Past Chair of the Michigan Association of CPAs.
  • Past member of the AICPA Council and CPE Advisory Committee.
  • MACPA Innovative User of Technology award


Hotel Accommodations

Ramada Lafayette Conference Center
2032 NE Evangeline Thruway
Lafayette, LA 70501

Rate: $92 Single/Double

Reservations: Call Shawn Johnson at 337.408.2810, and identify yourself as an LCPA member.

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