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2015 Technology Conference - BOTH DAYS (LMC15)
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Taught by the tech gurus at K2, the Tech Conference is a great way to refresh your skills and get up to date on the year’s hottest technology trends, new tools, best practices, and predictions for the future — all of which you can use to squeeze the most out of your day-to-day operations and make your life easier.

6/18/2015 to 6/19/2015
When: 06/18/15 - 06/19/15
8:00 AM until 5:00 PM
Where: Hilton New Orleans Riverside
#2 Poydras Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 
United States
Presenter: Various


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Taught by the tech gurus at K2, the Tech Conference is a great way to refresh your skills and get up to date on the year’s hottest technology trends, new tools, best practices, and predictions for the future — all of which you can use to squeeze the most out of your day-to-day operations and make your life easier. Topics include:

  • Self Service Business Intelligence
  • Revolutionizing Small Business Accounting
  • Remote Access Best Practices
  • Payment Technologies
  • Hosted, On-Premise, and Hybrid Solutions
  • Technology Policies to Protect You
  • Everything iOS
  • Windows 10 – You’re Going to Love It
  • Prevent & Detect Spreadsheet Errors
  • And much more!
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For more information and to register your referral, click here. Referrals must be received by Thursday, June 11.




Schedule at a Glance
Thursday, June 18
8:00 - 8:30 am Registration & Continental Breakfast


8:30 – 10:10 am

Tech Update 2015

2015 is a year of change and in this pivotal period, technology can help or hurt your organization. Hardware and software businesses are in upheaval, the Cloud is cloudy, mobile strategies are evolving, and the Internet of Things is a game-changer on all fronts. In this keynote session, you will learn how to create a technology roadmap that helps you to improve organizational efficiency and avoid pitfalls.

10:30 am – 12:10 pm Concurrent Sessions
  • A. Self Service Business Intelligence with Power BI
     

    With Microsoft’s Power BI tools, "Business Intelligence” (BI) is moving mainstream to help you gain meaningful insights into your data. Building upon the strengths of PivotTables and Data Models, Microsoft’s Power BI tools provide self-service BI options to the masses. Join us in this session for a fascinating look at how you can incorporate these tools into your reporting repertoire.

  • B. Top Ten Technology Articles You Should Have Read

    K2 Enterprises team members are often asked how they keep up with the rapid changes in business technology.  The answer is simple – hard work and lots of reading and research.  Based on a consensus of the K2 team, in this session we share the best of the best with respect to articles about technology changes, trends, and significant advances.

  • C. Remote Access Best Practices

    Team members want to be able to work from anywhere, anytime, on any device. In addition to Cloud hosting providers, you can provide remote access through your existing networks by using Citrix, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, or Remote Desktop Services. In this session, you will learn best practices to give your users the best experience and what you should consider for future upgrades.

12:10 – 1:00 pm Lunch

1:00 – 1:50 pm Concurrent Sessions
  • D. Risks and Rewards of Hosted, On Premise, and Hybrid Solutions

    You wonder if the Cloud is right for your organization or should you remain with an on-premise solution? Perhaps mixing the Cloud with some on-premise technologies to create a hybrid solution is the optimal approach for you. Attend this session to understand your options, costs, risks, and rewards, and how to implement and manage the best solution for you and your team.

  • E. Five Common Sense Steps to Secure Your PC

    Security is critical today, yet most users do little to secure their PCs. In this session, you will learn how to implement five simple steps that will dramatically reduce the risk of compromised data. Regardless of experience, you will be able to implement the tools discussed and demonstrated in this session. Don’t miss this chance to stop hackers in their tracks!


  • F. Everything iOS

    Do you have an iPhone or an iPad? If so, regardless of which release of iOS you have, many features of the operating system remain overlooked and underutilized. Join us for "Everything iOS” to learn about the practical ways you can put iOS to work, how you can secure your iOS-powered device, and how you can overcome some of the issues related to using iOS in a Windows-dominated world.

2:00 – 2:50 pm Concurrent Sessions
  • G. How to Prevent and Detect Spreadsheet Errors

    According to experts, approximately 90% of spreadsheets contain errors! In this session, you will learn how to take advantage of features in Excel to prevent and detect spreadsheet errors. You will also learn how to use Excel add-ins to improve the accuracy of spreadsheets. This session is "must-see CPE” if you are concerned about accuracy!

  • H. The Internet of Things

    In our Internet-connected world, numerous devices are appearing to help us solve countless problems. Collectively, these devices constitute "The Internet of Things (IoT).” In this session, you will learn about IoT and how to deploy plans for connectivity, privacy, security, and management. Also, you will learn about numerous IoT-based apps and services that can assist you with specific tasks.

  • I. Backups: Critical to Every Organization

    As long as you have your data, you can recover from business interruptions and disasters. However, are you sure you have all of your data properly backed up? Participate in this session to learn the best ways to backup your data, including using the Cloud, backup appliances, and other techniques. Can you really afford to take chances with your data?


3:10 – 4:50 pm Dueling Excel Tips

Two instructors, two viewpoints on Excel! In this session, you will learn countless Excel tips from two instructors, each offering their own perspective on Excel. Beyond simple techniques, you will learn valuable tips for putting Excel to work to solve complex issues, including data analysis and reporting. Join us for this one-of-a-kind presentation to help you extend Excel’s usefulness.

Friday, June 19

7:30 – 8:00 am Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:00 – 9:40 am Data Security: Need We Say More?

With so many data breaches, you should be concerned about the security of your data. In this session, you will learn about some of the recent high profile attacks and how they occurred. More importantly, you will learn about techniques that will help you minimize the risks of similar attacks affecting your organization. Address your security concerns by participating in this session.

10:00 – 11:40 am Concurrent Sessions
  • J. Leading Solutions for CPA Firms

    Technology is a differentiator for CPA firms. Progressive firms that deploy leading-edge solutions complemented with investments in training are far more successful than those who continue to rely on outdated technologies. In this session, you will learn about leading-edge solutions available for CPA firms and how these solutions can help your firm reach its goals.

  • K. Personal Technologies

    Though many new technologies target business users, some are better suited for personal use. New audio and video devices, home security tools, electronic convenience gadgets, and internet-based finance and personal organization tools are among the personal technologies you will learn about in this session. Participate and learn how you can manage an increasingly busy lifestyle.

  • L. Using Tables, PivotTables, and Queries to Automate Reporting

    Using Excel’s Table feature in concert with PivotTables, you can streamline financial and operational reporting processes and significantly reduce the risk of errors.  Combine these new capabilities with live data queries, and Excel reporting can be faster and easier than ever. Attend this session to find out how to create better Excel reports with less time and effort.

11:40 am – 12:30 pm Lunch

12:30 – 1:20 pm Concurrent Sessions
  • M. Revolutionizing Small Business Accounting

    A revolution is taking place in small business accounting. While traditional desktop products continue to hold the lion’s share of the market, newer solutions are changing how small businesses – and their accountants – record and report transactions. Join us in this session for a highly-informative discussion on how this new breed of solutions will change accounting for small businesses. 

  • N. Payment Technologies

    Movements are underway to dramatically change how companies make and receive payments. One in particular – the EMV initiative – affects every business that accepts credit card payments and begins October 1. Others focus on alternative payment streams, including PayPal and even Bitcoin. Participate in this session to learn how emerging technologies can affect your cash flow and risk.

  • O. Technology Policies to Protect your Organization

    More than ever, policies and control procedures can help you protect your data. In this session, you will learn about critical policies that you need to have in place, including acceptable use, encryption, and mobile device management policies. You will also receive samples of recommended policies, along with guidance for implementing them, helping you to reduce your risk.

1:30 – 2:20 pm Concurrent Sessions
  • P. Beyond Entry Level Accounting, Reporting, and Analytics

    For organizations that are beyond small business accounting software, the choices are seemingly endless. A growing list of innovations and options change how you should select and deploy your accounting, reporting, and analytics solutions. If you are curious about your options, join us in this session to discover the products and services that represent the best fit for you, your organization, or your clients.


  • Q. Windows 10: You’re Going to Love It!

    Built on the foundation of Windows 8, Windows 10 returns the Start Menu, introduces Universal apps and adds slick new features, such as a common notification area, virtual desktops, mobile device management, and data protection. Attend this session to see why most users are going to love Windows 10, Microsoft's newest operating system.

  • R. Best Tools for Collaboration

    Collaboration is one of today’s hottest technology topics. In this session, you will learn about collaboration tools available from leading technology providers, and how you can use these tools to work more efficiently and effectively. You will also learn how you can share and simultaneously edit documents in real-time, without creating multiple copies of the same file.

2:40 – 4:20 pm Welcome to the New World of Microsoft

Previously considered to be a software company, Microsoft has changed and now sells hardware, software, and subscription and Cloud-based services. In this session, you will learn about many tools and services available from Microsoft and how they can help to drive your bottom line. You will also learn how to manage licensing costs and how to deploy Microsoft hardware and software most effectively.


 
Speakers

Will Fleenor, CPA, PhD

Hammond, LA
will@k2e.com
Will has conducted seminars for 48 state CPA societies, and countless accounting technology conferences, as well as doing training for other organizations such as the FBI

Lawrence A.McClelland, MBA, JD

Carriere, MS
mac@k2e.com
Mac, an attorney and accounting professional, was formerly the director of the Centre for Financial Studies at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand, from 1990 to 1997.

Randolph P. Johnston, MCS

Hutchinson, KS
randy@k2e.com
Randy is a nationally recognized educator, consultant, and writer with over 30 years of experience in strategic technology planning, accounting software selection, paperless systems, and network integration.




Registration Fees
Early Bird Standard
(through 6/5) (after 6/5)
LCPA Members
$449 $499
Non-Members
$649 $699
Single Day: LCPA Members (Day One | Day Two)
$315 $365
Single Day: Non-Members
$415 $465
Hotel Information

Hilton New Orleans Riverside
2 Poydras St.
New Orleans, LA 70130
800.445.8667 
Reservations: neworleans.hilton.com

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