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2015 Winter Tech Fest - (WTBR15)
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Navigating your way through systems, portals, and programs can leave you feeling lost and running on empty. The Winter Tech Fest gives you the practical direction needed to leverage new and emerging technology trends and tools. This one-day program reboots your tech know-how and brings you up to speed and driven for success.

11/4/2015
When: 11/04/2015
8:30 AM until 4:30 PM
Where: Crowne Plaza Hotel
4728 Constitution Ave.
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 
United States


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Registration: 8:00 – 8:30 am
Program: 8:30  – 4:30 pm
Lunch will be provided.

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Registration Fees

Early Bird
(through 10/20)
LCPA Members  $289
Non-Members $389
*After 10/20, add $50 to registration fee.
Hotel Information

Crowne Plaza Hotel
4728 Constitution Ave.
Baton Rouge, LA 70808
225.925.2244

Rates:

$109 SNGL/DBL

$139 Club/VIP

Group Code:
 IPMJE

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Every day brings new changes — and challenges — to the technology landscape, impacting everything you do. Navigating your way through systems, portals, and programs can leave you feeling lost and running on empty. The Winter Tech Fest gives you the practical direction needed to leverage new and emerging technology trends and tools. This one-day program reboots your tech know-how and brings you up to speed and driven for success.

Schedule at a Glance

This year’s Tech Fest will cover today’s hottest and most important topics impacting business and accounting professionals, including:

Cyber Safety: Keys to Protecting Your Digital Information
With all businesses exchanging more information online, keep up with the most common vulnerabilities and the practical steps you should take to protect against them.

Get Your Notes Organized With Microsoft OneNote
Are you finding it more and more difficult to keep all of your notes organized? OneNote may be the best solution for you to pull it all together. Get to know this practical note-taking application that works across your PC, Android and iOS devices.

Adobe Acrobat DC: What’s New in the Latest Release?
Acrobat DC (Document Cloud) is the newest version of Adobe and offers many new features that leverage the cloud. We’ll give you a quick review of its new features so you can make an informed decision about whether or not to upgrade.

E-Signatures Tools & Rules
This session will teach you how to get signatures on documents most effectively when working with digital documents. We will discuss the tools and rules you should be familiar with.

Tablets vs. Laptops: What’s the Best Option for You?
This session will provide a quick tour of the current landscape of devices and the features of each to help you choose the best device(s) for your needs.

Windows 10 and Office 2016: What’s New?
This session will feature a quick review and demonstration of the new features provided in Windows 10 and Office 2016.

Excel BI: Take Your Excel Data Analysis to the Next Level
The most powerful enhancement to Excel in many years is the integration of the new BI (Business Intelligence) tools. Find out how you can use this new tool to enhance your capabilities to perform in-depth analysis of large data sets (aka "big data”).

Cloud Accounting Software Review: What You Should Know
Businesses of all sizes are moving swiftly to replace their traditional on premise accounting systems with cloud-based solutions. We will review the top-selling solutions and the specific niches they fill: QuickBooks Online, Xero, Intacct, NetSuite, and more.

KPI Dashboards: The New Financial Reporting Model
One of the most sought after reporting tools by CEOs, entrepreneurs, managers and investors these days are KPI (key performance indicator) dashboards. This session will show you how to integrate them into your financial reporting model.

 

Note: Materials will be sent electronically in advance of the workshop. Printed materials will not be provided.

 


Meet the Speaker

 

John H. Higgins, CPA, CITP
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

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