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2016 Technology Conference - (LMC116) - 1st DAY ONLY
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5/12/2016
When: 05/12/2016
8:30 AM until 5:40 PM
Where: DoubleTree by Hilton Lafayette
1521 W. Pinhook Rd
Lafayette, Louisiana  70503
United States
Presenter: Mac McClelland, MBA, JD - Val D. Steed, CPA, CITP, MA - Stephen M. Yoss, Jr., CPA


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Overview

Taught by the tech gurus at K2, the Technology Conference is a great way to upgrade your skills and improve productivity. Each session is configured with the accounting professional in mind so you’ll walk away with solutions that apply to your needs. You’ll get tips on hardware and software selection, the latest in data security, resources for streamlining your processes, and apps for making life easier all around. You’ll leave refreshed and armed with ideas that will save you time, money, and sanity.

 

 
Sponsorships are still available. Contact Misean Reed at 504.904.1133 or mreed@lcpa.org 

Agenda

Thursday, May 11
8:00 – 8:30 am Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:30 – 10:10 am

Tech Update 2016
There is more new technology to consider this year than almost any other year in the last decade. Hardware and software businesses are changing quickly, the Cloud impacts business decisions, mobile strategies are becoming more clear, 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 improve organizational efficiency and avoid pitfalls.

10:30 am – 12:10 pm
Concurrent Sessions
A.

A New Day, A New Technology Way
As technology continues to evolve, so too must our business practices. Failing to capitalize on new ways and techniques for completing tasks mean that we may be leaving tremendous amounts of productivity on the table. Further, not matching our business processes to today’s technologies can jeopardize the security of sensitive information. In both of these cases, the end result is that our organizations are not as competitive as they can and should be.

B.

Securing the Perimeter: A Management View
Security is, and should be, on everyone's radar. Whether you control security choices or not, you can raise your awareness and ask the right questions by attending this session. Understand the changes in firewalls, anti-virus, encryption and other tools so you can ask the right questions of your team or contractors. This session will also help you understand the risks you currently have and provide ideas on how to mitigate and minimize your exposure.

C.

CPA Firm Technology Solutions
Would you like to work less while continuing to provide great client service, superior team member experiences, and the right partner profitability? Applying the right technology to the problems of your firm can accomplish all three of these objectives. In this session, learn about the new and best approaches in technology for CPA firms.

12:10 – 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 – 2:40 pm
Concurrent Sessions
D.

Accounting Software Update
The world of accounting software has changed, radically, over the last five years. While Cloud offerings have held the spotlight in the recent past, the traditional software vendors have responded with hosted and hybrid Cloud offerings of their own. These new options give businesses of all sizes the ability to access data and collaborate from anywhere, with some providing near real time reporting of key performance indicators. Join us in this session to learn about available accounting, reporting, and analytics options for your organization and/or your clients.

E.

Integrating Excel With Word and PowerPoint
Excel is the accountants' tool of choice for analyzing data, and their analyses often find their way into formal reports and presentations. Most accountants and business professionals use simple cut-and-paste processes or re-key their analyses to integrate them into Word and PowerPoint, but these Microsoft Office products offer a full range of options for integrating data among and between them. This session contains all of the tips, tricks, and techniques necessary to ease the process of integrating Excel with Word and PowerPoint.

F.

Adobe Acrobat DC: Big Changes for PDFs
With the introduction of Adobe Acrobat DC, Adobe changed the game on how we work with PDF documents. More than just “another new software version,” Acrobat DC offers a number of new outstanding productivity features that you will want to take advantage of including the ability to collect and send documents for e-signatures, fill and sign forms on mobile devices, and collaborate with other users through the Cloud. Features such as these, coupled with significant changes in licensing, means that Acrobat DC is a substantially different product than its predecessors. Join us in this session to learn how to take advantage of all that Acrobat DC has to offer.

3:00 – 4:40 pm

Excel’s Top 15 All-Time Hints and Tips
Take your Excel productivity and efficiency to a new level by learning about fifteen of Excel’s greatest features and functions. In this session, you will learn how to turbocharge your Excel workbooks with features such as Fuzzy Lookups and Inquire, along with tips for solving rounding issues and reducing spreadsheet errors. After you complete this session and implement the tips you learn in it, your Excel productivity will be at levels you may have never thought possible.

4:50 – 5:40 pm
Bonus Session

PivotTable Refresher
PivotTables remain Excel’s most powerful feature, yet, many business professionals continue to avoid using them. In this session, you will learn why you should work with PivotTables and how you can create simple, yet powerful PivotTables with ease. And perhaps best of all, once you master fundamental PivotTables, you will set the stage for even greater productivity by continuing to leverage their usefulness!

Registration


  Both Days
Day One | Day Two
After 4/27 add $50 to
registration fee.
Members $449 $315 
Non-Member  $649 $ 415

Register online using the 'Register' button above. To register by phone, call the LCPA Member Service Center at 800.288.5272 or 504.464.1040 Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm.

Need to register more than one person? Fill out our Group Registration Form and email it to register@lcpa.org.

Hotel

DoubleTree by Hilton Lafayette
1521 W. Pinhook Rd
Lafayette, LA 70503
800.222.8733

Cut-off Date: April 27
Rate: $112
Code: LPA or identify yourself as an attendee of LCPA’s Technology Conference.


Call 800.222.8733 to book your reservations or you can reserve online.



Speakers


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  • H. Lawrence A. McClelland, MBA, JD
    Mac gained his practical experience in information systems with NASA and as director of the Centre for Financial Studies at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand, and has taught hundreds of CPE seminars to accountants and business managers in the United States, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, and Southeast Asia.
  • Val D. Steed, CPA.CITP, MA
    Val is the CEO of K2 Enterprises which is a national technology training and consulting organization. He has 12 years of experience in public practice and has been involved with information systems and the accounting technology industry since 1984.
  • Stephen M. Yoss, Jr., CPA
    Steve is a senior technology strategist and principal of MantisPRO, a company that focuses on helping organizations develop a technology strategy to streamline their business operations and to lower overhead, personnel, and compliance costs by investing in technology and reengineering their business practices.

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