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Winter Tech Fest - Webcast

December 9, 2022 8:00am - 4:30pm

(Check-In 7:30am)

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8.00 Credits

Member Price $329.00

Non-Member Price $429.00


One of the biggest professional challenges for CPAs, CFOs, controllers and auditors today, is keeping current with the rapid pace of change in information technology. This program explores the new and emerging technologies impacting the fields of accounting, finance, auditing and business overall. Covering the full landscape, from the ground level of personal technology devices to the 5,000-foot level of emerging mega technologies like blockchain, digital and crypto currencies, artificial intelligence (AI), data analytics, robotic process automation (RPA) and more. This presentation will provide you with the latest updates on all these mega trends.

Investing a day to attend this course prepares you to actively participate in discussions with clients, colleagues, management, IT and service providers on the current state of technology and its impact on business. Particularly in our new “remote working” paradigm.


  • Emerging mega technologies, what they are and potential applications
  • State of the cloud computing market and working remotely
  • The explosive growth in Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Big data, data analytics and KPI dashboards, the new frontier for CPAs
  • Automation through artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning and robotic process automation (RPA)
  • Blockchain technology: the new data storage model
  • Digital and crypto currencies: Bitcoin, Ethereum and more
  • Current state of cloud based software – financial, ERP, workflow and personal productivity applications
  • Update on personal technology devices
  • A peek into the Metaverse



Designed For

Anyone who wants to update and expand their knowledge of all that is going on with technology in the business world today


  • Recognize and be aware of the important technology trends that will impact you and your organization
  • Recall the important aspects of these technologies to prepare you to participate in discussions with your colleagues, clients, customers, IT staff and service providers
  • Select a strategy for how to integrate these technologies into your business model
  • Identify the emerging skills that will benefit you professionally




Leader Bios

John Higgins

John H. Higgins, CPA.CITP 
Strategic Technology Advisor, CPA Crossings, LLC 
Rochester, Michigan 

John is the co-founder of CPA Crossings, LLC, established in 2001. John serves as a strategic technology advisor to accounting firms and other business organizations on how to leverage the power of cloud-based technology tools. There has never been a more turbulent time in the evolution of business technology. John helps business leaders to understand the nature of rapidly evolving technologies and how to harness them to remain ahead of the curve competitively and avoid the risk of obsolete business processes.

John shares his expertise as a nationally recognized speaker on business technology at educational conferences, through online webcasts and strategic planning retreats.

John delivers over 100 presentations annually on a wide range of accounting profession related technology topics. Some of the current popular topics include:

  • Blockchain Technology
  • Big Data and Data Analytics
  • Communicate, collaborate, and share knowledge with Office 365 and Teams
  • KPI Dashboards: The New Financial Reporting Model
  • Blockchain Technology
  • Artificial intelligence (AI) and robotic process automation (RPA)
  • How to Build a Virtual Accounting Practice

Some of John's key accomplishments include:

  • AICPA Business & Industry CPA Hall of Fame inductee
  • Top 25 Thought Leader award by the CPA Practice Advisor (2011 – 2020)
  • Past Chair of the Michigan Association of CPAs
  • Michigan Association of CPAs Innovative User of Technology award
  • Former national technology consulting partner with BDO, LLP  
  • Nationally recognized speaker on CPA technology
  • Co-author of 10 Steps to a Digital Practice in the Cloud, published by the AICPA 
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Non-Member Price $429.00

Member Price $329.00