AICPA Top 10 Tech
The American Institute of CPAs released its annual Top Technology Initiatives Survey, which ranks the IT issues of most concern to accountants and their clients.
The Top 10 follow, along with the percentage of respondents who felt either confident or highly confident that their client or organization is handling the task appropriately.
1. Securing the IT environment
Security -- in many forms -- was a major component of many of the Top 10 Tech Initiatives. Handling it well: 62%.
2. Managing and retaining data
Data wants to be free -- but you can get sued for that. Handling it well: 61%.
3. Managing risk and compliance
You used to worry that a staffer was breaking the law; now you have to worry about your software, too. Handling it well: 65%.
4. Ensuring privacy
It's not just Facebook and Google whose privacy policies matter. Handling it well: 62%.
5. Leveraging emerging technologies
The pace of change makes keeping up a critical capability. Handling it well: 34%.
6. Managing system implementation
It's the kind of thing you want to get right the first time. Handling it well: 52%.
7. Enabling decision support and managing performance
Data should make decisions easier -- in theory. Handling it well: 46%.
8. Governing and managing IT investment/spending
Metrics and measurements for ROI are slowly emerging. Handling it well: 56%.
9. Preventing and responding to fraud
A perennial concern is getting easier with more sophisticated tools. Handling it well: 60%.
10. Managing vendors and service providers
Gone are the days when your relationship ended with the purchase. Handling it well: 56%.
Tell-tale indicators that you rock stars are eyeing the door
The most influential people in the field of accounting, as chosen by their peers.
Accounting Principalsí list shows where your next job should be
Productivity can be a big problem, even at major accounting and tax firms and other types of businesses. Employers recently shared some real-life examples with the staffing company CareerBuilders of some of the more unusual things they've seen employees doing when they should have been busy working:
Rising education costs mean clients canít pass these up
Critical challenges facing Americans and their advisors
Big thoughts under blue skies
BKR International hosted a panel of some of the best accounting marketers in the country in conjunction with the Association for Accounting Marketing Annual Summit in Austin, Texas. Putting their smart brains together, they agreed on 10 best practices for building the reputation and visibility of accounting firms in a high technology, but still high touch industry.
When it comes to day-to-day projects, some workers at accounting firms and other types of businesses feel assignments from the boss fall outside of their job description. Workers provided the following real-life examples to CareerBuilder of the most unusual requests they received from their bosses.
Paychex has a list of the top regulatory issues facing small businesses this year.