2013 AICPA Practitioners Symposium and TECH+ Conference

June 10, 2013 - June 12, 2013 at Bellagio Las Vegas, NV

imagePresented by AICPA and AAM

The 2013 AICPA Practitioners Symposium and TECH+ Conference in partnership with the Association for Accounting Marketing is a one-stop learning experience that will address the converging forces of a changing economy and provide you with imageessential resources to stay current in the latest developments in technology, creating new revenue opportunities through innovative cloud-based solutions, and essential guidance on new tax legislation and standards and regulations implementation. The dynamic industry event designed to help you define a clear path to win your race by providing you the latest learning, tools and technological information to keep you on the cutting edge.

We invite you to inspire innovation and be a part of the premier one-of-a-kind annual event for realizing results and learning from the very best technology experts in the industry. These speakers will provide an update on new trends, issues and a comprehensive overview of the state of technology for both businesses and consulting firms, including the latest in emerging technologies, cloud computing, infrastructure tools and Internet security and cyber fraud protection.

imageSession Title: 2013 Top Technology Initiatives – The CPA Firm Perspective
Monday, June 10, 2013; 1:45pm - 3:00pm

Increasingly, companies are turning to public accounting firms for advice and assistance in addressing IT-related issues. Similarly, firms themselves are also facing similar IT related issues. The 2013 Top Technology Initiatives Survey results will provide valuable feedback regarding the technology concerns that are of greatest importance for firms over the next 12 - 18 months. The survey is structured to dive in-depth to the concerns and priorities that AICPA members may have.

Session Title: A Strategic Approach to IT Budgeting for CPA Firms
Wednesday, June 12, 2013; 9:30am - 10:45am

imageA properly categorized and appropriately detailed IT budget can be a valuable analysis tool that helps to ensure strategic alignment of your IT investment.  Identifying required and discretionary costs within the budget can also help to enable better management of your IT spend.  The IT budget can also be used to analyze cash flow and other financial impacts of IT initiatives, enabling an organization to better respond to changes in the economic environment and have insight into future years spend.  See why the IT budget is a valuable management tool and how to have it support management decision-making by attending this presentation.

Key Takeaways & Insights:
  • How a detailed IT budget can support better cash flow and financial management
  • How to segregate mandatory from discretionary IT spend for organizational agility
  • Switching the IT paradigm from cost to investment and tying to organizational strategy

Donny Shimamoto, CPA.CITP, CGMA,
is the founder and managing director of IntrapriseTechKnowlogies LLC, a CPA consultancy focused on organizational development and advisory services for the middle market.  An active CPA, Certified Information Technology Professional (CITP), and Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA), Donny is a recognized national expert in IT management and international author/speaker on business intelligence initiatives.  Donny helps many organizations by bridging accounting and IT to strengthen organizational governance and risk management, improve business processes through IT, and increase the effectiveness of decision-making through business intelligence and evidence-based management.
imageDonny is a current member of the AICPA Council, chairman of its IT Executive Committee, and former member of its Assurance Services Executive Committee.  He has worked on several international collaborations between the AICPA and CIMA related to business intelligence and is also a frequent speaker on how management accountants can help add-value to their organizations.  Donny was recognized as a Top Thought Leader in Public Accounting by CPA Practice Advisor in 2012 & 2013, received the 2009-2010 President’s Award from the Hawaii Society of CPAs, was named to CPA Technology Advisor’s 40 Under 40 list in 2007 & 2009, and was also a Hawaii Top High Tech Leader in 2004.   Most recently, Donny received the AICPA's first Maximo Mukalebai Award for service to the CPA profession.  Donny was part of the inaugural class of the AICPA’s Leadership Academy program and was also a member of the CPA Horizons 2015 Advisory Panel, where he served as an active voice for upcoming and emerging professionals.

Sessions Featuring 3 Dynamic Learning Areas   

This three-day conference event will include three specialized learning tracks for technology:

  • Crossover: For attendees who may not necessarily be technology focused, but are looking to gain some high level knowledge of the tools and technologies they may touch and be exposed to in their daily lives.
  • Core: The core of the TECH portion of the conference, these sessions are geared to the technology enthusiast. They are generally more technical than crossover and many explore technologies and trends identified in the AICPA’s Top Technologies Inititiative Project.  
  • Masters: These sessions are generally more advanced than those found in both the core and crossover tracks. They take concepts indentified in the AICPA’s Top Technologies Initiative Project and examine them at a much deeper level
Attending this conference affords you the opportunity to share ideas with these leading experts, thought leaders, and fellow technology specialists, as well as building your professional network. If you desire the latest on all TECH issues and updates, this conference is a must-attend. Register by March 15th, 2013 and save $100 off the regular registration rate. Use code UCI to save an additional $100 - Peer discount! IT Section, CITP, PCPS, and AAM member discounts available as well.

For more information and to register, check out the AICPA TECH+ Conference page.
Download the full AICPA Tech+ Conference brochure pdf.