AI Is Open to Anyone with Passion

Learning must shift as skills become obsolete.

By Rick Richardson

Students will have to “learn how to learn” instead of focusing on skills and specific tools. Most content will become obsolete within two years, says Dr. Simon See, head of computing giant NVIDIA’s artificial intelligence (AI) technology center.

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“Technology is moving so fast, and you have to keep adopting new skills. What you have to learn is the methodology of learning new things. You must learn how to learn new things,” he said.
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The Case for Wireless Broadband Access

Illustration of network with city backgroundDon’t rely on whatever your client provides.

By Roman H. Kepczyk
Quantum of Paperless: Technology Guide & Checklist

One of the revolutions in remote connectivity is found within your cell phone as digital cellular providers have beefed up and expanded their networks to provide reliable internet access to remote devices. Today, the vast majority of the United States and Canada has access to the internet through the 4G digital cellular network at speeds of 1Mpbs or more, which is adequate for remote access to most applications, particularly those hosted by cloud providers.

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The key today is to determine which service provider is the best in your firm’s specific area of operations.
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Unlock Your Flash Drive with Your Phone

flash drive and smartphonesNew gadgets for the work-from-anywhere accountant.

By Rick Richardson

There are a lot of encrypted USB flash drives out there. You plug them in, and either there’s an on-screen popup that asks for your passcode, or some sort of physical keypad that is used to gain access.

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But what about transferring the unlocking mechanism to a mobile device – such as a smartphone or your Apple Watch?
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Internet Bandwidth: How Much Is Enough?

Illustration of bandwidth useWhat about redundancy?

By Roman H. Kepczyk
Quantum of Paperless: Technology Guide & Checklist

The internet has undoubtedly had a profound impact on firm communications. It has become the primary driver toward the next generation of accounting applications that run entirely on the web through “cloud” computing.

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Before we get ahead of ourselves discussing cloud opportunities, we have to assess how the internet is used within your firm today. Most likely the internet is

  • a digital pipeline,
  • a conduit for communications, updates, research and backups, and
  • a platform for exchanging files with clients.

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The 2020s Will Demand More from Your Tech

person looking at skyline through telescopePrepare now for the future.

By Rick Richardson

If ever there was a decade that announced itself so defiantly in the first year, it’s the 2020s. With so much change and volatility already, 2020 has proven this decade will be dramatically different than the one before it. IT and business leaders must prepare for 10 years unlike any others.

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For IT and business leaders, success in the 2010s meant capitalizing on innovative commercial IT (think cloud and mobile). As the decade went on, many of those firms began leveraging the same commercial platforms, looking and feeling very similar to their customers. Forward-thinking organizations began examining how digital differentiation could give them a leg up and then – wham! – 2020 came in with a bang.
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The Right Tech Tools for COVID Work-from-Home

iPads, Android, or Microsoft Surface?

By Roman H. Kepczyk
Quantum of Paperless: Technology Guide & Checklist

One of the key components in optimizing firm production is providing the capability for firm personnel to work from any place, at any time, at their own convenience. Allowing experienced firm personnel the ability to work remotely used to be a key employee retention strategy. Then came COVID-19 and it became a necessity.

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Giving your personnel secure access to the firm’s application and data resources allows them to work effectively outside normal office hours and avoid unnecessary commuting time.

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Get Proactive with Software Updates

Words "time for an update" on clock faceFor servers, have personnel on hand.

By Roman H. Kepczyk
Quantum of Paperless: Technology Guide & Checklist

Every firm has concerns about their systems being hacked, getting attacked by a virus or malware, or being the victim of ransomware that encrypts all the firm’s data. The 2018 CPAFMA survey found an increase in firms impacted by ransomware, which carried into the 2020 survey.

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The vast majority of these virus and malware issues can be effectively negated with one simple process: KEEP YOUR SOFTWARE UPDATED on your servers and individual workstations.
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Go from Work-from-Home to Work-Anywhere

From working remotely to working anywhere.
From working remotely to working anywhere.

Put a spin on remote work.

By Rick Richardson

Ever since the pandemic began, many knowledge workers have continued their employment responsibilities from their homes. But now, with many employers extending the remote-work timeframe well into 2021, it may be time to consider working from a residence that’s in a far more pleasant location.

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If you are a remote worker tired of sitting all day at your principal residence or working in grey cubicles at a remote office, here’s a group of exotic locations that offer you not only a stunning change of scenery but also dependable internet speeds and infrastructure necessary for remote work. From pristine beaches to tropical rainforests and paradise islands, there’s something in this list that is sure to make you want to book your ticket now and even consider these locations for a leased or purchased second home.
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Maximize Your Office 365 ROI

Three young businessmen in office training sessionDon’t settle for adequate knowledge.

By Roman H. Kepczyk
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To be effective in business today, every member of your firm must optimally utilize the Microsoft Office suite at an intermediate to advanced level for Outlook, Excel, and Word.

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Firms have traditionally been behind the adoption curve because of the lag time of accounting vendors supporting the latest version, particularly for audit engagement binders.

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