IC Opportunities

I spent the last 48 hour in chilly Chicago with a group of thought leaders who command attention in the accounting arena. Jody Padar organized the first annual (maybe quarterly) IC Opportunities Event which brought together practitioners, vendors, media, marketers, state societies to discuss the direction of the profession. Greg Kyte, our resident comedian, welcomed us with a colorful keynote. Vendors in attendance included representatives from Intuit, Thomson Reuters, Wolters Kluwer, Sharra Chan of Orange Door, Jennifer Warawa of Sage, Kasey Bayne of Freshbooks, Sarah Johnson of Inovautus, Peter Wolf of Azamba Consulting, Kathleen Echeverria of bill.com, Tamera Loerzel of Convergence Coaching and Michael Redisch of Cloudsway. Our media friends were Danielle Lee of Accounting Tomorrow and Rick Telberg of CPA Trendlines. Oh, and how can I forget, Jackie Brown representing the MACPA, only the COOLEST state society in the land.

Jody started the brain dump bright and early with a discuss on “the Gap.” The four areas we focused on were Mobile, Could, Social, and Project Management. In groups, we discussed the external and internal forces that prevent firms from adopting. The discussion moved to suggestions on how the four areas could gain more traction with the traditional firms. In the afternoon Geni Whitehouse, Jason Blumer Kasey, Sharra, and Joe Manzelli moderated deeper round table talks on Social, Cloud, and Project Management.

I was honored to be invited to an event like this. I was so happy to leave the comfort of my office, during tax season, and engage my brain in the future of accounting. My take-aways from the event were; the profession is moving in a direction to offer creative services above and beyond the traditional “tax-man” services. Acceptance of cloud and mobile technology will be a must for these services to flourish.

Jody, when is the next one?


3 Comments on "IC Opportunities"

  1. Jackie Brown says:

    Great post, Chris! I was honored to be invited too and to learn from everyone there how, together, we can keep moving the profession forward. Opportunities most definitely abound. IC them and look forward to more good stuff in June!

  2. OMG. What do you mean you left your office during tax season. -Just kidding. it was great to meet you too. I had a blast with everyone and can’t wait to do it again.

  3. Sharra Chan says:

    I’m still catching up on all the feeds but this is a really great post. Thanks so much to all the accountants like you who not only came out and supported the event, but had fantastic ideas and take aways for the vendors. I like that you guys were comfortable and vocal enough to say “This is what’s wrong…this is where we’d like to see things”. I’m looking forward to seeing you at the next event.

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