Cloud Accounting: Three Thought Leaders Weigh In

 
Robert J. Chandler talks Cloud accounting Computing

Robert J. Chandler

Cloud9 CEO Robert Chandler and Fannit CEO Keith Eneix, hosts of CloudTalk Radio, interviewed some of the thought leaders in the accounting industry at the AICPA conference last month held in Las Vegas. Some changes happening in the accounting industry are impacting businesses all over and it is worth getting it straight from the horse’s mouth.

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cpa academy talks cloud accountingScott Zarret, CEO of CPA Academy, discussed how access to continuing education for accounting firms and CPAs though MOOCs (massively open online courses) has changed the types of materials you can earn CPE credits on. A lot of accountants now can more easily and cost efficiently stay educated about a variety of topicslike how to become their client’s financial advisors in addition to being compliance based bookkeepers and tax accountants.

doug sleeter talks cloud accountingDoug Sleeter, CEO of The Sleeter Group, is always an interesting interview. His concepts on ‘Chunkification’ and ‘Digital Plumbing’ as it relates to the accounting industry are holding true.

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Sleeter Group Cloud9 Review – A One Year Assessment

 

Sleeter Group Cloud9 Review began with its move to Cloud9 Real TimeIn recent years Sleeter Group’s Doug Sleeter has written often about how small business owners who are “addicted” to desktop version software should get their mission-critical desktop software hosted in the cloud.

“At The Sleeter Group, we moved our whole back office (QuickBooks and all of our add-ons) to Cloud9 Real Time in January 2013. It was one of those “practice what we preach” decisions, and boy are we glad we did it. Our hope was that by using a hosting solution, we could move to the cloud without having to retrain all our staff and switch to new workflows all at the same time.”

True to his commitment last year, Doug Sleeter is back with a Sleeter Group Cloud9 review on how hosting QuickBooks and back office applications with Cloud9 is working out for The Sleeter Group.

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New Accounting Technology Report
– What Do SMBs Really Want From Their CPAs?

 

New Accounting Technology Report What Do SMBs Want

A new accounting technology report, What SMBs Want (from Their CPA), was compiled by The Sleeter Group in its ongoing endeavor to provide guidance in technology leadership for financial practices and SMBs in general.

“Small business owners are challenged with continually changing competition and are seeking ways to get ahead and stay ahead, and they expect their accounting professional to help them meet rise to the challenge.” – What SMBs Want (free download)

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Sleeter Group isolated the key trends occurring in what SMBs seek from their outsource accounting professionals. Often, there’s a chasm between what businesses seek from their accountant and what they believe their CPA actually provides, particularly in the area of business and accounting technology advice.

The questions for Sleeter’s new accounting technology report research were focused on grasping how professional practices presently work with their clients versus how SMBs wish to work with their accountant. It covers the varieties of services provided by accounting firms and the types of services SMBs actually desire.

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Cloud Summit 2014 – San Diego Cloud Accounting Event

 

san diego cloud computing event sponsored by cloud9 real time…. Schedule .. Speakers .. Sponsors .. Special Events .. Hotel .. Register

Clear your calendar for September 17-19, 2014 and join hundreds of Cloud users, accounting professionals, CPAs and business owners to maximize your Cloud investment. Co-hosted by the BMRG Advisory Group and Cloud9 Real Time, this cloud computing event will answer the questions you have (and the ones you haven’t thought of) about virtual financial and business management, preparing you for major growth and change. 

See also: Cloud Accounting & Marketing Visionaries To Present Keynotes At Cloud Summit 2014

summit vendor sponsors announced for cloud summit 2014

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Cloud Accounting & Practice Marketing Visionaries
To Present Compelling Keynotes At Cloud Summit 14

 

cloud accounting event in san diego…… Speakers …. Sponsors …. Special Events …. Hotel …. Register

Conference to explore current & future
technology + new marketing strategies

San Diego, CA  April 25, 2014 – The co-sponsors of Cloud Summit 2014 –Cloud9 Real Time, BMRG LLC  and CloudSway – have announced their selection of keynote speakers for this fall’s 3-day exploration of implementing and marketing cloud accounting.

“Today’s accounting professionals and small businesses need help making the transition to cloud accounting,” said Kacee Johnson, Executive Vice President at Cloud9 Real Time. “Our keynote speakers — leading voices in today’s technology and tomorrow’s vision – will provide the insight, tools and marketing expertise that are needed to advance to this critical next step.”

Five of the industry’s most prominent cloud accounting and marketing experts will address attendees in keynote speeches September 17-19, 2014, in San Diego:

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Here Comes Cloud Summit 2013!

 

San Diego Cloud Summit 2013

4th Annual Cloud Summit in beautiful San Diego Bay  -  THE 2013 cloud computing event not to be missed!

Go to: Cloud Summit 2013 Event Info & Registration Site

Offering attendees premium Cloud Solutions educational courses with all-star educators and one on one sessions for individual practice needs, this August 14-16 cloud computing retreat to Paradise Point, is held at a private 44-acre island with picturesque backdrops, single level bungalows and all the amenities of a 4 Diamond resort & spa.

Go to: Cloud Summit 2013 Event Info & Registration Site

Cloud Computing Conference at Paradise PointCloud Summit 2013 is the Exclusive Cloud Computing Technology Conference offering 18 CPE credits, an All-Star lineup of educators and one on one user trainings for the top rated Cloud solutions. Held at a private 44-acre island in beautiful San Diego, California this 3 Day Event is not to be missed with content focused tracks for Accounting Professionals, CPA’s and Business Owners alike. Continue reading

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The Sleeter Group Transitions to Cloud… Cloud9 that is!

 

The Sleeter Group says that many or most small companies and business pros are chronically habituated to software applications developed to run on Windows, and the thought of pulling the plug on all of that software simultaneously to go with an all-inclusive cloud-based accounting system is frightening.

This is when the concept of “hosting” your existing windows software applications in the cloud becomes not only a doable plan, but rather compelling (to say the least). “By using a hosting solution, we can move to the cloud-based accounting without having to retrain all the staff and switch to new workflows all at the same time,” says accounting industry über thought leader Doug Sleeter, president of The Sleeter Group, who advises firms throughout North America.

See also: ‘Chunkified’ Cloud Accounting and the Future of Your Practice

Sleeter Group Virtual server accountantingThe Sleeter Group converted its own desktop software to cloud-based hosting, including Cloud9 Real Time dedicated virtual cloud servers.  “We’re doing this not just cause it’s cool, but because we believe it will reduce costs, improve performance, and enhance our security,” says Sleeter.

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Winners’ Roster of Awesome Application Awards

 

Cloud9 Sleeter Awesome App Award

The Sleeter Group,  a company dedicated to studying the market to find the best solutions that help small businesses work smarter, faster and more profitably, announced the winners of the 2013 “Awesome Applications” awards last week  at their Ninth Annual Accounting Solutions Conference. The awards recognize technologies that help small businesses be more efficient and productive, and also integrate with common business accounting and management systems. 

See – Cloud9 Wins Sleeter Awesome Apps Award!

Now in its 8th year, the Awards, formerly called “Awesome Add-Ons,” are presented annually by The Sleeter Group, the nation’s largest network of small business technology consultants. This year marked the first time that crowd-sourced voting was included in the selection process, with more than 170,000 online votes cast. The voting accounts for half of the selection process, with the other 50 percent based on judging by an expert panel (www.sleeter-awesome-apps.com)

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Sponsors Announced for Cloud Summit 2012

 

Cloud Summit 2012 Cloud Computing Event

Invite-Only Sponsorships Draw Top-Tier Vendors to Exclusive November 2012 Cloud Technology Summit 

         Go to - Cloud Summit 2012 Website

Cloud Summit 2012 is THE exclusive conference for business owners, and Accounting Professionals to discover the latest technological advances in virtual solutions. Leading technology providers including Intuit, Cloud9 Real Time, CloudSway, SpringAhead, Bill.com, SmartVault, Office Tools Professional, SurePrep, Corelytics, and 2020 Group USA will be conducting educational sessions at this year’s conference as well as debuting new Cloud solutions.

Paradise Point San Diego Cloud Summit November 2012

Paradise Point Cloud Summit Location

Offering 18 CPE credits, Cloud Summit 2012 will provide attendees a unique conference experience with educational sessions, user trainings, vendor solutions and one on one practice evaluations. An all-star lineup of Keynote speakers includes Randy Johnston, Doug Sleeter, Jennifer Katrulya, Chris Frederiksen and Robert J. Chandler.  All of them award winning and recognized visionaries in the technology and accounting professions.

Attendees can also tour a SOC2 Type II and SSAE16 Certified Data Center with state-of-art security systems, uninterrupted power supply, heating and cooling distribution as well as a 24×7 NOC.

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Cloud Summit 2012 at Paradise Point San Diego

 

Paradise Point San Diego Cloud Summit November 2012

Cloud Summit 2012, set for November 8-9.

The Cloud9 Cloud Summit 2012 is the exclusive conference for business owners, accounting  professionals, legal practitioners, cloud users and alike to demo the latest technological advances in virtual solutions. This year’s event is the third annual Cloud Summit hosted by Cloud9 Real Time and is the only conference of its kind solely focused on Cloud solutions and technologies.

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Cloud Summit 2012Offering 18 CPE credits, Cloud Summit 2012 gives attendees a unique conference experience with educational sessions, user trainings, Vendor solutions and one on one practice evaluations. Held at a beautiful private 44-acre Island resort in San Diego, California the Summit allows attendees a retreat at Paradise Point with picturesque backdrops; a perfect environment to relax, get educated and stay informed.

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Sleeter Small Business Technology Road Show

 

The Sleeter Small Business Technology Road Show

Join the experts at the Sleeter Group along with accounting and software solution leaders and your peers for a day of education, technology best practices, expert advice, and networking. 

The Small Business Technology Road Show is a showcase of the latest accounting technologies that will highlight a broad range of small business solutions. Learn how your business can grow and profit in the increasingly cloud and mobile world by streamlining business processes and collaborating with your accountant.

Register now for the Small Business Technology Road Show

Now, like never before, accountants and their clients can work together via the Internet to broaden the scope of what you do together, and enhance the accountant/client relationship. At these seminars, both accountants and their clients can learn how to put powerful new solutions to work.

Emphasizing the importance of educational events like the Small Biz Technology Road Show, Cloud9 Real Time founder and CEO Robert J. Chandler, author of the newly released ‘Together in the Cloud’ and one of the experts who has joined Sleeter on the tour, observes:

“I see the disconnect that business owners and accounting professionals experience trying to understand how the cloud will work for them. The advancements that this industry has made in recent years are astounding, and I truly believe that education is the first step to success in the cloud.” 

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Small Businesses Are Embracing the Cloud Increasingly

 
Doug Sleeter Chunkified

Doug Sleeter ‘Chunkified’

The newest developments in cloud, mobile, and connected applications are changing everything about how you will work in the future.

“Your clients will soon demand that your accounting and bookkeeping services be in the cloud,” says Doug Sleeter, a nationally recognized pundit in accounting-software consulting.

Sleeter, founder and president of The Sleeter Group, has built a network of accounting consultants that serves more than 300,000 small businesses across the country. Sleeter has also served as a development consultant for Intuit and other leading software companies. “My passion,” he says, “is to arm accountants and consultants serving the small- to medium-sized business market with the knowledge, skills, and tools that drive success.”

Doug Sleeter will be sharing his insights this summer during the Small Business Technology Road Show, sponsored in part by intuit. The show will take him and other accounting technology and consulting ‘gurus’ to nine U.S. cities in July and August to highlight new technologies that can help accountants and small businesses be more efficient, productive, collaborative, and competitive.

Together in the Cloud by Robert ChandlerEmphasizing the importantace of educational events like the Small Biz Technology Road Show, Cloud9 Real Time founder and CEO Robert J. Chandler, author of the newly released ‘Together in the Cloud’ and one of the experts who has joined Sleeter on the tour, observes:

“I see the disconnect that business owners and accounting professionals experience trying to understand how the cloud will work for them. The advancements that this industry has made in recent years are astounding, and I truly believe that education is the first step to success in the cloud.” 

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‘Chunkified’ Cloud Accounting and the Future of Your Practice

 
Doug Sleeter Chunkified

Doug Sleeter Chunkified

Doug Sleeter, president of The Sleeter Group, makes some excellent points about the future of Cloud Accounting, the breathtaking pace of new add-ons that enhance QuickBooks and other accounting applications, the potential (soon?) obsolescence of the old strictly ‘billable hours’ business model, and whether you and your firm have what it takes to be ‘Lego Masters,’  those artists who excel at building beautiful and complex Lego art by selecting pieces from thousands of shapes, sizes, colors and textures, and assembling them using the right connections – a great analogy for how accountants  will succeed with clients in the new ‘chunkified’ world of cloud-based  accounting.

Sleeter gave his original schpeel at his November Las Vegas conference where Cloud9 Real Time presented, and we suspected and have since confirmed that, yes Mary, “chunkification” really is a new word… and we like it.

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The main premise of Sleeter’s talk was that clients don’t just desire to be served, but rather they want and need to be lead masterfully into the new paradigm. And what is this brave new world for accounting clients?

Sleeter says that these are some of the primary attributes -

‘Chunkification’?

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