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Emerging Trends in Workflow Technology

By Jairam Padmanabhan on 11/16/20 9:00 AM

You’ve no doubt heard it – COVID-19 has accelerated the adoption of cloud technologies and work from home by at least five years. But what does that actually mean?

Topics: Technology API Cloud Technology
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Use a Holistic Approach to Actually Solve Your Workflow Problems

By Hillarie Diaz, CPA on 11/9/20 9:00 AM

A common misconception about workflow is that organizations will experience significant productivity gains using a point-solution to target specific pain points. And yes, highly specialized tools such as data collection or tax return tracking can provide some limited benefits. However, the simple truth is that these narrowly focused tools will never provide the same scale of productivity and efficiency gains that a customized, automated, end-to-end workflow and productivity solution can provide.

Topics: Workflow & Productivity Enablement Public Accounting
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Combatting Communication Fatigue: Remote Work Productivity Tips

By Hillarie Diaz, CPA on 11/2/20 9:00 AM

The accounting industry is exhausted. We all know it, and we’re all experiencing it – the CARES act, the extended (never-ending) busy season, and COVID-19 restricting much of how we blow off steam are all contributing to this feeling of exhaustion. It’s especially clear in the tenor of casual conversations online lately – from email auto-replies that someone’s team is taking a “much-needed break” to statements online that they “can’t handle another government announcement.”

Topics: Your People Remote Staff Workflow & Productivity Enablement Employee Engagement COVID-19
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The Hidden Costs of Projects

By Hillarie Diaz, CPA on 10/29/20 9:00 AM

Every project has a known or starting cost. Creating a budget is a natural part of any project. However, all too often, additional unexpected costs will creep up, not only within the known project costs but also as opportunity costs and resource costs. These hidden costs can make the difference between success and failure – and between project completion and abandonment.

Topics: The Process Workflow & Productivity Enablement
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2019 Tax Season in Data: 10/15/2020

By Mark McAndrew on 10/22/20 9:00 AM

Welcome to the ninth installment of the tax season in data, for the period ending 10/15/2020. Congratulations, tax filers, the last deadline of the year has passed!

Topics: Technology Industry Tax Public Accounting COVID-19 Analytics Tax Season in Data Tax Season 2019
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Workflow 101: You Should Document Your Workflow – Here’s How To Do It

By Hillarie Diaz, CPA on 10/19/20 9:00 AM

Whether you realize it or not, your organization already has some form of a process in place for moving work around your office. It may not be well-documented or standardized, but it exists. However, there’s a significant difference between a workflow documented ad hoc and one deliberately documented to capture the end-to-end process.

Topics: The Process Productivity Enablement Workflow 101
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8 Questions You Need to Ask When Interviewing Tax Outsourcing Providers

By Ray Barlow on 10/15/20 9:00 AM

Several months ago, firms – and exhausted tax staff – celebrated the end of an extended busy season. However, celebrations may have been a little muted. Many immediately turned their eyes towards extension season and beyond to the looming 2020 busy season. 

As the 2020 tax season begins to ramp up, and Managers and Partners continue to hold tax strategy meetings, the value of utilizing tax outsourcing services often comes up, and with good reason. Firms who utilize tax outsourcing services see an average increase of 8-15% in returns completed during tax season (based on an analysis of firms utilizing XCMworkflow®).

Topics: Growth XCM Spotlight Outsourcing Remote Staff Tax Outsourcing
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Skills Needed for Building an Effective CAAS Team

By Roman Kepczyk, CPA, CITP, PAFM on 10/13/20 9:00 AM

With information technology eliminating most geographic boundaries, generalist firms will find it increasingly harder to compete with niche specialists who have differentiated themselves with more expertise and process efficiency, particularly those targeting CAAS (Client Accounting and Advisory Services). Firms will find that there are different skills required to optimize the delivery of advisory services including not only technical and consulting skills but also project management and marketing skills, which requires a team approach.  Does your firm have all the necessary skills covered?

Topics: Growth Industry Client Accounting Advisory Services Cloud Technology Public Accounting
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4 Things You Need to Consider When Creating a Tax Outsourcing Strategy

By Ray Barlow on 10/5/20 9:00 AM

Having a successful partnership between the firm and its tax outsourcing partner takes more than just luck. It takes preparation and planning, even before the firm starts interviewing potential tax outsourcing companies. For those firms considering tax outsourcing services as part of their strategy, a tax outsourcing-specific plan should be made, as well.

Topics: Technology Growth Outsourcing Tax Tax Outsourcing Success Tax Outsourcing
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The Future of Audit is Workflow Automation

By Glen Keenan, CPA on 10/1/20 9:00 AM

A common misconception of the audit community has long been that engagement management software is enough to complete a quality audit within the budgeted time.

Topics: Technology Growth XCM Spotlight Workflow & Productivity Enablement Audit & Assurance Future Forward