November 4th marked the final travel leg for Softrak’s fall presentation season, with evening flights from Philadelphia to Toronto and onward home to Vancouver. Except for a wild cab ride in Montreal, all the travel was uneventful (as one always hopes!). During the last 12 weeks, we have done trade shows (CPA Canada The ONE Conference, IPBC Annual Conference, GFOA Annual Western Canada Conference), Adagio Academies (Whitehorse, Moncton, Prince George and Thunder Bay), Adagio Open Houses (Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary and Victoria) and presentations (Moncton, Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Burlington, Mississauga, London, Owen Sound, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary, Victoria, Vancouver and Philadelphia) all wrapped around the Alan Salmon & Associates Accounting Technology Seminar Series.
We have participated in the Accounting Technology Seminar Series for more than 16 years. This whole day event sells out in many cities because of the valuable information from multiple vendors it showcases. Not to mention all those CPE credits for only $50! This year, 16 vendors and 1337 attendees came together in 13 cities. Attendees got to hear about new products and services from the likes of Softrak, Intuit, Sage, e-Courier, HubDoc, Thomson Reuters and Wolters Kluwer amongst others. The broad range of topics, from core computerized accounting to data security and paperless workflow, all resonated with the crowd.
This year, there was more emphasis than ever on the advantages that Cloud deployments bring to the accounting office. There was also increased emphasis on security around data storage and transmission. Ward Blatch, a speaker familiar to AOC attendees, highlighted coming technology changes that will impact our way of computing in the coming years. Perhaps the most interesting for people in the accounting office was the ubiquity of electronic documents and methods of managing them. As before, we expect to have Ward as a keynote speaker at AOC 2017 – May 23-25 in Toronto.