We live in an amazing age where seemingly every problem can be fixed by a specific tool or piece of technology. You missed the golf ball and created a divot with your club? There’s a tool for that. Curious if that plant growing in your garden bed is a weed or a flower? There’s smart technology for that. Indeed, there’s no shortage of solutions for the challenges we face, even in accounting!
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As a company that straddles two essential industries—accounting and technology—we have a unique opportunity to share our views and strategies as they relate to both verticals. Our amazing team of Botkeeper Engineers are industry leaders in their own right, too. This article was written by an in-house engineer about how our team works and how other tech teams can learn from their process.
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This may come as a hard truth for those who fear change, but there’s no escaping automation. We come in contact with some element of automation from the moment we wake up—it’s in our smartphones, computers, cars, TV, behind the scenes of your bank account, and in too many other places to list out!
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We are thrilled to announce that Botkeeper has successfully completed an audit established by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) to certify its SOC 2 Type I compliance for our automated bookkeeping platform! This audit will enable us continue to help Accounting Professionals grow their firms, improve margins, and deliver better service to their clients by augmenting manual and tedious bookkeeping work, in a safe and secure environment. Our clients can get their bookkeeping needs met knowing they're backed by the highest quality standards in the space.
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Every week I interview entrepreneurs and experts from around the world to share their big ideas about new forms of value creation and the potential we can unlock when technology augments the unique strengths of people to deliver remarkable impact.
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In the scramble to adjust to running an accounting firm during a pandemic, many firms invested in new technology to help them bridge the gap between a traditional in-office operation and a new virtual approach. And understandably so—it was an unforeseen challenge that caught most industries and businesses off-guard. Accounting firm leaders might have even said things like, “We just need to get by,” and, “Do whatever it takes,” so they could put their clients and staff first by patching together new processes for survival.
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Technology advancements over the past five years have changed the business landscape completely—and the evolution isn't slowing down anytime soon. This is especially true in the accounting space, where we’ve seen a large pop in the progression of technology over the last two to three years. With artificial intelligence, machine learning, and robotic process automation being used to take on traditionally laborious work, today’s accounting professionals and business owners now have the ability to complete far more tasks in a much shorter period of time.
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Blockchain technology, along with being a new buzzword, is also one of the most exciting technologies of the 21st century. A universally decentralized ledger system that can share data among an infinite number of users—a blockchain is unhackable. Due to its ability to share data and simultaneously record real-time transactions on every single computer connected to its network, the technology can’t be interfered with. If anyone tries to hack or scam a blockchain, the entire chain takes notice, and the chain will be forked where the hack happened, eliminating the culprit from the chain.
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Not everyone who’s familiar with Jody Padar knows why she’s nicknamed the Radical CPA. In addition to being considered a bit progressive with her online presence (check out her Twitter and LinkedIn pages), she’s passionate about leveraging quality technology to create a better accounting firm.
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Whether you’re an owner or an accounting professional helping business owners, it’s no surprise that running a company requires wearing a lot of hats—manager, sales associate, HR coordinator, operations analyst. It can quickly become exhausting and overwhelming!
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Every industry is impacted by the rise of technology and automation, and for many, that can be an overwhelming—possibly even scary—thought. So we set out to get to the bottom of how real accounting experts view this ongoing change to the industry. Our friend Jody Padar, The Radical CPA, conducted a series of interviews with accounting industry thought leaders and influencers, and we pulled together this collection of highlights as they relate to select questions.
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Financial planning can be intimidating. But it doesn't have to be, and that's what the Radical CPA Jody Padar covered in her final CPA Insights interview at the AICPA Engage 2019. Her guest was Celeste Revelli, director of financial planning at eMoney Advisors, an online financial planning service.
Padar and Revelli chatted about all the different features eMoney Advisors has to offer accountants who are starting to dip their toes into financial planning. What lots of accountants don’t know is that you don’t need to be a certified Financial Advisor to start having those types of conversations with your clients. You need the right tools!
That's where eMoney steps in as a tool that helps CPAs see exactly where their clients are spending money so they can better advise them on saving and how to accomplish long-term goals. Padar even uses it in her firm to better serve her clients.