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Sessions and Descriptions


Monday:

A. Tech Update (100 minutes)

What to do? What to buy? What to watch for? What to avoid? Get your answers in Tech Update where you will learn about who offers reliable solutions and what is changing the market. Specific topics included in this session are:  technology trends, recommended hardware specifications, applications and licensing, and security. This session provides concentrated exposure to technology that may reveal ideas, trends, and options that you had not discovered through your normal channels.
FOS: Information technology


B1. Data Analysis with Power Pivot (100 minutes)

With Power Pivot, your PivotTable reports become even more powerful. Power Pivot connects directly to most data sources and works with Power Query for superior data imports and transformations. Further, DAX functions allow users to create sophisticated calculations, and the relational functionality of Power Pivot provides all the tools necessary for analyzing data from multiple sources. Participate in this session and realize superior reporting and analytical results by putting Power Pivot to use immediately.
FOS: Accounting


B2. Security - A Practical Guide (100 minutes)

For many, security incidents are not a matter of “if” but a matter of “when.” Therefore, you should use an end-to-end approach for protecting your data and in this session, you will learn how to do just that. Specific topics covered include multi-factor authentication, password managers, encryption, mobile device management, anti-virus, firewalls, policies, and other tools that you can implement immediately. Remember, spending more does not make you more secure, but doing the right things can.
FOS: Information Technology 


C1. Evaluating Technology Controls (100)

Technology controls are more important than ever. In the absence of properly-functioning controls, entire systems and the data contained therein can quickly become infected, breached, or simply stop functioning. Auditors, business managers, and consultants all need to know how to evaluate critical technology controls and in this session, you will learn the best ways to evaluate essential information technology general controls and application controls.
FOS: Auditing 


C2. Personal Technologies (100 minutes)

Technology impacts us not only in business, but also at home and sometimes it can be difficult to distinguish between the two! In this session, you will learn about technologies you can use to help you get things done. Examples of tools discussed include personal hardware, apps, speech-to-text, notetaking tools, and audio-visual technologies. Make plans to participate in this session so that you can take full advantage of the technologies available to you.
FOS: Information Technology


D. Office 365 - New Tools, New Tricks (100 minutes)

As part of the ever-changing nature of Office 365, Microsoft has added several new tools - including Teams, Flow, Planner, Stream, and PowerApps - to the suite and has also added many new collaborative features to Excel, Word, and other existing applications. Join us for this productivity-enhancing session in which you will learn about the new opportunities in Office 365 and how to improve your productivity by taking advantage of them.
FOS: Computer Software and Applications 


Tuesday:

E. Emerging Technologies (100 minutes)

The next wave of technology is arriving now and you will need to choose from various technologies and tools to maintain and improve your productivity. Each emerging technology – among them Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, and Machine Learning – will be explained including why it is important and how it works. Additionally, actual products will be used as examples in each category to turn this discussion from a theoretical overview to a practical selection and how-to cookbook.
FOS: Information Technology 


F1. Extending the Power of Excel with Useful Add-ins (100 minutes)

There are many free or low-cost add-ins available to enhance Excel. Included are Microsoft’s Fuzzy Lookup add-in along with countless apps from the Office Store. Additionally, tools such as RiskAMP facilitate Monte Carlo simulations; ActiveData provides users with the means to perform sophisticated audit techniques; and the Analysis ToolPak streamlines a full range of statistical calculations. This session will identify and demonstrate useful add-ins to improve Excel functionality and your productivity.
FOS: Computer Software and Applications


F2. The Best Kept Secrets of Windows 10 (100 minutes)

Most Windows 10 users continue to use the Windows operating system as they did in prior versions of Windows, ignoring many new productivity and security features. In this session, you will learn the best kept secrets of Windows 10, including how you can use it to minimize the threat of ransomware, integrate with your mobile device, and track your activities. Join us in this session so that you can take full advantage of Windows 10.
FOS: Information Technology 


G1. Filtering the World - Spam, Virus, and Malware Protection (100 minutes) 

Bad actors want inside your systems and want to steal your data. They can attack your systems directly or they can use your email inbox to facilitate their attacks. In this session, you will learn about various protection options for spam, viruses, and malware. Top tools and techniques will be discussed with multiple solutions discussed in each area.
FOS: Information Technology 


G2. Technology Decision Tree - Medium to Large Business Accounting (50 minutes)

What to do? Although Microsoft and Sage still dominate mid-market accounting, Acumatica, Intacct, and others provide formidable Cloud-based solutions, while Open Systems, SYSPRO, SAP, Oracle, Epicor, Infor, and others offer a variety of intriguing options. How can we select and implement the right system? This session is designed to present a series of questions and answers to help you determine the approach that works for you. Major benefits and drawbacks of each product are included.
FOS: Computer and Applications


H1. What to Ask Your Technology Provider (50 minutes)

Managing Information Technology (IT) is difficult when team members, contractors, and others all sound alike. If you manage IT, wouldn't it be nice to know the questions that you should be asking? Join us in this session to learn the questions to ask your technology providers and to identify warning flags for suspicious responses. All aspects of IT are included, and the session materials can serve as a checklist for your discussions with your providers.
FOS: Information Technology 


H2.Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies (50 minutes)

Blockchain and cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum are two of the hottest technology topics today. Yet few business professionals understand these technologies, their capabilities, their risks, and their potential impacts on business operations and processes, such as contract execution, recording and maintaining real estate ownership records, and supply chains. To learn more about these disruptive technologies – including potential effects on the accounting profession – make plans to participate in this fast-paced and highly informative session.
FOS: Information Technology 


I. Tales of True Tech Crimes - Ripped from the Headlines (100 minutes)

Security is a top concern for CPAs every year, yet many hacks result from organizations failing to implement effective information technology controls. In this session, you will learn about critical controls by using case studies from recent security incidents. This strategy helps you understand risks and appropriate responses.  Participate in this session to learn how to reduce your risk associated with unauthorized access, theft of information, identity theft, data exfiltration, tax refund fraud, and more.
FOS: Information Technology 




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