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The 2016 Top 100 Most Influential People Results are Here

Our very own Director of Consulting, Roman Kepczyk, has made it onto the list again…for the 11th time to be exact. He has been involved in the accounting profession for over 25 years, being in several different roles, but always leading accountants to stay ahead of their evolving profession.

The Top 100 Most Influential People list is curated by Accounting Today after carefully reviewing hundreds of nominations of people related to the industry. The Top 100 are “the thought leaders, visionaries, regulators, and others who are shaping the profession.”

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Xcentric Leadership on 2016 “20 Under 40” List

Congratulations to our COO, Christian James, and VP of Market Strategy, Roy Keely, for making it on the CPA Practice Advisor’s 20 Under 40 Superstars list for 2016.  Every year, the CPA Practice Advisor takes nominations from people within the profession and carefully curate this list based on those nominations.  This list consists of leaders under 40 years of age who are seen to have helped advance the profession through their roles in technology, education, consulting and firm development.

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Reducing Audit MUDA (Waste)

“Auditing efficiency” is sometimes viewed as an oxymoron in firms where old processes and familiar habits can trump the potential benefits of today’s technology and standardized firmwide processes, often resulting in a significant amount of wasted time and effort on audit engagements. The Japanese word “MUDA” describes waste as any activity which absorbs resources but creates no value. Looking at your auditing practice from the perspective of waste can provide firm members a fresh perspective, resulting in improved efficiency by eliminating MUDA in its many forms. The Lean Six Sigma consulting discipline has made an art of this by identifying eight specific categories of MUDA which expands on the definition of waste stating: “any action or resource expenditure that does not contribute directly to the goal of creating value should be eliminated to the greatest extent possible.” Below we outline the eight categories of audit MUDA and opportunities where we have seen firms reduce it.

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2016 Talkin’ Cloud 100 List

Last week, Talkin’ Cloud hosted a webinar announcing their pick for the Top 100 Cloud Services Providers (CSPs). This list ranks the world’s Top 100 CSPs, according to Penton’s sixth-annual Talkin’ Cloud 100 report. Take a look at Xcentric’s ranking.

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Xcentric Partners with Duo for Heightened Security

We are always trying to find new and improved ways to make our Cloud more secure. With advancing technology, there are increasingly more options for security as well as more threats. After doing some research and looking at our options, partnering with Duo Security was a no-brainer. Duo combines modern two-factor authentication with advanced endpoint security solutions to protect your users from account takeovers and data breaches.

What does this mean for Xcentric Cloud users? There won’t be much noticeable difference to users except when logging into the Cloud. Duo adds one more step to the login process, but these extra few seconds a day adds a second form of confirmation before logging into users’ Cloud accounts, making it highly improbable for someone to hack into the Cloud.

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Profitable Path to the “Famous Person”

A long time ago, as a fledgling staff accountant, I was introduced to the concept of the “Famous Person” as the most effective way to not only fast track my career, but also as a way to build a sustainable practice for the firm. Simply stated, if you are known as one of the top three most knowledgeable people in any specific area by that niche’s client base, you will be given the opportunity to propose on potential new work in the majority of situations. Taking it a step further, if you develop a reputation as the top “go to” person in any industry segment you will be exposed to the more complex, higher level problems leading to consulting opportunities that further differentiate you. Sharing your knowledge further elevates your reputation to the point where you become a class of your own, distancing you from any possible competition. So how do you become the expert in a niche? Below are opportunities and resources that can set you on the path to being your own “Famous Person.”

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2016 Cloud Conference Review

Last week, we had our 2nd annual Cloud Conference in Atlanta, GA. We had a good turnout with clients from all corners of the U.S.

This year’s agenda had more sessions than last year’s, and we hope our attendees found every minute to be useful. Our whole goal with this conference is to serve our clients (our Cloud users) by offering sessions to help their firms grow and adapt to changing technology as well as meet with our staff and each other.

We’re still trying to figure out how to best serve our clients through this event, but we hope to improve every year. We’re excited to start planning for 2017!

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IT Partner Security Webinar Next Week

This is a reminder that the second installment of Xcentric’s IT Partner webinar series is happening next week. It’s not too late to sign up! Our Director of Consulting and a well-respected industry consultant, Roman Kepczyk, will thoroughly explain how firms are mitigating their risk and educating their people to be more savvy and safer users of technology.

This 3-part series focuses on helping IT Partners be better IT Partners to their firms. We have found in our years of serving accounting firms that often times the partner in charge of technology didn’t necessarily volunteer for the role and/or are distracted by their ‘day job.’ This series will better position people for success in their role and, in relatively short order, will catch them up to speed on the trending and important topics in the industry.

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Xcentric is on Inc. 5000 for the 9th Time in a Row!

Xcentric is happy to announce that we made it on the Inc. 5000 list again…for the 9th time in a row!

This is an exclusive ranking of America’s fastest-growing private companies. To qualify for this list, companies must be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent. The top 5000 qualified candidates are ranked according to their percentage revenue growth over the past four years.

We are proud to have accomplished new goals since last year and are continuing to grow our team and client base. We couldn’t be where we are today without the support and encouragement from our amazing clients!

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