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INSIDE Public Accounting’s 2015 Survey & Analysis Now Open

INSIDE Public Accounting (IPA) has opened its annual Survey and Analysis of Firms for the 26th year!  This survey is open to all accounting firms in North America.  The survey results will be displayed in the annual IPA National Benchmarking Report.  Last year, more than 540 firms participated in the survey.

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AAA Releases 2015 Paperless Benchmark Survey

The Association for Accounting Administration recently completed the 2015 Paperless Benchmarking survey to find out the status of paperless office practices and technology within accounting firms this upcoming busy season. The AAA Paperless survey is the longest running within the accounting profession and has been conducted every two years, beginning in 2003, to help identify trends in CPA firms adopting “less paper” processes.

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Introducing Xcentric Learn

It’s the beginning of a new year. And here at Xcentric, we’ve got a lot of great changes in store for 2015 (and not just our resolution to go to the gym more often).

We’re proud to announce the launch of Xcentric Learn—our “next generation” learning management system (LMS), powered by Wisetail. Xcentric Learn is an enhancement of our current Knowledge Base, and will provide a more dynamic way for clients to get the training they need. Quickly search for, access, and share Xcentric’s training content within our LMS.

And if that wasn’t cool enough, clients will also be able to create and manage their own custom training curricula within Xcentric Learn.

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Xcentric at CES 2015

Our Director of Consulting, Roman Kepczyk, attended the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Vegas last week and had a blast!

CES is the breeding ground for new innovations and consumer technologies. Attendees get to see some of the latest and greatest technologies before they are introduced to the public.

Here are some CES basics:

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2015 IT Predictions and 2014 Results

It’s prediction time again, where we dust off the proverbial crystal ball and share our technology thoughts ahead of the curve, as well as fess up on how our previous year’s guesses fared.

Looking back at 2014 we again had more WINS than LOSSES, but not enough to warrant a career change towards becoming a day trader or professional gambler.  By our count we scored six WINS and two LOSSES, but with two DRAWS, you can come to your own conclusions.

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Xcentric Offices Celebrate the Season with Tradition

Every December, each of our offices has a Christmas party, bringing everyone and their families and friends together to celebrate another good year.  The night usually starts out with some mingling before we sit down for a delicious meal.

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Our CEO, Trey James, starting off dinner with a toast at the Alpharetta party.

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Xcentric Receives More Awards for 2014

Some exciting things have happened for us over the past few weeks.  Xcentric has received more awards, either for the first time or for another consecutive year.

We made it on CRN’s Fast Growth 150 list for 2014, ranking #143.  This award is given to the fastest growing solution providers across North America. The Fast Growth 150 ranks companies based on their two year growth-rate of their annual gross revenue (2011-2013).

For the first time, we have been listed on Talkin’ Cloud 100ranking #66.  Each year, Talkin’ Cloud selects 100 companies whom they think have “been successful in the business of cloud computing.”  We are honored to have made it on this year’s list and hope to remain on this list in the future.

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An updated Cloud Portal is coming to Xcentric Cloud on December 18

With the upcoming production release of Xcentric Cloud Portal on December 18, 2014, we are excited to provide insight into the latest improvements.  Version 1.8 brings a variety of new features that are the culmination of the most frequently requested enhancements.  The first thing you’ll notice is the redesigned layout to accommodate the addition of two new widgets that further streamline your work-day.

This version adds personalized customization and forms the foundation for future widgets as they are developed.

For a video tour of the newest release see the bottom of this post or by clicking here.

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Key Feature Releases:

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Comeback of Dual Phones?

Over the past few months, I have increasingly noticed people carrying two mobile phones. Many of us remember a decade ago when some people would carry a firm issued Blackberry phone for “business” and a second cellular phone to make “personal” calls. With the adoption of smartphones, the two functions have merged, where the majority of users today conduct both business and personal activities on a single mobile device (smartphone). While this was convenient to employees as end users, it was also a “work/life balance” distraction, making it near impossible to separate family life from business life. Most of us have unfortunately experienced getting pulled into a work email discussion over a weekend when all we were going to do was check the weather on our browser or call a personal friend.

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