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Xcentric Celebrates 15 Years!

March 1, 2017 marked the 15-year anniversary of Xcentric.  Yesterday, both of our offices had celebrations with each of our founding members.  It was a momentous occasion for us to look around and think about just how far we’ve come since Xcentric’s founding year in 2002.

In 2002:

Working out of Trey’s basement where all three employees wore every hat…sales, engineering, and support!
Xcentric Cloud, known initially as “Gray Matter,” was just a crazy idea we were pondering.
We grew to seven employees in six months and got kicked out of the neighborhood by the HOA.
Floppy disks still existed, and many clients didn’t have a full-time Internet connection.

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Roman Named Top 25 Thought Leader for 7 Consecutive Years!

Congratulations to our Director of Consulting, Roman Kepczyk, for being recognized again by CPA Practice Advisor as a top thought leader within the accounting technology industry.  This recognition is given to tax and accounting’s most influential practitioners, consultants and other experts.  Roman travels during the majority of the year meeting with CPA firms and speaking at conferences and association meetings, teaching people within the industry how to utilize technology by implementing today’s digital best practices.

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2017 CRN MSP500 Results Are Out!

We are excited to see that Xcentric has made it on CRN’s MSP 500 list again under the Pioneer 250 category.  The MSP500 list consists of solution providers in North America of which CRN recognizes as having “cutting-edge approaches to delivering managed services.”

This list of 500 companies is divided into three groups based on services and products offered.  The MSP Pioneer 250 group, which we fall into, consists of businesses that offer managed services mainly to the SMB market.

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Blog Hiatus During Tax Season

We love providing our readers with content on IT within the accounting industry, however, it only makes sense for us to post on our blog when our audience will read it. Because we know CPAs, we know that during tax season you’re too busy to do anything other than work, so we will be taking a break from our blog. We might occasionally post before the big deadline, however, we will mostly wait for you all to return.

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2017 CES Technology Trends to Monitor and Gawk At

Each January, Las Vegas plays host to the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which is the world’s largest consumer technology show, with 3,800 vendors and over 175,000 attendees from all over the world looking to find the latest and greatest home, office, and automotive technologies. While most of the featured technologies are targeted outside of the accounting profession, those that are successful on the consumer side often find their way into our firms to provide innovative solutions to improving productivity. With that thought in mind, we highlight the top CES trends and representative products that caught our eye at this year’s show.

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Don’t Miss This: 2017 CPAFMA Paperless Benchmark Results with Roman

Join CPAFMA and our Director of Consulting and industry leader, Roman Kepczyk, on Tuesday, January 31st at 2PM ET as he presents the findings of the CPAFMA 2017 Paperless Benchmark Survey, which was completed this past December.

Whether your firm is on the “bleeding” or stable edge of paperless technology…or your technology is so outdated that you are missing out entirely, this is the webinar for you. Find out what digital technologies your peer firms are utilizing this busy season. Roman will not only discuss tax department findings that firms are using this year, but will also cover audit and accounting, administration, and information technology benchmarks, as well as recommendations on trends and products he is predicting will impact the year ahead! All participants will receive a copy of the findings following this 60-minute MAPCast.

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Remote Employee Q&A: Holly

Basic Info

Name: Holly
Title: Operations Coordinator
Firm size: 35+ employees
How long at the firm: 10 years
How long and how often have you been working remotely: 7 years

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The Power of the Cloud for IT Firm Administrators

The Xcentric Cloud provides powerful tools for IT firm administrators.  In order to efficiently and effectively support users, we realize that firm administrators need increased access to network settings and firm accounts.  In order to provide special administrative access to qualified users, we have developed and integrated advanced tools and utilities into the Xcentric Cloud Portal.

In a traditional or self-hosted network, administrators are required to navigate across their network and servers to access utilities and admin panels located in various locations or on multiple servers.  Provided below is an overview of the functions and utilities made available to IT firm administrators in the Xcentric Cloud Portal within a single pane of glass.

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Remote Employee Q&A: Connie Buenrostro

Basic Info

Name: Connie Buenrostro
Title: Office Manager
Firm size:  8+ employees
How long at the firm: 9 years…pretty much been with the firm since their beginning
How long and how often have you been working remotely: After Roman reviewed our firm and told us to go more paperless, I started working remotely a good bit. I moved to Mexico in August 2016 (and will be here for a couple of years) and went completely remote.

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