The meeting this month was held at the WeWork Offices in downtown Portland. Kim introduced our group. Renee Trump facilitated the meeting. Renee’s first question for the group was “What has been your strategy to keep up with apps and technology?” Melissa mentioned that she reads “Leader Report”. Other sources included Charlie Russell, Linked-In Groups, QBO Power Hour and Sleeter Group. Kevin Minkoff reads the Technology Today Magazine. Renee uses HubDoc – a bank feed version. HubDoc doesn’t work with On Point but integrates with QuickBooks online. Receipt bank software was discussed. The client helps describe the transaction and take a picture of the receipt with their phone. Alicia stated that she uses T-Sheets. It is an app that can assist classifying timesheets including employee’s time and phone calls. It integrates with your desktop computer. Next Renee mentioned a quote from Mike Michalowicz’s book “Profit First”. The theme of the quote related to the fact that software is changing so quickly that to survive, the accounting industry will need to be more consultative and less transactional. Although it is true that software enables consumers more tools to do things previously relegated only to bookkeepers and accountants, proper use of the software requires skills and understanding not held by many consumers.
The next All Star Accounting Professional meeting will be held on June 2, 2016 at Kevin Minkoff’s office on the Eastside of Portland. Diana Chung will facilitate the meeting.