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donnyitk has written 39 posts for Inspiring Accountants…to Improve the World

Transforming the Accounting Profession to Improve the World

I originally started this blog 6 years ago to start building my personal brand and to help promote the mindset change that was needed to make our world a better place. I thought that by taking a broad approach to promoting the values and philosophies that I could inspire the next generation of business professionals … Continue reading

Accountants are Critical to Big Data Success

Last year I discovered an interesting faction of the American Accounting Association that was focused on Big Data. When Big Data first came out, I characterized it just the newest buzz word for business intelligence. Attending last year’s Accounting IS Big Data conference really opened my eyes to the potential to leverage Big Data and … Continue reading

How Accountants Help Drive Value from Big Data

Day 2 of the AAA Accounting IS Big Data conference started off with a great panel of executives from companies focused on the data and analytics space: Jim Johnson, CFO, Adaptive Insights Jeremy Ivener, Vice President of SAP’s HANA Cloud Platform Roman Stanek, CEO, GoodData Adam Wilson, CEO, Trifacta A side note on diversity: it … Continue reading

Do We Leave Accounting Technology Laggards Behind?

2016 was my 5th year attending CPA Practice Advisor’s Thought Leader Symposium (check out the tweets at #CPAPA_TLS) and it continues to be one the most educational events for me as a change leader in the accounting profession.  The brain candy derived from being able to listen and contribute to discussions around the major challenges facing the accounting … Continue reading

Thankful for Doing What I Truly Love

I just returned home on Sunday night from four weeks on the road and it’s been an extremely busy week getting caught up at the office.  So it was nice today, to be able to get up late, and just be able to lounge around a bit and catch some Netflix before heading to my … Continue reading

Creating a Framework for Professional Development Planning

In the last blog post, I defined the Knowledge Domain Map for Accounting Professionals (see Diagram) and provided examples of the types of training that would fall into various domains.  Now I want to look at some case studies of how the knowledge domain map can be used as a planning tool for a firm’s … Continue reading

Understanding the Domains of Accountant Professional Development

As I gained exposure to the variety of training available to accountants, I started to become confused and wasn’t sure how to differentiate between the multitude of events.  In-firm training, state society training, national conferences, vendor training, vendor conferences, industry conferences, and a variety of workshops and “academies”, the categories alone are overwhelming. Reflecting on … Continue reading

IT Audit-related Academic Research Can Help Move the Profession Forward

I spent last Thursday and half of Friday in the first Journal of Information Systems Conference (JISC), co-sponsored by the AICPA and Caseware IDEA.  This conference was the first that brought academic researchers from the American Accounting Association’s (AAA) Accounting Information Systems (AIS) section together with professionals from the AICPA’s Information Management and Technology Assurance … Continue reading

Challenges with Nonprofit Finance Technology

On February 10th, I led a workshop called “Leveraging Technology in the Finance Function” for Tipping Point Community. Tipping Point is a grant-making organization that fights poverty in the Bay Area by investing in 47 non-profits in the areas of education, employment, housing and wellness. The group was comprised of Tipping Point’s grantees, many of … Continue reading

Getting Busy and Taking Care of Yourself

It’s amazing how quickly time flies. I can’t believe it’s been almost a year since I last posted on this blog. The 2014 summer conference season came and went, and with barely a break in between, then the fall conference season came and went too. And now it’s already the end of February. Wow, how quickly … Continue reading

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