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Life as a CPA

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Life as a CPA (8): Donny talks about IT Budget

– Ty’s Summer Internship – Day 16 – Today, I am so excited to attend Donny’s presentation on creating an IT Budget: “A Strategic Approach to IT Budgeting”. Finally I get to see my boss’ talk! The seminar room is filled with participants who are eager to check out this topic, which tells me that this … Continue reading

Life as a CPA (7): Demo Hopping

– Ty’s Summer Internship – Day 15 – Even though I was in IT consulting for some years, I didn’t know much about business applications targeted for the mid- to small-size companies. I have dealt with SAP and Oracle ERP, but they are for large companies, so I never had a chance to be exposed to … Continue reading

Life as a CPA (6): Power of Networking

– Ty’s Summer Internship – Day 15 – It sounds funny to me that I am traveling from Honolulu to Vegas for business. I don’t know if there is any occasion that I will encounter this kind of situation in the rest of my life. This moment is priceless. The trip to Vegas was really fun. … Continue reading

Life as a CPA (5): CPAs Travel a Lot

– Ty’s Summer Internship – Day 9 – Apparently, the summer is the conference season for CPAs. Donny’s schedule is filled with all different kinds of business trips and he is home literally only for a few weeks this summer. Donny travels a lot in general, and throughout the year he has at least one business … Continue reading

Life as a CPA (4): Entrepreneurship – challenges & success

– Ty’s Summer Internship – Day 5 – At ITK, there seems to be always multiple projects running in parallel, so Donny and his staff play multiple roles on different projects. This is something new to me as I worked in a large firm and was always assigned to one project at a time. This means … Continue reading

Life as a CPA (3): Let’s get to work…Process Mapping

– Ty’s Summer Internship – Day 2 – A beautiful blue sky, pomegranate, and guava trees out in the yard, and nice breezes… I am already enjoying the tropical island, but I am not here for vacation. Yes, I need to go to work! My first day at ITK. I am excited, but also nervous. … Continue reading

Life as a CPA (2): What is a CITP?

– Ty’s Summer Internship – Day 1 continued – Driving from the Honolulu International Airport to ITK office was just amazing. I am sure it is nothing special for Donny, but what I notice is the stunning blue sky, gorgeous ocean view, and TONS of Japanese tourists. Wow, this is like a home away from home … Continue reading

Life as a CPA (1): Meet Donny Shimamoto (a.k.a. donnyitk)

My name is Ty Oka, a MBA student majoring in Accountancy. I came to Honolulu, Hawaii as a summer intern to shadow Donny Shimamoto, CPA and the Managing Director of IntrapriseTechKnowlogies. Donny, a native of Hawaii, founded IntrapriseTechKnowlogies over a decade ago and specializes in IT advisory for his nationwide clients. I have previously worked … Continue reading

A Peek Into Life as a CPA: Preface

In my Reigniting blog post, I mentioned that being a CPA is not just a job, it’s a lifestyle.  One of the things that I like about the profession is that is provides us (CPAs) with a ton of opportunities—not just in the type of jobs and organizations that we can work in, but in … Continue reading

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