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  • What You Need to Know from Solutions14

    So ends another great Sleeter Solutions conference in balmy Las Vegas.  Like last year’s, Solutions14 was held at the Caesar’s Palace on the Vegas strip.  Attendees and exhibitors alike were treated to the fine service and food of the casino giant.  As expected, Caesar’s provided a great atmosphere to share and discuss the now and tomorrow of accounting.

    The conference started with a fun, though fairly embarrassing for those of us without rhythm, flash mob by the exhibitors.  The dance steps may have been a little fast and advanced for those of us with two left feet, but it got a rise out of the crowd and certainly a lot of laughs.  Doug Sleeter’s opening keynote on determining and increasing your value was well received and a great kickoff for the conference.Stu Sara Graham at Solutions14

    Doug was followed by Susan Solovic, an entrepreneur, TV personality, author, and much much more.  Susan explained the importance of creating a noticeable difference in your company by using technology, hiring the right people and pricing your product at its true value.  Susan’s speech was the type that makes you walk away reevaluating your business and thinking of all the things that you can do to make it better.  Again, a great start to the conference.

    The next several days passed in a blur of educational sessions, meals, keynote addresses, and lost money on the casino floors (okay, that may have just been our bad luck).  Between sessions, attendees were encouraged to visit the exhibitor hall where third party products (like PrintBoss) were on display.  As accounting packages like Sage and QuickBooks go to the cloud, parity with their desktop relatives is being sought through add-ons.  If the exhibit hall was any indication, the market is rife with add-on options.  Everything from payroll services, time sheet apps, inventory software, and check printing software
    was represented.  It was an exciting atmosphere as QuickBooks Pro Advisors dove into all the technology options for their and their client’s business.

    In the end, cloud technology continues to drive discussions.  From cloud storage, to cloud accounting, to the Internet of Things, cloud technology is the present and the future.  What was once on the horizon has now arrived, with desktop applications going the way of the dodo.  It will be interesting to see a year from now when we all arrive at the Bellagio, what else has changed.  Hope to see you there!

  • Improve Your QuickBooks Use at QuickBooks Connect and Solutions14 Conferences

    The next month is a big month for the QuickBooks market.  With the QuickBooks Connect conference happening next week in sunny San Jose, CA, to be followed less than a month later by the Solutions14 conference by the Sleeter Group, the next month should provide amble opportunity to learn and discover the benefits of QuickBooks and its add-on market.

    In preparation for these next 30 days, we thought we’d take a little space to discuss the two conferences coming up, what we’re excited about, and how this impacts you.

    QuickBooks Connect 2014

    With pre-conference seminars beginning this upcoming Monday, the QuickBooks Connect conference is just around the corner.  The beauty of the Connect conference is that it is designed not only for accountants, but for all small business owners and entrepreneurs.  Intuit prides itself on delivering a wide range of tools to the SMB market that go beyond debits and credits.  From classes on developing innovation to how to use social media in your marketing, QuickBooks Connect has seminars for everyone.  Combine that with the impressive keynote speakers on deck like Martha Stewart, Giuliana Rancic, and Magic Johnson, as well as musical headliner, Train, it’s clear QuickBooks Connect is one conference you don’t want to miss.

    Solutions14 by The Sleeter Group

    We’re less than a month away from Solutions14 in Las Vegas, NV.  Like last year, the conference will be held at Caesar’s Palace on the strip.  Over the last few years, Sleeter has expanded its conference by making it not so QuickBooks centric (though QB is still the “Diamond” exhibitor) by inviting other host accounting software like Sage and Xero to share some of the spotlight.  This wider market, along with the many add-on software also in the exhibit hall (like us at Wellspring Software!), give attendees a great opportunity to gain a clear understanding of what is happening in the accounting industry.  You can always count on the Sleeter Group to highlight top trends and technology in the market with keynote addresses and tech focused seminars like “Is Bitcoin your future?”

    Both of these conferences provide accountants and small businesses a clearer understanding of what is currently available in the market, what’s coming down the pipeline, and best practices to improve efficiency and increase profits. We look forward to seeing you at either conference!

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