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.
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!