Annual white paper reveals keeping up with technological change, maximizing value of existing technology, and attracting & retaining talent are top of mind for the profession.
Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting today kicked off its 15th annual CCH Connections User Conference, a premier educational and peer networking event for tax & accounting professionals in North America. From Wednesday, October 23 through Saturday, October 26, #CCHUC19 welcomes over 1,300 tax and accounting professionals and industry leaders to the Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center to collaborate and engage in hands-on learning and topical deep-dives, all while receiving CPE credits. Attendees will also discover powerful ways to leverage Wolters Kluwer expert solutions to help them continue to grow, manage, and protect their businesses and their clients’ businesses.
In addition to exciting keynotes and numerous networking events, attendees can choose to attend more than 80 learning sessions across five tracks - Accounting & Audit, CCH Axcess™, Management, Tax, and Technology. The learning tracks are offered through discussion pods, lectures, and workshop formats, and will focus on key trending topics, including modern practice management and client collaboration, how to grow profitable advisory services, recruit the talent of the future, and leverage client data to uncover new revenue opportunities.
Jason R. Marx, CEO of Wolters Kluwer Tax and Accounting North America will open #CCHUC19, with his remarks on the first tax season shaped by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the role of technology as an enabler of collaboration within firms and with clients, and the role digital transformation has in helping firms improve productivity.
“As technology renders the world an increasingly digital experience, exceptional client relationships and services will be key differentiators between firms,” said Marx. “To achieve peak performance and enable long-term success, firms will need to fully embrace digital transformation and modernize so they can attract top talent, strengthen client relationships, and build more efficient workflows.”
In his keynote, Marx will also share highlights from annual research that covers a variety of topics including how challenges and trends impacting the profession have evolved over the past five years, what firms are doing to adapt, and how they use technology to drive performance in key areas of profitability, efficiency, transformation, growth, and agility. Although many firms are enjoying growth, both smaller and larger firms reported the most pressing businesses issues for 2019 and beyond are:
- Keeping up with technological change
- Maximizing the value of existing technology
- Understanding the Impact of commoditization on fees and realization rates
- Attracting and retaining top talent
- Data security
The Future of Accounting: Driving Peak Performance through Digital Transformation white paper will be available to download on October 24 at EngageTax.WoltersKluwer.com/Survey19
Wolters Kluwer also welcomes two dynamic and energetic keynote speakers at this year’s conference. The opening keynote will be delivered by John Foley, a former lead solo pilot of the Blue Angels, a Sloan Fellow at Stanford School of Business, a gratitude guru and an expert in the how of High Performance teams, who will share his perspective on motivating teams to reach for their highest potential and empowering organizations to sustain excellence under dynamic change. The conference also hosts a keynote by Josh Linkner, a successful tech entrepreneur and New York Times bestselling author, who will speak about how innovation and problem-solving can be catalysts in achieving peak performance.