csr for cpas: the missing ingredient

`transformation talks:it all starts with transparency.

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transformation talks
with donny shimamoto, cpa, citp, cgma
center for accounting transformation

accountants have the power to change the world, according to james ross, the corporate responsibility and sustainability executive for buzzacott, one of the largest accounting firms in the united kingdom, in this interview with donny shimamoto.

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“we want to walk the walk before we talk to talk,” ross says. “we don’t want to necessarily be delivering to clients something or an expectation that we’re not actually able to do ourselves. it’s just about being really honest about where you are in that process and continuing to take the next steps to improve more widely across the organization.”

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early adopters gain an edge in audit

innovation insights: paving the way for esg reporting.

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innovation insights
with donny shimamoto, cpa, citp, cgma

center for accounting transformation

those who hesitate to adopt mature technologies could find themselves too far behind to easily catch up, according to tech experts pete myers, ceo ofauvenir, and donny shimamoto, founder and managing partner of intraprisetechknowlogies.

center for accounting transformation
center for accounting transformation

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myers and shimamoto discussed the latest developments in cloud technology for audit, specifically for small to mid-size firms, explaining that heightened security measures have allowed platforms to expand capabilities and deliver streamlined results that can be tailored to specific situations. however, shimamoto lamented that many auditors and firms are hesitant to bring on new technology, a mindset that could leave them clamoring to catch up.

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ai, ocr, nlp & cpas: oh my!

innovation insights: how trullion is trying to revolutionize rev. rec. and lease accounting.

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with donny shimamoto
center for accounting transformation

center for accounting transformation
center for accounting transformation

accounting, along with legal, pioneered technology that continues to grow and allows automation of mundane tasks. isaac heller, the co-founder and ceo of trullion, discusses with donny shimamoto how ai uses optical character recognition (ocr) and natural language procession (nlp) to read documents like pdfs and excel, and extracts relevant data, like lease dates, into databases, where they can be used for computations or searching.

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heller and shimamoto discuss the origins of professional technology, sharing how accounting was the perfect breeding ground for database software. “when you think of oracle and sap and intuit going way back, these were really the pioneers of database software,” heller says. “it’s as simple as that, you know, the general ledger and the accounts payable and accounts receivable framework fits really, really well in a software model. so, there was kind of this jump out of the gate where we were able to do so much in accounting.”

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why the future is in risk advisory

innovation insights: the future of audit is risk advisory, according to jin chang. to recruit, the profession must shift focus from manual work to advisory work.

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with donny shimamoto
center for accounting transformation

because audit work is nonlinear and highly complex, disparate workflow systems in audit are not only an it risk, they’re also a project nightmare. jin chang, the founder of fieldguide, explained to donny shimamoto that the end-to-end project has many workflows that need to be templatized and automated along the project life cycle.

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he added that the best way to recruit is for the profession to shift from manual work to advisory work.. further, while financial reporting has always been a risky area, people in business today are caring about many other risk areas and choosing to do business with other companies that also subscribe to their values from supply chain to deliverables and beyond.

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four strategies for a future-ready firm

young businessman walking on bungee cord between question mark and dollar signembrace these to ensure you remain relevant.

by donny c. shimamoto
the center for accounting transformation

a recent article from harvard business review, “what makes a company future-ready?”, shared insights from multiple industries in looking at which companies adapted and thrived versus those that didn’t perform as well.

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as i read through the article, i couldn’t help but think, “how would these insights apply to accounting firms and the future of accounting?”read more →

how auditors can improve efficiency and the budget

innovation insights: five clicks in five minutes? sounds too good to be true – but automation can be simpleandlife-changing.

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with everyone going remote, it’s presenting auditors with new challenges. but technology can help, according to colleen knuff and stefan davis, in this interview with donny shimamoto.

part of wolters kluwer, which was recently accepted to the asc x9 (american national standards institute or ansi), the industry setting body for financial institutions, knuff and davis explain not only how some solutions allow real-time collaboration versus working in silos, but also how data-driven audits increase capacity and allow more profitability while reducing risk and maintaining high peer-review standards.

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knuff and davis also discussed how recently-developed tools can assist with diagnostics and help auditors stay on track while delivering more compliant and dynamic audits, which could better assess risk. the multiple-year views and periodic annual views versus the year-end financials give better business insights and make it easier to spot various trends and identify business performance factors.read more →

new insights on emerging technologies and people issues

fresh research from the hawaii accounting research conference.

by donny c. shimamoto, cpa, citp, cgma

this year’shawaii accounting research conferenceprovided some insights into the use of emerging technologies in audit and internal control, as well as on people issues like creativity and performance incentives. held every year in january at the university of hawaii at manoa, this conference draws accounting researchers from around the world to share their research findings with a broader academic audience (physical and virtual).

i started attending this conference in 2021 and gained some interesting insights into research being conducted that could shape some of what we do as accounting professionals. this year, i also helped moderate a practitioner panel featuring two past aicpa chairs, tracey golden and kimberly ellison-taylor, and a fellow cpa.citp and tax expert lauren kovar, to share with attendees how they could make their research more relevant to practice.

if you’d like to see the panel discussion, you can watch the recording:

i was only able to attend one day of the conference, but from just the one day, i got some good takeaways from several of the sessions. i’ve outlined these sessions and my key takeaways below. you can also click on any of the links to read the full paper that shares the research study and findings.read more →

ready for tech transformation?

bar chartmany say yes, but the facts say no.

by donny c. shimamoto

most accountants may feel as though they’re keeping up with the rapid changes in technology, but many may be fooling themselves.

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a survey of more than 600 cpas just confirms the dichotomy i’ve seen many times. people say they are ready. but upon closer investigation, they haven’t taken the actions to ensure adoption of the new technologies and the business practices needed for transformation.

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automate tax season with apps you already use

make automation take the load off this busy season.

by donny shimamoto
center for accounting transformation

between tax law changes and the pandemic, the last two busy seasons have been a bear for tax preparers to deal with.

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while there is still some volatility and uncertainty around what the next busy season will look like, tax preparers should consider the following technology-related initiatives now so they can proactively equip their firms for the coming busy season. this should enable staff to have more work-life balance during the busy season and increase the firm’s ability to recruit and retain talent.

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discover your accountant superpowers

your secret weapons range far beyond mere numbers.
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by donny c. shimamoto

many people think that the numbers on financial statements or a tax return are the endpoint of what accountants do.

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but that’s like saying that the words on the page are the endpoint of what a journalist does in an article.

in reality, the objective of both is to tell a story. the best accountants are gifted story-tellers, as well.read more →

what auditors know about amazon product ratings

and four more lessons from new cutting-edge audit research.

by donny c. shimamoto
strategic technology decisions

often academia is criticized for being out of touch with that is happening in the “real world.” when i was invited to attend the hawaii accounting research conference, i was interested to see whether some of the contemporary research being done by university researchers across the world was actually relevant to those of us in practice.

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while quite a bit of the research provided some data to support commonly held assumptions that many of us have, there were some papers that provided some good food for thought that audit firms big and small should consider.
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beating the covid recession: webinar and workshop

immersive web event: how accountants can ensure business resilience for the next pandemic

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live webinar & workshop
monday, sept. 21, 11 am et / 8 am pt
6.5 cpe hours
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hosted by donny shimamoto

covid-19 created an unprecedented economic crisis that accountants were called upon to triage and stop continued economic bleeding. accountants had to help many business owners and colleagues make difficult business decisions that often went well beyond just finance. in this workshop,we’ll examine the “new normal,”the multi-faceted role that accountants play in economic triage, and the building of business resilience.

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non-cpa “cpa” firms? really?

what the aicpa and nasba could learn from other professions.

by donny c. shimamoto, cpa.citp, cgma

i’ve been watching nasba and the aicpa communicate the need for a change to the requirements to be cpa. while their rationale may seem to make sense, i’m not sure i agree with their direction – enabling more non-accountants to be cpas.

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when i think further about the bigger picture of the accounting profession, i believe the accounting profession needs to be more cohesive and inclusive – and perhaps that is the better course to pursue.

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covid-19 turns cpas into emergency workers

tax & accounting professionals rush to rescue coronavirus economic casualties.

by donny c. shimamoto
strategic technology decisions

many people think that accountants are just rational, unfeeling counting machines that operate completely on logic and reason. while on the surface that may appear to be true, i know from my discussions with many accountants that underlying that cool exterior is an actual human being with feelings. but what i love most is that accountants often care more about others than themselves.

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the impact of covid-19 on many of our lives will be told for years or decades to come. through social media, i saw a lot of accountants (because i’m friends with so many of them) express concern for their clients and communities as well. i saw accountants trying to combat hysteria, sharing information about what congress was doing and the implications to taxpayers, and also working creatively with small business clients to figure out how to make it through the crisis. yes, many accountants looked beyond themselves and beyond their firms (which were also at risk) to help others who were in emergency situations and needed help navigating this confusing and complex crisis.
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what small and midsized firms can learn from pwc’s digital upskilling

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adams

one possible side effect: reverse mentoring.

by donny c. shimamoto
strategic technology decisions

over the last three years, pwc has undertaken an ambitious initiative to provide digital upskilling to the entire firm. yes, you read that right, the entire firm. everyone including staff, partners and admin team members were involved in this voluntary program to increase their digital acumen.

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i was able to gather some lessons learned and understand some of the underlying strategies behind pwc’s digital initiative via an interview with rod adams, cpa, pwc’s u.s. talent acquisition leader. recognizing that most firms don’t have access to the same resources that pwc has, i also asked adams how small and midsized firms could approach this type of initiative for their firms.
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