The Xcentric Store is Closing it’s Door

The days of the Xcentric store have come to an end. We plan to fulfill all outstanding orders, but no new orders will be taken going forward and the store page will no longer be accessible.

Spend More, Get Way More, and Break the (bi)Cycle

This is the logic with firms who refuse to spend money on technology. They say: “What we have works!” Sure, it works, but I see all these other firms passing you by getting to work before you.

There’s No Such Thing As a Planned Accident

Most frequently, they skimp on security and the ability to work remotely. If you skimp on security, like the seat belt, you can get away with it once, twice, maybe even a thousand times. But, it will catch up with you and in some cases prove fatal.

Adding New Staff to the Network Should Take 5 Minutes – Not 5 Days

An accounting firm’s technology and application set is no cake walk. This is never more apparent when a new employee starts at a firm. Someone at the firm is in charge with making sure that new employee is ready to go with all their applications, correct equipment, correct permissions, and the list goes on.

IT Support & Knowing Kevin Bacon

In every organization, there are certain aspects that we need to scale. We see accounting firms that thrive off of one BIG rainmaker…then we see that person leave or retire, and instead of thriving, the firm now concentrates on surviving. That firm needed to scale business development at the partner level vs. depending on one person to get the job done.

Security Made Simple: Make Your Firm Drastically More Secure in Minutes!

When you have your technology in-house, integrating security solutions can be burdensome. The complex landscape of providers and how those providers integrate with all the technology you have in-house is time-consuming, and frankly, should not be the partners’ problem. At Xcentric, we have taken out the guess work on leading security solutions by rolling them out to your firms for you.

Merging with a New Firm? Is Your Network Ready?

Culture, dollars, and staff get all the headlines and rightfully so. What is often forgot is what the technology experience is going to be as a whole and the new staff at the firm. In most cases, especially where a new physical space is added via M&A, that new office begins to feel like an afterthought to those who inhabit it.

Why I Wear the Same Shirt 90% of the Time & How This Translates to Your Firm’s Technology

I have been a part of so many firms, technology committees, huddles, and non-decision-making-teams discussing what SAN/Storage they are going to buy or if they should have extended warranties on servers or not before tax season and I am always left thinking: ”This is why you are frustrated in your efforts to grow the firm!”

2018 CPAFMA IT Benchmark Survey Findings (Part 3 of 3)

*This is Part 3 of 3 posts. You can read Part 1 here and Part 2 here. The CPA Firm Management Association recently conducted its second...

2018 CPAFMA IT Benchmark Survey Findings (Part 2 of 3)

*This is Part 2 of 3 posts. Stay tuned for Part 3. You can read Part 1 here. The CPA Firm Management Association (CPAFMA) recently conducted its...

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Using Lean Six Sigma to Streamline Audit Planning

Using Lean Six Sigma to Streamline Audit Planning

Consultants began introducing Lean Six Sigma (LSS) principles to the accounting profession more than a decade ago, which has helped foster improvements in production processes throughout every department within accounting firms. For those who haven’t been exposed to...

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Protecting Your Mobile Workstation (Laptop)

Protecting Your Mobile Workstation (Laptop)

Firms are increasingly transitioning employees from traditional desktops to laptops as their only workstation to connect to the firm’s information resources and production applications. This has a variety of benefits, including increasing mobility of staff, providing...

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Lean Tax Quality Control Opportunities

Lean Tax Quality Control Opportunities

In our Lean Six Sigma consulting within CPA tax practices, we sometimes find that firms that have transitioned to a paperless environment in a piecemeal fashion actually became less efficient in certain components of their tax production processes.  In this article,...

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Firm Perk – Trade Your Commute for the Community!

Firm Perk – Trade Your Commute for the Community!

It's hard keeping people.  I believe using the tactic of flexible work arrangements (FWA)/remote employees can aid in keeping and attracting talent.  Read more here. This sounds great, but firms struggle rolling it out…so here is an idea you can try.  Employees who...

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Building a Learning Culture in Your Firm

Building a Learning Culture in Your Firm

CPAs are knowledge workers and the more thoroughly they understand how to utilize their technology and optimize the profession’s best practices to service clients, the more effective and profitable their firms will become. Firms that have made the effort to...

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“LEAN” Tax Production Opportunities

“LEAN” Tax Production Opportunities

Your firm went paperless for tax processing a long time ago, but are you really taking advantage of the digital tools and production processes that have evolved since then? Many CPA firms created digital versions of processes that simply emulated their manual...

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Mandatory Firm Security Briefings

Mandatory Firm Security Briefings

Earlier this year, we met with two members of the IRS Criminal Investigations unit who shared that between three and five accounting practitioners are getting hacked every single day. With all the awareness of data breaches, security threats, and ransomware, one would...

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Xcentric Security Stack (Part 2)

Xcentric Security Stack (Part 2)

*Read Part 1 here. Physical Security The next layer of security that protects the Xcentric Cloud exists at the data center and in the data center firewall. Enterprise level firewall devices regulate the flow of data in and out of the network. Advanced physical...

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Xcentric Security Stack (Part 1)

Xcentric Security Stack (Part 1)

Enterprise Multilayered Defense In the threat-filled environment that CPA firms operate in, what is the best way for a firm to protect its network? It would be great if there was a single easy answer or a single software solution to ensure that firms never have to...

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New Resource: CPA Cyber Security Video

New Resource: CPA Cyber Security Video

Earlier this month, our Director of Consulting, Roman Kepczyk, presented a webinar on CPA Cyber Security.  We know that there are several resources right now around this topic, but this resource is specific to CPA firms within the U.S.  Roman works with major...

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CPA Technology Disrupters

CPA Technology Disrupters

The rate of technological change within accounting firms over the past three decades has been astounding.  Each new wave of hardware and applications was initially met with skepticism until pioneering firms proved those tools were more effective and made their firms...

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The Last Server You Will Buy

The Last Server You Will Buy

I drive a 1999 Toyota Land Cruiser. It’s a beast, gets horrible gas mileage, won’t die, and I love it. I bought it for $10,200 8 years ago and could sell it today for approximately $8K. The best depreciating asset investment I have ever made! The speed at which...

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Your Firm’s Weak Link – You and Your Co-workers

Your Firm’s Weak Link – You and Your Co-workers

The greatest security threat to your firm is not on the outside but on the inside.  You know this by now – it's been preached ad nauseam over the last few years, but what are you doing about it?! You have technology in place to help you curb threats from the outside...

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New Security Webinar Available for Cloud Clients

New Security Webinar Available for Cloud Clients

Hey Xcentric Cloud clients, check out this new training video in our knowledge base and learning platform (Xcentric Learn), exclusively for our clients.  Watch this thirty-minute video as our Director of Consulting, Roman Kepczyk, walks through security threats to...

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Save on Energy Costs with the Cloud

When browsing through the newest trade magazines, you may read about the many benefits of taking your firm to the cloud. Security, productivity, and maintenance are a few of the reasons that are often times listed in these publications. There is one other benefit that...

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Xcentric Receives 5 Stars from CPA Practice Advisor

Xcentric Receives 5 Stars from CPA Practice Advisor

We're proud to announce that the CPA Practice Advisor has chosen us among six other application hosting products to rate, and they've given us a 5-star rating!  According to the CPAPractice Advisor, there are tremendous benefits of employing an application hosting...

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Right Networks buys Xcentric

Right Networks buys Xcentric

We announced yesterday on our blog that we have exciting news...Xcentric has become a division of Right Networks, a company that has also been known within the accounting industry as an influential, leading cloud provider. "The Right Networks cloud combined with...

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Upcoming Webinar: 2018 Tax Tune-up with Roman

Upcoming Webinar: 2018 Tax Tune-up with Roman

Don't miss out on a free webinar with our Director of Consulting and industry Top Consultant, Roman Kepczyk, on Friday, November 17th at 2PM EST to prepare your firm for the upcoming tax season.  Roman will cover the latest application updates and key digital tax...

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Xcentric Receives Triple Crown and Is on Top 100 MSSPs

Xcentric Receives Triple Crown and Is on Top 100 MSSPs

We are thrilled to be honored by CRN with its esteemed 2017 Triple Crown Award. Forty North American solution providers had the necessary revenue, growth and technical expertise to be recognized on three of CRN’s pre-eminent solution provider lists, earning them the...

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Roman is a Most Recommended Consultant…again!

Roman is a Most Recommended Consultant…again!

Congratulations to our Director of Consulting, Roman Kepczyk, for making it on the INSIDE Public Accounting Most Recommended Consultants list for the 14th consecutive year. Each year INSIDE Public Accounting asks firms from across the nation to name one...

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See Who Made It on the 20 Under 40 Superstars List

See Who Made It on the 20 Under 40 Superstars List

Congrats to Xcentric's Chief Operating Officer, Christian James, for being named one of CPA Practice Advisor's 20 Under 40 Superstars!  This is his 6th time receiving this award (if you include when it was just 40 Under 40). Honorees are chosen based on nominations...

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2017 Top 100 Most Influential People Results

2017 Top 100 Most Influential People Results

Our Director of Consulting, Roman Kepczyk, has been named one of Accounting Today's Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting for the 12th time! He has been involved in the accounting profession for over 25 years, being in several different roles, but always...

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Recap of the 2017 Cloud Conference in Montana

Recap of the 2017 Cloud Conference in Montana

This year's Cloud Conference was a first for us...the first time we had the conference outside of Georgia (where we're headquartered).  In the feedback from past years, attendees have asked for us to have the next conference in Bozeman, MT, where we have our other...

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Xcentric Has Joined the Inc. 5000 10X Club

Xcentric is on the 2017 Inc. 5000 list, making this our 10th time in-a-row receiving this honor! Inc. refers to this milestone as joining the 10X Club, with fewer than half of one percent of Inc. 5000 honorees entering this "Club." This is...

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