Ryan Lazanis

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The Future of Cloud Accounting in Canada with Will Buckley of Xero

Would you ever think that a former accounting firm owner from Australia, a Champions League Club soccer professional and a reality TV star would be able to provide perspective on the future of cloud accounting in Canada? Unlikely, unless your name is Will Buckley, Country Manager at Xero in Canada. I sat down to have a chat with Will about to talk about the future of the profession in Canada, his…


The Ultimate Xerocon San Diego Wrap-Up

After heading to AICPA Engage 2019 last week, I made my way straight over to San Diego to catch what's going on during one of the most forward-thinking accounting conferences you can find: Xerocon. Over and above the general sessions taking place, this year I was part of the media group where I was lucky enough to receive access to some exclusive interviews with some of the top Xero execs to ask…


AICPA Engage 2019 Highlights - It's All About Change

AICPA Engage took place this week and with hundreds (maybe even thousands?) of accountants from across the US and Canada congregating in Las Vegas, there's no doubt that the future of accounting and the profession was discussed at length at the 400 sessions that took place over the course of the week. The clear overarching theme of the conference? Change, transformation and disruption in the…


3 Reasons Why EY's Free Software Release is Super Smart

“A year of coding work. This is a million dollars worth of stuff we’re giving away” is how EY’s Global Innovation Leader for Blockchain, Paul Brody, describes one of EY's latest moves to release 100% completely free software to the public. Why would EY do this and why do I think that this is incredibly smart? Let's take a look. What EY Did On May 31, 2019, EY released some open-source code on…


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Sage's 2019 Accounting Trends Report - 6 Curated Highlights

Accounting software giant Sage just recently released an accounting trends report entitled "Practice of Now 2019" with results from an independent survey of 3000 accountants from around the world to see what's on their minds regarding the future of the profession and how shifts in the current landscape are altering their outlook on the profession in the next 10 years. At it's core, this…


Will Accounting Tech Startups Overtake Your Firm?

Enter the era of accounting tech startups. Hot off the press, Pilot in the US just raised $40 million for their online and tax bookkeeping service bringing their total funding to $59 million. Bench, an online bookkeeping service based out of Canada, raised $18 million in funding back in January 2018. Visor, an online tax service, raised $9 million in November 2018. Botkeeper raised $18 million in…


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Cloud Accounting Security for Your Firm

Lately I have been asked quite a bit about cloud accounting security from those interested in setting up an online firm. These are from people that are interested in setting up an online model, but worried about the security implications. Let's dig into cloud accounting security a bit more to see if we can create a bit more comfort around this topic. A bit of history Not that far back, but…


The Quickbooks vs Xero Bookkeeper Battle

Watch out, because you definitely don't want to piss off a bookkeeper. And that's something that Intuit appears to have done recently. Xero, then put out an indirect response to Intuit on where they stand on the matter. With that, it's clear there's a Quickbooks vs Xero Bookkeeper battle that is now brewing, where each vendor are now positioning themselves for where they see the future of the…


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My Journey from Physical Office to Running a Remote Accounting Firm – Part 2

In 2 part blog series features on MYOB’s blog, I share my personal experiences in how I ended up running a remote accounting firm. To access part 2 of this story about key lessons learned about running a remote accounting firm, click here. Part 1 of this story can be found here which talks about my transition from physical office to remote.


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My Journey from Physical Office to Running a Remote Accounting Firm - Part 1

In 2 part blog series features on MYOB's blog, I share my personal experiences in how I ended up running a remote accounting firm. To access part 1 of this story about how I went from a physical office location to running a remote accounting firm, click here. Part 2 of this story discusses my key lessons, which can be accessed here.