Building the Digital Practice

EFAA International Conference 27.6.2019 Amsterdam

Digitalisation has, and will continue for the foreseeable future, to dramatically impact the way Europeans live, work, and play. These technologies – in particular, Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain – and the associated risk of cyber security are also greatly affecting the accountancy profession and accountancy practices of all sizes. While large companies and accounting firms are embracing these technologies many question whether the same is true of small- and medium-sized practices (SMPs) and their impact small- and medium sized enterprise (SMEs) clients. What digital technologies are relevant to SMPs and their SME clients? How are leading edge SMPs actually changing the way they operate and the services they offer? And how can SMPs attract, retain and develop new and existing staff to best leverage the new opportunities? This event will address these pressing questions and serve as the launch event for a new tool to help Europe’s SMPs enhance their digital competence. The event is hosted by NBA – The Royal Netherlands Institute of Chartered Accountants.

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PROGRAMM

9:30 REGISTRATIONS AND WELCOME REMARKS BY BODO RICHARDT, EFAA PRESIDENT AND BERRY WAMMES, NBA CEO

10:00 SESSION I – DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES UPDATE

CHAIR: NOËL DE RUDDER - MEMBER OF EFAA DIGITAL WORKING GROUP

This session will update you on those digital technologies that have critical implications for business and society and present the greatest challenge and opportunity for the profession. Each speaker will summarise the key aspects of a particular technology with a focus on its implications for SMEs and SMPs. The session will include a panel discussion and audience Q&A.

11:30 LAUNCH OF THE EFAA DIGITAL COMPETENCY MATURITY MODEL

EFAA will unveil and showcase a new tool designed to help SMPs build their digital competence

11:45 KEYNOTE BY FEMKE HOGEMA

The keynote address comes from a widely published entrepreneur who has helped countless SMPs transform from simply providing accounting and bookkeeping to advising SMEs and being a true profit advisor.

12:15 LUNCH

13:15 SESSION II – PRACTICES APPLYING DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

CHAIR: MARTIN DE BIE - CHAIR OF EFAA DIGITAL WORKING GROUP

This session will feature presentations from leading edge SMPs that have applied digital technologies to change the way they operate and the services they offer. The session will feature a panel discussion and audience Q&A.

15:00 COFFEE BREAK

15:30 SESSION III – TALENT ACQUISITION AND DEVELOPMENT

CO-CHAIRS: BODO RICHARDT, EFAA PRESIDENT AND PAUL THOMPSON, EFAA DIRECTOR 

This session will address how can SMPs can attract, retain and develop new and existing staff to best leverage the opportunities presented by digital technologies.

16:50 CLOSING REMARKS BY BODO RICHARDT, EFAA PRESIDENT

17:00 END OF THE CONFERENCE

 

The Hotels below are close to the event premises:

Holiday Inn
De Boelelaan 2
1083 HJ Amsterdam
+31 (0)20 – 646 23 00

Crowne Plaza Amsterdam - South
George Gershwinlaan 101
1082 MT Amsterdam
+31 (0)20 - 5043666

Hotel Novotel Amsterdam
Europaboulevard 10
1083 AD Amsterdam
+31 (0)20 721 9179

Citizen Amsterdam South
Prinses Irenestraat 30
1077 WX Amsterdam
+31 (0)20 – 811 7090