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 wonder whether the same is true of small and medium-sized practices (SMPs) and their 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 analyse and build their digital competence. The event is hosted by NBA – The Royal Netherlands Institute of Chartered Accountants.

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PROGRAMM

9:00 REGISTRATIONS

9:30 Opening Session

10:00 Session One – DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES UPDATE

This session will update you via a series of presentations on those digital technologies that are having, or expected to have, the greatest impact on the accountancy profession especially SMPs and examine the associated cyber security risks. The session will conclude with audience Q&A.

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

11:30 LAUNCH OF THE EFAA DIGITAL COMPETENCY MATURITY MODEL(DCMM)

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

11:45 HOW AN ACCOUNTANT CAN BECOME A PROFIT ADVISOR

Femke Hogema, Director Profit First Professionals BV, a widely published entrepreneur, will share her vast experience on how she has helped SMPs transform from providing only accounting and bookkeeping to becoming true profit advisors to their SME clients.

12:15 LUNCH

13:15 Session Two – HOW LEADING PRACTICES ARE APPLYING DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

This session will demonstrate what and how digital technologies are already being applied in practice and digital tools and applications that are still in development. Prof. Jaap van den Herik will provide an academic perspective.

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

15:00 COFFEE BREAK

15:30 Session Three – TALENT ACQUISITION AND DEVELOPMENT

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.

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

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