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What is an CPAFMA MAPCast?
An CPAFMA MAPCast is a live, interactive 30 or 60-minute conference presented over the Internet. You can attend from any location that has Internet access from any device. You pay just one registration fee for as many participants as you wish at each location.

Note that high-speed Internet access is not mandatory.

Who presents at an CPAFMA MAPCast?

Your MAPCast will have one or more speakers who are recognized experts on the topic. MAPCasts typically include a Q&A session; you can ask questions by audio or chat options.

CPE Credits
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No wasted time. Get right to the heart of the matter in a 30 or 60-minute session designed to easily fit into your busy schedule.


No airlines. No travel. No time out of the office. Listen and follow along from the comfort and convenience of your own device or conference room.


A device with an Internet connection is all you need. If your device does not have sound capabilities, the ability to dial in from a telephone is available.

Ideal for multiple attendees.

Use a speakerphone and projector/monitor and invite as many people as you want to participate - at no extra cost to you.

CPAFMA MAPCasts are a fraction of the cost of travel and attendance fees for other high-priced conferences or seminars. PAFMs attend for free.

Accounting Firm IT Department in the Future - MAPCast

Date: Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Time: 02:00 PM ET / 01:00 PM CT / 12:00 PM MT / 11:00 AM PT [Prevailing Time]
Presenter(s): Byron K Patrick, CPA.CITP, CGMA, CCA, MCSE, Network Alliance
Objective: In this session, we will take a glimpse into the future and discuss what the IT department of an Accounting Firm will look like in 5, 10, 30+ years.
Field of Study: Computer Science
Program Level: Basic
CPE Credit: 1 Credit Hour

No advanced preparation or prerequisites are required for this course.

Course Description
In this session, we will take a glimpse into the future and discuss what the IT department of an Accounting Firm will look like in 5, 10, 30+ years. Everything is changing and what your firm is doing today will not support you in the technology of tomorrow. What impact with the cloud have? Artificial intelligence? Robots? Other disruptions we have yet to see?

Presenter Bio(s)
Byron K Patrick, CPA.CITP, CGMA, CCA, MCSE started his career in 1999 as a public practicing CPA. He eventually embraced his passion for technology and merged it with his experiences in public accounting and transitioned to the IT Director of a mid-sized CPA firm in 2004. Later, in July of 2008, Byron established Simplified Innovations Inc to focus on servicing the needs of CPA Firms, which he sold in 2016. He joined Network Alliance to lead their business development in the CPA industry.

Byron is known nationally as an industry thought leader and is a multi-year recipient of the CPA Practice Advisor’s 40 under 40 award. Additionally, Byron is a frequent speaker at many State and National conferences regarding various topics relating to technology in the accounting industry. He has contributed to many industry publications over the years.

Byron has been an active member of the Maryland Association of CPA’s since the beginning of his career. He is one of the founding members and past Chair of the MACPA’s New/Young Professionals Network (NYPN). Byron is a previous Chairman of the Board of Directors for the MACPA. In addition, Byron is a member of the technology committee and has participated in a number other taskforces and initiatives over the years. Byron credits much of his professional success to the support and mentorship of the MACPA.

Byron has also been actively involved on a national level with the American Institute of CPA’s. He earned the Certified Information Technology Professional credential in 2006 and is currently a member of AICPA Council, PCPS Executive Committee and was previously a member of the Information Management and Technology Assurance Executive Committee. He has also been a member of the Future of Peer Review task force and is a CPA Ambassador.

$25.00 for CPAFMA Members / $40.00 for Non-Members / Free for PAFMs

Delivery System

System requirements to use Adobe Connect:
Adobe Connect only requires that you have an internet connection, a web browser, and Adobe Flash Player version 10.1 or greater to attend a webinar. Adobe Connect supports nearly any operating system including Windows, Macintosh, Linux and Solaris, as well as the most widely used browsers including Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, and Chrome.