If you’re anything like the majority of LA based CPA’s, you easily recognize that technology is at the heart of everything you do. Your computer allows you to store and manage your clients’ data, while software and mobile apps make different elements of your work day far easier and more efficient than pen and paper ever could. Even your “diary” is managed via some form of technology.
For that reason, keeping on top of the latest technology is absolutely integral to maintaining a productive workplace and knowing how to leverage these capabilities as much as important. And not just important for you, but critical for your whole firm to ensure that you’re moving your business forward as effectively as possible.
Knowing when to complete technical training and where to turn to in order to receive the best advice can be somewhat confusing; there’s “Help” within each application, there’s a “Support” section on every vendor’s website, there are online technical courses, there are “how to’s” on YouTube, and there are training classes. How can you know which are the most effective means of training? Luckily, FPA’s on hand to help…
FPA IT Training Services
At FPA we have a number of highly skilled technical staff, each qualified and certified to boot, waiting to pass on their incredible knowledge to you - whether you need to know about general computer usage, an overview of technology, how to make the most of your email, securing your network, or the benefits of Microsoft Office - we have a team member willing to guide you through the basics, and beyond.
What’s more, we offer one-to-one classes at your office, or can host a training session in our own location. And, our sessions are flexible, informative, and hosted to suit you.
Answering your questions
We don’t just offer training sessions, our website is also a great resource filled with educational blog posts, resources, product recommendations and FAQs, all of which have been handpicked to ensure you’re getting the most out of your technology.
From networking, project management, security and business continuity, to IT management, compliance, recruitment, disaster recovery and web development, the FPA website is a comprehensive guide to technological services for your CPA firm, with the means to guide you through almost every eventuality.
In addition, we can recommend a number of resources to point you to that will help you get your firm more technically savvy. Some great resources include:
Pluralsight - gives your team expert-authored, on-demand video training and powerful learning tools to keep their technical skills high while keeping costs low.
CBT Nuggest – provides comprehensive online IT video training for system admins, DevOps, network engineers, developers, and more. Get started in IT or expand your existing skill set with our online IT training videos. They offer IT certification training in proficiencies from virtualization to data center to security. Their training paths help you and your staff prepare for industry-recognized certifications.
New Horizons - has the world’s largest network of Microsoft Gold Certified Partners for Learning Solutions and Microsoft Certified Partners for Learning Solutions (CPLS). New Horizons conducts more Microsoft technical training and certifications than any other training company. Every Microsoft course follows Microsoft Official Curriculum (MOC) and is taught by a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) to provide you with the best possible training.
Technology training should be at the heart of your business, making sure every member of your firm is up to speed with what you’re using, and able to offer advice of their own. Training should be at the heart of everything you do within your firm; there’s no such thing as being too competent or too efficient, after all.
What is your IT training policy? How do you go about making sure your staff are as up to date as possible? Please share your thoughts with us in the Comments section below.
To follow through on the tips introduced in this article, be sure to download our free guide 12 Ways for CPA Firms in LA to Utilize Technology More Efficiently.