Academic journal article Journal of Accountancy

Microsoft and Institute Join Forces

Academic journal article Journal of Accountancy

Microsoft and Institute Join Forces

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Bill Gates, chairman and chief executive officer of Microsoft, announced that his company and the American Institute of CPAs are forming an affiliation to help CPAs learn more about information technology and expand their services as technical advisers. Microsoft is already involved in helping state CPA societies with work on the Internet (see JofA, Oct. 96, page 4).

In the first half of this year the AICPA and Microsoft will host a conference designed to educate managing partners about business systems consulting. CPAs will get the details on how to build a technology consulting practice, with emphasis on how a CPA with both business knowledge and technical skills can provide small businesses with the advice they need. "The strategic alliance with Microsoft builds on our complementary strengths, ensuring greater recognition for our members as strategic business advisers and information professionals for their clients and employers," said AICPA President Barry Melancon.

Helping CPAs shape the future

"Consulting services are the next big revenue pool for CPAs, but the infrastructure is not in place," Matt Davis, Microsoft's marketing manager for the accounting profession, told the Journal. By "infrastructure," Davis was referring not just to hardware and software but also to training and a change of mind-set. …

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