2021 Technology Conference – Day 1

Description

The Technology Conference offers up to sixteen hours of fast-paced presentations designed to make you more productive and efficient when using technology. K2 Enterprises’ nationally recognized speakers provide you with practical solutions to the real-world issues faced by accounting, financial, and other business professionals. You will receive helpful tips and advanced techniques, along with the tools and skills necessary to keep up with the ever- increasing pace of changes in technology.

Learning Objectives

Upon completing this conference, participants should be able to:
* Determine how to utilize existing and future technologies to address the
needs of your organization
* Describe trends in hardware and software to make more informed decisions
for your business and your clients
* Develop and implement strategies for improving information security and
collaboration
* Utilize the most powerful features of Microsoft Office and other productivity
software

Provider
K2 Enterprises, LLC
Course Level
Update
CPE Field of Study
Computer Software & Applications
4
Information Technology
4
Who Should Attend

Busy accounting and financial professionals who want to improve their personal and organizational productivity

Instructor(s)
Various
Prerequisites

Fundamental knowledge of hardware, software, and technology trends

Advanced Preparation

None

Location
Webcast
Event Information
When
Aug 31, 2021
8:30 am - 4:30 pm MDT
Location
Webcast
Total CPE Credits
8
Format
Webcast

AGENDA

DAY 1 of 1 August 31, 2021
2 CREDITS 8:30 am - 10:10 am
Tech Update 2021

Instructor(s): Randy Johnston

What technology trends significantly impact you? Which technologies will affect you and your business? This visionary session provides insights, choices, and recommendations. You will experience a summary of 5G, Wi-Fi 6E, and the latest hardware and software trends to help you make the best decisions. You are certainly going to discover at least one new technology you had not considered. This session provides strategic and tactical insight on technology choices.

Major Subjects Covered

  • Hardware trends
  • Software innovations
  • Communication and collaboration tools
  • Unusual technologies you might have missed
  • Crucial products to consider for implementation

Learning Objectives
Upon completing this session, you should be able to:

  • Select current technologies from a list
  • List current communications choices
  • Differentiate between various products and able competitors
  • Create strategic and tactical technology plans
10:10 am - 10:25 am
Break
2 CREDITS 10:25 am - 12:05 pm
Online Meeting & Collaboration Tools

Instructor(s): Randy Johnston

We could work with team members at all levels and in all locations with today’s collaboration and meeting tools. While the COVID-19 pandemic may have been the trigger event that forced many to use these tools for the first time, we discovered the advantages and capabilities. Which tools make sense for your organization?

In this session, we will cover the leading meeting and collaboration tools. We will note the features and benefits of options available and will provide a comparison of critical items. We will also explain deployment and control considerations from a management perspective, citing questions you can pose to technical consultants. If you want to improve your team’s productivity, this session will give you independent guidance.

Major Subjects Covered

  • Discern differences of features and benefits of meeting and collaboration tools
  • List the most popular applications for collaboration and management
  • Define your needs for collaborative tools
  • Classify collaborative tools

Learning Objectives
Upon completing this session, you should be able to:

  • Identify the cost and benefits of various meeting and collaboration tools
  • Categorize various tools, services, and programs used for collaboration and meetings
  • Define typical meeting and collaboration tool needs 
  • Differentiate collaborative tool features
Formatting Excel Spreadsheets the Right Way

Instructor(s): Mac McClelland, MBA JD

Some estimates indicate that business professionals spend as much as half their time in Excel working on formatting. If you are interested in getting better formatting results in less time, participate in this session to learn the best practices for applying formats in Excel.

12:05 pm - 12:55 pm
Lunch
2 CREDITS 12:55 pm - 2:35 pm
Ten Teams Features You Can’t Afford To Miss

Instructor(s): Randy Johnston

Microsoft Teams is one of the most exciting technologies available today. Businesses of all sizes now use Teams to communicate and collaborate and enhance control over critical workflows and information.  Yet most organizations running Teams have only scratched the surface of all it can do for them. In this session, you will learn about ten critical features in Teams that you and your team can use right away to make the most of this technology.

Major Topics Covered

  • Collaboration options in Teams
  • Using Teams to share information with people outside your organization
  • Adding apps into Teams
  • Securing Teams

Learning Objectives
Upon completing this session, you should be able to:

  • Identify opportunities in Teams to communicate more efficiently with others
  • List the steps necessary to use Teams to collaborate with people outside your organization
  • Differentiate between various security protocols in Teams
  • Identify business processes that you can improve by integrating other apps with Teams
  • List examples of features available on the Teams app for mobile devices
The Power of Array Formulas in Excel

Instructor(s): Mac McClelland, MBA JD

Array formulas have been available in Excel for decades. But recent enhancements to Excel have breathed new life into this feature. With the new “dynamic array” concept, you can leverage Excel’s array formulas in ways that you may have never imagined possible. In this session, you will learn how you can put the power of array formulas to work for you.

This session begins with an overview of Excel’s “legacy” array features and shows you how you can continue to take advantage of these tools. The course then discusses the recent enhancements to Excel that facilitate “dynamic arrays” and why these enhancements are so significant. To wrap up the conversation, you will learn from numerous practical examples of dynamic arrays and how you can put them to work for you.

Major Topics Covered

  • Understanding arrays of data and how they are useful
  • Distinguishing between “legacy” array formulas and array formulas in “dynamic array-aware” versions of Excel
  • Using Excel’s new array functions, including SORT, FILTER, SEQUENCE, and UNIQUE
  • Applied examples of array formulas

Learning Objectives
Upon completing this session, you should be able to:

  • Identify examples of “legacy” array formulas
  • List examples of when dynamic arrays can be useful
  • Create formulas using Excel’s SORT, FILTER, UNIQUE, and SEQUENCE functions
  • Cite examples of when using Dynamic Arrays is advisable
2:35 pm - 2:50 pm
Break
2 CREDITS 2:50 pm - 4:30 pm
Password Management Tools – Why and How You Should Use Them

Instructor(s): Mac McClelland, MBA JD

Correctly implemented passwords help protect valuable information. Both the complexity and the number of passwords required have multiplied. Further, it has been shown that using the same password for multiple sites or easy to guess passwords enable bad actors. Password management tools have emerged as a leading option for enhancing security to address these challenges.

In this session, you will learn how password management tools can help you implement, update, and manage your passwords. You will also learn about the features of leading password management tools and why these tools are necessary to improve security. Finally, if you hope to implement a passwordless approach, we will spend time on the current options. If you are seeking to enhance security, this session is an absolute must!

Major Topics Covered

  • Identify why passwords are a critical element of information technology controls
  • List the key characteristics of “long-and-strong” passwords and the new NIST guidelines
  • Differentiate between leading password management tools
  • Enumerate alternatives to passwords to improve authentication controls

Learning Objectives
Upon completing this session, you should be able to:

  • Select current password management technologies from a list
  • List characteristics of “long-and-strong” passwords and the new NIST guidelines
  • Differentiate between various products and able competitors
  • Identify leading methods to protect or change password use
4:40 pm - 5:25 pm
OPTIONAL: Technology Town Hall

Instructor(s): Randy Johnston

The K2 Enterprises instructional team invites you to participate in the Technology Town Hall, a free-form 45-minute session that explores contemporary technology issues and trends. During this session, you will have the opportunity to ask questions and offer your insights and opinions on technology issues affecting business professionals. We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity, and we look forward to seeing you there. Please note that there are no CPE credits associated with this session.

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