Xero & 3rd Party Events XU Magazine - Issue 20

The technology event of the year for SMEs and accounting firms in Asia

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Written by Laura Binns

The doors to the second Accounting & Finance Show Asia will open at 9am on Tuesday 8th October and registrations have been flooding in, with 4,000+ attendees expected to join the two day technology showcase and expert-led conference…

With digital technology revolutionising accounting and financial management across Singapore and Southeast Asia, cloud adoption and the uptake of software, services and solutions to streamline finance and accounting processes are certainly on the up around the region. The Accounting & Finance Show Asia is the flagship event for accounting firms and small and medium sized businesses across Asia looking for access to world class financial solutions that are low cost, scalable and mobile.

The Accounting and Finance Show brings together the latest technology and solutions, the experts, the SMEs and the accountancy practices, advisors and consultants. Running at Suntec Convention Centre on the 8-9 October 2019, the show will bring together the world’s best accounting and finance technology solutions. With 150 “how to” presentations delivered by local finance experts and live demos where buyers can fully assess solutions, the show is a must-attend for thousands of accountants, finance directors, CFOs, finance managers, tax professionals, heads of IT, bookkeepers and business owners.

Attendees will gather from across the region for two days of discovery and learning:

THE EXHIBITION

The bustling show floor will feature over 100 companies showcasing products and services designed to help SMEs and accounting firms alike to transform their accounting, financial management and business processes.

Xero returns as the Show’s Title Sponsor and will be joined by a range of its app partners, who will present fully integrated solutions in the Xero Connected App Partners Pavilion. Deskera, Zoho, Flywire, Kaplan, BPP and Grab for Business are also Sponsors of the Show.

The exhibition will provide attendees with a unique opportunity to discover and review a wide range of accounting software platforms, ERP solutions, document management systems, payments solutions, payroll software, practice management tools, analytics and reporting technologies and much more.

THE CONFERENCE

Show visitors will not only have access to the Exhibition, they will also have the chance to build their own conference agenda from seven theatres of educational, practical and expert-led content running throughout the two days:

Keynote Presentations

For innovation to happen, people are key: businesses need to foster a culture of innovation and embrace change. Our stellar keynote line-up includes Xero’s Kevin Fitzgerald and Jonathan Winter, blockchain and cloud trendsetter Aynsley Damery, the Radical CPA Jody Padar and award winning accounting technology evangelist Lielette Calleja. Hear their thoughts on the drivers behind real innovation in businesses and accounting practices, and for key practical takeaways on implementing cutting edge technology in your company.

Digital Innovation

This theatre will leave attendees inspired by the latest technological solutions in accountancy and finance. Hear how AI, blockchain, cryptocurrency and cyber security are changing the finance function forever.

Theatre Highlights: Opening the conference will be Nam Soon Liew, EY Managing Partner for ASEAN, with his insights into how SMEs can leverage transformative technologies. Later in the agenda, join us to hear Accounting Awards’ “CFO of the Year” winner Sarah Lawrence’s high energy session where she will be speaking on the secrets behind her success.

Accounting & Bookkeeping

Designed specifically for accountants in business and bookkeepers, the audience will learn how to create efficiencies, eliminate paperwork and reduce double entry.

Theatre Highlights: Want to invest in apps, but not sure which ones? XU Magazine’s very own David Hassall will be on hand with expert insights on building the right app stack for your accounting firm. Joining him will be CFOs and FDs from across Asia with truly practical sessions on how they have – and you can – employ digital technology in a wide range of accounting and finance processes in their own business.

Money In, Money Out

It’s all about cash. Attendees will hear about the latest techniques for streamlining process around cash flow, cash management and working capital.

Theatre Highlights: If you’re running a business, it’s vital you stay on top of your cash flow: come to our Money In, Money Out theatre to hear accounting firm owner Mohamed Fazluddin tell you how. Spending all your time on repetitive, manual processes to stay on top of things? Bryan Zhao of Harvest Accounting will teach you how to automate your accounts payable.

 Practice Management

Designed specifically for the accounting firms, this theatre will provide ideas and inspiration on how you can run your practice more efficiently and win more customers.

Theatre Highlights: Everyone tells CPAs they’re not innovative, but that’s just not true: giving your clients best value requires innovation every day. Thankfully, Jody Padar will be on board to teach you to tap this innovative side of your firm, while AICPA-CIMA’s Venkkat Ramanan will be speaking on why offering business advisory services is the move forward accounting firms need.

 Business in the Cloud

This theatre will look at taking your entire finance function into the cloud in 2019. Evaluating the latest technologies, you will be given a clear road map on how you can create efficiencies, save money and modernise your business.

Theatre Highlights: What does digitalisation really mean in the context of Southeast Asian SMEs? Join Deskera’s Tanvir Walia to find out. Later in the day, Xero’s Kelvin Wee will be speaking on how empowering a mobile workforce can truly give your business a competitive advantage.

Tax & Compliance

Hear a round-up of all the latest technical updates in taxation and financial reporting and understand how it can all be streamlined through digital technology.

Theatre Highlights: Want to expand overseas but not sure how to navigate tax regulations? Join Regional Tax Manager John Lim to hear his story at DNV GL and find out what you need to know about cross-border taxation.

Business Financing

From traditional bank loans to P2P lending, technology is creating a wealth of new ways and means for SMEs to raise finance. Discover the best options for your business.

Theatre Highlights: Maybank’s Head of SME Banking, Marc Leong, will reveal the secrets of successfully applying for business loans from your bank while Joey Lee, the Founder of Singapore’s modern poke bowl chain Poke Theory, will share his Beginnerís Guide to starting a bootstrapped business.

Get Involved & Sign Up…

The Accounting & Finance Show Asia will take place on 8-9th October at Suntec Convention Centre Singapore. The event and its conferences are free and a must-attend for SMEs and accounting firms with operations in Southeast Asia. For technology solution providers and Xero App Partners looking to explore the Asia market, this event offers a fantastic platform to meet with 3,500 finance decision makers from across Southeast Asia.

If you haven’t already signed up for your free visitor pass vist:terrapinn.com/afshowxumag to register your place and start to plan your show.

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About the author

Laura Binns

Project Manager, Accounting & Finance Show Asia, Terrapinn Asia

Having spent several years working with accountants and finance professionals, Laura joined Terrapinn in February 2018 to launch the Accounting & Finance Show Asia. She has been integral to the production of the Conference Programme, the recruitment of Sponsors & Exhibitors and engagement with Government Agencies across the show, now in its second year.