Tech Update – A 2020 Vision



Tech Update – A 2020 Vision

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You know where technology has been, but where is it headed? What technologies are coming that would be useful to you and to your company? You’ve heard about 5G, WiFi6, and collaboration, but what products work to make this practical? This session has the breadth, depth, and recommendations to help you understand what is in the market and what is working so that you can make informed decisions. Attend this session to learn how using the right hardware and software can improve your business and your everyday life.

Basic Course Information

Learning Objectives

Upon completing this session, you should be able to:

  • Select current technologies from a list
  • List current communications choices
  • Differentiate between key products and able competitors
  • Create a tactical technology plan

Major Subjects

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

Randy Johnston is a nationally recognized educator, consultant, and writer with over 40 years experience in Strategic Technology Planning, Accounting Software Selection, Paperless, Systems and Network Integration, Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Planning, Business Development and Management, Process Engineering and outsourced managed services.



K2 Enterprises


1990 – Present

Hammond, LA

Executive Vice President, Shareholder – Nation’s leading technology CPE provider to CPA professionals. Consults to high profile technology vendors. Delivers national seminars to CPAs, business groups and IT leaders on technologies in accounting, healthcare and banking. Creates and presents seminars and articles on 30+ technology topics including CPA Firm Technology, Cloud, Paperless, Business Continuity, Accounting Software and Business Strategies leveraging technology.
Network Management Group, Inc. (

1983 – Present

Hutchinson, KS

Chairman & CEO, Stockholder – Consults and specializes in Strategic Technology including planning, selection and implementation. Expertise: CPA Firm Technology and strategy; Paperless; Accounting Software, Business Intelligence and CRM; Infrastructure including: Cloud, Business Continuity, Virtualization, Backup, and remote management.
Hutchinson Community College

1977 – 1997

Department Chair, Professor, Adjunct – Mathematics & MIS Depts. Designed and taught courses in all areas of mathematics & computing.
Professional Data Services

1978 – 1981

Programmer and system designer – Developed a medical system including the first paperless claims in Kansas, appointments and collection systems. Owned ComputerLand, Entre’ and Connecting Point stores, received first IBM PC and first Compaq in Kansas.
Farmland Industries

1977 – 1978                                                                 

Programmer and system designer – Developed and maintained P&L, Credit Union and Feedlot accounting


Hutchinson Community College, 1975 A.A. in Computer Science, Math
Kansas State University,1977 B.S., summa cum laude, in C.S., Math, Science
Wichita State University, 1981 Masters of Computer Science, 60+ post graduate hours
Accounting Today Listed as one of the 2004-2013 Top 100 Most Influential People
CPA Practice Advisor Accounting Hall of Fame 2011, Top 25 Thought Leader 2011-2014
Accounting Technology Listed as one of the top nine technology stars in the industry
AICPA Technology Conference Past Chair and featured Speaker for the past 28 years.
Who’s Who in Business & Industry – 1990-2013; in Computing 1987-2013 Acknowledged as leading business professional and as a leading computing professional
Microsoft Corporation Microsoft Certified Professional – MCP
Novell Corporation Certified Network Administrator – CNA
AutoDesk, 3Com, Entre’ Certified CAD specialist, Network Professional, Data Communications
Various publications 1978 – Present CPA Practice Advisor monthly columnist, Journal of Accountancy, CRN, Accounting Technology, PCWeek, InfoWorld, Interface, State Society newsletters, frequent quotes in accounting and computer press.
Mitchell Publishing – 1981 Basic Using Micros
Random House – 1982 Business Computing Systems
McGraw Hill – 1984 Computers: An Introduction
John Wiley & Sons Publishing – 2002 Technology Best Practices
K2 Enterprises – 2003-2012 Accounting Software Solutions



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