Our profession took shape more than a century ago, about the time a Scottish-born scientist named Bell was inventing the telephone, two brothers from Ohio were figuring out how to take flight and Henry Ford was creating his horseless carriage.
To say that things have changed a bit since then would be a comedic understatement. We’ve transformed the phone into an omnipresent digital assistant, soared far beyond the boundaries of this planet and figured out how to make cars drive themselves.
As the world has changed, so has our profession. We are strong and relevant today, because we anticipate and adapt to the changing needs of the clients and businesses we serve. As chairman of the AICPA, it’s so important to me that we maintain a laser focus on what’s next – because it is coming at us faster than ever.
From my conversations with CPAs and CGMAs across the country and around the world I’d like to share five disruptors that I see shaping the business environment in 2017. I would love to hear from you, too. Let me know in the comments what you are seeing and anticipating in the New Year.