Jessica Taylor and I attended the 2015 Abila User’s Conference in Austin this week. The conference, which had over 1,000 attendees, provided many learning and networking opportunities. There were many takeaways, including a few tips and tricks from the user’s sessions.
First, Abila laid out its roadmap for the coming year, including unveiling the Abila Marketplace, which offers a broad range of choices for additional products that interact with MIP Fund Accounting software to help you be even more successful and better deliver on your mission. In the Marketplace, you can search for, research, ask questions about, and even purchase products and solutions to enhance and extend your use of Abila products.
Grant Management continues to be an evolving product for MIP. This web-based solution is an amazing resource that assists heavily grant funded organization with tracking the life cycle of a grant request through the entire process. This system will allow grant staff in the organization access to information and tracking tools that assist them during the prospect stage, to receipt of award, to budget tracking and final reporting. There is a great tie in to MIP Fund Accounting software that provides them grant budget to actual information at their fingertips!
There was much discussion regarding taking your accounting software to the cloud, including the pros and cons of the service providers that offer it to MIP customers as well as the benefits for hosting your software in the cloud.
We also learned that there will be a couple of regional trainings provided by MIP training staff in Denver on April 14-16 with a fee of $1,450. This basic course covers topics related to the general ledger, accounts payable, budget, bank reconciliation and reports. There will also be a training on April 17 for $595 that will expand on creating financial statements, cost allocation techniques and user defined fields. You can register at abilauniversity.com.