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K2's Next Generation Excel Reporting

Total Credits: 8 including 8 Accounting - Technical

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ACPEN Industry Institute |  Industry |  Accounting and Auditing
Thomas G. Stephens Jr., CPA.CITP, CGMA
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8 Hours
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New features added to Excel beginning with the 2016 release provide tremendous opportunities to improve Excel-based operational and financial. Data models, Power Query, Data Analysis Expressions, Power Pivot, and many other tools can help you to create more powerful reports and schedules in less time than ever. Bundle these tools with some of Excel’s “legacy” features, and you have significant new opportunities to improve your Excel-based reporting environments.

In this fast-paced seminar, you will learn about the importance of using Power Query to link data into Excel data models and how you can manage these data models to facilitate better and more efficient reporting. Additionally, you will learn how you can incorporate Key Performance Indicators, Slicers, and Timelines into your reports to enhance the analytics and understandability of the data. Further, you will learn best practices to quickly and easily format your spreadsheets to give them a polished and professional appearance. If you use Excel for any reporting process, this is a must-attend course in 2021.

Basic Course Information

Learning Objectives
  • Name at least three deficiencies associated with traditional Excel-based reporting practices
  • Distinguish between the roles of tools such as Power Query, Power Pivot, and Data Analysis Expressions in next-generation Excel-based reports
  • Cite the steps for creating data queries and transformations using Power Query
  • Identify the opportunities for managing Data Models in Power Pivot
  • List the steps necessary for summarizing data from a Data Model using a PivotTable
  • Specify examples of formatting options and tools that you can use to enhance the appearance of an Excel-based report 

Major Subjects
  • Key issues with traditional reporting models
  • The roles associated with various Excel features, including Power Query, Power Pivot, Data Analysis Expressions, and PivotTables in Excel-based reporting environments
  • How to create “repeatable/refreshable” reports in Excel that link data from external data sources

Course Materials


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K2 Enterprises

Tommy Stephens received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree (Major in Accounting) from Auburn University in 1985. In 1992, he earned a Master of Science degree (Major in Finance) from Georgia State University in Atlanta. Presently, Tommy is a Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Information Technology Professional, and a Chartered Global Management Accountant.

During his professional career, Tommy has gained valuable experience in a variety of positions, including:

  • Working as an auditor and technology consultant for an Atlanta-based public accounting firm;
  • Leading an Internal Audit staff and managing a Cost Accounting team for a Fortune 500 company;
  • Serving as a Chief Financial Officer for an international engineering organization; and
  • Founding and managing his public accounting firm that provides accounting, tax, and consulting services to individuals and a variety of small and emerging businesses.

In 1995, Tommy began authoring and presenting continuing professional education courses to accounting and finance professionals. In 2003, he affiliated with K2 Enterprises, and in 2007, he joined the firm as a partner. To date, he has lectured internationally on subjects such as internal controls for small businesses, technology strategies, computer hardware and software applications, tax strategies and compliance, and financial accounting standards and applications. Over the past twenty-five years, Tommy has presented over 2,700 educational sessions to over 70,000 participants throughout the United States and Canada.

Presently, Tommy resides in Woodstock, Georgia, where he enjoys an active personal life with his wife. His hobbies include snow skiing, fishing, running, and other outdoor activities. Tommy maintains professional memberships with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, he is a past member of the Institute of Internal Auditors.


Fri, Aug 13, 2021 - 09:00am to 04:45pm EDT
Mon, Aug 30, 2021 - 11:00am to 06:45pm EDT
Thu, Sep 16, 2021 - 09:00am to 04:45pm EDT
Thu, Sep 30, 2021 - 11:00am to 06:45pm EDT
Sat, Oct 16, 2021 - 09:00am to 04:45pm EDT
Thu, Oct 28, 2021 - 11:00am to 06:45pm EDT
Mon, Nov 15, 2021 - 09:00am to 04:45pm EST
Tue, Nov 30, 2021 - 11:00am to 06:45pm EST
Wed, Dec 08, 2021 - 09:00am to 04:45pm EST
Wed, Dec 29, 2021 - 11:00am to 06:45pm EST
Wed, Jan 05, 2022 - 09:00am to 04:45pm EST
Mon, Jan 17, 2022 - 11:00am to 06:45pm EST
Wed, Feb 02, 2022 - 09:00am to 04:45pm EST
Mon, Feb 21, 2022 - 11:00am to 06:45pm EST
Wed, Mar 02, 2022 - 09:00am to 04:45pm EST
Mon, Mar 21, 2022 - 11:00am to 06:45pm EDT
Wed, Apr 06, 2022 - 09:00am to 04:45pm EDT
Mon, Apr 18, 2022 - 11:00am to 06:45pm EDT
Wed, May 04, 2022 - 09:00am to 04:45pm EDT
Mon, May 16, 2022 - 11:00am to 06:45pm EDT
Wed, Jun 01, 2022 - 09:00am to 04:45pm EDT
Mon, Jun 20, 2022 - 11:00am to 06:45pm EDT

Additional Info

Basic Course Information

Original Recording Date 2021
Date Added to Catalog 06/22/2021
Prerequisites Fundamental knowledge of Excel 2016 or newer
Advanced Preparation None
Designed For Excel users who want to improve Excel-based reporting processes to create accurate reports quickly and easily
Course Developer K2 Enterprises
Yellow Book No

Additional Information

Instructional Delivery Method Group Internet Based
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Official Registry Statement Business Professionals' Network, Inc. is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website:
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Course Registration Requirements Online Registration


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