My name is Sean Boyce and I offer product strategy consulting services through my company NxtStep. I can help make your B2B (Business to Business), SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) company successful. Email me to learn more at sean@nxtstep.io.

Keep your eye on the ball

When you played sports as a kid did you ever realize how coaches gave you instructions? I remember hearing phrase like, ‘keep you eye on the ball’ and ‘make the catch first’ quite a lot. Did you ever stop think about why that was? I think it’s because we have a tendency to want to skip…

Do you ever figure things out on your own?

When I was a kid I was big into cars.  This went from matchbox eventually building a full radio controlled car of my own.  I built it from scratch in a kit that seemed to have a million pieces. I didn’t have any help.  I read the instructions thoroughly and put the whole car together. …

What Intelligent Automation can do for CPA Firms

We are on the precipice of the fourth industrial revolution which is set to change everything about the way we work.  A big difference between this revolution and the previous three is the type of work that is going to be automated. Previously, physical work was the target for automation, but this time it’s cognitive…

Automation is the top priority

A survey of 200 CFOs was recently conducted that resulted in some interesting data regarding the current and future state of the accounting and finance industry.  Here’s a few statistics from that survey: 86% said the skills of their team must evolve for new roles played by data and analytics Under 10% said that their…

30% of corporate audits will be done by AI

The fourth industrial revolution is upon us.  It’s going to mean big changes for the way we work and live. A major difference between this industrial revolution and the previous three is what will be automated. Previously, the focus was on automating physical work.  This time around the focus will be on automating cognitive work. One prediction is that…

How do you train a digital worker?

Much of the work that gets done at firms today is done by people.  Most of the work that will be done tomorrow will be completed by digital workers. Digital workers are bots that you will be able to train similarly to how you train your team today.  Now, I can definitely understand if this…

Think fast!

It’s that time of year again!  I’m talking about everyone’s favorite season to hate tax season.  Have you done yours yet? Plenty of us probably haven’t and many businesses probably haven’t even started.  The whole process can turn into a real mess. What I want to ask is what impact does this have on our lives? …

How quickly can you classify 10,000 flowers?

When you are starting out with machine learning, you’re often taught with what’s called the iris challenge. For those that don’t know, iris is a plant species of flowers.  Here’s a photo below that I’ll use to explain the challenge. The background is that flowers are grouped into different categories based on their characteristics like…

Who doesn’t want to solve puzzles all day?

Remember when you were a kid and you used to love solving puzzles?  Why do you think you enjoyed that? Perhaps it was because what you did then, isn’t what you do now… People aren’t great at repetition.  Doing the same thing over and over again for hours can be boring and tedious leading to…