Frank Swierz is responsible for all the software that isn't tax-
or accounting-related, so he sometimes jokes that he's senior
director of "miscellaneous stuff." What that really means is that
he's responsible for all the firm and workflow management as well
as web-based products, like practice management, mobile, and
portals. He's so committed to his job that he wrote the original
prototype for the company's first iPhone® app, Mobile CS, just for fun.
"When we showed it at our annual Users' Conference, the
customers liked it so much we decided to turn it into a product,"
he says. Swierz graduated with a computer science degree from
Michigan State University and has been building software for about
25 years - the last 14 at Thomson Reuters.
Key Word for 2012: Mobile
"Today's young adults expect immediate service from everybody
they do business with, including accounting professionals," he
says. People aren't bound to a 9-to-5 work schedule anymore, and
that means pushing more tasks to the web and having the ability to
go mobile. "If you are an accountant who doesn't have that ability,
someone else definitely will," he says.
On the Home Front
Swierz lives with his wife, surrounded by farmland a few miles
from the stadium at the University of Michigan. As an alum of
Michigan state university - and the father of a current student -
he's a Spartan fan surrounded by Wolverines. He's crossing his
fingers for a Spartan Big 10 title, if just for the bragging