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Accounting Today Ranks RSM No. 1 on VAR 100 List for 2019

Jul 16, 2019

Kimberly Bartok, National Public Relations Leader,, 212.372.1239
Andreia DeVries, National Public Relations Manager,, 954.449.8096
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Accounting Today Ranks RSM No. 1 on VAR 100 List for 2019

CHICAGO – (July 16, 2019) – RSM US LLP (“RSM”) – the nation’s leading provider of audit, tax and consulting services focused on the middle market – was recently ranked No. 1 on Accounting Today’s annual listing of the Top 100 Value-Added Resellers (VARs). This is the fifth year RSM has held the No. 1 spot on the Top 100 VARs list.

This year’s VAR 100 have found more clients than ever asking about cloud and software-as-a-service options. According to Accounting Today, the reasons for clients lagging behind, and now perhaps catching up, are manifold: First, accounting firms and VARs are finding increased benefits in verticalization and niching up; some specialized verticals can naturally lag behind in technology just by virtue of context, however, over time, most industries will catch up with moving into the cloud. Secondly, when some clients start adopting, it pushes other clients to jump on the bandwagon as they hear testimonials about how others transformed certain businesses. Finally, more clients are realizing (or accepting) that the cloud is actually secure.

The publication reports that VARs have a lot to do with educating businesses about cloud security, especially in regards to handing off the cost and risk of cybersecurity from in-house servers to cloud technology vendors.

 “At RSM, we take the time to understand our clients’ needs so that we can help them overcome challenges facing their respective industries, and provide solutions to help them reach their business goals,” said Steve Ems, principal and national business applications leader for RSM US LLP. “Businesses are facing a multitude of compliance and regulatory pressures while also dealing with the rise of cybersecurity threats. More than ever, they need guidance as they navigate new regulations and implement increased security measures. This recognition exemplifies our dedication to providing effective solutions for our clients, while also offering guidance as they adapt to new challenges and opportunities in the current environment. We are proud to be recognized in the top spot on this prestigious list again this year.”

The Accounting Today VAR 100 article goes onto say that “RSM, the top firm on Accounting Today’s VAR 100 list this year, has to contend with a large number of clients straddling the line between on-premise and cloud platforms as they migrate. ‘Integration technologies have become more capable, more affordable and less brittle,’ RSM reported. ‘This, combined with an overall labor shortage, is driving clients to integrate nearly all their business systems. Our software partner applications provide anchor points for these integrations, but our teams building these integrations are connecting a wide variety of cloud, on-premise, and home-grown applications.’”

To learn more about Accounting Today’s annual ranking as well as related insights, read here.


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