We are excited to welcome an experienced Business Systems Analyst to the Finatics Team.
Kathy Parker recently joined Finatics and is ready to help new and existing clients with her specialized skill set. She brings with her more than twenty years of experience in computer systems analysis, accounting, and business process improvement.
“As a Business Systems Analyst, my role includes analyzing computer solutions for accounting systems,” explains Kathy, who was born and raised in Roblin, Manitoba, about four hours northwest of Winnipeg. “I’m able to help with system setups, mapping, interfaces, and maintaining computer systems. I also do a lot of customized reporting, anything that needs coding or design.”
Kathy holds a Diploma in Business Accountancy and another in Computer Analyst Programming, both from Red River College. She subsequently completed the Certified General Accountant Program, Level IV, and a Graduate Public Sector Management Certificate Program.
“I moved from a general office role in business and accounting into computers and then back to accounting,” explains Kathy, whose experience includes SQL Programming, Crystal Reports creation, SSRS Reports, Visual Basic and Excel macros as well as developing interfaces and system support of various financial software applications.
Essentially, all of Kathy’s experience in computers has been in accounting areas. All of her past experience has led to a seamless transition to working with QBO, QBT, Dext, SOS Inventory, Fathom Reporting and other systems for integrating data or streamlining operations.
“Basically, as a Business Systems Analyst, I’m a problem solver. For example, if a business needs a solution to manage their inventory, we’ll scope out the system requirements and then I’ll research and make recommendations for an application that will achieve or exceed their business requirements. Once a solution has been determined, I’ll set up and test the system and integrations and then provide training to make sure clients are comfortable using the systems.”
She has been involved in leading large and small enhancements and upgrades to applications including scoping, development, design, testing, deployment, and support.
Michael Haight, President and VCFO of Finatics Accounting Solutions, met Kathy years ago when they worked together in the public housing sector.
“Technology is so important to small and medium sized businesses. If the wrong system or applications is chosen or set up incorrectly, they could be set up to fail. Knowing that this is such a critical area for many businesses, I knew that we needed to have someone on our team like Kathy,” says Michael.
“Not only does she bring great computer application, implementation and report writing knowledge to the team, she’s also one of the happiest and fun to work with people that I know. Her laugh and smiling personality is infectious! We are so fortunate, that she joined our team”
Kathy had no hesitation joining the Finatics team.
“Michael is so great to work with that when I decided to leave the public service, he was my first call,” says Kathy, who is keen to help businesses from across Canada.
“I like all the new technology and just the endless possibilities for solutions in today’s computer environment. I’m excited to help small businesses have access to a Virtual Accounting Team and all the solutions we can bring to them.”
As a veteran Business Systems Analyst and accounting professional, in addition to providing systems solutions, Kathy is familiar with preparing and analyzing financial statements as well as the review and preparation of management reporting or other business requirements.
Kathy acquired an office sidekick just prior to lockdown in the spring of 2020.
“We adopted a white and black cat named Frankie. She’s our quarantine cat and the friendliest animal in the world.”
When Kathy isn’t busy helping clients with their accounting systems, you might find her talking shop with her husband of many years, who is a computer solutions architect.
In her spare time, Kathy also likes to catch up with their two grown children or hit the golf course. One of her favourite greens is Southside Golf Course, just outside of Winnipeg.
“I love golf for recreation, but I’m no good at it,” she laughs. “I don’t keep score at all, I just like to try different golf courses with friends and family. I go out with hardcore golfers and teach them not to care!”
If you would like to talk to us about how Kathy could help your business as a Business Systems Analyst, please contact Finatics Accounting Solutions. We’d love to discuss your business goals.