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Scope This interdisciplinary accounting conference is dedicated to the advancement of accounting knowledge and practice. It provides a platform to discuss the interaction between accounting/auditing and their social, economic, institutional and political environments. Conference sessions and papers will critique contemporary theory and practice, examine historical and interdisciplinary dimensions of accounting, debate policy alternatives, and explore

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Implementation of technologies


Just like in most industries, technology has impacted accounting. As much as it has been challenging for companies to keep up with the pace for one reason or the other, the changes being experienced are beneficial. In accounting, the integration of such technologies has increased efficiency and have provided the players in the industry a more streamlined approach to managing finances. Wondering which technologies are already changing the face of accounting work? Here is a list.

Integration solutions

Accuracy has been a significant concern in accounting for a long time. However, complete integration has changed everything. Accounting executives are now able to integrate several accounting systems and applications to create a unified accounting environment. This has led to the efficient transfer of information from one department to another without cases of error.

Among the applications that are integrated for accounting purposes include, CRM, CMS, and ERP software. The good news is that even the legacy systems that are still useful in accounting can be incorporated into this system. As a result, accountants are able to get alerts in case of any errors, which results in improved productivity in their accounting roles.

 

Optical Character Recognition (OCR)

Note that accounting work relies heavily on accuracy. Together with the integrated solutions, optical character recognition technology has minimised the need for manual entry of characters. What does that mean? This also reduces error. The technology allows the use of scanners to capture printed financial information.

The technology has made data entry process even easier for accountants. On top of increasing the rate at which work is done, the technology has significantly improved accuracy and cut down the error. This has improved efficiency in accounting work.

 

Cloud-based accounting

Cloud computing is a trend that is growing at a rather impressive rate and is being applied in almost every aspect of life. Accounting is no different. Cloud computing is also playing a significant role in computing. We are talking about anything from payroll to benefits payments. As you may expect, any financial changes that occur are updated in the cloud in real time. The information is also monitored and managed by an administrator dashboard. The best part is that the dashboard is so user-friendly that companies do not have to incur extra costs on training their staff.

The shift of accounting processes to the cloud has also eased the burden on IT departments, allowing them to have time for more critical tasks.

 

Tax software

Most accountants have had challenges in managing tax-related information. Accounting and tax software technologies have made it easy for accountants to handle tax forms and secure it. Such solutions allow accountants to use the information available in the cloud for tax forms. The information includes payroll, payables, receivables, and expenses, to mention a few.

As aforementioned, precision in accounting is of the essence. Tax solutions have seen to it that error is minimised by creating alerts and providing easy handling of financial information.

 

How is accounting changing with new digital technologies?

The evolution of technology has, for sure, changed many professions, accounting included. Here are the ways in which the profession is changing with digital technologies.

 

Reduced margin of error when practicing the profession

Digital technologies have reduced errors which have been a significant cause for audits in corporations. This is due to the employment of precise data entry process and the use of efficient data management solutions.

 

Rising need for more strategic and less basic training

Initially, the focus in the accounting profession was directed towards basic training. Things have changed. Companies are taking a more strategic approach in equipping their accountants with skills that will enable them to handle the systems that are in place. The introduction of accounting solutions has reduced the need for accountants to spend years in completing basic training. All that is required now is the ability to handle digital accounting systems.

 

Accountants need IT skills

Accountants, with its skills, have an added advantage. What does that mean? Much more is required than just the basic training on balancing skills. Accounting solutions have significantly improved efficiency and productivity in accounting. As a result, companies have seen the need to incorporate digital solutions in their accounting processes.

 

Professionals must-have IT knowledge

Digital technology has changed the accounting profession. Managers continue to embrace and acknowledge the contribution of technology solutions in the finance and accounting departments. Accounting solutions are also making great strides as developers continue to have a growing interest in making accounting processes more efficient.

However, not all organisations have been able to employ such systems. It is only a matter of time before the legacy systems get out phased. Keep up with the pace to improve the functions of the accounting department of your organisation.