Making accounting processes efficient
A study by The Association of Accountants and Financial Professionals in Business shows that, when the financial closing takes 7 working days, 41% of that time is spent on collecting, entering and checking information.
A major factor is that many organisations still commonly use a variety of different, mostly manual, processes and tools (e-mails and spreadsheets). The constant ‘shuttling’ between all the different sources to track down, collect and process the right data becomes a time-consuming, and therefore expensive, task.
Welcome real-time accounting!
Our specialists are ready to assist you with the digital and real-time processing of financial data. Neutral, correct, reliable and efficient. In short, we are raising accounting and financial reporting standards to a higher level. Technology plays an undeniable role in this. Consider, for example, RPA (Robotic Process Automation) which automates routine, time-consuming tasks, reduces the risk of errors, and relieves the human being of repetitive tasks – thereby creating extra room for other, more knowledge-driven or creative tasks with a higher added value (also read the white paper ‘Alleviating man’s robotic tasks’ at www.bdo.be/insights).
Real-time accounting makes administrative management more accessible and dynamic and gives the (possibly SME) manager the tools to detect accounting warning signs more quickly. Thanks to real-time accounting, you can:
see the income statement evolve as invoices are submitted;
easily perform comparative analyses with the data histories;
manage unpaid invoices more systematically;
check (and adjust) the calculation of margins more quickly;
consult data and reports anytime, anywhere.
Integration, connection and automation are the pillars of future-oriented accounting.
Structuring to simplify
Technology and software are not the be-all and end-all. It’s a complementary story, just as the processes and tasks of the Chief Financial Officer and the Chief Data Officer are converging towards each other.
An upgrade of the documentation cycle can only contribute to a fast and accurate analysis of the financial data. There can be no compromise. The aim must be to provide the company manager with all the right data at the right time to make the right strategic decisions in the interests of the company’s proper functioning. And this in the most cost-effective way.
The digital transformation will not slow down, let alone be scaled back. Accounting must swim with the tide – and it’s being enriched with more and more personalised functions and connecting openly with applications from other domains. Consider features such as e-signature, links with banking applications, blockchain and artificial intelligence.
Bottom line: integration, connection and automation are the pillars of future-oriented accounting – which can then fully take on its role as growth catalyst.