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Payroll Trends Impacting Accounting Professionals

Running payroll is like mowing the lawn: It’s something every business must do regularly, but no business enjoys. And, like lawn-care, neglecting small details can lead to big problems.

This is one business obligation that is overdue for innovation and disruption. Thankfully, advances in technology combined with new service models are transforming payroll processing. 

Better still, this transformation isn’t limited to larger organizations. Accounting departments at small and mid-sized enterprises are enjoying the benefits while saving time, money, and frustration in the process. A new-generation of payroll processing has arrived. These are its most impressive improvements:

Topics: F&A outsourcing Payroll and Human Resources Managed Accounting Services (MAS)

The Drivers of Digital Transformation Reveal the Dangers of an Outdated Approach

I-SCOOP, an online publication that provides educational resources and services around digital business, transformation, and organizational processes, defines "Digital Transformation" as:

"The profound transformation of business and organizational activities, processes, competencies and models to fully leverage the changes and opportunities of a mix of digital technologies and their accelerating impact across society in a strategic and prioritized way, with present and future shifts in mind."

That's a mouthful, but I thought it was worth trying to define the concept before we talk about it. The potential of digital transformation has been discussed extensively. What often gets lost in the conversation are the factors that are driving the transformation. We tend to focus on the potential of a tech-driven approach, without diving into why that approach is so critical. As a result, companies view better technology as an upgrade rather than an obligation. In reality, it’s both.

Topics: Digital Transformation

For Software to Succeed, Focus on the Post-Deployment Period

Rolling out a next-generation, enterprise-class software solution is a major undertaking. As a result, the day the software goes live often feels like crossing the finish line. In reality, it’s more like the halfway point of the race.

Topics: Cloud Computing / SaaS Software as a service Implementation

Project-Based Accounting Brings Success Into Focus

The closer you observe something the better you understand it. Unfortunately, when companies try to track their own profitability they are often forced to take a broad view. They know how profits and losses total out but not what is really driving those outcomes. As a result, it’s difficult to make strategic changes that drive profitability upwards.

Taking a deeper dive into company finances is possible, but only when you can account for things at the project level.

Topics: project accounting Project Management and Project Accounting

Strategic Finance and Accounting in 3 Steps

Creating accurate forecasts, reliable predictions, and strong strategic insights has always been a goal of accounting. But considering how much time, focus, and manual labor it requires, it’s a goal that's rarely realized.

That's all changing thanks to a new wave of data-driven technologies. The confluence of artificial intelligence and machine learning have made large-scale data management accessible to any accounting department. As a result, finding insights takes less time, and developing and applying strategy becomes the focus of finance.

Topics: Financial Reporting Operational Reporting Adaptive Insights

How to Make Digital Transformation Stick

The concept of "Digital Transformation" using technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI), Robotic Process Automation (RPA), and Blockchain can be overwhelming for any organization to sort through, much less implement an adoption strategy for.

As an example of the difficulties organizations have had with digital transformation, a recent Gartner survey shows that even though companies have made data and analytics a priority in recent years, 91% of companies don't feel that they've reached a "transformational" level of maturity in that area. Companies are eager to embrace the potential of integrated technologies and analytics, and they recognize that in many industries digital transformation is essential for remaining competitive. The problem is that wanting to change and actually transforming can be miles apart.

Topics: Finance Transformation Digital Transformation

What's in Sage Intacct's Release 2 for 2018?

We're barely halfway through the year, yet Sage Intacct has already released its second major update of 2018. Part of what distinguishes Sage Intacct from other financial management solutions is the rigorous commitment to improvement and innovation. For that reason, the company commits to releasing an update on a quarterly basis.

Topics: Intacct Releases Customer Success

Could Continuous Auditing Become a Reality?

The reason we conduct auditing on a cycle is because there has never been another way. It takes significant time and labor to compile the necessary accounting data and ample resources to ensure the audit is complete and correct. The overall amount of input necessary means that auditing always has to stop after starting.

Topics: Audit and Internal Controls Accounting

The Advice You Need Before You Implement AI

Artificial intelligence (AI) is rightly being called one of the most transformative technologies in human history. Systems that are intelligent and adaptable will make it possible to accomplish and understand more than has ever been possible before. The repercussions for business are huge, but the impact is likely to reach every corner of humanity.

It's appropriate to talk about AI excitedly, but it's also a little misleading. The promise and potential of AI is huge, but it's not going to change the world overnight. It's also not going to solve every hassle or headache that companies deal with. AI is a powerful tool, but it's not a panacea.

Topics: Accounting Finance Automation Artificial Intelligence

Bringing the Future Into Focus: 5 Tools for Nonprofit Planning

Nonprofits don't get enough credit for their savvy strategic thinking. They have to sustain themselves and secure growth just like any private enterprise. But they must do it with tighter budgets, tougher restrictions, and higher standards for transparency and accountability.

It's an impressive achievement that nonprofits are able to balance boldness with prudence so successfully. But it's also a challenge. When every dollar of every donation or grant matters, nonprofits can't afford to make bad bets or hasty decisions. Otherwise, they could put their mission, reputation, or future in jeopardy.

Topics: Not-for-profit Industry non-profit Planning, Budgeting and Forecasting Adaptive Insights