Over the course of my career, I’ve been fortunate to have worked with organizations both large and small. No matter what the size the business, I’ve seen that way that culture can enable creativity — or stifle and eventually destroy it altogether.
Many of the traditional organizations I’ve worked with had hierarchies that were focused on group or department roles, with formal and rigid chain of commands. They are highly prone to bureaucracy and role protectionism.
If your accounting department is still seen as a back-office expense, one you pay for because well, you have to, then you’ve missed out on one of the biggest business shifts in recent years: accounting’s rise as a true strategic partner.
The finance and accounting function is shifting from the back room to the boardroom. A lot of this motion has been fueled by the ongoing development of online reporting tools which offer true real-time reporting visibility that enables sound strategic decision-making.
Big or small, simple or complicated, no business or business owner gets excited at the thought of being audited. One way to lower the pain of a company audit is to prepare ahead of time and the key to doing so is to have the right accounting and tax software in place.
So, you’ve taken on the lead system implementation role, and finally your retail business has made the decision to make the leap to a more robust cloud-based point of sale system. Everyone is excited about the move, but hold on, are you missing something —how sure are you that the new application will play nice in the sandbox with your other applications?
Sounds funny right? But it’s unlikely anyone will get a chuckle out of a scenario where employees are left dealing with incorrect data or orphaned records passed from one system to another…if passed along at all.