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Accounting and Robots

Are Robots Posed to Take Accounting Jobs?

Are robots posed to take accounting jobs? No, not exactly. But kind of.

Science fiction would have you believe that the human race is on track to be replaced by robots in the near future, but while advances in technology are increasing artificial intelligence (AI) and automation, the likelihood of robotic replacement is slim.

There are plenty of instances where a human touch is preferred. Not everything can be outsourced to machines. A study cited by Business.com found that 68 percent of clients surveyed prefer having access to a human financial advisor rather than a simple technology solution.

That’s a relief for accountants, but it’s important to note that this is also dependent on the task being performed. As a common example, many of us use software that is widely available (and sometimes free) to file our taxes over visiting a tax consultant, so your mileage may vary when it comes to what you’re willing to leave to the machines.

It is true that much of the manual work traditionally completed by accountants can now be automated. This means that accounting firms can save money by employing fewer people, increase accuracy by eliminating opportunities for manual error, and shift their focus to providing strategic and advisory services, which is in increasingly high demand.

But as for technical accountants who work in niche industries or delve deep into regulations and compliance? Robots aren’t likely to replace them.

Relevancy is key

Being irrelevant in your field is the kiss of death. If the threat of AI and automation is looming, focus on expanding your skillset and breadth of knowledge. By embracing technology, you can provide advisory services to clients to help them choose the software that’s right for them. If you’re not neck-deep in a spreadsheet hunting for the one equation that is causing your error, then you have lots of time back on the clock to truly refine your skills and become a subject matter expert in your field. This provides value to your clients and gives you a competitive edge.

AI is getting smarter–not just automating anymore, but learning and drawing conclusions. Your best bet is to embrace it for the tool it is. Let it do its job while you focus on yours.

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Artificial Intelligence and Accounting

When Artificial Intelligence and Accounting Collide

Fear is circulating in the accounting industry that humans (or accountants) will soon be replaced by artificial intelligence. But it is becoming increasingly clear that robots won’t cut it alone in the accounting sphere–while helpful, automation is best served with equal parts human intelligence.

With the rise of automation and cloud-based services, many traditional accounting tasks have been automated–this is true. Machines will always be better and faster at crunching numbers, but the benefit to accounting professionals is that this ensures more data accuracy than ever before–and offers time back on the calendars of busy accountants, freeing them up to analyze, strategize, and advise.

According to Pymnts.com, accountants are increasingly expected to serve as strategic advisors to their clients. Small businesses are becoming more and more frustrated, according to a Seed survey last year, that their banks aren’t providing the advisory services they feel they need, and that role is now being placed squarely on the accountant.

Embracing the cloud

While fear circulates about automation as the death of the modern accountant, many accountants are embracing the change and viewing it as a tool for forging deeper connections. While the role of the accountant is rapidly changing, the industry continues to dictate needs that cannot be satisfied by computers alone, thereby elevating the accountant’s role and situating accountants as leaders of strategy and advisory services.

Flexi as an automated partner in business

Flexi solutions will make your organization’s accounting processes run smoother. Among the many perks, Flexi enables your business to close the books faster, automate accounting processes, simplify multi-entity accounting, gain real-time visibility, simplify audit and compliance, and streamline financial reporting.

Accounting is on a fast track toward artificial intelligence. No matter where you are on that timeline, Flexi is a trusted partner dedicated to helping you safely transition into this new era. Flexi’s flexible accounting software is designed to grow with you–however your business needs dictate. Here are some of the highlights of the approaching paradigm:

  • No paper, and no manual errors
  • Real-time financial updates–whenever and wherever needed
  • Continuous control
  • Standardized workflow with built-in approvals
  • Mobile access to financials through any device
  • Visualization tools with real-time visibility of every transaction and complete audit trail

Flexi can enable and empower your accounting team to provide added value to clients with the time they gain back from these tools’ ease of use.

Learn more about Flexi accounting software solutions, or call 800-353-9492 to set up a demo today.

Accounting AI

How Artificial Intelligence (AI) is Shaping the Accounting Industry

According to a study by Oxford University and Deloitte in 2015, accountants will be among the first professions affected by the rise of artificial intelligence (AI). Up to 95 percent of accountants will face some threat due to the advanced automation capabilities provided by AI.

While this is categorized initially as a “threat,” it also opens the door to a new kind of accountant. The modern accountant does much more than crunch numbers. In fact, in the future, AI might do most of the number-crunching. Instead, accountants are moving toward a model of value-added opportunities to offer clients, such as strategy and advisory services.

 

Robots as partners

Not all human functions can be replicated by robots. Much of the high-volume work can, in fact, be done quickly and accurately by use of a bot. However, a bot cannot be taught judgment or analysis. For these reasons, Sonia Eland of DXC Technology suggests we not perceive bots as a threat, but instead, as a partner. The help of AI can assist humans in doing their jobs more accurately and more efficiently.

Embracing new roles

While the role of the modern accountant is evolving, the time for hesitation is slim. The accountants that will thrive under this new model are the progressive thinkers who are jumping in and finding new ways of being marketable and valuable in a changing workplace.

Accounting professionals who embrace this change to advance their individual skills are on track to continue providing value to a profession and an industry that is changing. By freeing up time, accountants can even learn to code. In all, robotic process automation (RPA) is expected to free up the creativity and intellect of accounting professionals.

Flexi and the future

Flexi takes advantage of automation to make the lives of accountants easier.

Flexi delivers all the rich features you’d expect in a top tier accounting solution, but without the high cost. With quick implementation that can be deployed on-premises, in the cloud or in a hybrid environment, Flexi will not only simplify your accounting processes today, but also will have you ready to adapt quickly to market or business changes in your future.

Seamlessly integrate Flexi software to your core system to ensure that financial statements are accurate, consolidations are error-free, and efficient processes are in place. Make sure your business retains visibility and transparency with expenses.

Learn more about Flexi accounting software solutions, or call 800-353-9492 to set up a demo today.