Prior to the advent of computerised systems, it was necessary to understand not only what you had to do, but also why you had to do it.
We are fast approaching a digital takeover of data processing. Soon, software will dictate when and what needs to be done, and when that moment arrives tapping in numbers on a keyboard will largely become a thing of the past. Like the punch cards of the last century, beings with a pulse will be consigned to interpreting data processing output rather than be an active part of the creative process.
It is interesting to consider how we will train the accountants of the future. Past results, financial projections and a multitude of KPIs will magically appear and there must surely be a temptation to accept the output as a given. Instead of grey cells batting what-if situations across the board room table, optimum solutions will be generated by self-learning programs residing on quantum computers.
Most practitioners will rue the demise of staff who actually seem to understand that one plus two equals three, and more importantly, know how to process the math between their own ears instead of reaching for their smart phone or calculator.
However, all is not lost, we can still train our staff, and at Informanagement we have incorporated an online training platform into the services we offer professional firms. So, if you are concerned that your staff have no understanding of why they are doing what they do, then plug them into our training database and we’ll see if we can stimulate some cerebral activity that joins up the dots.
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