THE ACCOUNTANT OF THE FUTURE!

The future has arrived and we almost didn't realize it. We started living in the digital era, and many of us persisted in keeping old mechanized habits throughout the years with our work daily routines, letting the fact that we were accustomed to these old habits block our vision and stop us from realizing that we were already living in the future.

And now, how should the accountant face this new era where digitalization has invaded us without so much as a by-your-leave?

Just like everything in life, the secret is always in our brain's ability to adapt to new situations and, in this case, to the new challenges of this new time we are living in. All we need to do is give it instructions and we will rapidly move on to finding solutions to overcome what, at first sight, seems like obstacles. In the end, these are just new paths we need to follow to adapt our work methods to the new reality. They are nothing more than challenges for our profession that force us to evolve.

For accountants, this is the turning point. They must quickly realize that part of their work and organization methods will have to change drastically so they can take advantage of the potential technology has to offer to accounting. They will have to focus more and more on adding value to the entities to which they provide services, being able to free themselves from heavy and daily organization and document filing tasks that require a great percentage of their time that could be used in their more valuable daily work in accounting, which is actually to provide useful and timely information for the businessmen/businesswomen's decision-making process. As a result, mechanical tasks that force the accountant to get that information in a timely manner, can now be lightened by the digitalization and automatic accounting of a great part of the documents produced by the companies.

Throughout the years, accounting softwares have been playing a fundamental role, allowing the accountant to follow the development rhythm created by the requirements, whether they are information needs or tax requirements and other obligations, that depend on the information provided by accounting. In this digital era, this dependence is even greater, which is why accounting softwares play such a fundamental role and why accountants have to make the best possible choices when choosing said software. But even more important than that choice, is the evolution of the accountants' mentality, for them to adapt to the new functionalities that the accounting softwares develop to make tasks easier.

Just as important in all this evolution, is the businessmen/businesswoman's duty of involvement and interaction with the accountant. Accounting softwares must allow the businessman/businesswoman's daily management to have a direct impact in the accounting processing of a great part of the documents produced by the activity.

The future isn't tomorrow. The future is now and the accountant must take this opportunity.

José PIRES
DIRETOR GERAL DE OPERAÇÃO
jose.pires@viseeon.pt