I see several trends evolving within the accounting profession. First is the final stages of paperless automation within the back office and field work. This started several years ago, but the vendors have finally caught up to the demands of the profession. That includes paperless filing, document management and practice workflow solutions within the office, paperless audits and tax returns, and paperless activities within the back office.
Second is the increasing demand of mobile computing. Now mobile computing goes to the virtual office, but it’s much, much more than that. It’s the finalization of reaching this version of the “wired” or “fully connected” professional within firms. Our clients increasingly expect us to be available at a moment’s notice to meet their needs. Only through Windows Mobile solutions are we going to be fully connected.
Third is good IT governance and practices especially with regard to security management, confidentiality of client data, business continuity and disaster recovery.
And lastly, business intelligencewith the applications and technologies used for gathering, providing access and visibility to, and analyzing data to help business owners and manager make informed business decisions. Our Dynamics NAV practice is getting additional requests for solutions in this area.