How will accountants and small businesses work together in the future? For those of you who attended our The Changing Role of Accountancy event today, you should have the answer!
The main lessons for those in attendance were clear – that the cloud is here to stay, SMBs are leading the way in adopting it and there is an opportunity for accountants to help them do so.
According to our experts from the day, it is the cheaper, faster way to work and offers a huge opportunity for collaboration.
The day was compered by StartUp Britain co-founder Oli Barrett, who set the tone of the day with our new video – which you can see below:
We then welcomed Stephen Saw from Coleman Parkes, who offered a detailed overview of our new research – which you can download as infographic now. The complete study will be shared later on as well so make sure to follow us on Twitter and our newsletter.
The day was jam-packed with content and our audience of around 250 accountancy professionals had their concerns about the cloud answered by experts including Mark Tomlinson from IBM and Bruce McKee from Microsoft.
They also found out from fellow accountants how the cloud could impact their business in the future from a panel with Charlie Carne, who noted:
“The role of the accountant is definitely changing, we’re asked to do far more advisory work and far more hands-on advisory work, like an external FD, able to advise on day to day matters – having access to information over the cloud enables us to do that.”
Following practical breakout sessions – in which guests learned how to market their business and make the move to the cloud – the audience heard from a panel of small business owners, all of whom considered themselves to be ‘cloud first’ to find out exactly what accountants can be doing to help clients grow.
We’re keen to hear your feedback, on the event if you were there and on our research – so keep tweeting using #futureaccountant to let us know your thoughts.
If you would like to see read the research in more detail, please write to FeedbackUK@intuit.com. Images will be uploaded to Facebook.