Technology (machine learning, artificial intelligence, automation) is continuing to seep into all aspects of the business world – Accounting & Finance very much included. Living in Excel and doing manual data aggregations on a daily basis is no longer ‘working smart’. Week and month-end closes can and are becoming a thing of the past. Repetitive tasks are becoming redundantly… well, repetitive.
Automation. Streamlining. Access to live up-to-date data/reporting. Tools to attain these things are now not only available – they are becoming prevalent, soon to be the norm. The ‘zero-day-close,’ while it may sound overoptimistic, is in the cross hairs for CFOs in the coming years.
We once used abacuses. We once did everything on paper. Change is inevitable. What are you going to do about it? Recommendation: adapt. Embrace these changes with an open mind and open arms.
Employees: Invest time in learning new tools and technology. New Tech training courses are offered online and at little to no cost. Some even offer certifications that our WhiteCap Recruiters can use to show you off to potential employers. Make sure you include these new skills on your resume (i.e. transformation, automation, utilization of Excel, software/ERPs, implementation).
Employers: Invest money in hiring these people to stay ahead of the curve. A majority of our clients here at WhiteCap Search are already doing so.
“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent – but the ones that is most adaptable to change” – Charles Darwin