Digital transformation in the world of accountancy is a broad, influential and far reaching topic. The implications for all accountancy firms, big and small, should not be underestimated. In our regular blog series, we delve down into the specifics and highlight our key learnings and insights. If you’ve any questions, feel free to reach out and contact us (see footer for contact details)

Silverfin ceo Joris Van Der Gucht asked me to write a blog post for their Connected Accounting Authority blog. Considering my role as New Technology & Innovation Advisor for 216 Accountants, he expected some food for thought. So here we go. (Just to be clear, I write this article in a personal capacity).

It was in 1960 when the famed US Navy aircraft engineer Kelly Johnson first noted the design principle KISS, an acronym for “Keep it simple, stupid”.  

Most accountants start the day in their inbox.

When it comes to the job market in 2017, the competition is fierce. Not just for employees, but for employers too. 

In 1999, after eight years of studying, I graduated as a registered accountant in The Netherlands. Back then, the study curriculum was traditional - I learned the hard way, shall we say. For eight years I worked for four days a week, and spent the rest of my time studying. For a while I was convinced that my degree had something to do with intelligence. Now I know better - discipline and perseverance suffice. That’s one illusion less, at least. 

On Silverfin’s authority blog experts in the field of accounting and technology share their thoughts and opinions, and our partners also contribute their expertise. This following article has been written by our partner, Exact. Click here for a full overview of our partners.

When asked, the great ice hockey player Wayne Gretzky had a simple explanation for his almost supernatural ability to be one step ahead of his competition: “I skate to where the puck is going to be, not to where it has been”.

In case the title of this post rings a bell… it’s intentional. Recently I was lucky enough to hear Steven Van Belleghem talk about ‘When Digital Becomes Human’. Steven is an expert in customer centricity in the digital world, and I found his talk very inspirational, and highly applicable to accounting and accountants. 

Visiting Accountex, the UK national Accountancy Exhibition can be quite overwhelming. More than 200 vendors, more than 5000 accountants… Then again, it’s always great to spend time with people who share your interests, so this finance addict had a ball manning the Silverfin stand for 2 days.

In a recent article in De Tijd bearing the title Digitale hulpjes bedreigen kmo-boekhouder (in Dutch only), Emmanuel Vanbrussel expresses his concerns about accountants employed by small businesses being at risk of becoming obsolete now that an increasing number of digital services are automating the invoice-management systems used by many SMEs.