Tech savvy accountants are crying out for iPad business apps, according to recent research from Thomson Reuters Digita.
The survey questioned more than 400 accountants and found that practitioners want more ways to integrate their mobile and office tools. Other things listed on the ‘want’ list included easier recording of phone conversations with clients, links with Outlook and the capability for voice recognition within Blackberry.
Andrew Flanagan, the MD of Digita, said the research shows that contractor accountants are looking to maximise efficiency through added integration of day-to-day mobile apps. The needs of the profession are constantly changing and the results of this survey will help Digita design apps with the innovative functionality the accounting profession demands.
Of course the major accounting software producers have already jumped on the bandwagon and started producing mobile apps. Sage for example has a mobile app for its Sage 50 Accounts package. Technology is advancing at such a rate that it probably won’t be too long before we see accountants doing the bulk of their work through smart phones and tablets.
If we had mobile apps to cope with all the everyday office tasks, there’d be no need to go into the office at all, unless you happened to have a meeting with somebody who didn’t have video conferencing facilities. There are obviously numerous advantages to that scenario, both for employees and employers. But is it really what we want? Are you really able to cut yourself off from work completely when you have all the necessary tools at your fingertips?