Accounting software is like smartphones, televisions, and every other technology—at some point, it needs to be updated. The question for small and midsized businesses is when to make the transition to more powerful, automated, and scalable accounting solutions like Sage Intacct.

Here are five signs that your existing accounting software needs to be updated:

1. Spreadsheet Sprawl

How many spreadsheets are you using to get the reporting you need? If the answer is “a lot,” that’s a sign that it’s time to upgrade to better financial software, which will enable you to quickly get the reports you need directly from your accounting system.

2. Data Delays

Can you see the data you need in real-time and complete your month-end closes on time? If it’s a struggle to see up-to-date information from across your business and to get your closes done quickly, it’s time to invest in advanced accounting software that provides greater visibility and anytime, anywhere accessibility.

3. Manual Labor

How much time are you and your staff spending on manual tasks and processes? If they take up hours every week, sometimes resulting in costly errors, it’s time to update to software that automates those processes and leaves your team with more time to spend on business-critical activities.

4. Security Gaps

How secure is your accounting software? If you’re relying on low-cost accounting software with basic functionality, the answer may be disappointing, leaving your business vulnerable to cyberattacks. Updating to the latest accounting software solutions can help you fortify your business and its data.

5. Stymied Growth

How scalable is your existing accounting software? Many entry-level solutions are not built to support a large number of users, multiple business locations, and other complexities. You may be able to build workarounds at first, but that can also lead to some of the problems above, like spreadsheet usage, slow reporting, and more time spent on manual processes.

Updating to modern accounting software that’s built to scale easily as your business grows can turn a potential impediment into a force that supports your growth and business differentiation.

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About the Author: Kimberly Gangi

Kim is the head of the Outsource Accounting Services Group with over 25 years of experience in public accounting. Meet Kim >


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