When developing software for non-accounting purposes, accounting functionality likely isn’t ever top of mind. You could be building software to help salespeople close more deals, general contractors manage construction jobs, allow importers to easily navigate complex requirements or a million other things that don’t have anything to do with accounting.
Further, every time you’ve caught a glimpse of the ancient, monolithic, rigid ERP at your organization, you haven’t exactly been keen on learning more. Accounting systems are traditionally so tough to deal with that the only people using them are accountants and nobody else wants to touch them. This is unfortunate because accounting is a great way to track anything financial.
But what if it was easier to use accounting systems and connect them to other applications? What if non-accountants spent more (or any) time using accounting systems? Would some unexpected benefits arise?
These are just some examples we’ve seen so far. There are many more ways you can use accounting in conjunction with non-accounting solutions. The earlier you incorporate more accounting functionality into software development, the quicker software providers will be able to get to market and the more visibility their customers will have in their own businesses. Plus, there will certainly be some other benefits we don’t even know about yet.
A CPA with more than 10 years of varied public and private accounting experience, Ben has led many complex financial projects to successful outcomes.
Ben holds a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Maryland.