Alternative Accountancy Hangout #8 Takeaways – November 2020

Covid has been “a tipping point of historic proportions for tech adoption and digital disruption.” (McKinsey). In November’s Alternative Accountancy Hangout, we discussed three areas: technology, talent and change management.

Thank you to our sponsors of this Alternative Hangout: Circit, ReceiptBank, RBRO Solutions, Wolters Kluwer, Redstor, M-Files and Huddle.

Some key takeaways from our panellists were:

 1. We need digital disruption to force us down new paths

“100% takeup of Microsoft Teams forced less pragmatic people to embrace tech.” – Orla Flint, Head of Innovation at Smith Cooper.

As workforces have migrated to individual homes, staff and clients are required to exit their comfort zones in order to maintain momentum by using tech to collaborate. Many businesses are finding that methods or plans that have remained in the pipeline for years are finally being realised quite quickly in 2o2o.


2. Harness the opportunity to step back and gain a wider perspective

“We were given the opportunity to stand back and see the business holistically, rather than in silos.” – Douglas Rintoul, CIO, Johnston Carmichael Chartered Accountants.

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