Thomson Reuters Research Highlights Accountants Need for Mobile Integration

01 February 2012

LONDON, February 1, 2012 – Accountants are hungry for applications that allow on-the-go access to the data they need to make decisions and run their practices, according to new research by Thomson Reuters Digita, a leading provider of accountancy practice software.

Digita, part of the Tax & Accounting business of Thomson Reuters, conducted the ‘12 Digita Days in December’ poll to gauge attitudes and opinions on a wide range of technology related issues. The survey comprised twelve questions on various topics including integration, iXBRL, time saving and how software adds value to the contemporary practice.

The survey attracted 432 responses from a cross section of firms:
• 55% sole practitioners
• 30% from mid tier firms with between two and five partners
• 15% from large firms with 6+ partners.

Many of the responses focused on the integration of practice software with mobile tools - confirming the view that tax and accounting professionals are increasingly adopting web-based and mobile applications in a drive towards greater efficiency and productivity.

Representative answers included:
• Ability use practice application software on an iPad
• Links with Outlook and BlackBerry
• Integration with Windows Messenger
• Integrated document capture
• Voice recognition capability
• Easier recording of client’ phone calls

Interestingly, only two respondents suggested a requirement for Cloud and online practice software, suggesting that accountants have still to be persuaded of the benefits.

"Our results suggest that accountants are increasingly looking for added integration with their day-to-day mobile applications to maximise efficiency,"
said Andrew Flanagan, managing director, Digita for the Tax & Accounting business of Thomson Reuters.
"It is crucial to understand the changing needs of the profession and this survey is just part of an ongoing dialogue to ensure that Digita applications deliver the innovative functionality the profession demands."

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