This report analyses the current state of the accounting profession in the UK. The roles of accountants are shifting from number crunchers to operational leaders, driving performance and business strategy – aiming to achieve accounting operational excellence. 

However, this ideal state has become increasingly difficult to attain for controllers and their teams, and can be attributed to three main forces: 

  • Increasing requirements
  • People under duress
  • The failed promise of technology 

This report explores the situation as it stands – and points to the way forward, suggesting accounting workflow automation software as one means to better achieve accounting operational excellence. 

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