As finance professionals, among the most important—and daunting—aspects of our jobs is accounting compliance. Every person on the finance team has a role in maintaining a strong control environment and supporting the audit process. At the same time, the accounting regulatory environment has become much more complex and stringent in recent years. Accounting standards are constantly being revised, and even when there’s considerable lag time before changes take effect, we often spend months or years preparing for those changes.
In my blog series, I’ve focused on corporate finance pain points in my role as chief accounting officer and my discoveries around how a modern, cloud-based finance system can make a difference. This is also true with the job of accounting compliance and audit support.
The finance systems I’ve used in the past often resulted in fragmented compliance processes: while the core system might have supported statutory books, for example, other requirements (such as the documentation of process flows) lived outside the system. As a result we spent a lot of time on maintaining offline processes and documentation. Those finance systems also required expensive, time consuming upgrades or customizations to support new accounting standards and even basic business changes such as setting up new operating entities or changing transaction approval requirements.
Here’s a look at how compliance and audit tasks have been simplified with Workday Financial Management:
As my peers face decisions around how to deal with common finance pain points, I hope these blog posts are shedding some light on how a modern finance system can make a big difference. The pressures and responsibilities facing our finance teams are greater than ever, and it’s absolutely essential that we have the right tools to meet them head on.