How Accounting Has Been Changed Over Time By TechnologyLuca Pacioli (1494) the first to describe the systems of debits, credits, journals and ledgers. Pacioli's writings are the basis of modern accounting. Summa de Arithmetica, Geometria, Proportioni et Proportionalita ("Review of Arithmetic, Geometry, Ratio and Proportion"), a twenty-seven page treatise on double-entry accounting, was one of the first items to be published on the Gutenberg printing press. Leonardo da Vinci was one of Pacioli's students in Milan.
The Modern AccountantBefore accounting computer programs:
- Entries were done manually
- Eistakes could mean hours of recalculation and "missing" money
- Einding errors was tedious work
- Stereotypical introverted/glasses-wearing/math nerd/pocket-protector image is perpetuated
- Eliminated calculators, paper ledgers, and pencils
- Lowered the margin for error
- Made mistakes easy to find and correct
- Got the job done faster
Computers have changed the nature of accounting, turning it into a fast-paced and dynamic profession.
The beginning of the shift in accounting technology came in the form of simple spreadsheet programs.
VisiCalc - 1978
- Upgraded companies from manually calculated spreadsheets.
- VisiCalc pioneered automatically updating cells
- Quickly dominated the market for day-to-day bookkeeping
- Over 80% of bookkeeping using Quickbooks
- 4.5 million companies use QuickBooks
- The most popular accounting program in the US
- Examples such as Kashflow and Xero.
- Secure hosting locations
- Clients and accountants collaborate on the same information
- For most companies, moving to the Cloud reduces IT expenses from between 30% and 70%
People skills have become just as important as keeping the numbers in check. Because of these automated programs, accountants have more time to:
- Interpret data
- Give good financial advice
- Suggest smart business decisions
- Be more involved in their client's business