Certified public accountants (CPAs) can assist you in identifying a computer system that fits the requirements of your particular business.
AUTOMATING YOUR BUSINESS
Computerizing your business involves more than just going out and purchasing the latest model. It requires extensive planning and research. Before purchasing a system, make sure you consider questions such as:
CPAs can help you answer these questions to ensure that your business is using the latest technology effectively.
WHERE DO YOU STAND NOW?
Whether you are converting from a manual system or from an existing computer system, you need to evaluate your current system by reviewing the operations and identifying problem areas. For example, late and inaccurate monthly financial statements, slow turnover of accounts receivable, or frequent inventory stockouts may indicate that a system conversion should be considered. A CPA can help you focus on problem areas and set realistic objectives. As a result, you will be better equipped to select a system that can help you overcome these problems and meet your objectives.
The following may indicate that your business can benefit from a computer system:
BENEFITS OF COMPUTERS
A properly designed computer system can help perform many of the critical business functions of your company. With proper application of the appropriate hardware and software, computers can accomplish the following:
SELECTING SOFTWARE AND HARDWARE
Software is the term given to the application programs that run the computer. Software can be general purpose, custom-written, or industry-specific. Some of the considerations in selecting software packages are ease of use, quality of documentation, and vendor support.
Hardware must be fully capable of accepting data input, processing it, and generating output within a reasonable time.
Following are some other important factors to consider when selecting hardware:
CPAs - with their knowledge of computers and businesses - can simplify the process of selecting and implementing a computer system.
IMPLEMENTING A SYSTEM
Implementing the right computer system for your business requires an understanding of information technology, business planning, management information systems, and application of accounting and other controls crucial to the overall system.
As a business owner, you may not have the time or expertise to automate your company. CPAs can help you better understand exactly what computers can do for you and your business.
I CAN HELP YOU
By blending my knowledge of your business with my experience in computer applications, I can help you select and implement a computer system suitable for your needs.