information system and accounting

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Information system and accounting




Technological advances and the dawn of the information age have made its mark on every sector of the accounting field including financial, managerial, taxation and auditing. The information systems consists of the data input and processing systems, the applications, personnel, and procedures all used to aid the management in making appropriate and informed business decisions (Laudon, K. C., & Laudon, J. P. (2006) .This paper seeks to discuss the role of accounting information systems in changing the field of accounting profession.

The effect of new technology in the business world.

Introduction of information technology to the accounting profession has advanced the industry and brought new ways of designing information systems. Accounting applications and systems running on computer systems in a few computers are able to perform tasks previously done by several personnel before the dawn of accounting systems.

The information gathered at the click of a button informs the financial managers about the financial health of a company and response or counter-measures are made possible in real time (Banker, R., Chang, H., and Kao, Y., (2002) This real time gathering and interpretation of data has enabled and empowered managers to gain competitive advantage over other peers who rely on the manual process of collecting, inputting and analyzing data before making financial decisions.

Technology and Its Effects on the Accounting Processes

Previously accountants based the overhead cost calculation on labor hours which were derived from documents that every worker had to sign showing the amount of hours a person has spent in the organization in a given period of time. Automation has removed this headache from the hands of bookkeepers; all a person needs to do here is press a button with finger print identification system...