JSAs head of accounting operations shortlisted in AccountingWEB Practice Excellence Awards
The annual Awards recognise and celebrate the excellence of accounting practices and individuals across the UK, with 8 categories that showcase the firms and individuals who are driving standards of excellence ever higher. The winners will be announced at the Practice Excellence Conference, which takes place on 24th September in London.
The judging panel for the Awards believe that the impact of technology on accounting practices has been profound, and is being driven by accountants who are willing to grab hold of the latest tools and apply them to the challenges firms and their clients are facing.
But the panel also noted the risks inherent in pursuing this enthusiasm. Practice technology consultant and PEA15 judge, Mark Ryan, said, “Technology has to be led by the business need. In one or two cases, I started to wonder if they really wanted to be accountants or programmers.”
AccountingWEB editor, John Stokdyk, added, “I focused on serving the client need. Key is being able to improve the client’s lives through the technology, not just using technology to sort out the firm’s internal issues.”
While some impressive achievements were presented, the judges in this category could have been swayed by more persuasive evidence from entrants of the impact their tech innovations had delivered. Chris James was one of three contenders who overcame this hurdle.
Chris James said, “I’m delighted that my technology input at JSA has been acknowledged in this way by AccountingWEB. At JSA, our philosophy is to apply and integrate third party technologies, rather than invest resources in bespoke, in-house systems - we leave that to the experts. As a result, we can stay ahead of the game by choosing best-in-class applications. I’m very much looking forward to the Practice Excellence Conference to find out the results!”