Accountants shun new software

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More than two-thirds of accountants polled across a range of practice sizes said they were reluctant to learn new software packages, a survey by Digital Message found.

The survey, which looked at the profession’s attitude to new software packages and the possible implementation of electronic document management systems, also found that a third of accountants are ‘afraid’ of new software.

Reasons cited for not wishing to learn included: being too busy, delegating to colleagues and finding other ways of achieving tasks.

The results of the survey demonstrated that simplicity was key when introducing new software packages.

‘Accountants, despite being clearly clever people, share similar attitudes to other professionals when learning new software systems. In short they’re resistant to change and will go with what they already now,’ said Simon Ainley, director of Digital Message.

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