Rapid improvements in technology have changed the role of accounting professionals. They are no longer just number crunchers. Instead, they are business professionals involved in a wide range of business services (Boyce, 1999). Spreadsheet, tax, and accounting software programs have decreased the amount of time spent on gathering, recording, and processing data and increased the amount of time available for more complex professional services such as financial planning, fraud investigation, and consulting.

Technology has increased the demand for immediate access to information and will continue to change the way information is provided to and used by accounting professionals (Albrecht and Sack, 2000). Specifically, mobile technology has increased the tools available to accounting professionals and has changed the way they access and share data. With the use of mobile devices, accounting professionals are able to access and share data from any device or location at any time (Drew, 2015).

This article is from the Accounting Instructor’s Resource, an electronic journal that provides teaching tips and insights to those who teach accounting and other business courses.

Julie Staples, Jacksonville State University
Taleah Collum, Jacksonville State University
Kevin McFry, Jacksonville State University

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