Going Mobile Is Now Second Nature

Clear your mind, and imagine the proverbial blank canvas. What picture do you create when you hear the phrase “the typical tax and accounting office”?

The New Essentials

For many of us, some obvious features immediately spring to mind—a desk, a computer, and perhaps a file cabinet or two. But take a closer look at the desk. Or better yet, take a look at what might you be holding to read this post. A mobile device like a smartphone or tablet is just as essential.

It’s a massive understatement that mobile devices have transformed the workplace. We can connect to colleagues and customers—regardless if they’re across town or on the other side of the world—in an instant. And as these devices grow ever more powerful and more affordable, it’s a sound bet that they’ll occupy the technological focus for the typical office.

Redefining the Typical Tax and Accounting Office

Consider this statistic: back in 1993, a mere six percent of people in the United States used a mobile phone. Fast-forward to 2016, and this figure had skyrocketed to 95 percent. Even more telling: nearly 80 percent of the mobile-going crowd were using smartphones and tablets.

Simply put, this transformation has redefined the very concept of the typical office. Work that previously kept you tied to your desk — such as email, spreadsheets and reports— is now accessible wherever you have an internet connection. In short, your tax and accounting office exists not only as a physical space. It most likely now exists wherever you have access to the information you need to work successfully with clients and colleagues.

Interested in where technology trends may take your business in the next few years? Discover more here.

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Wolters Kluwer Tax and Accounting

Wolters Kluwer Tax and Accounting is a leading provider of software solutions and local expertise that helps tax, accounting, and audit professionals research and navigate complex regulations, comply with legislation, manage their businesses and advise clients with speed, accuracy and efficiency. Wolters Kluwer Tax and Accounting is part of Wolters Kluwer N.V. (AEX: WKL), a global leader in information services and solutions for professionals in the health, tax and accounting, risk and compliance, finance and legal sectors. We help our customers make critical decisions every day by providing expert solutions that combine deep domain knowledge with specialized technology and services. Wolters Kluwer reported 2016 annual revenues of €4.3 billion. The company, headquartered in Alphen aan den Rijn, the Netherlands, serves customers in over 180 countries, maintains operations in over 40 countries and employs 19,000 people worldwide. Wolters Kluwer shares are listed on Euronext Amsterdam (WKL) and are included in the AEX and Euronext 100 indices. Wolters Kluwer has a sponsored Level 1 American Depositary Receipt program. The ADRs are traded on the over-the-counter market in the U.S. (WTKWY).

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