Technology and business have long held the promise of the paperless office. Despite the countless resources available and new software, many companies have not yet made that transition. The use of paper and physical files is still rampant among office workers and shows little signs of slowing. In an Edelman Berland Survey, 59% of companies said they would like to be more digital, yet only 2% of offices use no paper for business contracts and transactions.
The conversation about going paperless and introducing sustainable business practices is not new. For the last few decades there has been an ongoing discussion about the reality of going paperless. There is a clear dependency on paper that spans industries, yet most offices haven’t made significant change in the volume of their paper use. Many people attribute that lack of commitment to security concerns.
Technology at work can be complicated. As business executives mull over the advantages and disadvantages of installing specialized software, various factors are considered in the cost-benefit analysis. Arguably, the most important effect to consider is how technology supports your team. PWC research found that 90% of C-Suite executives felt like they were making decisions related technology that reflected their staff’s needs but only about 53% of staff agreed.
Integrated payment processors were once met with distrust and uncertainty by the general public, now the apprehension towards online payments is fading. In the U.S. e-commerce totaled over $146.2 billion by Q2 in 2019. Payment processors have grown in popularity because of the benefits and ease they offer both customers and businesses that physical cash and checks can’t.
Security and privacy are growing concerns for businesses, customers, and the general public alike. Implementing internal controls in your organization is an effective way of mitigating and monitoring potential security risks. As you decide what controls would work best for your business, consider these five main elements of internal controls.
A Chief Data Officer (CDO) is a relatively new C-Suite position that sometimes overlaps with responsibilities of a Chief Information Officer. Nearly 64% of leading corporations have hired a CDO since 2018. CDOs are growing in prominence and relevance in correlation with the growth and prominence of data in business. There is some variance in what businesses expect from their CDO, but the position indicates a shift in business stressing that data is an essential part of modern businesses and needs to be represented at the highest level.
Anyone who is actively engaged in the business of leasing, renting, and managing real estate is required to provide 1099 forms. The most commonly used version of the 1099 form is the 1099-MISC.
There are a variety of tax deductions or “write offs” available to your business. Your options vary depending on what region your business operates out of. According to Intuit Turbo Tax, a company can generally deduct the cost of any business expenses incurred that tax year that were necessary to be operational.
Potential opportunities for deductions include travel expenses, training, software, interest, and even insurance.
It’s useful for businesses to review data insights and analytics by using reports to track patterns and trends. Data projections can be used to help when making important business decisions anticipating customer needs. When unreliable data, known as “dirty data,” ends up in the mix, your business insights can be compromised. Dirty data is inevitable. Studies show that executives believe around 33% of data is wrong. Even though it can’t be avoided, it should still be minimized. To safeguard your analytics against dirty data, you need understand a little more about it.
Reports are an important function that businesses can use at every level of the hierarchy – boards, executives, middle management, and even administration. When reports are run on a regular basis companies can tap into the multitude of data available to them. Reports can give organizations easy to interpret summaries that make it easy to identify patterns and evolving trends.