Can Blockchain Revamp the Finance and Accounting Sector?

By CFO Tech Outlook | Thursday, February 07, 2019

The blockchain innovation is expected to have potential applications in several business sectors as the technology leaps forward. The technology is disrupting enterprises’ digital strategies globally, but soon it will disrupt the enterprise departments and the way they carry out their business activities. According to a survey, blockchain and cryptocurrency will urge the need for financial professionals to expand their skill sets and lay emphasis on specialized accounting.

Blockchain: A disruptive force

The blockchain is a shared ledger technology that records data into immutable packages called blocks; the technology acts as a way to order and validate the transactions in this ledger. Blockchain has a lot to offer in the accounting and finance domain.

•  Secure Environment: Blockchain uses advanced cryptography and a series of fail-safes to ensure the integrity of the information stored in it. Each of the blocks is linked and maintained across a network of computers in real-time. Participants can add data to the chain, but they cannot manipulate the data or remove anything from it. For instance, transactions can be recorded within a blockchain and continually verified for authenticity. The mixture of reliability, transparency, and immediacy makes blockchain innovation a game-changing technology when implemented appropriately in the accounting and finance sector.

•  Blockchain in accounting: Blockchain is a substantial boon to accountants and will assist in making them better and more efficient at their jobs. Many enterprises view this technology from an ill-informed and imprecise perspective. However, the only thing that enterprises and accountants must consider is the fear of waiting too long to adopt this technology and then hopelessly failing to adjust in the rising competition.

•  Applications in accounting: The accounting sector is entirely dependent on authenticity and established a guideline which is why regulators, standards, and auditors exist in first place. The regulatory structure is well-defined and provides transparency and accuracy that shareholders require to make well-informed decisions.

•  Smart Contracts: It is one of the useful components of the blockchain technology. From payroll to proxy voting or trade clearing and any settlements, smart contracts are used for even the most robust regulations and standards. 

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