Accountants need to plug the ebusiness knowledge gap

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Business technology is failing to deliver the expected benefits because small companies don't have the basic understanding to deal with IT suppliers, nor how to use the systems they buy to their full extent, reports John Stokdyk.

"Small businesses don't get much out of systems other than statutory compliance," commented one of the delegates at the 'E-business for accountants' seminar run by AccountingWEB and the National B2B Centre in Birmingham on Tuesday 15 July.

The event set out to help fill in the e-business knowledge gap within the accounting profession identified by a research study earlier this year, but participants quickly agreed that it wasn't just accountants who lacked the skills to embrace ebusiness - the problem was endemic across all UK industry.

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