Automate to Activate Efficient Accounting Close


60  Mins


Basic & Intermediate

Webinar ID


Current accounting closings are too time-consuming. Closings are too document dependent. Technology is not maximized. Many activities are being accomplished remotely. COVID-19 has amplified these conditions and made the closing process even more difficult.  Companies must find a way to conduct closing activities with efficiency in terms of both time and accuracy. This Webinar will outline ways to improve the closing process in a technology-based environment. These items will be covered:

  • Developing a detailed close game plan
  • Focus on data rather than documents
  • Establishing accounts payable as the core of all closing activity
  • Re-Imagine a new normal with automated paperless accounts payable
  • Empower employees with specific actions and responsibilities
  • Employ technology to the maximum
  • Establish data-driven real-time processes, activities & actions
  • Ensure file & records integrity with defined points of authorization, approval, review & validation
  • Compare in-house processes to remote reality
  • Purge process of in-house dependent events
  • Assign specific cross-functional tasks
  • Create new closing techniques in a technology-based environment with fully integrated activities & events

Overview of the webinar

To understand how to conduct efficient closings in an environment where many activities are accomplished remotely and currently in an environment of document-driven manual processes independent of each other. Companies must re-imagine the entire closing process and conduct it in an environment that is data vs document-driven and the maximum use of technology. The theme is Automate to Activate for efficient closing. Move from manual efforts to interactive processes.

Who should attend?

  • Non-Financial Professionals Interested in Learning in Simple to Understand and Apply Terms tools & Techniques how Financial Transactions into Financial Statements
  • Financial Professionals that need a Refresher

Why should you attend?

Accounting is often called a series of closing the books.

Timeliness in closing the books is key and typically takes too long. Automation through integrated technology is the key to quick efficient accounting close. COVID-19 has destroyed traditional business norms. Many finance & accounting-related functions & activities are being done remotely. This poses a challenge in the monthly and quarterly closing process. Attendees with a takeaway:

  • Review of closing challenges in a COVID-19 Environment
  • Challenges of in-house vs in-home closings and solutions to accomplish efficiently
  • How to develop a detailed close plan
  • How to establish a closing coordinator
  • Converting processes from document to data
  • The utilization of Accounts Payable as the focal point for the close process
  • Seamless input of transactions from the closing process to the general ledger
  • Conducting the close process equally as efficient for in-house ad in-home activities & events
  • How to re-imagine the entire close process to achieve efficiency & accuracy
  • How to maximize the use of technology in the close process
  • Deal with the COVID-19 reality and use lessons learned to create new closing norms
  • Automation is the key to efficient accounting close
  • Closing the books in 3 days or less
  • Creating a closing game plan & coordinator
  • Efficient accounting closes in “work from

Faculty - Mr.Carl Young

Carl Young is an Author, Speaker, Trainer, Consultant & Coach. He holds an MBA and completed graduate studies in Accounting and Taxations. He is a former CFO of a 275M High growth technology-based company. He has over 25 years of senior-level business management experience. He has over 25 years of training experience in finance, accounting and business management. Former CEO of his own small parts manufacturing company. Former Senior Financial Associate of a major consulting firm.
He is a member of the American Society of Corporate Controllers. Member of the Council of Experts of the investment firm Gerson & Lehrman. Member of the Society of Industry Leaders sponsored by Standard & Poors. Member of the National Association of Accountants.
An engaging & entertaining speaker and trainer who draws from his experiences as a former CFO to make relevant teaching points. Sessions are rich in content, lively, full of energy and include lots of audience interaction. He has branded himself Mr Simplicity. His goal is to make finance & accounting relevant to non-financial professionals with tools & techniques that are simple to understand and apply. 


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