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Melancon: ‘We need to evolve as a profession’

"An “almost incomprehensible” increase in the pace of change and technological development is going to require the accounting profession to make significant changes to survive and thrive, according to American Institute of CPAs president and CEO Barry Melancon."

"...“Robotics will automate or eliminate up to 40 percent of accounting work,” he warned."

Do you agree and how would you start re-positioning the profession and yourself?


Jason M. Jones LPA
Title: Client Service Coordinator
Company: Hemphill Wright & Associates CPAs
(Client Service Coordinator, Hemphill Wright & Associates CPAs) |

Wayne, it seems like ol' Barry is grossly late to this party on this one. I saw this coming way back in 2010 and took action accordingly, and he is just now realizing this and delivering the message this late in the game? Where has been been for much of the decade? I'm just saying...


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