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Monthly Dose for the Monthly Close

For the Evolving Accounting Department

September 2012


About ART

ART equips executives with striking insight into their balance sheet by transforming the account reconciliation process.  Do away with spreadsheets, crazy emailing and manual distractions.  Enjoy ART's powerful workflow management and reporting tools to automate account reconciliations and become more productive without ever installing software.


Three Ways to Torture Your CFO

Redefining Management's Expectations on Quality, Productivity and Cost of Maintaining a Healthy Balance Sheet


We Know That...

Adopting new technology is a big change.  That’s why we offer different ways to help you decide if ART is right for your accounting group. 

Sign up for a free trial.  In just a few days, your accounting team can test drive ART for themselves.

Schedule a private demo for your group to see how ART can transform your account reconciliation process without breaking the bank. 

See if ART can drive productivity and automation into your monthly close by lightening workload, standardizing and creating total transparency.

The Opposite of Brute Force

  Nancy Wu, Head of Client Service

I bet you brushed your teeth and washed your face this morning.  How did that come about? 

Your mouth is minty fresh today thanks to years of reinforcement by mom and dad – day after day of monitoring, reminding and correcting while you were growing up.

The Accounting Department needs the same thing.  Good practices don’t come by chance and cannot be instituted overnight.  They are deliberately selected, and then built bit by bit (read: slowly) one on top of another, monitored and tweaked through time.  

This is precisely why transformation projects typically fail – too much too soon.  While everything may look good on paper, forcing lots of changes all at once instinctively activates our “fight or flight” response.  That means we start strong.  We get into survival mode, bite the bullet and rise to the challenge.  But after the project is over, the realization sets in that the department lacks the support to sustain these changes.  Then our hard-earned progress back slides and employees become demoralized.

So, as we go into next year’s planning activities, take care to avoid overambitious undertakings.  In fact, chant this before planning meetings: 2013 is NOT the year that we’re finally going to (insert master plan here).   Rather, focus on something as small as freeing up the staff for a few hours a month to reflect as a group and make small improvements. 

Small ideas are easy to implement, easy to sustain and builds massive momentum for bigger changes. 

Success, even a small one, is contagious.

We Think You Should Get Out More

At SkyStem, we believe that account reconciliations shouldn’t get in the way of life.  We help you get them done fast, get them done right, so you can get out of the office and on with your life!

See how we can help automate and streamline your month-end account reconciliations.

Here's to an Awesome Close!


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