The complexities of FASB and the IASB’s new revenue recognition guidelines will place heavy strain on back office processes. For quarters starting after December 15, 2017, companies will be required, under ASC 606 and IFRS 15, to perform specific accounting processes that their existing ERP software or legacy systems don’t execute well or, in some cases, don’t offer at all. Companies considering making changes to their ERP or financial system, should have a clear strategy when it comes to complying with the new revenue recognition rules. ERP systems, by their nature, tend to be a ‘mile wide and ½ inch deep’. They may not be up to this task, nor for that matter, well suited to the new recurring types of revenue associated with the subscription economy. This blog post is the last in a four part series and focuses on a new approach called ERP augmentation.
New business models and FASB’s new revenue recognition guidelines pose a threat to existing ERP systems. Some companies have achieved business improvement from their ERP systems. However, many companies are quickly realizing that the key benefits, once leveraged from their Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system, are now unavailable due to the increasing complexities stated above.
Enterprise Resource Planning Systems are vital to a company’s success. However, these systems need to be maintained and enhanced to protect their value and serve a company’s changing regulatory needs in an ever changing business landscape. For instance, new business models such as IoT, recurring revenue, and changing regulations (ASC 606 and IFRS 15), all put pressure on back office processes to keep up.
Once your company reaches a certain size, ERP and financial systems become indispensable in your day-to-day operations. However, the more tightly you integrate these systems with your business processes, the harder -- and more expensive -- it becomes to upgrade or replace them.
In an effort to streamline and update the revenue recognition process for businesses, the US Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) are in the final stages of converging their separate standards for revenue recognition cycles into a single standardized and improved model.
In fact, for many businesses—both new and old—subscription-based contracts have become the norm. If you need proof of that, look no further than the software industry. Software was once a physical product: if you wanted to purchase a copy of Microsoft Office, you would pay Microsoft, and Microsoft would deliver you a CD (or in the older days, floppy disks) with the application on it.