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3 Big Lies Lease Management Software Companies Tell

Posted on 10/19/18 7:19 AM by The Team at AMTdirect in Lease Accounting, in Technology, in Lease Administration

FASB 842 compliance is hard.

Picking a lease management system can be even harder.

We get it.

Most of the companies offering this software today present similar features in different user interfaces.

And since everyone is clamoring to get the lease standards implemented pronto, many companies - who have little-to-no experience with this industry - have jumped on the lease management software bandwagon.

And they’ll do and say anything to get as many new clients as they can.

In fact, we’ve heard so many cautionary tales from customers and prospects about the shady tactics of these irrefutable lease management systems, we put together a list of the top 3 lies we’ve heard them tell over and over again.

Use them to ask the right questions and choose the best lease management software for your business.

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The 6 Fatal Points of FASB 842 Implementation Failure

Posted on 9/22/18 3:58 PM by The Team at AMTdirect in Lease Accounting

Complicated. Serious risk. Arduous.

These words fill online treatises from financial powerhouses advising about FASB 842 compliance.

The experts agree... the entire implementation process for the new lease accounting standard is most emphatically easier said than done.

It’s true.

We’ve worked with clients over the past year to get ready for the new rules. And there’s no doubt getting starting sooner rather than later - whether you have a January 1st or a 2020 deadline - is your best bet for success.

In fact, we’ve discovered 6 points of failure that - if not handled properly - can be fatal to the on-time delivery of a final solution.

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The Truth Behind FASB 842 Implementation No One's Talking About

Posted on 8/8/18 8:06 PM by Amber Bigler Newman in FASB, in Lease Accounting

It's no shocker...

You know what the FASB ASC 842 lease accounting standard is.

After all, it's been out in the wild for some time now. Comprehensive articles have been written about it by experts in the financial field. And public companies have to implement it by January 1.

So of course you know what's required. Right?

If you're like the majority of public and private companies in the United States, the nitty gritty of FASB 842 is a bit of a mystery. 

With that in mind, we're putting our expertise to good use by revealing the truth behind the accounting standards change no one's talking about.

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11 Reasons Excel Won’t Work for FASB 842

Posted on 5/10/18 2:41 PM by Amber Bigler Newman in Lease Accounting, in FASB

Excel is one of the most popular software applications on the planet for good reasons. It’s extremely flexible. It’s cheap. Pretty much everyone knows how to use it to one extent or another, and it’s a great file format for uploading or downloading data from all sorts of other applications. What’s not to love?

In fact, in theory, you could use Excel for managing your entire business. It could be your CRM, your HR system, your inventory control solution, or your POS. It probably isn’t though. Why? Because these tasks are so important and so specialized that it makes sense to use applications that are designed for exactly that purpose. Doing so reduces risk, ensures consistency, and lets you take advantage of custom features that uniquely fit the task at hand.

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10 Questions to Ask Before Selecting FASB 842 Software

Posted on 3/14/18 5:45 PM by Amber Bigler Newman in FASB, in Lease Accounting, in Technology

Time is running short for compliance with the new FASB 842 and IFRS 16 lease accounting mandates. Selecting the right technology solution is essential for meeting the deadline in the short term and streamlining ongoing compliance into the future. There are several types of solutions on the market, so it can be difficult to know exactly what to look for.  Here are some questions you can ask any vendor you consider to ensure you are getting the technology you need.

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Developing a Budget for Lease Accounting Compliance

Posted on 2/28/18 12:00 AM by Amber Bigler Newman in FASB, in Lease Accounting, in Real Estate Accounting

A key component of complying with the new FASB 842 and IFRS 16 lease accounting standards will require investment. An overwhelming majority (92 percent) of respondents from The Great Accounting Challenge: KPMG’s 2016 Accounting Change Survey believe they will need to upgrade their lease accounting system or invest in new technology as a result of the new lease accounting guidelines. In addition, 77 percent say that technology upgrades will be the most challenging part of compliance.

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