Making accountancy look easy

Earning a spot within the top 10 companies of your industry is no easy feat. However, Dutch tax accountancy and financial consultants, Baker Tilly, made it look easy. With more than 100 years of experience and a growing team of dedicated consultants behind them, their clients get the highest level of service. A rich history does have its drawbacks, as Martin van Ernst realized an old system was costing him precious innovation time.

“We were able to do 80 percent of the work ourselves and the prototype only cost us two days of development time”

Simple things cost time

Baker Tilly’s team of 40 consultants is responsible for more than 1,400 clients in the Netherlands alone. Providing top tier services to every company requires near perfect time management from every team member. Everything, including daily tasks, need to be logged and tracked, a task which falls to Martin van Ernst, Partner IT Advisor at Baker Tilly.

The process required him to manually log the working hours of each consultant per company and task type. “Everything was stored in spreadsheets and sent through to me, but of course, the data was prone to errors and formatting inconsistencies,” said van Ernst. “In the end, it took me and my team eight hours a week to update by hand and with so much data, it’s easy to lose control.”

Baker Tilly estimates that this single inefficient process cost it 100,000 Euros annually in lost productivity and would only get worse over time as the company continued to grow.