Today's organisations place heavy reliance on computerised information systems (CIS) for the provision of timely and quality information to management. The quality of an accounting information system (AIS) is critical to the success of a firm. Executives now require real-time information with multidimensional views to manage firms operating in a dynamic and competitive environment. The use of OLAP technology in financial reporting will greatly improve the flexibility of information available from various databases. This study reports a case of implementing an OLAP tool to build complex financial reports for the use of senior management. The case illustrates the importance of the IS role of accountants with the emergence of the "systems accounting" role and the benefits of OLAP to accountants.
Li, Gerry and Jordan, Ernest, "The Information Systems (IS) Role of Accountants: A Case Study of an On-line Analytical Processing (OLAP) Implementation" (1999). AMCIS 1999 Proceedings. 204.