Integrations for SMSFs tipped to ramp up in 2018
With the architecture of many of the SMSF platforms now more open, the SMSF industry will see a deeper level of integration between different SMSF service providers next year, an accounting software veteran has predicted.
Smithink founder David Smith said while a lot of integration has already occurred between SMSF document providers and SMSF administration platforms, the industry can expect to see a deeper integration between all of the legal document providers and the administration platforms in order to further improve the efficiency of the documents being generated.
“From the accountant’s or administrator’s perspective, integration between all of the platforms they’re using is a key component to reducing the duplication of data, and that includes things like practice management systems and financial planning platforms as well,” explained Mr Smith.
“Platforms are being designed with more open architecture [so] the ability to integrate with all of these platforms is something I think we’ll be seeing more and more of. It’ll improve efficiency so I think that’ll be a focus over time.”
Mr Smith also believes there will be further opportunities around the use of big data next year, with the data held by SMSF administration platforms very well structured.
“As the data is so well-structured, it’s easier to run analytics type engines over the top and learn things from that data, which can provide interesting insights into the operation of SMSFs,” he said.
“We’re already seeing that Class is doing their benchmark reports, based on that data, and BGL is making some use of big data principles as well by providing views for administrators across the entire sweep of funds that they’re administering.”
The SMSF administration platforms he said will further explore how they can leverage big data principles across a wider number of issues.
“[They’ll look] to use big data to create greater efficiency and provide insights about what’s happening with SMSFs.”
Miranda Brownlee is the deputy editor of SMSF Adviser, which is the leading source of news, strategy and educational content for professionals working in the SMSF sector.
Since joining the team in 2014, Miranda has been responsible for breaking some of the biggest superannuation stories in Australia, and has reported extensively on technical strategy and legislative updates. Miranda has also directed SMSF Adviser's print publication for several years.
Miranda also has broad business and financial services reporting experience, having written for titles including Investor Daily, ifa and Accountants Daily.