Automating the close management process, in short, makes the entire month-end close faster and more accurate. Who could argue with that, whether you’re the CFO, staff accountant, VP of Finance, or perhaps most of all, the Controller? But while the end game may differ by role, from more time for strategic planning to the simple desire to get out of the office on time, the common problems that trip up these goals are nearly universal. So what can help make for a more effective close? It’s worth a few bullets to articulate some of the most common issues facing today’s accounting team, even if only to begin our brief journey together (literally) on the same page.