Factors affecting the successful implementation accounting information systems in Small to Medium Enterprises in Murehwa
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Several Small to Medium Enterprises in Zimbabwe continue to struggle in the myriad of factors dogging the successful implementation of computerised accounting information systems. This study focussed on the factors affecting the successful implementation of computerised accounting information systems in small and medium enterprises in Murehwa business centre review of related literature by various authors was done. The aim was an attempt to confirm with their views and theories. The main research instruments applied in the study were questionnaires and interviews which were applied to the selected sample of 45 SMEs in Murehwa business centre. These were the most practical methods available to the researcher given the constraints of time and cost. Data presentation in the form of tables and figures were employed to explain the data items collected. From the study it was found out that cost benefit analysis, financial constraints, lack of qualified personnel among other factors hinders the successful implementation of accounting information systems in SMEs. It was recommended that accounting information systems vendors should tailor make their accounting systems according to the business needs of SMEs as this would optimises operational efficiency through addressing specific issues peculiar to each organisation. SMEs needed to employ qualified personnel that are competent to use computerised accounting information systems as cheap under qualified personnel tended to be expensive in the long run as lack of skills stalls the implementation process.