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Making information systems work

Advancing thinking and debate

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 Making Information Systems Work, the thought leadership programme of ICAEW's IT Faculty, is about the successful application of IT by business and government.


What it's all about?

Digital technology is causing radical and fast changes to the ways that businesses, governments and individuals operate, communicate and interact. While creating many opportunities to achieve benefits, these changes are also leading to many challenges for businesses in their management of IT and its associated risks.

Our thought leadership work is grounded in some of the practical problems of making decisions about digital technology and using it effectively. We summarise and map out good practices to help with these problems, linking to wider faculty guidance and sharing different perspectives from around the world, academic research and business.

However, the effective implementation of good practices is often undermined by deeper questions of economics, politics, ethics, law, philosophy and business. Therefore, we also aim to uncover and explore these underlying questions and help decision makers in business and government to recognise and think about their own response to them.

What we are thinking about

We are building deeper understanding of how technology is impacting different aspects of the accountancy profession and considering the opportunities and challenges for the future. Areas of focus include:

  • Cyber security
  • Big data and analytics
  • Digitisation of tax
  • Blockchain technology

We welcome the input of all those interested in the area.

Contact Kirstin Gillon for more information.

What we've done

The Making Information Systems Work programme looks at how technology has transformed the way we do business and interact with each other. It studies the challenges businesses face to implement new information systems, as they become ever more complex.

The programme is based on three themes:


What's new?

Audit insights: cyber security

Cyber security breaches continue to increase in frequency as businesses struggle to get cyber security right. Boards are finding it difficult to have meaningful discussions about security and approaches to supply chain cyber risks result in a lot of paperwork but few improvements in practice. It’s no wonder hackers are accessing more and more information from large companies and making headline news in the process. This latest Audit Insights: Cyber Security report, examines the approaches companies and boards should take to ensure systems are secure, and to manage the impact of breaches.

Providing Leadership in a Digital World

The impact of digital technology has been significant and continues to transform the accounting profession and society at large. Our most recent thought leadership report, Providing Leadership in a Digital World, highlights the key areas all businesses should consider and argues that the profession must focus on establishing how accountants can better serve businesses, the economy and society through new and evolving technologies.

Big data and analytics: What's new?

Big data is creating many opportunities for businesses to derive greater insight from data, predict future outcomes more accurately and automate non-routine tasks. But the use of big data and analytics needs to be appropriate and subject to robust challenge. As a result, it’s important to build our understanding around what big data means, and this short report aims to inform decision makers in business and government about the opportunities and risks in this area.