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IT management and strategy

Effective management and strategic planning of your information and communication technology is essential. On this page you can access a range of articles, books and online resources providing quick links to helpsheets, surveys and useful organisations.

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  • Briefings
  • Online articles 
  • Small Business Update
  • Useful links: ICAEW, surveys, guides
  • Articles and books in the Library collection

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Featured book

Advanced Excel reporting for management accountants
(Wiley, 2014)
This book provides a blueprint that allows you to build spreadsheet reporting models. The techniques can be applied to any type of reporting.

To borrow this book please contact the Library.

Featured article 

Machine learning and its impact on accounting
AccountingWeb, November 2017
A summary of a panel discussion on machine learning, artificial intelligence and its impact on accounting. The article looks at predictions for 2018 and the implications for making tax digital (MTD).


Briefings are four-page guides from Atom Content Marketing written for the busy practitioner, director and entrepreneur providing concise, practical advice on core business issues.

Choosing computer accessories


To use your business computers effectively, you are likely to purchase a variety of accessories. Printers, scanners, digital cameras and projectors can all be useful tools to make computers more useful.



An intranet provides a private website that can only by accessed by people within your business. It can provide better access to information,

Using software legally


Using software legally doesn't only protect you against the risk of legal action. It also helps you avoid wasting money on unnecessary software and reduces the risks of IT security problems.

Email, calendars and instant messaging


IT offers many ways to communicate, both within your business and externally. Choosing the right communication tools can improve productivity and help with marketing.

Maintaining your IT system


Regular IT maintenance helps protect your data and reduce the risk of serious IT problems. You also need to be able to deal with any hardware and software issues that do arise.

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Online articles

The library provides access to a range of articles in full text from leading business, finance and management journals. Access to articles is provided to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users subject to suppliers' terms of use.

The evolution of the IT strategic plan

Looks at the changes facing the accountancy profession and the importance of firms aligning their IT plan with their overall vision and strategy.

Going in and out of the cloud

Moving your firm's and your clients' accounting and other applications into the cloud is becoming more common - but not necessarily any easier.

Managing IT's changing & competing priorities.

How IT functions are facing competing priorities in terms of delivering both the IT needed to run a business efficiently and the IT to enable an evolving business model.

Can your board deliver technology governance?

Many boards remain behind the curve in delivering the systems, information and boardroom talent needed to provide sound oversight of enterprise technology.

Helping small and midsized businesses succeed in a technology-driven world

How can public accountants adjust their service offerings and advisory services to help clients succeed in this new and complex technological world?

Small Business Update

Small Business Update is a monthly magazine for SMEs with articles covering the latest regulatory developments, practical advice and hot topics.

Computer networking — what is it and does my business need it?


Creating a computer network connects together all your computers, plus other equipment like printers. An effective computer network will allow people in your business to easily access data, share resources, get online and communicate effectively.

How to cope if your internet goes down


When your internet goes down, your business suffers – no matter whether you have one employee or 100. So, if yours fails, what can you do to keep working while you wait for it to get fixed?

Ten ways to get the most from your IT budget


Most workplaces now rely on IT to ensure its operations run smoothly, and so creating and maintaining a reliable IT system should be at the top of your business’ agenda. Read our checklist to find out where to start.

Storage devices and media


Computer storage devices and storage media are key parts of a business computer system that give you a place to save your files. Here's our overview of the most common types, and how the different options stack up.

How to review your IT costs


Your IT system is an essential part of your business operations, and therefore worth investing in. But how can you make sure you aren’t spending more on IT than you need to?

How to set an IT budget


As a small-business owner you’ll be used to drawing up budgets for marketing and staff costs. With IT budget planning you’ve got to balance the initial expense of hardware and software with the cost of ongoing support whilst factoring in the changing needs of your business.

Plan your IT maintenance tasks


Your IT system needs regular checks and updates. Making sure it is working and well-maintained ensures the smooth running of your company. But what does IT maintenance really involve — is simply checking that everything works well enough?

Get the most from your IT budget


Most firms rely on technology to help them run a smooth operation - creating and maintaining an up-to-date IT system at the right price should be at the top of your business' agenda. Follow our tips to get started.

Cloud computing: what, why and how?


Cloud computing is being pitched by the IT industry as the next big thing, but much of the basic technology has been around for years. So what exactly is it, how can it help your business and is it worth the investment? Emma Allen finds out how cloud technology can help you

Useful links


IT Faculty
The faculty helps chartered accountants, and others in business, make the best use of IT and keep up with issues and developments. It provides regular bulletins, articles and events.

IT Counts
An online community and forum devoted to IT issues relevant to chartered accountants.


Benchmark surveys
Annual survey from the National Computer Centre reporting on IT spending, strategy, employment and salary trends. An executive summary is available free of charge and the full report is available to purchase through the website.

IT Expenditure Reports
A series of reports from KEW Associates and Computer Weekly which look at IT spending across a range of industry sectors and organisation sizes. A sample report is provided and information on purchasing reports is available through the website.


Legal news and guidance, mostly on IT and e-commerce issues, from international law firm Pinsent Masons.


Outsourcing your web development project
Step-by-step guide produced by Expert Market on how to plan, develop and outsource website development.

Articles and books in the Library collection

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