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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
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  • 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.

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.

Your firm and the Data Protection Act


All businesses that keep any information on living and identifiable people must comply with the Data Protection Act. The Act applies to any computerised or manual records containing personal information about people.

An email policy for your employees


A clear email policy helps prevent timewasting, protects data security and minimises the risk of legal problems. As well as setting out how employees can use email, the policy should cover any email monitoring you intend to carry out.

An internet policy for your employees


The internet is essential for doing business. However, it can also be a great way for employees to waste time, cause security issues, or give you legal headaches.

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Disclaimer: These publications from Atom Content Marketing are for general guidance only, for businesses in the United Kingdom governed by the laws of England. Atom Content Marketing, expert contributors and ICAEW (as distributor) disclaim all liability for any errors or omissions.

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.

How to prevent tech troubles

Tips to keep IT-related problems from wasting workers’ time. Includes focusing on your business process, buying new IT equipment every few years, training employees in using technology and assessing technology needs periodically.

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.

5 technology traps to avoid

The common traps accounting firms may fall into when it comes to the rapidly changing world of technology.

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.

Technology and the sole practitioner

Explores the challenges facing sole practitioners in staying up to date with information technology.

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.

Five signs CFOs need a new financial accounting system

For most organizations with a legacy financial accounting system, there may not be a single 'aha' moment precipitating a need to upgrade.

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?

Accounting for internal IT: take a look at overlooked costs

Of all the costs that companies have to manage, the costs of internal IT operations are among the most elusive.

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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