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Engaging with disruptive technologies

In 1963 Stanley Harding, an ICAEW member at Shell, was seconding his most talented staff to the IT department.

He was predicting that soon "there will be no books to keep" and if his staff were to remain relevant they would need to keep up with technological developments. He was no doubt swayed by the 1960's buzz around artificial intelligence. Despite his prediction being wrong his vision helped ensure that finance professionals made the most of the realities of technology at the time.

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