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Blockchain promises to be a disruptive technology for the accountancy and auditing professions. Here the ICAEW's IT Faculty collates useful information and resources on the distributed ledger technology and its applications.

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Features and articles

The Swingman

From professional basketball to artificial intelligence, Nicola Morini Bianzino, chief client technology officer at EY, talks to Chris Evans about his unusual career trajectory

The seven technologies transforming finance work

Disruptive technologies are creating opportunities for accountants to use their skills in faster and more efficient ways. Tim Leung, Management Consultant at Deloitte, outlines the key technologies which the big four firm believes are transforming finance in his webinar: "Visualising finance transformation in a digital world".

Chartech September/October 2018

Chartech, bi-monthly magazine to keep IT Faculty members up to date with changes in technology and useful tips and advice to help them in their working lives.

Blockchain and its implications for accountancy

Michael Izza, ICAEW CEO, blogs about a discussion event hosted by the IT Faculty in June 2016 on blockchain and its potentially disruptive impact.

Webinars and recordings

Blockchain - a game changer in Accounting?

In this webinar, Ben Taylor, Partner, IT Advisory at EY, explains how Blockchain technology has the potential to streamline and accelerate business processes, increase cyber security and reduce or eliminate the roles of trusted intermediaries in industry after industry.

Demystifying blockchain seminar

Watch the presentations from the IT Faculty's seminar Demystifying Blockchain held in London on 28 June. The speakers covered topics, including: an introduction to blockchain; a use case example, from everledger; the auditor's role in a blockchain-enabled world; and the art of the possible in blockchain. The video also includes the audience Q&A with the panel of speakers.

Finance in a digital world

Finance in a Digital World

ICAEW is collaborating with Deloitte to ensure its members have the knowledge and skills to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the fourth industrial revolution and to meet its challenges head on. Complete eLearning, watch webinars and read bite-sized summaries on individual technologies and the broader impact of digital technologies on finance.

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Brace for impact

The article reports that the impact on the accounting profession of technologies like robotic process automation, artificial intelligence, and blockchain over the next five years will be nothing short of profound.

Why the digital customer experience requires a business transformation

The article discusses the need of business transformation for providing a digital customer experience. It states findings of a survey by Adobe, in association with Econsultancy, found that one-fifth of respondents considered customer experience their primary focus, and less than two-thirds agreed they now have "a cohesive plan, long-term view and executive support. It notes the need of using technologies like blockchain. Research shows that better customer experience will boost business, but to achieve this, IT and the people across the organisation need to embrace data analytics

Can China contain Bitcoin?

The article discusses the regulation of the cryptocurrency Bitcoin by China's government. Topics include research on blockchain technology and virtual currencies in China, a ban on initial coin offerings (ICOs) for digital currencies, and the relation of Chinese government regulation of the internet to the decentralization of Bitcoin..

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Useful links

Global blockchain benchmarking study 2017

Report provides an empirical overview of the current state of both enterprise and public sector use of blockchain and distributed ledger technology (DLT). Data was gathered from over 200 enterprise DLT start-ups, established corporations, central banks and other public sector institutions. The concept of ‘blockchain’ and DLT is also explained and the different DLT architectures and governance-related issues are examined.

A guide to blockchain and data protection

This guide from the Hogan Lovells law firm provides some of the fundamental tools needed to analyse blockchain projects under applicable data protection law.

Report on distributed ledger technology: implications of Blockchain for the securities industry

Report from FINRA (Financial Industry Regulation Authority of the United States) provides an overview of distributed ledger technology, highlights some key applications being explored in the securities industry and potential impact of the technology, and discusses key implementation and regulatory considerations for broker-dealers.

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