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Cloud computing

News, opinion pieces and case studies aimed at helping members gain a better understanding of cloud services.

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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".

Practice 2018

Digital and Cloud Accounting - 5 KPIs all firms should monitor regularly

GDPR – Client files

Helpsheet issued by ICAEW’s Technical Advisory Service to help ICAEW members to understand the requirements of the GDPR as it relates to client files applied to common situations experienced by a member.

GDPR: members’ questions answered

These FAQs answer 94 questions raised by members on GDPR during our webinar "GDPR: Your questions answered", broadcast on 23 January 2018. The answers are provided by Jane Berney and Mark Taylor.

Tech essentials - 10 steps to cyber security for smaller firms

While the fundamentals on how to protect yourself, your business and your clients remain essentially unchanged, the context in which we write about them continues to shift. Cyber criminals are always finding new means of attack and we all need to keep up to keep them out.

Webinars and recordings

Digital accounting systems: an overview and roadmap for adoption

Matt Flanagan, Managing Director at Bluehub, describes the types of add-ons and applications in the cloud account ecosystem in this webinar. He also outlines the process for applications with clients and gives top tips for the journey with technology.

Adopting the cloud: considerations for your business

Expert Thinking's Ben Fry outlines how moving to the cloud has the potential to transform your business and significantly enhance your value proposition. In this webinar, he explains the key issues you need to consider before implementing the technology.

Journey into the cloud

First broadcast on 26 June 2017. As cloud technology continues to disrupt the accountancy profession and with MTD on the horizon, it has become even more critical for practices to develop and implement their cloud conversion strategy.

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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Taking the cloud first approach

The article focus on impact of cloud computing on the logistic and mentions transaction on global trade management (GTM) and transportation management systems (TMS). Topics discussed include use of cloud computing in the supply chain management (SCM) of several logistics, option on use of functionalities given by vendors to shippers, and customer relationship management (CRM) used by cloud computing.

If you lose your data you lose your firm

The article discusses how American accounting firm Geris Zebarth has survived after its servers, as well as its backup servers, completely failed with secondary hard drive had failed as well. It reports that the firm's full-time accountant Mike Stefanski's use of cloud hosting provides data backup services

Serverless computing: what it is and why it matters

The article offers information on serverless computing and its value for enterprises. Topics covered include how serverless computing can be an efficient way to make use of cloud resources, the cost effectiveness and cost consideration for serverless deployments compared to having a hardware or using an Amazon Web Services (AWS) virtual machine (VM), and the things to consider before making the switch to serverless computing.

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Useful links

Cloud Computing

Overviews and beginners guides to cloud computing from Tech Donut.


Resources from CloudWATCH, a project funded by the European Commission, providing practical information and guidelines for SMEs on cloud computing. Includes the interactive tool European CloudScout which provides tailored information for businesses on how best to use the cloud.

Guidance for firms outsourcing to the ‘cloud’ and other third party IT services

FCA guidance relevant to firms who are interested in outsourcing to the cloud and other third party IT services. It may also be of interest to third party IT providers (including cloud providers), trade associations and consumer groups, law firms and other advisers, and auditors of financial services firms.

BSA global cloud computing scorecard

The BSA/The Software Alliance scorecard examines the legal and regulatory framework of 24 countries around the world, to rank countries’ preparedness for the adoption and growth of cloud computing services.

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