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Tech essentials guides

The tech essentials guides update members on the latest technology issues affecting the accountancy profession. They aim to bring practical tips and expert insights on a range of topics, setting you up for any action you'll need to take.

The essential guide to fintech

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Fintech is changing the way businesses and individuals use financial services. This Tech Essentials guide - the first joint guide from the IT Faculty and the Financial Services Faculty - will demystify what fintech could mean for individuals, businesses and advisers.

The essential guide to Robotic Process Automation

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Since 2013, when research into automation by Oxford academics Frey and Osborne inspired a media panic in which almost every human in work gets replaced by a robot, a more nuanced picture has started to filter down into business and the professions.

What is the Internet of Things?

Read this Tech essentials guide to find out what is the Internet of Things (IoT) and how it affects the accounting profession, including auditing. Read this Tech essentials guide to find out what is the Internet of Things (IoT) and how it affects the accounting profession, including auditing. The guide also discusses real life IoT examples, management challenges as well as security concerns and future outlooks.

The essential guide to audit tech

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As technology continues to make waves across the profession, we have found ourselves in ICAEW having more and more discussions about the impact of technology on the role of audit and auditors. This guide, the first issued jointly with another faculty, the Audit and Assurance Faculty, is our response, illustrating the cross-cutting and ervasive nature of technology in our business lives.

Tech essentials - 10 steps to cyber security for smaller firms

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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.

The essential guide to blockchain

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This guide from the ICAEW sets out the key features of blockchain, and the challenges it must face to reach widespread adoption. It includes case studies of real-life applications, as well as examining its impact on accountancy.

The essential guide to data analytics

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This guide is designed to help alleviate some of the fears that lie behind the inertia on data analytics. There is information about how to get started using the resources you already have or to find out about others, and case studies to show how using data analytics has helped some practices already.

The essential guide to GDPR

Despite the step change in the technical environment and the massive increase in personal data that is being created every day, the regulations have not moved on since the 1998 Data Protection Act. The main advice from the information commissioner was to prepare now for the changes that are coming under the new GDPR.