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Technology

Keep up-to-date with tech issues and developments, including artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain, big data, and cyber security.

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Business forecasting

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, business modelling, forecasting and planning have never been so important or so difficult. But tech tools such as AutoEntry, Futrli and Anaplan PlanIQ have never been smarter or more plentiful. Lesley Meall considers some of the underlying drivers.

What the digitalisation of healthcare means for M&A

Many trends already in motion before COVID-19 have been accelerated by the crisis – including digitalisation of healthcare and pharmaceutical services. So what does this mean for M&A in the sector? Laura Morrill of ECI Partners reports.

The essential guide to blockchain

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.

What is blockchain?

Blockchain technologies have the potential to disrupt the work of finance teams – particularly those focused on transactional tasks – by offering a system of universal entry bookkeeping, removing the need for independent verification. Here ICAEW’s Tech Faculty and Deloitte outline the basics of this complex and developing technology.

Pandemic 2020: the new way of working

How do you recruit staff and blend an office while working remotely? Our members offer insights on the new business challenges of integrating new staff, keeping them in touch, maintaining advisory roles and addressing compliance issues.

Mitigating malware

If you’ve been hacked, whether it’s espionage or blackmail, Leo Waldock advises you act quickly to fix the vulnerability – and tell your clients.

Python data and successful coding

Python is the computer language of choice for accountants. Kirstin Gillon explores its data-handling and statistical capabilities, and Rick Payne describes learning to code.

Spreadsheet Knowledge Base launches

So, a few days after the touchdown of one massive leap for mankind on a different planet, another one launches. The Spreadsheet Knowledge Base was inspired by the change in web platform for the ICAEW communities last year.

Sway: PDFs for the 2020s

When we read news, blogs, social media we are used to visual clickable, scrollable layouts so why then are we still using static pdfs as the primary source of business communication? We rarely print anything, especially during these work from home times, so anything paginated is simply illogical. Although legally binding, signed contracts should probably remain as pdf’s, when it comes to anything more creative such as proposals, brochures, newsletters or certain reports, consumption through pdf feels prehistoric.

Excel Community round up - February 2021

Here are all the new Excel articles and webinars from the Excel Community in February 2021. Posts marked as public can be accessed by anyone; other articles are accessible to Excel Community & Tech Faculty subscribers and can be accessed by logging in to your ICAEW account.

Accountants guide to Excel mastering number formats part 2

We have reposted this article, originally posted in 2019, to ensure the completeness of our Accountants' Guide series in our new archive access portal and to include an updated link to the 20 Principles for Good Spreadsheet Practice sample template.

Finance in a Digital World

Digital transformation

ICAEW has brought together these resources to help you understand how digital technologies are transforming economies and workplaces. Learn what it means for businesses and accountancy practices.

AI for finance professionals

ICAEW has brought together these resources to help you understand artificial intelligence and what it means for finance functions. Here you'll find support on identifying how AI can benefit your organisation and how it to start implementing the technology.

RPA for finance professionals

ICAEW has brought together these resources to help you understand Robotic Process Automation (RPA), what it means for your organisation and how it to start implementing the technology.

The future of accountancy work

Digital technologies are set to have a revolutionary impact on the work of accountants, both in business and in practice. ICAEW has gathered together these resources to ensure its members understand how finance functions will change, the skills that will be needed and the role you will play.

Tax Faculty Budget Update 2021

In this webinar the Tax Faculty team will be reflecting on the announcements from the Budget

Tax news in brief

Highlights from the broader tax news week ending 3 February, which includes: a restrained Scottish Budget in light of the coronavirus pandemic and HMRC publishes a Brexit edition of its Agent Update with guidance on postponed VAT accounting.

Exam top tips

Nahla Betelmal, ICAEW Statistical Researcher, has compiled the following common mistakes students are making in their ICAEW CFAB and ACA Certificate Level exams.

Software

Sway: PDFs for the 2020s

When we read news, blogs, social media we are used to visual clickable, scrollable layouts so why then are we still using static pdfs as the primary source of business communication? We rarely print anything, especially during these work from home times, so anything paginated is simply illogical. Although legally binding, signed contracts should probably remain as pdf’s, when it comes to anything more creative such as proposals, brochures, newsletters or certain reports, consumption through pdf feels prehistoric.

Risks and assurance of emerging technologies

Cognitive and automation technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) have drawn a great deal of interest, but also concern about the potential for bias and misuse. ICAEW’s Tech Faculty examines the risks associated with the adoption of emerging technology and how these risks can be tackled through internal controls and assurance.