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

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Opinion and news analysis

Hybrid working: making the tech work for teams

The pandemic has ushered in a new model of working, with many businesses considering adopting more flexibility in the longer term. That’s certainly the case for the Oil and Gas Authority, which is set to adopt a hybrid working method for its post-pandemic way of working.

Byte size: tech news round-up

COVID-19 and the increase in online scams; new proposals to regulate AI in the EU; security for smart devices; the end of third-party cookies; Bitcoin as legal tender; and the Colonial Pipeline ransom recovery. Sandra Vogel 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.

My system is down - what do I do now?

In the last couple of weeks, a significant number of accountants, their clients and businesses will have been affected by “major outages” with cloud accounting software.

Excel community project rescuing the lost archive part 6

So far, the visualisations that we have used in our BI report have come from the gallery of built-in visualisations. One of the great strengths of Power BI, and one of its greatest advantages over just using Excel, is the range of additional visualisations that are available.

How to build an app stack

Not sure how to pick the right tools for your technology stack? Lesley Meall speaks to firms about their experiences and insights.

Byte size: tech news round-up

COVID-19 and the increase in online scams; new proposals to regulate AI in the EU; security for smart devices; the end of third-party cookies; Bitcoin as legal tender; and the Colonial Pipeline ransom recovery. Sandra Vogel reports.

Excel Community round up July 2021

Here are all the new Excel articles and webinars from the Excel Community in July 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.

Data visualisation – small multiples

With the introduction of many new chart types in Excel 2016 and later versions, Excel now has over a dozen main charts with lots of sub-types available. Good as Excel's charting capabilities might be, using Power BI to present the data from your Excel workbook opens up a whole new set of possibilities

Excel Community round up July 2021

Here are all the new Excel articles and webinars from the Excel Community in July 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.

Excel Tip of the Week #404 - Mail merges

Hello all and welcome back to the Excel Tip of the Week! This week we have a General User post in which we’re dipping our toes into Word-y waters, as we look at a classic Word/Excel double act – the mail merge.

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.

My system is down - what do I do now?

In the last couple of weeks, a significant number of accountants, their clients and businesses will have been affected by “major outages” with cloud accounting software.

Excel community project rescuing the lost archive part 6

So far, the visualisations that we have used in our BI report have come from the gallery of built-in visualisations. One of the great strengths of Power BI, and one of its greatest advantages over just using Excel, is the range of additional visualisations that are available.

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

My system is down - what do I do now?

In the last couple of weeks, a significant number of accountants, their clients and businesses will have been affected by “major outages” with cloud accounting software.

Navigating practice management in your firm

Choosing the right software, investing time and working out your priorities is key to better practice management. But are the latest software products essential asks Lesley Meall, or are options already within your grasp?

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.