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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.

Darktrace IPO

Darktrace is a cutting-edge start-up that has used artificial intelligence and machine learning to stay one step ahead of cybercrime. How has it arrived on the LSE’s Main Market?

Blockchain and cryptocurrency

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.

Excel Tip of the Week #429 - Revisiting cross-sheet formulas

Hello all and welcome back to the Excel Tip of the Week! This week we have a General User post in which we’re taking a fresh look at how to write and work with formulas that reference cells on other worksheets. This was first discussed in TOTW #275.

Displaying reports by date – Excel versus Power BI

When working with reports interactively, it's often useful to be able to set a date or range of dates to filter the information. Here, we are going to compare the way date filtering works in Excel and in the free Power BI Desktop app.

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.

Excel Tip of the Week #429 - Revisiting cross-sheet formulas

Hello all and welcome back to the Excel Tip of the Week! This week we have a General User post in which we’re taking a fresh look at how to write and work with formulas that reference cells on other worksheets. This was first discussed in TOTW #275.

The 2021 Excel Community pantomime – the answers, part 1

Answers to the first half of the 2021 Christmas pantomime function name hunt. We have included a list of the functions with brief descriptions of their purpose and, where applicable, links to Excel Community articles that cover the use of the function.

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.

Building a data strategy

Kirstin Gillon summarises the key points from the Tech Faculty’s recent webinar on creating a data solution that works for your business.

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.

Based on the materials created by ICAEW’s Tech Faculty, these resources became available to the wider ICAEW membership in January 2022.

Practice Tips

Practical advice, guidance and case studies written for faculty members working in practice. Aimed at helping you benefit from the capabilities and navigate the risks arising from new technology

Tech essentials guides

Providing updates 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.

Tech Talk

Technology is at the heart of all organisations today. The pace of change is growing ever faster. In the coming years, the finance profession will be profoundly altered by new and evolving technologies.