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Blockchain industry press

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The spread and use of blockchain

Article looks for evidence that companies have moved from investigating the use of Blockchain to successful adoption.

Digital assets: does the perception match reality

Article dispels some of the common misconceptions about digital assets and provide a starting point for accountants to better understand the impact of the new digital asset ecosystem on the accounting profession.

Latest trends in blockchain and crypto

Article outlines some recent developments in distributive ledger technology and cryptocurrencies and what they might mean for accountants and finance processionals moving forward.

Triple‐entry accounting with blockchain: How far have we come?

Article discusses how blockchain and FinTech has led to the emergence of another promising accounting method: triple‐entry accounting which, when properly implemented, can fundamentally improve accounting.

What accountants need to know about blockchain

Article aims to provide the foundational knowledge needed to better understand reports from professional organisations such as those suggesting that blockchain will change the way auditors execute their engagements and generate new assurance opportunities for configuring policies in blockchain networks. Blockcghain ina supply chain is used as an example.

Digital payments are here to stay

The article discusses developments on the use of blockchain and cryptocurrencies in digital payment systems, as well as the need for management accountants to learn the trends on their use. Also cited are the creation of central bank digital currencies (CBDC), as well as the continuous efforts to improve payment digitization and automation.

Digital Assets and Blockchain: Hackable, Fraudulent, or Just Misunderstood?

The authors have compiled and analysed existing research on initial coin offerings, security offerings, blockchain hacks and thefts, and data breaches of blockchain‐based platforms and digital wallets to see if the facts back up blockchain and digital asset's reputation as unhackable and fraud proof.

New skills for auditors: as their field changes, so do the talents they need to bring to their work

Article looks at the new skills that auditors now require involving technologies such as blockchain, and data analytics.

Blockchain or EDI?

The authors compare two technologies; blockchain and Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) which can both be used to address an organisation's data management needs. An in-depth understanding of these needs and the available options is required.

Supply chain management blockchain

Article looks at how blockchain can enhance trust, efficiency and spend in supply chains through a study of seven large US companies that have invested in blockchain for use in their supply chain management.

Blockchain and accounting governance

This paper explores blockchain's impact in the areas of assurance and financials reporting and provides guidance for organisations and auditors utilizing blockchain.

Unlocking new potential

This article looks at blockchain technology and how its various applications will bring many opportunities to the accounting profession.

Blockchain isn't as unbreakable as you think

Article discusses how blockchain is not as secure as some of it's hype may suggest it is. It advises managers should know where its vulnerabilities lie before exploring ways to use blockchain in business. Registration required for access to 3 free articles per month.

Putting blockchain technology to good use

This article looks at how blockchain can be used most effectively in information security. It also discusses how blockchain has the potential to enable the construction of the 'digital self' - the equivalent of a digital passport.

Inside blockchain and its various applications

In part 2 of the 'Buyer's guide to blockchain' the author explores the technology around blockchain and how it is shaping how business use data.

Blockchain: hype v reality

The article reports on the challenges of blockchain technology and its impact on the business of most information technology experts in the future.

Beyond cryptocurrency: blockchain as a value creator & connector

Article looks at three case studies of blockchain use , showing cost savings and value creation mechanism and demonstrating the possibilities for companies reliant on strategic partnerships or those seeking to increase the transparency of interactions between consumers or business partners.

Blockchain Technology: answering the whos, whats, and whys

This article provides some explanation regarding the nature and purpose of blockchain technology, including related terms, potential uses, benefits, challenges, and other considerations.

The digital supply chain takes shape

The article discusses digital supply chain trend encompassing digital technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, Big Data analytics infrastructure, and blockchain deployments.

Blockchain is vastly overrated; supply chain cyber security is vastly underrated

The article focuses on cyber security issues for supply chains. It refers to collective digital developments as the cyber supply chain to improve efficiency, reduce order quantities and reduce lead times. It highlights major efforts in combatting cyber risks in the supply chain and major recent security breaches.

Firm leaders look to technology to drive future change

The article focuses on the role of technology in bringing change to the delivery of accounting and consulting services. Topics discussed include technologies include blockchain, artificial intelligence, and robotic automation, digital services include cyber-security, IT advisory services, and data analytics services, and increasing the competence and skill of professionals.

The audit transformed

The article looks at how ,faced with vast pools of data, regulatory pressures, and growing client expectations, today's auditors are walking a tightrope. The article mentions about the innovative technologies like artificial intelligence and automation are changing the game and enabling auditors to do their jobs with less risk and greater efficiency

Does GDPR spoil the blockchain party for everyone?

We've all heard rumours of how blockchain will change our working lives forever, but what happens when its irresistible appeal meets the immovable object of GDPR? Kevin Philips, CEO of IDU finds out.

Navigating the next wave of blockchain

This article looks at the decentralized digital agreements that are poised to revolutionize many fields. Professor Lin William Cong is interviewed about his research, including the study of smart contracts — tamper-proof digital transactions conducted on blockchain platforms that could make certain processes infinitely quicker and more efficient. Registration required for access to 3 free articles per month.

Technological disruption in accounting and auditing

The article examines technological disruption in the methods of business measurement and assurance and provides some discussion on this matter within the frame of technological evolution and the proper functioning of financial markets; and mentions that the design of a continuous assurance system could be greatly improved as cloud storage, blockchain, smart contracts, ubiquitous network and communication, and interface standards become available.

Why the digital customer experience requires a business transformation

The article discusses the need of business transformation for providing a digital customer experience. It Research shows that better customer experience will boost business, but to achieve this, IT and the people across the organisation need to embrace data analytics

Blockchain and the future of accounting

The article offers information on blockchain and its impact among certified public accountants (CPAs). Topics include the need for CPAs to be aware of certain technology advances that could affect the sector such as the blockchain, various benefits offered blockchain to CPAs such as exchange of information and peer-to-peer transactions, and two conflicting views about the technology such as skepticism and enthusiasm..

Brace yourself for AI & blockchain: There's less threat and more opportunity in emerging technologies than many think

The article discusses the opportunities provided by artificial intelligence (AI) and blockchain technologies to the accounting profession. Topics discussed include the threat to the profession where software performs business functions and data validation operations, their helping accountants to boost business revenue and details regarding AI as an emerging technology.

Can China contain Bitcoin?

The article discusses the regulation of the cryptocurrency Bitcoin by China's government. Topics include research on blockchain technology and virtual currencies in China, a ban on initial coin offerings (ICOs) for digital currencies, and the relation of Chinese government regulation of the internet to the decentralization of Bitcoin..

Benefits of blockchain: Fact or Wishful Thinking?

Blockchain is still a largely unproven innovation in the supply chain, but it's also one that companies can't afford to ignore. This article presents information on use of blockchain technology in the area of supply chains. Blockchains can be used with other pathbreaking innovations like the Internet of Things (IoT) sensor networks. In case of all blockchains, information is stored across many computer systems which are synchronised in close to real time.

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