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Cloud computing

News, opinion pieces and case studies aimed at helping members gain a better understanding of cloud services.

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Features and articles

Byte size: Tech news roundup

A roundup of the latest news surrounding technology. This edition includes La Liga being fined €250,000 for violations of the General Data Protection Regulation, marketers needing new ways to get the attention of generation Z, and companies struggling to fill digital roles.

How to audit the cloud

Cloud computing is transforming business IT services, increasing its operational efficiencies and reducing its costs. But the use of cloud computing services also poses significant risks that need to be planned for by audit committees, boards and management if they are to be handled effectively.

How to audit the cloud

Cloud computing is transforming business IT services, but it also poses significant risks that need to be planned for. This practical guide for internal audits outlines how they should assess risk management.

Webinars and recordings

Digital accounting systems: an overview and roadmap for adoption

Matt Flanagan, Managing Director at Bluehub, describes the types of add-ons and applications in the cloud account ecosystem in this webinar. He also outlines the process for applications with clients and gives top tips for the journey with technology.

Adopting the cloud: considerations for your business

Expert Thinking's Ben Fry outlines how moving to the cloud has the potential to transform your business and significantly enhance your value proposition. In this webinar, he explains the key issues you need to consider before implementing the technology.

Finance in a digital world

Finance in a Digital World

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How can enterprises keep cloud costs in check?

The article presents information on the ways business enterprises can control their cloud computing costs. Topics discussed include the use of cloud for business agility and competitive reasons, total cost of ownership over the life of the application, and cloud administrators' focus on doing everything as infrastructure as a service (IaaS).

Online accounting software: three firms share their journeys into the cloud

The article presents case studies of accounting firms who were successful through technology using cloud computing software. Software services included payroll management, servicing remote clients, and doing bill payment, software products included Xero, QuckBooks Online, and Sage Business Cloud Accounting.

Cloud bursting: What it is and how to do it

The article discusses the pitfalls to cloud bursting, a process in cloud computing where some workloads in a private cloud are moved to a public cloud for a temporary period to deal with peaks in information technology (IT) demand. Topics covered include managing peaks in website traffic with on-demand infrastructure, impact of cloud bursting on data storage, locking process in metadata management and cloud bursting storage solutions.

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Useful links

Cloud Computing

Overviews and beginners guides to cloud computing from Tech Donut.


Resources from CloudWATCH, a project funded by the European Commission, providing practical information and guidelines for SMEs on cloud computing. Includes the interactive tool European CloudScout which provides tailored information for businesses on how best to use the cloud.

Guidance for firms outsourcing to the ‘cloud’ and other third party IT services

FCA guidance relevant to firms who are interested in outsourcing to the cloud and other third party IT services. It may also be of interest to third party IT providers (including cloud providers), trade associations and consumer groups, law firms and other advisers, and auditors of financial services firms.

Selecting business software guide

Guidance from British Application Software Developers Association (BASDA) to help buyers of business software make the right decisions. It offers advice and best practices seen in the procurement of a wide range of systems from Apps through Cloud-based and On-premise solutions by purchasers from all types and sizes of organisations. Registration required.

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