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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

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.

The essential guide to robotic process automation

Robotic process automation (RPA) can save organisations' time, with tasks performed with higher speed and accuracy, as well as removing the risk of human error. However, it is not suitable for all processes and, in some cases, could act as a sticking plaster for a system that needs to be re-engineered.

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

Taking your practice into the cloud

Chris Downing, Global Director for Accountants and Bookeepers at Sage, talks about the importance of having a cloud first approach for your practice, the benefits it brings to your clients, and the value and opportunities it brings to your practice.

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.

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Finance in a digital world

Finance in a Digital World

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Unified file and object; best of both worlds?

The article discusses that the unified file and object storage tackles growing volumes of unstructured data in a way that is compatible with traditional and cloud-era applications and friendlier to analytics.

Balancing costs and benefits of storing data in the cloud

The article discusses enterprises have looking at cloud storage as an alternative to on-premise storage systems. Topics include cloud solutions store data remotely, removing the need to retain on physical on-site hardware; and the cost of enterprise cloud storage has vary greatly, depending on particular use cases.

Between a cloud and a hard place

The article discusses how the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic accelerated the cloud computing technology migration of business applications.

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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.

BSA global cloud computing scorecard

The BSA/The Software Alliance scorecard examines the legal and regulatory framework of 24 countries around the world, to rank countries’ preparedness for the adoption and growth of cloud computing services.

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