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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

Data analytics software for business

The recent pace of technological changes and increasing volumes of data being dealt with, has created a need for finance professionals to be able to manipulate and analyse data to aid in-depth insights, improve financial reporting and ultimately facilitate better business decision making.

What do you want to see in a "global view" of your clients?

A practice management system becomes ever more important in the accounting practice, even more so with remote working. What defines a practice management system can differ substantially from one firm to another, and even accountants in the same practice will have differing opinions!

Engagement letters helpsheet part 2 R

Supplementary schedule to the main engagement letter helpsheet. Provides sample wordings to help you draft engagement letters. Covers Part 2 R XXX

Engagement letters helpsheet

Technical helpsheet providing sample wordings to help you draft engagement letters for a variety of typical engagements for both corporate and non-corporate clients. Includes full text and supplementary schedules.

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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Predictions 2020: What's going to happen in cloud computing

Article looks at developments in cloud computing for 2020 as predicted by experts in the field.

Public cloud computing gains currency in its journey to the core of banking

The article discusses that banks are no longer reluctant to make use of cloud as the technology pierces the outer layer of the banking sector. It mentions the emergence of these tech-led challengers, many of which exist only in the cloud, means consumers have more choice and have become more demanding; and also mentions the cloud enabled these challengers to transition rapidly from idea to regulated finance provider.

Delivering cloud in the financial services sector

The article reports that the financial services community has become one of cloud’s keenest users, as regulator attitudes to the technology relax to find how its appetite for digital transformation is perceived. It mentions that the financial data is very valuable and sensitive to move off-premise and entrust to the public cloud. It further reports that the number of financial services organisations had small pockets of cloud use emerging at the time.

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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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