29 May: Businesses have been forced to adapt their ways of working almost overnight in light of the coronavirus lockdowns and those with cloud-based systems had a significant head start.
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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!
Meetings software, channel-based chat, cloud storage, planning tools: there is probably untapped potential in the software packages you already have. if not, many vendors are offering free access to their apps for up to three to six months during the pandemic.
As experts warn of a lack of appreciation of the cost of technology failures, it’s time for businesses to review and enhance their digital infrastructure resilience strategies, writes Joe McGrath
25 February 2020: the government’s pledge to ensure every UK household and business has access to gigabit-capable broadband is ambitious, but could play a large part in its goal to “level up” the economy. How feasible are these plans, and what benefits could it bring UK PLC? William Ham Bevan investigates.
21 February 2020: over the years, individuals, businesses and even governments have dabbled in developing accounting software systems. But are the potential benefits actually worth the time and effort? Mark Taylor investigates.
Are you being served by your IT provider?
Smaller practices need to consider carefully how to find the IT provider that works best for them. David Styles has some tips.
How to make app stacks work for you and your client
Our new columnist, MHA Carpenter Box partner Nathan Keeley, explains the benefits of building tailored app stacks for clients
11 February 2020: the soaring popularity of cloud software and a raft of new financial tools have added an extra dimension to how accountants can operate in today’s market. With traditional banks struggling to keep pace, will accountants step in to become the trusted advice provider for UK SMEs? Mark Taylor reports.
10 February 2020: cloud accounting tools have brought many benefits to accountants, including the ability to work from anywhere. But in a profession that struggles to switch off at the best of times, is this newfound flexibility always an advantage?
Staffing: joiners, leavers and the IT implications
When staff join or leave the practice or business, the process is no longer as simple as obtaining or issuing a P45. All the IT resources need “setting up” or “disabling” – but even disabling is not necessarily the end of the story.
How many software products are in use and how are they launched
A headline in January 2020 stated that the government is to invest £40m in simplifying an ageing and complex technology estate that it claims requires NHS staff to log into as many as 15 separate IT systems.
Historically organisations operated their own IT systems. These could be as complex or as simple as would be required by an organisation.
George Quigley takes a look at the murky topic of cloud security, including what you need to understand about cloud service providers and your responsibilities when using one.
Managing lack of transparency and overslight with the cloud
Cloud technology holds a lot of promise, but a lack of transparency and oversight could lead to problems. Neil Christie explains how to avoid these issues.
The growing role played by accountancy firms in helping clients to improve their security posture
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.
The common tech challenges for accountants
Jessica Pillow offers her takeaways from the Alternative Accountancy Strategic IT Conference, which showed that accountants have common ground when it comes to tech issues.
What more could have been done to lessen the effects of the attack?