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AI for finance professionals

ICAEW has brought together these resources to help you understand artificial intelligence and what it means for finance functions. Here you'll find support on identifying how AI can benefit your organisation and how to start implementing the technology.

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Making AI work for your business

What opportunities does AI offer?

Key AI technologies for finance

ICAEW and Deloitte believe that there are three technologies using artificial intelligence and cognitive computing that are of most relevance to finance functions: cognitive language, machine learning and computer vision. Find out how these technologies work and what they can do.

How finance teams are using AI

Read real-life examples of how finance functions are using artificial intelligence and cognitive technologies, to improve efficiency and solve problems such as matching payments to invoices, answering supplier queries and preventing payment disputes.

How to implement AI

The challenges of implementing AI

To help finance teams considering artificial intelligence or cognitive computing technologies, ICAEW and Deloitte have identified the common barriers to success that must be overcome. These include: access to data, availability of skills and the integration of systems.

AI for accountants: Technology for the future of your practice

Nuno Godinho, Executive VP of product delivery at SAGE, in this webinar outlines the concept of a virtual finance director and the developments in software and communications and other technologies that enable accountants and business to operate in this way.

Five steps to get started with AI

Artificial intelligence and cognitive computing technologies present some exciting opportunities for finance, but they can also be a daunting prospect. ICAEW and Deloitte have come up with five simple steps to help get you started.

How to support your business to embrace digital

Preparing yourself and your organisation for the impact of disruptive digital technologies might feel like a daunting task, but this eLearning module introduces you to a three step approach that is designed to help businesses embrace this change within finance.

Finance in a digital world

Finance in a Digital World

ICAEW is collaborating with Deloitte to ensure its members and students have the knowledge and skills to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the fourth industrial revolution and to meet its challenges head on. Log-in to access exclusive content, including: eLearning, webinars and bite-sized summaries on individual technologies and the broader impact of digital technologies on finance.

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Useful links

A guide to AI

Staying ahead of the rapid advances in technologies requires executives to make nimble, informed decisions about where and how to employ AI in their business. Read McKinsey's guide to AI essentials.

An executive's guide to AI

An interactive guide form McKinsey & Company giving essential information for executives on Artificial Intelligence, including an AI timeline, information (what is it/when to use it/how it works) on the different types of machine learning and deep learning with business cases for each.

AI in the UK: ready, willing and able

House of Lords Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence report of session 2017-19 whose 'recommendations are designed to support the Government and the UK in realising the potential of AI for our society and our economy, and to protect society from potential threats and risks'.

Reshaping business with artificial intelligence

MIT Sloan Management Review has partnered with The Boston Consulting Group to provide baseline information on the strategies used by companies leading in AI, the prospects for its growth, and the steps executives need to take to develop a strategy for their business. Subscription required to view full report.

Latest content from ICAEW on AI

What is explainable AI?

The artificial intelligence and machine learning boom has led to concerns about ‘black box’ models and systemic bias. A solution to this is to build explainable AI. Technical Manager David Lyford-Smith explores what that means and how it can be done.

Fighting fraud with AI

The UK financial services sector is examining ways to improve economic crime detection processes, in particular through the use of artificial intelligence. This comes with a number of benefits and challenges, explains UK Finance chair Robert Wigley.