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The future of finance work

Digital technologies are set to have a revolutionary impact on the work of accountants, both in business and in practice. ICAEW has gathered together these resources to ensure its members understand how finance functions will change, the skills that will be needed and the role you will play.

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Developing business partnering skills

As digital technologies transform the role of finance, accountants and finance leaders need to become effective business partners. ICAEW offers a range of training courses that will help you to develop the skills necessary to influence businesses and deliver strategy in a changing environment.

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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Business finance partnering skills

ICAEW's Academy of Professional Development has published three eLearning modules that cover the skills needed to become an effective business finance partner.

An introduction to finance business partnering

Learn the key skills at the heart of being an effective finance business partner by completing this eLearning resource from ICAEW's Academy of Professional Development. The module outlines: what finance business partnering means; how finance partners generate influence; and how to start building your influence with ICAEW's top 10 tips.

Data planning

Get to grips with fundamentals of data planning with this eLearning resource from ICAEW's Academy of Professional Development. Learn how to: better plan and more efficiently analyse your data, as well as apply the three principles of good spreadsheet design to your work

Translating data into insight

This eLearning resource from ICAEW's Academy of Professional Development outlines the difference between data, information and insight, explains why it is important to deal in insight and demonstrates how to translate data into insights using a simple process.

Useful links

Audit 2023: Audit technology fit for the future

Watch this video from KPMG which demonstrates how it imagines dynamic audit technology might help organisations to identify how a fraud has been committed in 2023. The technology is already being used to help KPMG's clients make informed decisions.

How to become a trusted adviser (with an opinion)

theGrogroup Director Alex Shacklock offers advice on how to become a trusted adviser and the importance of offering an opinion based on commercial experience of working with many clients, as well as technical experience.

Finance as Business Partner

In this 2017 report, PwC outlines research into the what makes an effective business partner. It includes findings on: how much time is spent on business partnering activities in comparison to scorekeeping activities; the influence of market growth and competition; and constraints and enablers.

Technology at work: the future of innovation and employment

In this report, Oxford Martin School academics Dr. Carl Benedikt Frey and Associate Professor Michael Osborne explore the changing nature of innovation and work, and the associated implications for the future of employment and society more widely.