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IT management

Good IT management is essential to achieving value from IT systems and managing the risks associated with them. IT management covers the full lifecycle of systems, from the initial decision to invest in a system through its operational life until it is no longer needed and ultimately decommissioned.

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My system is down - what do I do now?

In the last couple of weeks, a significant number of accountants, their clients and businesses will have been affected by “major outages” with cloud accounting software.

Tax news in brief

Highlights from the broader tax news week ending 3 February, which includes: a restrained Scottish Budget in light of the coronavirus pandemic and HMRC publishes a Brexit edition of its Agent Update with guidance on postponed VAT accounting.

IT governance and strategy

Data protection and privacy

All organisations that collect, store or process personal information on living and identifiable people must comply with the Data Protection Act 2018. Additional resources can be found on the GDPR (now the Data Protection Act 2018 in the UK).

Finance in a digital world

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Reskilling for AI

Article discuses how millions of workers may need to be reskilled in the face of ever quickening technological advances and that although companies have a crucial role in addressing this challenge, many have yet to take it seriously. Leaders at 40 organisations that re investing in large scale reskilling projects are interviewed.

Impact of generative AI on the datacentre

The article discusses the impact of generative artificial intelligence (AI) on datacentres. It exploring concerns about power consumption, resource requirements and security implications; the potential benefits of generative AI in improving efficiency and productivity; and also caution about the need for careful implementation and transparency in AI and machine learning projects within datacentres.

Getting data sorted

The article focuses on data classification as a pre-requisite for data protection, security, and compliance, and it explores the tools available for data classification, including offerings from major tech companies as well as open-source options. It mentions these tools use machine learning and artificial intelligence to automate data classification, ensuring accurate data management and governance.

Distributed ledger technology: cutting through the paradox

Article discusses how distributed ledger technology (DLT) is expected to accelerate its transformation of the financial services industry but legal and regulatory frameworks for financial services have taken time to adapt. The author argues that it is essential that legal systems grappling with digital assets are mindful of the risks and pitfalls of inconsistency with other legal systems and a consistent application of governing law should be considered.

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Useful links

Establishing a pro-innovation approach to regulating AI

Policy paper from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, and Office for Artificial Intelligence on the UK's emerging approach to AI regulation.

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