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.
17 December 2020: Rishi Sunak has confirmed that Budget 2021 will take place on 3 March and will provide further information on COVID-19 support packages.
There’s more to Amazon than packages delivered to your door. David Prosser looks at how the rapid expansion of its web services division, AWS, has helped to take the US group to the brink of world domination.
Making sure your digital systems are secure is at the heart of risk mitigation, and it’s a conversation that needs to be held at board level, says Peter Lannon.
IT governance and strategy
Factors to consider when choosing IT infrastructure and systems for your practice.
Jessica Pillow of Pillow May chartered accountants considers the different tools available for onboarding clients into your growing cloud practice, including examples with GoProposal and Practice Ignition.
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).
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Article discusses the explosion in data that is driving demand for faster computing and larger storage and the developments that are on their way.
The article looks at Hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) that promises simpler, more flexible and potentially cheaper IT. Topics include considered that HCI might not match the raw performance of fully optimized, best-of-breed systems, it promises to be quicker to deploy, and thus more agile and easier to scale.
Article looks at how the development of cloud services has matured to the level where data warehousing provision is an obvious next step to store an organisation's data lake.
Article discusses the possible challenges faced by companies in managing their unstructured data, as well as the potential benefits of unstructured data in business success.
NAO guidance providing an overview of cloud services and outlining government policy on their use. It then sets out specific questions for audit committees to consider asking when engaging with their management at three stages: Assessment; Implementation; Management.
Guidance on IT management topics for SMEs. Covers the following areas: computer hardware; business software; the internt; communications; IT security; buy and manage IT; IT support; staff and IT training.
Government guidance on data protection, covering: recruiting staff; managing staff records; marketing products or services; monitoring staff at work and CCTV
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