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November/December 2020

In this issue: Christmas gift ideas; tech news from around the world; accountants should embrace the world of AI; AI and the future of accountancy; common data modelling, cyber security; finance automation, and Excel tips.

Christmas gift ideas for the technologically minded
It’s that time of year again. We asked around the faculty and our regular contributors to find out what’s on their wishlists.
 
Byte Size: tech new roundup
Changes forecast in digital commerce, why IBM is spinning off part of its business, tablet sales on the up, EU ruling on mass surveillance and NVIDIA’s acquisition of UK chipmaker ARM.

New opportunities in Excel
It’s been a busy 2020 for the Excel Community, from new Excel functions and webinars to live Q&A sessions. David Lyford-Smith details the highlights so far and what’s to come in 2021.

There is nothing to fear from the rise of AI
Accountants should embrace artificial intelligence and allow it to enhance their work, says Nathan Keeley. The tech revolution promises an exciting future.

Virtual accountancy: are we there yet?
Virtual reality has a remarkably wide range of uses, but has it found its feet in the accounting profession yet? Sandra Vogel investigates.

Professor Dame Wendy Hall on transformational technology
This year has been transformational for technology, but it’s just the start of the AI journey, as we learned from Professor Dame Wendy Hall in her landmark lecture for the Tech Faculty.

How common data modelling is revolutionising audit 
Even the smallest of firms can benefit from applying common data modelling to audit processes, says Shamus Rae.  

Blockchain moves into the mainstream
Blockchain often tops the rankings of website faculty hits, so what’s going on? Lesley Meall explores some recent developments, trends and challenges.

Staying safe in cyber space
The results of government consultation on cyber regulation and incentives have recently been published. Kirstin Gillon highlights some key findings.

Future-proofing the finance function
Kirstin Gillon reports back from the launch of the Tech Faculty’s latest international research report on automation, in conjunction with ICAI. 

Use Excel templates to save time setting up workbooks
Latest Excel tips from our expert Simon Hurst.
 
Up your zoom game
Eight tips for top-quality video calls while working from home.
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