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Tech essentials guides

The tech essentials guides update members on the latest technology issues affecting the accountancy profession. They aim to bring practical tips and expert insights on a range of topics, setting you up for any action you'll need to take.

The essential guide to data analytics for smaller firms

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Data – how you get it and what you do with it – has been an important part of the accountant’s role since the beginning; but it is only now, with data exploding in volume, variety and velocity, that accountants can start to add serious value to their business and that of their clients. As the guide says, ‘data analytics can broadly be defined as the use of data to support business decisions’.

The essential guide to the virtual FD

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The Essential Guide to the Virtual Financial Director provides examples of how practitioners are providing this valuable service to a range of clients today. By reading the guide you will become familiar with the key concepts and be able to start exploring new services to your clients.

The essential guide to cryptocurrency

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How do you account for cryptocurrencies? What tax is payable on crypto-transactions? What is the difference between a cryptoasset and a cryptocurrency? What is an ICO? This tech essentials publication provides guidance to help answer some of those questions.

The essential guide to cyber recovery

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How to recover in the event of a data breach. This guide draws on expert insights from our volunteers and members, with some very helpful case studies outlining real life examples – one of which is a ransomware example similar to the scenario above, and where the firm did have a backup.

The essential guide to the world of add-ons

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This issue of Tech Essentials has really delved into the accounting practice world to find out what early adopters of the cloud and add-ons discovered in the process or taking their clients on the digital journey. With the benefit of their hindsight and future vision, we hope you will be able to apply many tips and take practical action of your own.

Automating my practice - Case study

Della Hudson, Consultant, Author of The Numbers Business, and former owner of Hudson Accountants Ltd writes about her experience of automation as a start-up owner.

The essential guide to automating your practice

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Technology is moving mainstream. Words such as cyber, cloud and artificial intelligence are entering the lexicon as people become more comfortable and familiar with these terms - which in turn is leading to changing expectations. This guide is written in response to that.

The essential guide to fintech

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Fintech is changing the way businesses and individuals use financial services. This Tech Essentials guide - the first joint guide from the IT Faculty and the Financial Services Faculty - will demystify what fintech could mean for individuals, businesses and advisers.

The essential guide to Robotic Process Automation

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Since 2013, when research into automation by Oxford academics Frey and Osborne inspired a media panic in which almost every human in work gets replaced by a robot, a more nuanced picture has started to filter down into business and the professions.

What is the Internet of Things?

Read this Tech essentials guide to find out what is the Internet of Things (IoT) and how it affects the accounting profession, including auditing. Read this Tech essentials guide to find out what is the Internet of Things (IoT) and how it affects the accounting profession, including auditing. The guide also discusses real life IoT examples, management challenges as well as security concerns and future outlooks.

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