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January/February 2021

In this issue: Tech implications in the wake of the pandemic, holistic approach to tech, digital currency, future of remote auditing, forecasting, Python, and spreadsheet automation.

Business forecasting
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, business modelling, forecasting and planning have never been so important or so difficult. But tech tools such as AutoEntry, Futrli and Anaplan PlanIQ have never been smarter or more plentiful. Lesley Meall considers some of the underlying drivers

A holistic approach to change management 
Nathan Keeley explains why staff mental health and wellbeing must be protected when introducing new technology, and shares ways that firms can improve communication and create a supportive environment.

Byte Size: tech news roundup
Research into 6G mobile; the UK’s urgent need for digital capabilities; progress of the Online Harms Bill; technology’s role in reaching net-zero carbon emissions; findings from the annual Connected Nations report; and a look at how COVID-19 has had an impact on cybercrime. Sandra Vogel reports

The importance of cyber awareness training 
Chris Hannett, Director of Cymplify, explains the real-world impact where such awareness is lacking, and why employees must maintain constant vigilance to prevent cyber attacks

Can bitcoin make it as a mass-market digital payment?
Writing for the Tech Faculty & Financial Services Faculty, journalist Billy Bambrough examines the case for bitcoin as a major payment provider.

Remote auditing in 2021 and beyond
David Lyford-Smith looks at how firms have adapted to remote audit planning in the COVID-19 crisis, how technology such as portals, shared workspaces and other cloud-based systems has helped, and what it means for the future of audit

Python, data and successful coding
Python is the computer language of choice for accountants. Kirstin Gillon explores its data-handling and statistical capabilities, and Rick Payne describes learning to code

Mitigating malware
If you’ve been hacked, whether it’s espionage or blackmail, Leo Waldock advises you act quickly to fix the vulnerability – and tell your clients

Automating changes in Excel 
Excel tips on automatic processes from our expert Simon Hurst
Chartech: January/February 2021

Chartech: January/February 2021

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