Technology Trends for Accountants

by Sam Ellis
access120 days access
cpd hours4 CPD hours

In this course you will:

  • Consider the emerging technology trends and future disrupters which will affect the accounting profession
  • Learn how to work with and verify data as well as offer insights into data
  • Take a look at Blockchain as well as cryptocurrencies and the expected breakthrough of so-called "self-serve" analytics
  • Explore improvements to software and technology that are key for accountants

Advances in technology are reshaping the world of accountants. While these changes present a threat to many finance jobs, they also present an opportunity for the finance professional prepared to embrace technological advances and apply their analytical skills in new ways.

This course demystifies the world of technology for accountants, enabling you to get to grips with advances in technologies, what they mean for your role and how to make informed decisions about adopting and using new technologies.

Current disruptors

  • The changing accounting profession
  • The history of digital accounting firms
  • The ten elements of the digital firm
  • The growth of cloud accounting
  • The impact of cloud accounting
  • Big data

Emerging technologies

  • The history of machine learning
  • Machine learning in accounting
  • Robotic process automation
  • Artificial intelligence and intelligence augmentation
  • AI in accounting
  • The rise of mobile accounting
  • How mobile accounting is changing the profession

Future disruptors

  • The basics of blockchain
  • Bitcoin and cryptocurrency
  • The benefits of blockchain
  • Introducing deep learning
  • Deep learning in accounting
  • Embedded and self-serve analytics
  • Embedded analytics in accounting

Special focus on data

  • Types of data
  • Types of data analysis
  • Data science
  • Data preparation, transformation and infrastructure
  • Data visualisation
  • Analytic tools

Sam Ellis is a chartered accountant with experience working in private accounting firms and a number of high growth businesses. He brings a depth of knowledge having worked in varying industries from renewable energy, cycling and business intelligence.

For the last 6 years, Sam has worked in the technology and data industry, initially with Starcount, a top London data consultancy, and is currently working as Head of Finance for InterWorks, a global specialist data consulting practice. He also sits as Chair of the ACCA Global Technology Forum, providing thought leadership and advice to the professional insights team.

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