Technology Trends for Accountants

by Samuel Ellis
access120 days access
cpd hours4 CPD hours

This course will enable you to:

  • Understand current technology trends and how they affect your role as an accountant
  • Explore emerging technologies, such as mobile accounting, artificial intelligence and machine learning, and discover how you can use them in your finance role
  • Get to grips with blockchain, cryptocurrencies and the expected breakthrough of both deep learning and embedded analytics
  • Prepare, analyse and present data more effectively, using new software and technology

Advances in technology are reshaping the role of accountants. Some see this as a threat to the profession, but embracing technological advances can provide many benefits and opportunities.

This course demystifies the world of technology for accountants, helping you to make informed decisions about adopting and using new technologies. You'll gain an awareness of the current trends and emerging technologies, such as mobile accounting and machine learning, and how they will impact your role. You'll discover potential future disruptors, and why improvements in technology and software are increasing the focus on data in finance.

Here and now

  • Keeping up to date
  • The changing accounting profession
  • The history of the digital firm
  • Ten elements of the digital firm
  • Adding value through technology
  • Benefits of cloud accounting
  • Adopting cloud accounting

Emerging technologies

  • Assessing technologies
  • The rise of mobile accounting
  • Mobile in accounting
  • Robotic process automation
  • Artificial intelligence
  • AI in accounting
  • Machine learning
  • ML in accounting

Future disruptors

  • Blockchain
  • Bitcoin
  • Initial coin offerings
  • Blockchain in accounting
  • Deep learning in accounting
  • Empowering people through analytics
  • Embedded analytics in accounting

Special focus on data

  • Making informed decisions with data
  • Data types
  • Big data
  • Data preparation
  • Extracting, transforming and loading data the right way
  • Data analysis techniques
  • Analytics tools
  • Data science
  • Algorithms in accounting
  • Visualisation in accounting

Samuel Ellis is a chartered accountant with experience working in private accounting firms and a number of high growth businesses. He has spent the past six years working as Head of Finance for InterWorks, a global specialist data consulting practice.

He is a fellow of ACCA and sits as Chair of both the ACCA Global Technology Forum and ACCA’s Southern Members’ Committee. He is also a member of ACCA’s Member Advisory Committee, providing advice on issues relevant to the future of the accounting profession directly to the Head of ACCA UK.

Samuel is passionate about technology and its role in accounting, and has written a range of blogs and educational content on the subject. He has also contributed to a number of technology-related white papers produced by the ACCA professional insights team, including its recent publication The Digital Accountant.

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  1. Was the learning activity relevant to your career?
  2. Can you explain how you will apply the learning in the workplace?

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