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GDPR – so much to do… and real practical guidance is needed! Now!
“Work” is changing significantly at this moment – the concept of chargeable work that ultimately pays the bills seems to have gone out of the window! Administration seems to be the name of the game now. GDPR – General Data Pro...
16 Feb 2018
Do I have to encrypt personal data to comply with GDPR?
This content is not intended to constitute legal advice. Specific legal advice should be sought before taking or refraining from taking any action in relation to the matters outlined. *Updated since first publication with additional resour...
13 Feb 2018
HMRC!!! More gripes and groans…..
As the last tax returns get removed from the filing list, we breathe a sigh of relief and thoughts turn to all the other things put off until February. That is until the HMRC calculations start coming through the door. These are where their calculat...
9 Feb 2018
Excel Tip of the Week #223 - VBA Case Study: Splitting a workbook by sheet
Take one file and split it into many with this simple VBA routine.
6 Feb 2018
Technology seems to pass some by…..
Methodologies change (or should change!) as a result of new technologies. This does sometimes require engaging the brain and thinking about the actions that are taken. Many actions are completely unnecessary and in fact waste valuable time. A few of ...
4 Feb 2018
Data-driven innovation and transformation in China
We completed the launch of our research report
Big data in Chinese businesses
this week with three fascinating events that highlighted different aspects of data-driven innovation and transformation in China. Our lunchtime seminar enabled President Li...
1 Feb 2018
Completing forms electronically – sometimes problematical
At this time of year, I could have done without some of the issues that have surfaced this week. I had to fill in a couple of forms this week. These had to be completed electronically before being emailed. Easy you might think – download them, ...
26 Jan 2018
GDPR Your Questions Answered webinar follow up.
This content is not intended to constitute legal advice. Specific legal advice should be sought before taking or refraining from taking any action in relation to the matters outlined. On Tuesday 23 January I co-presented the webinar: GDPR ...
25 Jan 2018
Blockchain for accounting and reporting: Roundtable report
Overview This meeting was held on Monday 20 November at Chartered Accountants’ Hall, and was co-hosted by ICAEW’s IT Faculty and the FRC Financial Reporting Lab. The following persons and organisations were in attendance: David Lyford-Sm...
24 Jan 2018
Issues with online forms and systems-so much time wasted
At this time of year, I could have done without some of the issues that have surfaced. I had to fill in a couple of forms this week. These had to be completed electronically before being emailed. Easy you might think – download them, open them ...
20 Jan 2018
Bitcoin mining hijacking your computer?
Is your computer running slow? It could be that you have bitcoin mining malware on your computer. As the value of bitcoin rose during last year so did the incentive to “mine” bitcoins. Bitcoin mining is the process of performing cryptogra...
16 Jan 2018
Accessing software – login issues
With the flu bug sweeping through the office this week, staff are a bit thin on the ground. This is not ideal especially at this time of year, with loads of tax returns still to complete. It has meant staff hav...
12 Jan 2018
What is in store in the accountant’s IT world in 2018?
There is little doubt that there will be many IT challenges in 2018. GDPR legislation becomes effective in May 2018. Many still think this will be “a piece of cake”, but a nasty shock awaits. To comply with the legislation will require si...
5 Jan 2018
Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities UPDATED 10/1/18
First published 5 January 2018 Keep applying software updates to ensure continuous protection In the last few days, there has been a lot of discussion in the media about the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities found in the central processing chips (...
5 Jan 2018
Excel Tip of the Week #218 - Data tables redux
The Excel Tip of the Week shows you how to do sensitivity analysis, trial out different inputs, or generate random scenarios, all using one simple tool - a data table.
2 Jan 2018
Voice – the next disruptive technology?
Voice technology has advanced in leaps and bounds in recent years. My first experience of dictation software a few years ago was not good. It needed time spent “training” – it certainly learnt swear words- and never really worked. A...
24 Dec 2017
Excel Table Protection bug - latest update
Over the past couple of years, the IT Faculty has tried to promote a particular suggestion on Microsoft’s Excel UserVoice forum. UserVoice allows users to vote on existing suggestions for enhancements to Microsoft applications and to propose th...
22 Dec 2017
An invitation to learn more about big data in China
We will be hosting the Shanghai National Accounting Institute (SNAI) and Chinese technology company Inspur in January for a lunchtime discussion about our report,
Big data in Chinese businesses
. We are delighted that the President of S...
18 Dec 2017
HMRC authorisation – now 3 factor authentication!
Our tax software has, for some months, had a link to HMRC systems. It was therefore possible to click on a “Get HMRC data” icon and the software would pull down sources of PAYE earnings, gross pay and tax deducted. It would then compare t...
15 Dec 2017
Company accounts errors – whose fault is it – software or user?
In a recent blog post, reference was made to errors in accounts filed at Companies House. The errors referred to in that blog were down to the use of a spreadsheet template that had not been updated for years!
10 Dec 2017
Excel Tip of the Week #214 - Line breaks in Excel
The Excel Tip of the Week shows you how to wrap text and how to add line breaks to a cell.
5 Dec 2017
High end accounting software revisited
A few weeks ago, I compared high end software to the software available for the smaller business.
It is now 3 months on and time for another visit...
2 Dec 2017
Your cyber security questions answered - webinar in April 2018
Currently, we are considering a webinar for April 2018 during which we would answer your cyber security related questions. If you have any questions then please do leave them in the comments below or email them directly to email@example.com. Any ...
27 Nov 2017
A spreadsheet – the solution to all your needs....NOT!
A few issues have surfaced in recent weeks with spreadsheets. Don’t get me wrong - I love spreadsheets as much as the next accountant, but sometimes it really does not fit the bill. They can also be downright "dangerous" although recipients of ...
26 Nov 2017
Investing for the technical revolution ahead
In a budget speech that talked about the world being ‘on the brink of a technological revolution’, and that prepares the ground for the launch of the Modern Industrial Strategy by the Prime Minister on Monday, investment in new technology...
22 Nov 2017
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