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Excel Tip of the Week #344 - Power Query: Getting started with web queries
Extract and analyse data from web sources with ease, using Power Query.
2 Jun 2020
Excel Community round-up - May 2020
Don't miss a thing - all our free and premium Excel content from May in one place, including two new webinars!
1 Jun 2020
The new style of meeting - via video
Who has not had at least one video call in the last 6- 8 weeks? Video has been popular in “personal” products for some while. FaceTime, Skype, Viber…etc. There is a long list of video products which bring families together in ways ...
28 May 2020
AI in accountancy – where is it being used?
As more and more accountants look to make use of new capabilities in artificial intelligence (AI), it’s helpful to share experience of how people have used it to date. So, what areas of the profession are leading adoption, and what problems is ...
28 May 2020
Business graphics – how do accountants stack up?
One of the features of the government’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic has been the daily news briefing. The presentation of the latest data relating to the situation has been accompanied by a series of slides that use graphs to visualise th...
28 May 2020
Data Analytics software for business
While just a few years ago the necessity for accountants to have data analysis skills was a relatively minor concern, the recent pace of technological changes and increasing volumes of data being dealt with, has created a need for finance professiona...
22 May 2020
Intro to Financial Modelling - Part 5: User interface and transparency
We continue our look into the Financial Modelling Code's lessons for good practice in financial modelling, turning our attention to how to make a workbook that is as self-explanatory and clear as possible.
21 May 2020
Excel Tip of the Week Live - Your Questions Answered, Part 2
Our recent open Q&A webinar brought plenty of your questions - we run through all the answers here!
20 May 2020
Online privacy and personal security – how far should you go?
In these COVID-affected times we are doing more than ever online both for work and in our personal lives, and blurring the two more than ever. this brings certain questions sharply into focus. How do we keep our data secure both from corporations wan...
18 May 2020
What do you want to see in a “global view” of your clients?
A practice management system becomes ever more important in the accounting practice, even more so with remote working. What defines a practice management system can differ substantially from one firm to another, and even accountants in the same...
18 May 2020
Automation – quantifying the changed workload
In one of the cloud add-ons that provides data analytics, there are “Activity Stats”. This was designed mainly for use in quoting prices, but it does provide an insight into the potential workload, or indeed, reduction thereof, when autom...
10 May 2020
Excel, Teams, PowerPoint, Power BI++ Feb-Apr 2020 new features
Excel, Teams, Power BI, PowerPoint, Word ++: New Microsoft 365 features for Feb-Apr 20 Our quarterly digest of new features across Microsoft 365 (formerly Office 365) in written, gif, image & video format.
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7 May 2020
How can I reduce my carbon footprint for tech?
The growing use of digital technology has a direct impact on carbon emissions. According to Ericsson, the tech sector is responsible in some way for
1.4% of annual emissions
around the world. So how can companies reduce the amount of emissions from t...
6 May 2020
Excel Tip of the Week #340 - Calculating tiered percentages
The Excel Tip of the Week shows you how to calculate a tiered commission amount or progressive tax charge in a single formula.
5 May 2020
Monitoring clients Coronavirus support eligibility and applications – let’s create a spreadsheet!
Oh dear! The person suggesting it then goes into great detail-who should put it together, where it should be saved for everyone to access and update and how it would be easily searchable. Yes, it would work, but why is a spreadsheet the first choice?...
3 May 2020
Excel Community round-up - April 2020
Here is all of April 2020's new Excel content. Excel Community and Tech Faculty members can access all posts by logging in to their accounts: Other users can access posts described as "public". Webinar recording
1 May 2020
Latest COVID-19 Cyber Security advice from the NCSC
National Cyber Security Centre
(NCSC) has recently produced advice and guidance to help individuals and businesses who are working from home to stay safe online – this is being added to throughout the pandemic. Two items caught my eye:
28 Apr 2020
Life in lockdown – a small practitioner’s perspective
This blog is one in a series provided by board members of the Tech Faculty offering their insights and lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic. In this blog, board member and co-founder of White Bruce, Dave White, talks about how the business wo...
27 Apr 2020
Are you looking for some good books about AI?
To celebrate World Book Night, I have three interesting books about AI to suggest. They come at the topic from totally different angles but have all influenced my understanding about the current and future state of AI, including my recent article on ...
23 Apr 2020
Intro to Financial Modelling - Part 4: Layout & Structure - Managing Inputs
We continue our look into the Financial Modelling Code's lessons for good practice in financial modelling, with a look at how to lay out and manage user inputs.
23 Apr 2020
COVID-19 and early impacts on business
This blog is one in a series provided by Board members of the Tech Faculty offering their insights and lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic. In this blog, faculty deputy chair and commercial director of Iomart, Neil Christie, gives his views ...
22 Apr 2020
Cyber security for boards
Board support has long been recognised as vital to achieving good cyber security. But boards have often struggled to have good conversations with cyber security specialists and understand their risks around cyber. So how can boards make sure that the...
21 Apr 2020
Are we heading for an AI winter?
The first ‘AI winter’ happened in the 1970s. Following years of heavy investment in AI technologies, there was widespread failure to deliver practical results, which led to research funding in AI being slashed. Interest in AI picked up ag...
20 Apr 2020
Is your firm or business technology up to working from home for a prolonged period?
With more weeks in lockdown announced, working from home is going to continue for a while yet. Having been forced to make that step, it will be interesting to see how many do actually return to the regular daily commute every day into the office, or ...
20 Apr 2020
Crisis Management and Tech to navigate Covid-19
Reorient We are an international SME and in early March we worked tirelessly to reorient our organisation – getting staff back to their home countries, changing work practices, bolstering our technology systems and working out revised...
18 Apr 2020
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Charity Excel event: Excel Virtually Global
A group of Excel trainers, experts, and others have banded together to organise a charity event in aid of Médecins Sans Frontières. The event, called...
Gridlines releases free essential financial modelling course
ICAEW has previously partnered with Gridlines, the current owners of financial modelling contest ModelOff. As a step to help those in the modelling community...
ICAEW Coronavirus hub
ICAEW has created a coronavirus hub where you can find practical technical and business advice. All material is fee. Please visit w ww.icaew.com/insights...
ICO seeks a secondee to work on auditing of AI
The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) shares the below message: Wanted: ICO AI Auditing Secondee In February 2020, the ICO launched its consultation...
Spreadsheet review volunteers sought
Are you interested in spreadsheet review and validation? The Excel Community Advisory Committee is forming a working group to produce a short guide to...
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