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Yet another accounting mess! Surely the proprietors deserve better support and service?
Another new client last week....and one of the worse messes seen for some time! The previous accountants had prepared and filed company accounts for the first months of trading from September 2017 to 31 March 2018 in December 2018. However, running a...
4 Oct 2019
Your questions answered - Windows 10, backups and IP telephones
Recently an ICAEW member sent in a few IT related questions. Here I attempt to answer some of them. If you have any questions then why not send them to me and I will attempt to answer them. Send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org This service is...
4 Oct 2019
Leading-edge finance automation in India
We have a philosophy in the Tech and Business and Management Faculties that we want to learn from the best, and our international collaborative projects enable us to do that. We went to China to learn about big data and the internet of things, t...
3 Oct 2019
Excel Community round-up - September 2019
Here is all of September'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". Excel Tip of the Week
305 - Rev...
1 Oct 2019
Excel Tip of the Week #309 - Randomisation redux
The Excel Tip of the Week looks at RAND, RANDBETWEEN, generating random data in a distribution, and more in this deep dive.
1 Oct 2019
Do digital accounting records really improve accuracy? Survey results
Six weeks or so ago, a blog post considered digital tax records and the impact on “accuracy”.
You can read the original post here.
There was a quick informal survey link at the end (which was totally anonymous). Whilst this did not h...
27 Sep 2019
NCSC Cyber Toolkit for boards
Back in March 2019, the National Cyber Security Centre released its
. A comprehensive guide designed to help board members manage cyber risk. As the NCSC says: Boards are pivotal in improving the cyber security of their organisatio...
27 Sep 2019
GDPR update webinar 14 October 2019 - send us your questions
On 14 October 2019 we will be providing an update on GDPR. This webianr is exclusive to
Tech Faculty Members
. To ensure that we address your concerns we invite you to send in your questions in advance. We will also be able to address questions ...
26 Sep 2019
.eu domain names - what you need to do if there’s no Brexit deal
The UK Government has created advice if you own a .eu domain name in the event the UK leaves the European Union without a 'deal'. You can find out more
24 Sep 2019
Adding Links to Blog and Discussion comments
In Blog posts it is possible to include hyperlinks, either by pasting them in:
or by using the Insert, Link menu option which allows you to set the URL and text to be displayed separately:
Link to Di...
24 Sep 2019
Do you use data visualisation to help clients understand their “figures”?
Let’s face it - a set of accounts can be quite boring (for some) and also row upon row and columns of figures can often be both confusing and meaningless to many. As accountants, we all love figures (and hopefully(!) can make sense of them and ...
22 Sep 2019
Using Office applications to use up spare time
I have noticed an underlying assumption underpinning most of the Office software related posts in Tech News, not least those that I have contributed. The assumption is that we always want to use Office software to accomplish things as quickly and eff...
20 Sep 2019
New technologies and ethics: 2019 Tech Faculty lecture
What word best describes your organisation’s approach to tech ethics? We started last night’s Tech Faculty lecture with this audience question and while there were some positive words, the overwhelming view was ‘confused’, as ...
18 Sep 2019
Lots of data – but getting useful information out of it is not always easy!
The core functionality of personal tax software is to summarise and accurately calculate the tax liabilities, based on the hugely complex rules surrounding this area. Once complete, the information needs filing with HMRC – again (mostly) done w...
13 Sep 2019
GDPR continues to prove challenging for many
Lesley Meall writes... As the GDPR has created fresh challenges for businesses that share personal data with third-party processors, the Tech Faculty offers some practical tips on managing your new accountability for your processors. A third of Europ...
10 Sep 2019
A real-life example ransomware
Recently a member in practice brought this story of a ransomware attack to our attention: The client had ransomware introduced onto their server by the heating engineers upgrading software that controlled the office heating system. Clearly the heatin...
9 Sep 2019
Fixed assets accounting and recording – why is so difficult for some?
We were sent a fixed asset register report by a client recently. This had been maintained by us in dedicated fixed asset software for over 25 years. Nothing fancy or expensive – all that was needed was to record additions and disposals of asset...
6 Sep 2019
Excel Tip of the Week #305 - Revisiting counting distinct items
The Excel Tip of the Week examines some interesting approaches to counting how many distinct items appear in a range of data.
3 Sep 2019
Does “perfect software” exist?
The software we all use is complex and developing products to be able to handle every single scenario is practically impossible. Unfortunately, “bugs” or “undocumented features” are a reality in all software products, as ...
3 Sep 2019
Excel Community round-up - August 2019
Here is all of August'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". Excel Tip of the Week
2 Sep 2019
Free cyber risk awareness training available
Good – that is practical and sustainable - cyber security should enable a business to operate effectively and prosper. Managing cyber risk is made up many elements, however, the core layers are people, processes and technology. Ensuring that al...
30 Aug 2019
Have you completed Cyber Essentials certification?
Tell us about your experience Has your organisation completed
Cyber Essentials or Cyber Essentials Plus
certification? If you have then we are interested in featuring your experience as a test case. The Cyber Essentials programme allows an organ...
30 Aug 2019
Watch our new Tech Talks on key tech trends
The Tech Faculty has created a brand new series of Tech Talk videos on the key technology trends for the profession. These videos are open to everyone and reflect our focus on the ABCD disruptive technologies:
28 Aug 2019
Excel – keeping your formula cells safe
Over at the Excel Community, we have just added
the latest post in our Accountants' Guide series
. This is the first of two posts that look at ways of stopping users trampling all over your formula cells and destroying the integrity of your spread...
28 Aug 2019
How can I defend against ransomware?
Ransomware is a type of cyber crime where a criminal will deliberately encrypt your data and demand a ransom to release it. Such an attack can be crippling for any firm. Recently Norsk Hydro suffered a ransomware attack which shutdown their
27 Aug 2019
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