New ICAS insight series focuses on Finance + Technology
Discover more about Finance + Technology, the theme for ICAS throughout April as part of our new insight series for 2022, Finance+.
Throughout the month of April, we will be bringing you thought leadership, insight and practical guidance around the theme of technology, and exploring its impact on our profession today and in the future.
Finance + Technology – what to expect
This April, ICAS will be exploring the latest innovations in the world of technology. We will be speaking to thought leaders and industry experts who will provide insight into how the worlds of accountancy and business are being reshaped for the world of tomorrow.
Technological advancement is largely seen as a force for good, allowing CAs to focus on judgement and value-add services. However, this progress should be viewed as a double-edged sword, as it brings with it risks such as threats to cybersecurity and potential damage to the environment. Softer risks, such as the impact on an individual’s mental health, also need to be appropriately considered and mitigated.
One thing that is clear is the potential that technology can unlock in the finance sector. This is something that Susanne Chishti, founder of Fintech Circle, will be exploring in April’s Finance+ webinar where she will explain the strategies she has developed to identify the financial innovations with potential and connect them with the necessary funding.
This month ICAS will also be examining recent developments in blockchain, AI and big data, how finance professionals are using them, and what they mean for the future of the profession.
Finance + Technology – find more in CA magazine
In the April edition of CA magazine – ICAS’ flagship thought leadership publication for CAs – you can find more insight, perspective, inspiration and practical solutions about technology from a range of experts from the accountancy field and beyond.
In her editor’s letter, ICAS’ Executive Director of Member Engagement and Communications, Sarah Speirs, highlights the way technology is changing the world of work forever and how ICAS is adapting.
"Wave after wave of software has changed the way CAs work, inviting deeper thought about the role of the accountant in business. It’s heartening to see CAs embraced as trusted advisers, offering expert insight informed by business and financial acumen.
ICAS is evolving, too, taking a digital-first approach to the provision of services. The latest initiative is Career Connections – a mentoring platform that connects members and students according to their background and interests.
Being digital first also means enabling all Members, wherever they are based, to get involved with ICAS online. There are several board and committee vacancies available and I’d encourage members to get involved."
Exponential View’s Azeem Azhar, one of the world’s most trusted voices in technological innovation, explains what rapid digitalisation has in store for CAs.
Dame Stephanie Shirley CH who set up one of Britain’s first tech businesses and grew it into a multi-billion-pound enterprise – then gave away her fortune. She shares her story of resilience, recessions and her regret at not bringing in an FD for 25 years.
Susanne Chishti, CEO of specialist investor network Fintech Circle, discusses how she identifies promising start-ups – and how CAs can use fintech solutions to boost their offering.
We speak to experts in accountancy software to learn more – and to see how CAs can continue to provide value in a digital world.
This month’s issue also has a special feature about the metaverse, and considers if it will really reshape business or be just a niche preserve of gamers.
Discover more about Finance + Technology
Our Finance+ insight series looks through the lens of responsible leadership and ethical business to explore the challenges and opportunities faced by professionals in the worlds of business and finance.
You can find all of the insight we are sharing throughout April in our newly launched Finance + Technology of icas.com.