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17/02/2017
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The future of the professions

By Claire Scobie

What impact will artificial intelligence (AI) have on professions such as accounting?

For centuries doctors, accountants, lawyers,  teachers and architects have solved problems too complex for most of us. But today, the future of these professions are seriously in question as artificial intelligence, non-thinking machines and automated systems are poised to do the jobs of human experts at a fraction of the cost.  Continue Reading →

17/02/2017
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The shape of things to come

By Cian Molloy

What lies in store for the accountancy profession? Cian Molloy investigates how the profession might fare in the years ahead.

Since the arrival of the first accountancy software packages more than three decades ago, there have been regular predictions that IT would lead, if not to the death of the accountancy profession, to wide-scale redundancies among back office accountants, accounting technicians and book-keepers. Continue Reading →

17/02/2017
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Leading innovation

By Michelle Perry

Information technology investments are now falling under the remit of chief financial officers. Michelle Perry looks at their essential considerations in plotting an IT strategy for companies.

For the past two decades the paths of finance and technology have been gradually converging, but the pace of this change over the past five years has accelerated inexorably. Today, chief financial officers are called on increasingly, not just to be financially adroit and business savvy, but also technically skilled – and often to take charge of information technology strategy and investments, too. Continue Reading →

17/02/2017
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Ethics as innovation

By Karen Wensley

A culture that encourages individuals to look at issues from different angles is likely to attract great people and win awards for creative solutions.

I was recently sitting in a boardroom waiting for a meeting to start. I had never met the person opposite, so we introduced ourselves and asked each other the usual questions. He was a venture capitalist. I mentioned that I sat on a couple of boards, and also taught a business ethics course at the University of Waterloo. “We had an ethicist on one of our boards,” he told me. “It was a disaster — she was always wanting to talk about whether our paper towels were made of recycled paper.” Continue Reading →

17/02/2017
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Driverless cars

By Lachlan Colquhoun

The future of automobiles is bearing down on us and nobody is at the wheel.

Martin Matthews FCA is a self-confessed “petrol head” and is the owner of seven classic cars, including a 1920s Chrysler once owned by his grandparents. Continue Reading →

17/02/2017
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Can you swear at work?

By Travor Treharne

A stint in some workplaces might make you feel like cussing like a sailor, but is it appropriate?

If you have ever attempted to swear while texting, you probably would have noticed how the auto-correct guardian always innocently suspects that “ducking” was the word you sought.  Continue Reading →