Technology is a double-edged sword: Opportunities and challenges for the accountancy profession (Paper 2)

Professional accountants play a key role in helping organizations navigate technological changes in an ethical manner. To do so, they must understand how to respect technology’s double-edged sword—actively pursuing opportunities while safeguarding against challenges.

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The inevitable is upon us—change. In particular, the information technology revolution, which is a key driver of complexity faced by CPAs. CPAs must learn to navigate through the opportunities and challenges brought forth by this revolution while paying close attention to the world’s new golden commodity, data.

Data is the lifeblood of data analytics systems that offer insights and information impacting every part of society. Advanced data analytics and AI now make it possible to understand and influence consumer behaviour like never before, making the need for ethical leadership very important.

As CPAs grow to balance the double-edged sword that is technology, a crucial uptake will be that many of their current skills and knowledge in managing financial systems and controls and setting standards and auditing can be upskilled to accommodate a progressively digitized world.

Read this publication to learn how CPAs can leverage digital transformation by employing a broader skillset that will help them flourish in their organizations.

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