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Future of Accounting and Finance: Reports and resources

For those looking at accounting and finance futures, we have compiled some of the more interesting and useful recent free, no registration reports available on the future of accounting and finance.

Report Name Organisation Pub Date Geography Pages Overview
My Firm. My Future. Report 2019 CPA Australia 2019 Australia 64 The report is based on insights from more than 500 public practitioners, and shows the profession is evolving from traditional accounting services, such as bookkeeping and taxation, as these services become more automated and the needs of clients change.
Charting The Future of Accountancy with AI CPA Australia 2019 Global 74 The book seeks to answer several important questions: What is AI and what are emerging trends in this area? How can AI be implemented in the accounting and finance sector to solve problems? What are some practical steps that accountants can take to capitalise on AI?
Getting Ready for the Digital Age of Accounting, Reporting and Auditing: a Guide for Professional Accountants Charles Hoffman, CPA February 2018 Global 15 This report discusses three primary enabling technological innovations that are driving significant change to the current accounting practices, processes, and methods: XBRL-based structured digital financial reports; knowledge-based systems and other application of artificial intelligence; and blockchain-based or hashgraph-based3 distributed ledgers.
Future ready: accountancy careers in the 2020s ACCA January 2020 Global 72 Drawing on ACCA’s collective research over the last three years, the report examines 20 trends that are changing careers in accountancy and presents 5 future career opportunities.
Big Data and Artificial Intelligence – The Future of Accounting and Finance CPA Canada January 2019 Global 21 This paper is intended for CPAs in accounting and finance to help them understand the implications of AI technologies, including: convergence of Big Data and AI and what it means for CPAs, new AI technologies and how they will transform the roled of the CPA, and future skills needed to succeed in an AI and data-driven world.
Changing technology and finance Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) June 2018 Global 16 This research explores the key theme of changing technology and finance. It examines finance function disruption, finance core modernisation tools, finance exponential tool, the impact of technology on the finance function, and technology adoption.
The Future of Audit: A framework for debate PwC February 2019 UK 20 This document aims to stimulate debate on the many important and complex issues surrounding the future of audit. It offers a framework for discussion among a wide range of stakeholders by posing a series of open questions.
Re-inventing finance for a digital world Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) January 2019 Global 44 This white paper tells the story of the research underpinning views on how new competencies are emerging in a digital world. It describes their implications for finance professionals, employers, academics and tuition providers, and regulators and policymakers.
Blockchain Technology and Its Potential Impact on the Audit and Assurance Profession CPA Canada, American Institute of CPAs (AICPA), UWCISA 2017 Global 28 The focus of this paper is to explain blockchain technology and how it could potentially impact the financial statement audit, introduce possible new assurance services and new roles for the CPA auditor in the blockchain ecosystem.
Future-Fit Accountants International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) 2019 Global 16 IFAC identifies the finance and accounting roles needed to remain integral to organizations in the coming decade. These future-fit roles are based on the experiences of business and finance function leaders represented on IFAC’s Professional Accountants Business Committee, as well as interactions with the customers of finance: CEOs, board directors, and other stakeholders.
Accounting’s Future: Topline Report ACCA Global October 2018 Global 13 ACCA conducted ground-breaking research into accounting’s future based on professional insights from over 200,000 members of ACCA network. The research identifies four key drivers of change and seven technical, ethical and interpersonal competencies or ‘quotients’ that future finance professionals will need.
Digitalisation in finance and accounting PwC July 2018 Global 52 A survey on status quo and further digital development that answers questions on the current state of finance and accounting, digital future of finance and accounting, current state and development of digitalisation in financial statement audits, and what digitalisation means for cooperation between external auditors and clients.
Future Ready Accountants in Business International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) May 2019 Global 14 The report provides a vision for finance function transformation and contains articles on data science and analytics, professional ethics, effective risk manangement and internal control, and more.
Finance: a journey to the future? ACCA, PwC June 2019 Global 48 TThe report sets out, through six hypotheses, a vision of what the future finance funcation may look like and lay the foundations for those who intend to embark and be successful in their journey towards change.
Artificial intelligence and the future of accountancy Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) 2018 Global 16 This report outlines a framework for embracing the opportunities created by increasingly intelligent systems, based on three questions: What is the long-term vision for AI and accountancy? How do artificial and human intelligence work together? How are accountants using AI capabilities?

Report Name
My Firm. My Future. Report 2019
Organisation
CPA Australia
Pub Date
2019
Geography
Australia
Pages
64
Overview
The report is based on insights from more than 500 public practitioners, and shows the profession is evolving from traditional accounting services, such as bookkeeping and taxation, as these services become more automated and the needs of clients change.
Report Name
Charting The Future of Accountancy with AI
Organisation
CPA Australia
Pub Date
2019
Geography
Global
Pages
74
Overview
The book seeks to answer several important questions: What is AI and what are emerging trends in this area? How can AI be implemented in the accounting and finance sector to solve problems? What are some practical steps that accountants can take to capitalise on AI?
Report Name
Getting Ready for the Digital Age of Accounting, Reporting and Auditing: a Guide for Professional Accountants
Organisation
Charles Hoffman, CPA
Pub Date
February 2018
Geography
Global
Pages
15
Overview
This report discusses three primary enabling technological innovations that are driving significant change to the current accounting practices, processes, and methods: XBRL-based structured digital financial reports; knowledge-based systems and other application of artificial intelligence; and blockchain-based or hashgraph-based3 distributed ledgers.
Report Name
Future ready: accountancy careers in the 2020s
Organisation
ACCA
Pub Date
January 2020
Geography
Global
Pages
72
Overview
Drawing on ACCA’s collective research over the last three years, the report examines 20 trends that are changing careers in accountancy and presents 5 future career opportunities.
Report Name
Big Data and Artificial Intelligence – The Future of Accounting and Finance
Organisation
CPA Canada
Pub Date
January 2019
Geography
Global
Pages
21
Overview
This paper is intended for CPAs in accounting and finance to help them understand the implications of AI technologies, including: convergence of Big Data and AI and what it means for CPAs, new AI technologies and how they will transform the roled of the CPA, and future skills needed to succeed in an AI and data-driven world.
Report Name
Changing technology and finance
Organisation
Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA)
Pub Date
June 2018
Geography
Global
Pages
16
Overview
This research explores the key theme of changing technology and finance. It examines finance function disruption, finance core modernisation tools, finance exponential tool, the impact of technology on the finance function, and technology adoption.
Report Name
The Future of Audit: A framework for debate
Organisation
PwC
Pub Date
February 2019
Geography
UK
Pages
20
Overview
This document aims to stimulate debate on the many important and complex issues surrounding the future of audit. It offers a framework for discussion among a wide range of stakeholders by posing a series of open questions.
Report Name
Re-inventing finance for a digital world
Organisation
Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA)
Pub Date
January 2019
Geography
Global
Pages
44
Overview
This white paper tells the story of the research underpinning views on how new competencies are emerging in a digital world. It describes their implications for finance professionals, employers, academics and tuition providers, and regulators and policymakers.
Report Name
Blockchain Technology and Its Potential Impact on the Audit and Assurance Profession
Organisation
CPA Canada, American Institute of CPAs (AICPA), UWCISA
Pub Date
2017
Geography
Global
Pages
28
Overview
The focus of this paper is to explain blockchain technology and how it could potentially impact the financial statement audit, introduce possible new assurance services and new roles for the CPA auditor in the blockchain ecosystem.
Report Name
Future-Fit Accountants
Organisation
International Federation of Accountants (IFAC)
Pub Date
2019
Geography
Global
Pages
16
Overview
IFAC identifies the finance and accounting roles needed to remain integral to organizations in the coming decade. These future-fit roles are based on the experiences of business and finance function leaders represented on IFAC’s Professional Accountants Business Committee, as well as interactions with the customers of finance: CEOs, board directors, and other stakeholders.
Report Name
Accounting’s Future: Topline Report
Organisation
ACCA Global
Pub Date
October 2018
Geography
Global
Pages
13
Overview
ACCA conducted ground-breaking research into accounting’s future based on professional insights from over 200,000 members of ACCA network. The research identifies four key drivers of change and seven technical, ethical and interpersonal competencies or ‘quotients’ that future finance professionals will need.
Report Name
Digitalisation in finance and accounting
Organisation
PwC
Pub Date
July 2018
Geography
Global
Pages
52
Overview
A survey on status quo and further digital development that answers questions on the current state of finance and accounting, digital future of finance and accounting, current state and development of digitalisation in financial statement audits, and what digitalisation means for cooperation between external auditors and clients.
Report Name
Future Ready Accountants in Business
Organisation
International Federation of Accountants (IFAC)
Pub Date
May 2019
Geography
Global
Pages
14
Overview
The report provides a vision for finance function transformation and contains articles on data science and analytics, professional ethics, effective risk manangement and internal control, and more.
Report Name
Finance: a journey to the future?
Organisation
ACCA, PwC
Pub Date
June 2019
Geography
Global
Pages
48
Overview
The report sets out, through six hypotheses, a vision of what the future finance funcation may look like and lay the foundations for those who intend to embark and be successful in their journey towards change.
Report Name
Artificial intelligence and the future of accountancy
Organisation
Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)
Pub Date
2018
Geography
Global
Pages
16
Overview
This report outlines a framework for embracing the opportunities created by increasingly intelligent systems, based on three questions: What is the long-term vision for AI and accountancy? How do artificial and human intelligence work together? How are accountants using AI capabilities?

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