IAESB Roundtables Discussions: Information and Communications Technology

Dec 11, 2017 | English

As part of the International Accounting Education Standards Board (IAESB)’s ongoing efforts to obtain input and feedback from a broad array of stakeholders, and coinciding with the IAESB and IAESB Consultative Advisory Group (CAG) meetings in Mexico City, members of the IAESB Information Communications and Technology (ICT) Task Force hosted two roundtable discussions at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM).

Nine individuals participated in the two roundtables, including members of the academic community and those closely associated with learning and development activities as well as practitioners.

Participants provided their insights and thoughts on a range of questions focused on broadly-defined ICT skills that accountants need, or may need in the future, to perform their role competently in the digital age. They also provided input on current and emerging technologies as well as the complimentary skillsets needed to succeed and meet the demands of an ever-evolving business landscape.

While analysis of the sessions continues, preliminary insights center on a wide range of skillsets and emerging technologies—such as bitcoin, blockchain, and artificial intelligence—and how these technologies will impact accountants’ ability to perform effectively. Participants also stressed the continued need for strong written and oral communication skills and analytical and critical thinking skills, along with the ability to adapt to ever-changing technologies.

The IAESB and ICT Task Force would like to thank roundtable participants:

  • Ana Lydia Franzoni, Director of Computer Engineering Program, ITAM
  • Daniel Medina, Colegio de Contadores Publicos de México
  • Salvador Garrido, Managing Partner, Garrido Licona y Asociados
  • Eduardo Ávalos Lira, President, CACECA (Mexican accreditation body)
  • Gustavo López Villalobos, IBM
  • Luis Amador, Professional Development, KPMG
  • Carlos Ledesma, Ledesma, Taxes
  • Armando Nuricumbo, Managing Director, Nuricumbo & Partners, Consulting
  • Haical Besil, JP Morgan

Further outreach is planned over the coming months. If you have any thoughts you would like to share with the ICT task force, please contact DavidMcPeak@iaesb.org.


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