Technology and data
Technology and the use of data have become essential in the way we live and work and, in order to remain competitive, companies are having to invest in the latest data techniques, software and technologies.Read more
As a result of the increasing importance of technology in business, technology specialists are in high demand across every sector. Professionals in this field are needed to develop, maintain and support IT systems, including computer hardware, software, video conferencing, networks and database systems. They are needed to review IT processes and systems to ensure they are aligned to strategy and business objectives, are running efficiently and are secure. Other responsibilities may include project managing a new feature or upgrades to an existing IT service, building web services and creating content for websites.
Specialist software systems are also becoming increasingly accessible, meaning that organisations often have access to many different technologies in the business which also require integration and maintenance
Technology produces data and the data collected by businesses on a daily basis can be used for business advantage. Using data (or Big Data) appropriately can lead to reduced costs, improvements in business processes and the potential for increased competitive advantage. Professionals in this field use data management technologies and processes, along with data analysis and presentation techniques, to help provide accurate and meaningful information that assists with strategic decisions and day-to-day operations
Typical roles open to a finance and accounting professional would include ERP solutions professional, data visualisation specialist or an analyst (competitive intelligence).