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Date 29 September 2020

The Digital Accountancy Forum and Awards is going virtual! We have created an immersive online experience where leaders from accounting firms can network and learn from the comfort of your own homes. We’ll be bringing together leading accounting firms, regulators and industry bodies, consultancies and advisors, law firms and tech vendors to debate key issues impacting the sector and opportunities for growth.

This prestigious event will celebrate the best and most innovative developments in modern accounting. The daytime summit explores market trends and new solutions, such as ‘Utilizing Artificial Intelligence In The Accounting Practice To Remain Competitive’. This event seeks to uncover tomorrow’s leaders and we’ll be featuring case studies from leading companies on how they’re preparing for a fully digitalised future.

Our virtual awards show will recognise excellence in accounting and we’ll commemorate the achievements of the past year from both accounting firms and solution providers.

We look forward to welcoming you to our 2020 edition


The Digital Accountancy
Awards 2020
> (incorporating
The Accountant & International Accounting Bulletin Awards) will be
announced live during a virtual ceremony which will take place just after the
conference. This year, as before, there are 16 corporate Awards categories and
three Awards for individuals.

DAF Awards Entry Form 2020

DAF Awards Information Pack 2020

Send your completed
nominations to

Nominees should follow
these simple guidelines to ensure their submission has the best chance of

Submission Rules:

1. Submissions may be
made either on behalf of your own company or in recognition of a colleague or
partner firm.

2. Your entry should
be no longer than 1,000 words in Word format, no appendices.

3. Your entry must
address the award category explicitly; do not offer generic links to web sites,
corporate marketing etc.

4. Submissions should
highlight the key differentiator and competitive nature of the project or
implementation being cited.

5. For all corporate
categories (i.e. excluding those being made to individuals) it is made explicit
that the Entrant, the Judges and the publications will treat any and all
information in strict confidence.

6. Any quotations or
information to go into the public domain will be pre-cleared with the Entrant.

7. For the Awards for
individuals, any submissions (e.g. biographies) will be publicised on The Accountant and International Accounting Bulletin and the
winner will be decided by a subscribers’ vote.

8. Submissions made
after the publicised cut-off date will be ignored irrespective of their
relative merits.

9. The Editor and
Judges reserve the right to make no award for any specific category.

10. The Editor and
Judges reserve the right to move a submission to a more appropriate category at
their discretion.

11. In submitting for
more than one category each submission must be unique.

12. The Editor and
Judges’ decision is final.

Should you require
further guidance on your entry please contact our Editor

Keith Maidment

Good luck in your



Digital Accountancy Forum Programme

Wednesday 30th September

– 08:50


the virtual platform and network


– 09:00


Chair’s opening remarks



SESSION ONE: Transforming People And
Processes Through Technology in the Age of Covid-19

– 09:20


Session reserved
for Deloitte


– 09:40


Discussing The Changing Shape
Of The Accounting Technology Landscape To Service The Changing Needs And
Expectations Of Clients


Exploring how accountants can use cloud technology
in the most efficient way to keep up with technology as it evolves

Showcasing how technology can help to truly enable
transformative change for your client’s business and the role you play in
advising them

Exploring how accountants and bookkeepers can help businesses
expand and differentiate to be more successful in growing their business

Understanding how to strike a balance between compliance and
advisory to better service the client




– 10:00


How To Best Adopt Blockchain In Order To Transform Existing Processes

  • Discussing the potential for blockchain to enhance the accounting
    by reducing the costs of maintaining and reconciling ledgers and
    providing certainty over the ownership of assets
  • Exploring how technology vendors and the Big Four are integrating
    blockchain in order to gain a competitive advantage
  • Determining the implications of blockchain for auditors in order
    to understand new challenges and opportunities for audit and assurance
  • Discussing the need for the role and skill sets of CPA auditors to
    adapt in order to keep up with new blockchain-based techniques and


– 10:20


Exploring The
Need To Leverage Current Cloud Based Technologies In Order To Future Proof Firms

Understanding how to harness cloud based technology to provide a more
efficient and cost-effective service to the client

Discussing how to best educate clients in order to ensure that they
are turning to digital accounting

Examining how to reduce the dependency on
IT to minimize related costs

Reviewing transactional data to understand
how to use AI driven risk based Audit Data Analytics  



10:20 – 10:50


Panel: Discussing The Move Into Digital Accountancy
To Ensure Survival


Understanding the latest developments in digital
accountancy in order to highlight future opportunities for growth

Highlighting how the accountancy skill base can
grow in order to complement advances in technology

Exploring how accounting technology can be
efficiently utilised to increase your client base


representative, XERO


10:50 – 11:00

refreshments and networking


 Reaching The Point Of Digital Transformation

11:00 – 11:20


Case Study: Utilizing Artificial Intelligence In The
Accounting Practice To Remain Competitive


Discussing EisnerAmper’s collaboration with IBM to make processes more
effective and more efficient

  • Understanding
    how to incorporate Watson protocols within both audit and non-audit
    to bring
    Artificial Intelligence into the accounting practice

Focusing on the application
of Natural Language Processing within AI in the review of contracts to help
the firm analyse their growing library of documentation

Providing fresh insights and learning into the use
of AI during a third year of development with IBM Watson in order to
understand progress


Jay Weinstein,
Managing Partner, EisnerAmper NY,
Global (EU)



– 11:40


Helping Accounting Businesses Uncover Valuable Insights
Within Their Financials To Remain Profitable


  • Discussing the role of
    analytics to better understand clients’ unique businesses and
    anticipate their needs
  • Understanding the importance
    of analytics in order to better address accounting problems to clients
    and to remain competitive
  • Exploring the value of
    different add on software’s in order to be able to forward plan for
    clients’  business
  • Highlighting the importance
    of delivering information to clients in real-time to better connect
    with clients and to serve them more clients due to faster and more
    efficient processes


Kevin Lord, Practice Digital Enablement Manager, FreeAgent


– 12:00


Discussing How Technology Businesses Can
Improve Efficiencies In Order To Serve The Modern Accountancy Practice


Explaining how mid-tier and independent
firms can use new technologies in
order to transform their current organisation and to get ahead of clients

Providing a
practical example of how Symphony has improved a firm’s performance in order
to understand how to take firms on the journey from a semi manual environment
to the point of digital transformation

Exploring the need for fully integrated systems
in order to provide full visibility across the accountancy practice and
greater systematic automation to key
compliance processes and repetitive tasks

Discussing the use of APIs in order to
understand how they can help us to link various technologies into a coherent

Brian Coventry, CEO, Symphony


– 12:20

Reviewing The
Increasing Reliance On Technology In Order To Understand How It Can Threaten
A Business’ Cyber Security

Discussing how cyber-attacks can happen in order to increase awareness
on how to best deal with them 

  • Providing
    guidance on how to best remain compliant with GDPR regulations in order
    to avoid heavy penalties and substantial legal action from clients who have
    had their information compromised
  • Exploring
    how mid-tier and independent firms can efficiently analyse their own
    standard of cyber security in order to secure clients’ confidential data
    and valuable financial information
  • Assessing
    the need for accountancy firms to educate themselves and their clients
    on cyber security in order to better prepare them against the threat of


Session reserved for ACCA


12:20 – 12:40


Exploring How To Harness Digital Technology To Better Serve The Needs Of Clients


Understanding the opportunities of technologies
like Artificial Intelligence and blockchain to streamline accounting

Discussing the best strategies to overcome
potential barriers in achieving successful implementation

Exploring the challenges in cyber security to
protect accountancy firms


Weinstein, Managing Partner, EisnerAmper NY,
Global (EU)

Padgett, National Sales Manager, FreeAgent

Coventry, CEO, Symphony Professional


– 13:00


& Networking



SESSION THREE: Continuing The Digital


– 13:20


Understanding How
To Remain Compliant With Making Tax Digital In Order To Prepare For 2021


  • Analysing
    the impact of accountancy software on independent firms to aid with
    Making Tax Digital
  • Exploring
    how to find the best Making Tax Digital software in order to ensure that
    your business’s VAT affairs are 100% compliant with the new legislation
  • Assessing
    the need for accounting firms to move clients to a digital accounting
    platform of their own
    choosing to avoid clients bypassing the accountant
  • Discussing the need to train accountants on
    up to date tax changes in order to keep up with changing accounting


– 13:40


Discussing How To Transform Efficiency Into
Profit To Help Your Practice Grow


Exploring how AI-powered OCR technology and
human verification can turn documents into digital data faster than any other
solution to improve levels of accuracy

Identifying inefficiencies in your existing
workflows to enhance internal processes

Discussing how to accelerate processes to
transform the client journey

Exploring how accountants can do more in
order to understand how small businesses can save time on their finances and
focus on growth.


Bank (EU)


– 14:00


How Accountancy Firms Can Outsource Services In Order To Save Time


the core motivations behind outsourcing in order to understand long term

Exploring how
firms can use outsourcing to upgrade and improve your current financial
accounting processes

the right time to consider outsourcing in order to get ahead of your

how outsourcing can be a viable option for accountants to prepare for the


14:00 –


Panel: Discussing How To Keep Up With Digital
Transformation To Attract A Wider Range Of Clientele


Exploring how accountancy firms can continue to
prepare for Making Tax Digital to help clients navigate this legislative

Understanding how to improve efficiency and
accuracy in accounting practices in order to increase profits

Highlighting the opportunities within outsourcing
accounting services to achieve operational efficiency


Senior representative, Receipt Bank (EU)


– 14:30


Mid-Afternoon Refreshments



Future Of Accountancy: Where Is The Profession Heading Towards?

– 14:50


How Globalisation Will Impact The Future of Accounting To Open Up New


  • Exploring the impact of technological innovation in order to
    understand how it has made the financial district a global market
  • Understanding the impact of globalization on accounting education to identify the
    implications for the industry and policymaking

Exploring how
to create a more unified set of standards to reduce the gap between Generally
Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and the International Reporting
Standards (IFRS)

the key reporting differences involved when working to provide funding for a
capital-seeking company in another country



– 15:10



Future Of Accounting Education To Respond To And Harness Technology

  • Highlighting
    how technology is impacting the accounting profession and the impact on
    the attractiveness to graduates
  • Exploring
    the need for professional bodies to continually evolve accounting
    qualifications in order to keep pace with technological change
  • Considering
    the impact of business model and strategic decision on the accountant
    skill set, and variation between Big Four, mid-tier and independent
  • Discussing
    Inflo’s work to embed emerging technologies accounting qualifications
    and broader education to teach the new skills of future accounts

Edmondson, CEO, Inflo



– 15:30



Predicting The
Future Of The Accounting Industry In Order To Understand Emerging Trends


Discussing how
accountancy in practice is moving away from compliance and more towards a consultancy/advisory
nature in order to provide a more client-centric service

Assessing the impact of ‘AI’ and
‘Machine Learning’ in order to understand it’s role in shaping a more
automated future for the accountancy practice

Recognising the wider implications of
Brexit on the future of accountancy in order to understand how to best
prepare to leave the EU

Examining the viability of accounting
software on mobile phone applications in order to maximise efficiencies

Exploring whether digital accountancy is
harming the practice in order to understand what niche skills are needed to
counteract this


15:30 – 15:50


Closing panel: Exploring Where The Accountancy Profession Is
Heading Towards To Determine Future Opportunities

Highlighting the impact of globalisation on the profession to develop the next generation of

Discussing  future
strategies to ensure that the accountancy profession remains attractive to
the younger generation

Outlining future technological changes to increase the
automation of accountancy 

Mark Edmondson, CEO, Inflo

– 16:00

Chair’s closing remarks

16:00 – 16:45


Digital Accountancy Awards 2020

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best in accounting excellence.


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