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Automation and the changing role of accountants - Highlights from MYOB Incite

16 Feb 2018

MYOB’s Incite event kicked off in Auckland yesterday at the Viaduct Events Centre with over 300 accounting partners and bookkeepers turning up. 

The Auckland event was first of three national Incite events, with two more happening in Wellington and Christchurch.  

Featuring a keynote from Paralympian-turned-artificial intelligence-advocate Liam Malone, the event offered accountants and bookkeepers a look at how automation is disrupting industries everywhere and what they could do to cope.

CEO Tim Reed spoke on the dangers of being resistant to change and avoiding technological development, the potential effects of the coming wave of automation, and how accountants have to work in a more advisory capacity - more of this in our upcoming article with him. 

MYOB also announced new features they would be adding to the cloud accounting software to help accountants cope with upcoming regulation changes such as AIM reporting and Pay Day PAYE. 

Here are some highlights from the event:

50 million tonnes of e-waste: IT faces sustainability challenges
“Through This is IT, we want to help people better understand the problem of today’s linear “take, make, dispose” thinking around IT products and its effects like e-waste, pollution and climate change."
Vocus & Vodafone unbundle NZ's fibre network
“Unbundling fibre will provide retail service providers with a flexible future-proofed platform regardless of what tomorrow brings."
NZ Cricket ups data analytics game with Qrious
The Black Caps and White Ferns have implemented a data and analytics solution from Qrious to monitor and improve game strategy and player performance.
Gartner: Smartphone biometrics coming to the workplace
Gartner predicts increased adoption of mobile-centric biometric authentication and SaaS-delivered IAM.
Samsung & Trade Me offer AI-powered shopping
The smartphone camera & AI-powered tech, Trade Me says, is a ‘glimpse into the future of shopping’.
Neill Blomkamp's 'Conviction' is a prequel to BioWare's Anthem
You may remember Neill Blomkamp’s name from such films as District 9, Chappie, and Elysium. If you’ve seen any of those films, the short teaser trailer will seem somewhat familiar to you.
Security flaw in Xiaomi electric scooters could have deadly consequences
An attacker could target a rider, and then cause the scooter to suddenly brake or accelerate.
617 million stolen records up for sale on dark web
It may not be the first time the databases have been offered for sale.