2014 Top Technology Initiatives Survey 


    TTI logoIn 2014, we celebrate 25 years of commitment to the IT Profession through an in-depth analysis and resources from Information Management and Technology Assurance’s (IMTA) Top Technology Initiatives Survey, a collaboration between the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada). What began 25 years ago as a small gathering of CPAs discussing DOS, spreadsheets, and mainframes has transformed into a set of multi-level results designed to inform and educate accounting professionals working in every service niche and region throughout the United States and Canada.

    Top Technology Initiatives Survey: 25 Years of Technology
     
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    How times have changed, especially over 25 years! Here are some highlights since the Top Technology Initiatives Survey first begin in 1989:

    • 1989 - The World Wide Web was developed by Tim Berners-Lee. The AICPA’s Top Technology Initiatives Survey was created. It focused on technological tools that the CPA community needed to be aware of in order to effectively serve their organization and clients.
    • 1990 – “Local area networks” was ranked as the top priority for CPAs in the Top Technology Initiative Survey while “expert systems” ranked second and “information warehouse” ranked third.
    • 1993 - The first touch screen phone, Simon personal communicator, was introduced at Wireless World and sold for $899.
    • 1995- On August 24, Microsoft introduces Windows 95 for the Intel PC family of computers.
    • 1997- The number one ranked priority was “internet, intranets, networks and extranets” with the lowest ranking priority being “remote connectivity. ” Respondents were also asked to pick the five technologies that would most impact CPAs. They chose “agents, push technology, smart cards, auditing electronics evidence and voice systems” as the top five concerns.
    • 1999 - Proctor and Gamble and Gillette began using RFID (radio frequency identification) to track razors.
    • 2002 – The AICPA’s IMTA Division introduces the first web-based version of the Top Technology Initiatives Survey, allowing for a longer survey completion period.
    • 2004 – SPAM technology makes its first appearance on the Top Technology Initiatives Survey list for the first time, reflecting the concern many CPAs had in eliminating unwanted emails. During the same year, the amount of SPAM rose 42 percent from 2003 to 500,000 SPAM emails being sent a day.
    • 2005 – “Emerging technology RFID codes” is number one on AICPA Top Technology Initiatives Survey for trends to look out for in the coming years. The US government began using RFID in the 1970s to track nuclear material.
    • 2008 –The IMTA Division, IIA, ITA and ISACA corroborated to produce the multi-organizational Top Technology Initiatives Survey. Cloud computing becomes mainstream and software vendors begin introducing online accounting software.  
    • 2009 – “Mobile and Remote Computing” makes it to the top five of the  Top Technology Initiatives Survey.
    • 2011 – “Control and Use of Mobile Devices” tops the list of the Top Technology Initiatives.
    • 2013 – “Managing & Retaining Data” displaces “Securing the IT Environment” as number one concern for first time in five years. The Internet of things (IOT), in development for a  decade, is now prevalent in most M2M communications and data transfers.

    Upcoming 2014 Top Technology Initiatives Survey
       
    a lock to represent IT securityManaging and Retaining Data … Securing the IT Environment … Managing System Implementations.

    What will be your top technology initiatives for 2014? More importantly, how will these technologies affect the way you deliver accounting services for your clients and employers?

    This year’s survey will be sent to AICPA members who work in IT and/or have an interest in IT. Conducted in December 2013—January 2014, the survey explains the technological initiatives that will be most impactful over the next 12-18 months. This vision into the future enables companies and firms to make more informed decisions on technology spending and helps guide their clients and employers to use technology in smarter, more efficient ways. In fact, in 2014, CPAs will be able to analyze data by region, state, and market segment.

    How to complete the 2014 survey: If you are an AICPA member with interest in IT and want to participate in this year’s survey, but have not received an invitation, contact the IMTA Division by. All participants will receive a free copy of a white paper analyzing the results by industry, as well as a regional analysis of results with data collected from the survey. Everyone who completes the survey will be eligible to win a new 32GB Silver iPad Air.

    The results of the 25th Annual Top Technology Initiatives survey will be available in the spring of 2014. At that time, IMTA Division members and CITP credential holders will be able to access a set of interactive, practical resources with guidance and advice on how to understand and implement these technologies. In addition, an early summer webcast will be held for in-depth analysis and guidance from some of our profession’s most knowledgeable technology speakers.

    Present Top Technology Initiatives Survey Resources
       
    Additional TTI ResourcesIf you are unfamiliar with the 2013 U.S. Top Technology Initiatives Survey, you can still review the results of the 2013 survey. Conducted Feb. 12 -March 6, 2013 in the United States and Feb. 14 - March 5, 2013 in Canada, 1,670 AICPA members nationwide and 219 Canadian respondents interested in IT completed the survey. The AICPA created various tools and resources to assist organizations in addressing the year’s top technology initiatives. These tools, available to IMTA Division members and CITP credential holders, can be found in the 2013 U.S. Top Technology Initiatives Master Toolkit.




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