In 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
- 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.