Developing the Accountancy Profession

PAO Digital Transformation Series

November 12, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting current environment accelerated the need for PAOs use digital technologies to create new, or modify existing, business processes, including member and student experiences. But having adequate technology is only one part of the story.

Digital transformation is the long-term objective and endeavor for PAOs. It requires organizational leadership support and buy-in, building workforce capabilitiesempowering people to work in new ways, and increasing effective communication throughout the transformation.

Digital Transformation Is Essential

Digital transformation is crucial to the sustainability and resilience of professional accountancy organizations in order to meet changing business and market demands.

This evolution requires a mindset change for organizations, employees, and members, as well as an organizational culture change, before deciding what digital tools to use and how to use them. This process requires the organization to envision its future and use that future to drive technology, not the other way around.

This transformation requires continuous improvement. You are not alone in this journey. IFAC supports your sustainability and resiliency.

Starting—Or Continuing—Your Digital Journey

Given the importance of digital transformation to PAOs’ long-term sustainability and resilience, IFAC has partnered with cloudThing to create a PAO Digital Readiness Assessment Tool and this Resource Series. We are uniquely positioned to collaborate and offer our member organizations impartial scoring, resources, and expertise, allowing you to make the most out of technology on an ongoing basis.

This tool is not only an instrument to help to you develop your strategy and plan. It is also an educational resource to help PAOs continue their journeys.


PAO Digital Readiness Tool

This web based PAO self-assessment tool helps IFAC member organizations and professional accountancy organizations gauge where they are on their digital journey using 11 pillars and 120 aspects of digital transformation. IFAC member organizations may access the Tool via individualized links emailed to your organization.

Access the Tool

PAO Digital Readiness Resource Series
IFAC PAO Digital Readiness Demo
PAO Digital Readiness Resource: An Interview with Prafulla Chhajed
PAO Digital Readiness Resource Series: An Interview with Shahied Daniels, Chief Executive of SAIPA
Главный технический директор МФБ, Инструмент оценки готовности к цифровым технологиям ПАО МФБ
cloudThing Demo: Инструмент оценки цифровой готовности IFAC PAO Digital Tool (Русская озвучка)
Building a future-ready professional qualification: SAIPA's Centre of Future Excellence
Building a future-ready professional qualification: How SAIPA Develops Future-Ready Professionals
Building a future-ready qualification: Development & Evolution of SAIPA's Professional Qualification
PAO Digital Readiness Resource: An Interview with Sheree Ebanks
Asia-Pacific Q&A Webinar - IFAC PAO Digital Readiness Assessment Tool
IFAC Outil d'évaluation de la préparation numérique PAO - Webinaire de questions et réponses
Europe and Central Asia Q&A Webinar - IFAC PAO Digital Readiness Assessment Tool
MENA Q&A Webinar - IFAC PAO Digital Readiness Assessment Tool
Africa Region Q&A Webinar - IFAC PAO Digital Readiness Assessment Tool
PAO Digital Readiness Resource: An Interview with Jelena Misita
PAO Digital Readiness Resource: An Interview with Andrew Conway
Digital readiness: PAOs can build upon our trusted position
Serie y herramienta de evaluación de preparación digital PAO de IFAC
Demostración de preparación digital IFAC PAO
Démo de préparation numérique IFAC PAO
IFAC PAO Digital Readiness Assessment Tool & Series: Introduction with Francis Thomas, cloudThing
IFAC PAO Digital Readiness Assessment Tool & Series: Marie Abery, Interim COO, Microsoft UK
IFAC PAO Digital Readiness Assessment Tool & Series: Digital Transformation at ICAEW with cloudThing
IFAC PAO Digital Readiness Assessment Tool & Series
Une initiative en faveur de la transformation numérique

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Share Your Journey

This globally relevant topic provides an opportunity to facilitate dialogue and enhance knowledge-sharing. IFAC wants to hear from and share your PAO’s experience around digital transformation. Please email your story and links to other resources with the email subject line “PAO Digital Transformation Dialogue.”


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