Blockchain is regularly viewed as one of the emerging technologies that will cause disruption within the accounting profession. It’s potential to change the way the world does business is real, but a clear understanding of exactly what blockchain is, has not been established mainstream. This session will present a brief overview of the history, function and benefits of blockchain technology. We will then explore the current state of blockchain technology, practical application, and how this innovation may impact the development and function of the accounting profession. Finally, we will identify some of the new ways that accounting firms will be building advisory services around the emerging trend.
1) Recall the definition, origin and functions of blockchain technology
2) Identify the benefits and regulatory implications
3) Evaluate accounting functions that are or will be leveraging blockchain technology, now and in the future
4) Explore the opportunities in new advisory services for firms around blockchain