On Demand (eLearning)

Disruptive Technologies Course Suite

JUN 16 - Dec 31, 2022



JUN 16 - DEC 31



8:00 AM - 11:30 PM




4 Hours


0 Hours


Registration open until

Dec 31, 2022


The accounting profession is far from immune from disruptive technology, and savvy professionals want to stay on top of what, why, and how things are changing.

This nine-part course will explore a wide variety of emerging and rapidly-changing technologies from robotics to artificial intelligence, machine learning, both virtual and augmented reality, Blockchain, edge computing, smart devices and tech, and virtual assistant technology.

Part 1: Using Robots and RPA in the Workplace

With current advances in technology, robots are no longer science fiction. They might well be your coworkers! Robots, whether physical or Robotic Process Automation (RPA) software, are fast becoming an integral part of the workplace. Robots and employees need to work well together to succeed.

In this session, you'll learn about the characteristics of both physical and software robots. You’ll explore how to distinguish between them and how they are being integrated in the workplace. You'll also learn best practices for implementing and managing robots. And you’ll learn the considerations for using physical robots and software robots in the workplace and how to optimize the human-robot relationship.


  • The characteristics of a robot
  • Ways to improve the way employees work with robots
  • Considerations for using physical robots
  • Different types of physical robots
  • The benefits and risks of using software robots
  • Best practices for implementing robotic process automation

Part 2: Transforming the Workplace Using Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the most important general-purpose technology of the 21st century. Much like electricity at the turn of the 20th century, it has the potential to transform the way businesses and industries operate.

This session will help you grasp AI's potential so you can transform your business. You'll learn about AI in business. You’ll examine common cognitive technologies that utilize AI, the effects of its applications in the workplace, and what to consider when identifying AI opportunities and benefits for your business. You'll also learn about some of the ethical considerations, challenges, and risks associated with adopting AI.


  • Common examples of the cognitive technologies of artificial intelligence that are in use in business today
  • Three main categories of applications of AI that affect the work and workers
  • Factors to consider when identifying opportunities for AI in your business
  • Criteria to use to identify tasks that might benefit from an AI application
  • The ethical and moral considerations associated with AI today
  • The challenges and risks associated with some of the issues facing the adoption of AI as a mainstream technology

Part 3: Creating Engagement with Virtual Reality

Virtual reality (VR) isn't new, so why all the attention now? Major strides in artificial intelligence and the 3D environment have brought VR renewed attention.

In this session, you’ll learn about the characteristics of VR and the  broad range of uses for VR in the business cyberspace. You'll explore the factors affecting a VR participant's sense of presence and how to distinguish between different levels of the immersive environment. Finally, you'll learn about the equipment typically used for both mobile and high-powered VR experiences.


  • Characteristics that describe virtual reality
  • The business benefits of virtual reality
  • Key factors that affect a virtual reality participant's sense of presence
  • Levels of immersion in virtual reality
  • Types of equipment typically used for a mobile virtual reality experience
  • The characteristics of equipment typically used for a high-powered virtual reality experience

Part 4: Getting Started with Machine Learning

Machine learning (ML) is a type of artificial intelligence that's having a profound impact on computing and its uses. Machine learning in business can provide your organization with a competitive edge, now that the use of analytics has become more prevalent. It has the power to transform the ways businesses operate. But often, organizations aren't clear how they can leverage it to help achieve their goals.

In this session, you'll learn what machine learning is, its potential benefits, and associated considerations. You'll also learn high-level steps your organization can take to identify opportunities for machine learning, determine their feasibility, and implement machine learning solutions.


  • Machine learning definition
  • The benefits of machine learning
  • Considerations for using machine learning
  • Steps required to identify opportunities for machine learning
  • How to determine the feasibility of machine learning opportunities
  • The basic steps of the machine learning process

Part 5: How Blockchain Technology is Transforming Businesses

Just as the Internet revolutionized the way companies do business, digital innovation and blockchain technology are redefining transactions. In fact, blockchain has the potential to provide its own far-reaching business revolution. Perhaps the best-known application of blockchain is bitcoin. But blockchain is much more than that!

In this session, you'll learn about blockchain technology, how it changes the way business transactions take place, and the differences between public and private versions. You'll also learn about smart contracts, and how they enable innovation, as well as the key challenges that blockchain technology currently faces. And you'll learn about the trust paradigm and how it’s being used in business today.


  • Key changes blockchain technology introduces to how transactions take place
  • How blockchain technology works
  • Public and private blockchains
  • Smart contracts and how they enable innovative applications of blockchain technology
  • Examples of how blockchain technology is being used in business today
  • Challenges that could impact the rate of widespread adoption of blockchain technology by enterprises

Part 6: Connecting with the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) allows objects to be sensed and controlled remotely across an existing network infrastructure. This session will cover the basics of IoT, and its application and value to customers, organizations, and everyday life.


  • The purpose and ideas behind IoT
  • Applications of IoT that address key areas of concern
  • Key data management challenges for IoT
  • Key business areas where IoT can generate value
  • Approaches to generate revenue from IoT
  • How IoT benefits customer relationships
  • How IoT has changed business

Part 7: Effective Edge Computing

With the use of artificial intelligence and smart devices on the rise, business networks are strained under the heavy load of data. Edge computing seeks to move data processing, collection, and delivery closer to the end user – to the so-called edge of the network. Edge data and local processing are fast becoming standard features in modern business networks. Edge computing can reduce costs and latency issues, improve data management and data warehousing, and enhance business continuity.

In this session, you'll learn about the benefits and challenges of edge computing. You'll also learn how to properly utilize a data warehouse and plan for implementing it into your business operation. And you’ll examine the considerations and best practices for implementing and utilizing edge computing in your organization.


  • Key business advantages of using edge computing
  • Types of edge computing
  • Effective ways to use edge computing for business value
  • Key edge computing challenges
  • Key components of a comprehensive edge computing strategy for your organization
  • Key considerations for reliable and resilient edge computing implementation in your organization

Part 8: Using Augmented Reality for Organizational Gains

When used effectively, augmented reality, or AR, can transform everything from how an organization trains its workforce to the kind of experience it offers to its customers, and in the process, can improve the bottom line.

In this session, you'll learn about the characteristics, technical components, and different types of augmented reality. You'll explore the benefits and best practices for using AR to increase business value and identify key considerations when planning AR implementations. Finally, you'll learn to recognize current trends in AR that may yield new opportunities for your organization.


  • Characteristics of augmented reality
  • The technical components of augmented reality
  • The different types of augmented reality
  • Best practices for using augmented reality to increase business value
  • Key areas to consider when beginning to plan for AR implementation
  • Current augmented reality trends

Part 9: Applying Virtual Assistant Technology

Virtual assistants are an expanding technology that can enable artificial intelligence to assist your workforce. However, many companies have yet to realize the full potential this technology has for improving growth and competitive advantage. Virtual assistant technology can help position your organization for smart growth and future-proofing strategies that will allow it to flourish in the digital marketplace.

This session covers benefits, best practice, and trends in virtual assistant technology.


  • The benefits of using virtual assistant technology in your organization
  • Examples of ways VA technology can enhance the overall business experience
  • Best practices when implementing and deploying virtual assistant technology in your organization
  • Common challenges when introducing virtual assistant technology and ways to overcome them
  • Current and future trends in virtual assistant technology


Key decision-makers and managers at all levels who wish to acquire an understanding of concepts and products used in today's digital world


$163.00 Personal Passport

$168.00 Organization Passport

$172.00 Member

$172.00 Student

$231.00 Public

Status: Registration open until Dec 31, 2022




This course is presented by Skillsoft, a leading global provider of high-quality, innovative, cloud-based learning resources, enabling organizations to achieve competitive advantages through superior knowledge and skills.


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