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Read the latest insights and announcements from ICAEW's Data Analytics Community.


Free webinar: helping small business recover (3 Sept)

Fraser Duckworth 20-08-2020

According to official data, small businesses with fewer than 50 employees are the largest and most potential portion of UK economic activity. Other advanced industrial countries are likely to have a similar proportion. It is also known that such businesses experience a high closure rate after major incidents whether the cause be floods or pandemics.

Visualising COVID-19

Fraser Duckworth 06-08-2020

As a profession, this is our moment to step up. The health crisis caused by COVID-19 continues, but our economic crisis is only starting to be felt. This is the time when businesses need support and guidance to channel the oxygen of cash and navigate the changes we’re all facing.


Data analysis: finance professionals must ask the right questions

ICAEW Insights 14-05-2021

Data offers huge business opportunities and boards, funders and creditors increasingly expect data analysis to underpin decisions, but financial controllers must grasp the challenges surrounding data integrity, trust in data and ethics to capitalise on its potential, an expert is warning.

Bringing data to life

Inflo 22-04-2021

From data wrangling to communication back to business, the data analytics community like others are facing key challenges, even more so in the current climate. In this piece, we explore the concept of data storytelling, the importance of it as data becomes more prevalent and the positive impact upon the data analytics.

Cash is king - don't let the liquidity crunch kill your business during COVID-19

Mohit Diswani 14-05-2020

Europe’s top 1000 non-financial companies have €353 billion in accounts receivable outstanding at any given point in time (Source: FactSet). That amount is roughly the same as Denmark’s GDP! The ability to carefully manage working capital is critical during a crisis like COVID-19, when cash - that most liquid of assets - is king.

The instrumentation of everything

Richard Payne 26-11-2019

By embedding sensors into objects of all kinds, businesses are increasingly able to generate data on almost any aspect of their assets and operations. But what will this huge influx of data mean for accountants?

Five ways to design for red green colour blindness

Andy Kirk 07-11-2019

In this series I am looking at different contextual, editorial, analytical, or design challenges encountered when working on data visualisation tasks. Each will be framed around a specific 'everyday' challenge with five possible methods, ideas or observations presented. Focusing on just five is deliberately arbitrary and non-exhaustive: just enough to provide some different ideas but not enough to pretend to be definitive.

Getting over the Excel hump

Rob Mastrodomenico 03-11-2019

Spreadsheets are good aren’t they, they are familiar, you know what to do with them, everyone uses them, why change?

Violin Plots

Harry Pampiglione 30-10-2019

This article firstly covers how to interpret box plots, before setting out how to understand distribution using violin plots. Finally, it shows how to use the ‘split violin plot’ to reveal a wealth of information about a data set in a single glance.