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Data analytics and big data

Get advanced data analysis, from number crunching and spreadsheets to decision-support and strategy, including access to useful and practical Excel guidance. Plus, find out how big data is used and can benefit the accountancy profession.

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Features and articles

Why accountants can help schools navigate choppy waters

As pupils return to school, school governing boards are taking stock of the challenges they have faced in the wake of the pandemic and begin to look ahead to the new academic year. How can finance professionals get involved in helping schools navigate these choppy strategic seas – and what are the benefits of volunteering in education?

Webinars and recordings

Accountant vs AI Accountant vs Data Scientist

How likely are you to be replaced by a robot? Listen to the webinar and find out how advancing technology and AI are impacting the accounting profession, and how humans and machines can co-exist.

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Reports, guidance and thought leadership

Digitalisation of tax: international perspectives

Digitalisation is transforming how tax is reported and paid, with significant innovation and investment occurring in countries of all kinds. There is no single pathway to digitalisation, as our case studies show, but there is something to be learned from all of them.

Digitalisation of tax: international perspectives 2022

Digitalisation is transforming how tax is reported and paid, with significant innovation and investment occurring in countries of all kinds. There is no single pathway to digitalisation, as our case studies show, but there is something to be learned from all of them.

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BVB Insights 2022 overview

An in-depth overview of transaction multiples paid for UK private companies for the year ended December 2021.

BVB Insights 2021 overview

An in-depth overview of transaction multiples paid for UK private companies for the year ended December 2020.

Data visualization with Excel dashboards and reports

Large corporations like IBM and Oracle are using Excel dashboards and reports as a Business Intelligence tool, and many other smaller businesses are looking to these tools in order to cut costs for budgetary reasons.

Accounting disrupted

This book delivers a powerful analysis of the new technological forces buffeting the accounting profession. Using case studies and practical examples, the author demonstrates how big data, blockchain, robotic process automation and artificial intelligence can help accountants adapt to new realities.

Analytics and big data for accountants

This book will help accountants and financial managers better understand big data and analytics, including its history and current trends. It dives into the platforms and operating tools that will help you measure program impacts and ROI, visualize data and business processes, and uncover the relationship between key performance indicators.

Audit analytics: data science for the accounting profession

This book hopes to provide the reader with an inventory of basic algorithms which can be easily expanded and customized to fit an auditor's specific challenges. Accessible and comprehensive tools for these additional approaches are covered in this book, as are research approaches to take advantage of the additional explanatory power that these approaches offer to auditing. Coverage of software, methodologies, and fit statistics provide a concise reference for the conduct of audits, helping assure that audit opinions and decisions are defensible, fair, and accurate.

Digital finance: big data, start-ups, and the future of financial services

This book takes a thoughtful look at how the digital finance industry is evolving. It explains how to integrate digital finance concepts into existing traditional finance platforms and explores what successful companies are doing to maximize their opportunities in this context.

Data visualisation with Python: create an impact with meaningful data insights using interactive and engaging visuals

Understand, explore, and effectively present data using the powerful data visualization techniques of Python programming.

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Digital skills of the future

The article discusses the technical and digital skills that finance professionals should learn and gain expertise to gain considerable advantage in their profession, including process modeling, data governance, and software use and development.

The ongoing evolution of bookkeeping

Article looks at how bookkeeping is moving from the back office to the frontline a s a consequence of Covid-19 and technological advances. Roles have experienced considerable change, moving from historical-facing compliance to forward-looking support.

Marks & Spencer upskills internal talent with data science education

The article discusses that Marks & Spencer (M&S) has been building up a data science and management capability that includes master's degree apprenticeships, as well as making data literacy more of a common currency at the retailer. It mentions the data science and artificial intelligence (AI) apprenticeship from the M&S business.

Taking a look into the future

Article looks at how data analytics and forecasting tools are critical for the accountancy firms of tomorrow.

Three keys to building a more skilled postpandemic workforce.

Article discusses the need for new workplace skills in the wake of the pandemic and the move to hybrid working . Employees are energized by it being made clear that reskilling was an investment in talent and directly supported growth plans.

It's time for leaders to get real about hybrid

Article looks at the disconnect between employers wanting people back in the office and their employees not wanting to return.

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Useful links

Electronic Statistics Textbook

Provided by Tibco this textbook offers support on the application of statistics and data mining. It covers a variety of applications, including: business statistics, credit scoring, forecasting and survey research, data mining and quality control.

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