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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

New tech features for Jun Aug 21

Our quarterly digest of new features across Microsoft 365 & other business tech products in written, images & video format.

Your Tech Faculty is changing

The Tech Faculty is changing. 2021 is the last year that we will be collecting subs and providing an additional, paid-for service for members. From 2022 onwards, all tech content will become available to all ICAEW members.

Blog series

Big data and the profession - what does the future hold?

The growth of computer power, and rise of automation and artificial intelligence will increasingly affect analytical tasks. Accountants will need to find new ways to add value in response.

Webinars and recordings

Covid-19 WealthCare update: Property series part I

This webinar is the first webinar in a 3 part ICAEW Property Advice webinar series. John Gaskell, ICAEW Head of Personal Financial Planning, interviews industry experts Kate Faulkner and Jatin Patel on the implications Covid19 may have for first-time buyers and those that are looking to step-up or step-down the property ladder.

What's your data strategy?

Demystifying data. Before organisations can gain any value from data it is critical to have a clear data strategy that ties into an organisation's overall strategy.

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Reports, guidance and thought leadership

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BVB Insights 2021 overview

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

Accounting disrupted

This book delivers a powerful analysis of the new technological forces buffeting the accounting profession and identifies key pathways to responding to the challenges. [It] shows readers how established business fundamentals are being eclipsed and that accounting has not been spared. You'll learn: how the new realities of digitalization, including big data and AI, are affecting audit work and financial management practices; how learning fast about and from more diverse data sources is essential to the new accounting environment; why accounting information must start to speak to what will take place rather than about financial activities that have occurred; what finance must do in a world of changing risks, data growth, fast digitization, and increased regulation.

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.

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

This book takes a thoughtful look at how the industry is evolving, and it explains how to integrate concepts of digital finance into existing traditional finance platforms. It explores what successful companies are doing to maximize their opportunities in this context and offers suggestions on how to introduce digital finance into a firm's structure. Specific strategies for a digital future are presented, alongside numerous case studies that explore key attributes of success.

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.

Principles of data wrangling: practical techniques for data preparation

This book walks the reader through the wrangling process by exploring several factors-time, granularity, scope, and structure-that you need to consider as you begin to work with data.

Data strategy: how to profit from a world of big data, analytics and the internet of things

A must-have guide to creating a robust data strategy. Explaining how to identify your strategic data needs, what methods to use to collect the data and, most importantly, how to translate your data into organizational insights for improved business decision-making and performance, this is essential reading for anyone aiming to leverage the value of their business data and gain competitive advantage.

Ensuring your data doesn't become a liability

Chapter 10 of this title deals with: data ownership and privacy; data security; best practice in data governance.

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Three 3 steps to enabling better use of business data

Article looks at how effective data mining derives from linking all the right data to create a complete and timely picture of the business issues you are trying to engage.

Taking a look into the future

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

Text analytics and the accounting profession

Article discuss the latest trends in text analytics in the accounting profession where firms are using text analytics software in accounting, auditing, tax, and business advisory for automation, compliance assurance, fraud detection, or planning purposes.

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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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