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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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Data-driven insights: The importance of data quality in cash flow forecasting with Futrli

Could bad data be holding your forecasts back? If you want to perform incisive cash flow forecasts and empower your clients to make the best business decisions, you need to have a focus on data quality. In this webinar, we will delve into the impact of good data on your cash flow forecasting. We will consider the processes you can implement today to ensure your clients’ data is captured, processed, and presented in the most effective manner, and look at how Futrli can help.

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Reports, guidance and thought leadership


ICAEW and the LGPS Scheme Advisory Board are pleased to publish a Local Government Pension Scheme Informer.

Evolution of mid-tier accountancy firms

ICAEW's latest research into mid-tier practices reveals reaction to the increase in private equity funding to the sector, as well as expectations for profit growth and shifts in services lines over the next three years.

ICAEW Evolution of mid-tier accountancy firms 2024

ICAEW's latest research reveals the polarised reactions to private equity funding within the sector, as well as expectations for profit growth and shifts in services lines over the next three years.

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Python for accounting and business

The first of a two-volume series covering Python, a general-purpose programming language, for accounting and business tasks. This volume covers the concepts of Python and select foundational libraries using examples, codes, and accompanying outputs. Examples are tailored to accounting and business use-cases.

Guerrilla data analysis using Microsoft Excel: conquering crap data and Excel skirmishes.

Includes examples and case studies that teach users the tricks for analysing data in Excel.

Excel data analysis for dummies

For those new to data analysis. Takes the reader on a tour of Excel's data analysis tools.

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.

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Industry press

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In the dark about data

Article discusses openness and transparency in data collection from customers. The authors argue that companies that are open about what they are doing with customer data and offer something fair in exchange are at an advantage over companies that are not trusted with data.

The data-driven supply chain raises new governance and security issues

The article highlights the importance of data management and security in today's digital supply chain, where every enterprise is considered a "data enterprise." As companies transition to digitally integrated supply chains, they must prioritize data stewardship, embed data governance and security into their operations, and adapt to changing practices and regulations.

Getting data sorted

The article focuses on data classification as a pre-requisite for data protection, security, and compliance, and it explores the tools available for data classification, including offerings from major tech companies as well as open-source options. It mentions these tools use machine learning and artificial intelligence to automate data classification, ensuring accurate data management and governance.

Managing people's data ethically

Article discusses how Ai-driven decisions have led to discrimination against women and minorities in recruitment, criminal sentencing, medical diagnosis and credit approval and led to thousand of fines under GDPR. An overview of a robust ethical review is given and the 'Five Ps of ethical data handling'

What is descriptive analytics?

Article explains that descriptive analytics is the process of analysing data to find trends and patterns that support decision-making, monitoring, and other initiatives. It's the most fundamental building block of data analytics.

Leadership in the age of big data

The article discusses the need for finance leaders to recognize the importance of data analytics to become effective in their roles. The need to ensure that employees work in a culture that sustains collaboration and exchange of ideas and information by leaders is noted. It discusses ways in which management accountants can demonstrate leadership such as competence in financial planning and imparting technical accounting knowledge.

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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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