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Data analytics reports

Reports, guidance and thought leadership on data analytics.

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Analyst Pathway

Choose the Analyst pathway to develop your skills in data analytics, to better support your business and clients with forward-looking powerful insight (e.g. predictive forecasts) and assurance (e.g. anomaly detection).

Analyst pathway

Choose the Analyst pathway to develop your skills in data analytics, to better support your business and clients with forward-looking powerful insight (e.g. predictive forecasts) and assurance (e.g. anomaly detection).

ICAEW strategy 2020-2030 WEB

Final Strategy Report

Audit and Assurance DAS Explanatory Guidance Notes 2021

These guidance notes explain how to use the key elements of the audit data analytics software (the software) that will be a part of the Audit and Assurance exam.


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Data analytics in external audit

A guide to the developments, opportunities and challenges that data analytics provides for auditors.

Big data and analytics: the impact on the accountancy profession

Tech Faculty October 2019

This thought leadership initiative outlines the opportunities and risks for accountants from new and advanced capabilities in data, and highlights practical examples of how the profession is changing as a result of big data and analytics.

Special report 65 - Smart reporting

Business and Management Faculty September 2019

This special report will be a handy go-to guide – we take you through the latest techniques and thinking behind the new smart world with which CFOs, and aspiring CFOs, must contend.

The essential guide to data analytics for smaller firms

Data – how you get it and what you do with it – has been an important part of the accountant’s role since the beginning; but it is only now, with data exploding in volume, variety and velocity, that accountants can start to add serious value to their business and that of their clients. As the guide says, ‘data analytics can broadly be defined as the use of data to support business decisions’.

New technologies, ethics and accountability

Kirstin Gillon June 2019

This thought leadership report delves into the ethics of new technology and the seismic developments currently taking place in AI and algorithms, which are both exciting and morally concerning.

ICAEW Finance data skills competency framework

Finance in a Digital World October 2018

The continuing growth in data opens up a wide range of opportunities for finance professionals, but to take advantage of these opportunities new skills are required. This framework is designed to help organisations and individuals map out what skills they need to develop.

Understanding the impact of technology in audit and finance

ICAEW / Dubai Financial Services Authority February 2018

This paper has been produced based on comments from the breakfast briefing jointly organised by The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and the Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA), on 13 December 2017 at DFSA.

Big data in Chinese businesses

Kirstin Gillon 2017

Find out how accountants working in business can better support their organisations as a result of big data, based on real experience in China.

Special Report 59: Finance and Technology

This month’s report looks at the impact and influence that technology is having on our roles in finance.

The essential guide to data analytics

This guide is designed to help alleviate some of the fears that lie behind the inertia on data analytics. There is information about how to get started using the resources you already have or to find out about others, and case studies to show how using data analytics has helped some practices already.

Internal audit in the age of data analytics

Audit and assurance Faculty June 2017

How internal auditors should strengthen their governance frameworks to cover emerging data-analytics risks in the areas of quality, talent, independence and security.

Data Analytics Transforming Internal Audit

Stephen Magora March 2017

A paper from Credit Suisse entitled: Data Analytics Transforming Internal Audit – Pillars of Success, written by Stephen Magora, Director, Data Analytics at Credit Suisse.

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