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Analytics and visualisation for finance

ICAEW have brought together resources on the latest analytics techniques for finance professionals. You will find resources that can help provide insight to support data driven decision making.

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Making analytics work for your business

What opportunities does advanced analytics offer?

Analytics: moving up the value chain

Carys Davies, Data Analytics & Assurance at PwC, explores in this webinar how finance professionals can use data analytics to discover opportunities, manage risk, reduce fraud and give customers what they want.

Does data visualisation mean we’re all storytellers now?

A finance team’s role is crucial in helping the rest of the business learn from the past and shape the future. And while accounting is built on the principle of recording and making sense of past performance, the key skills of forecasting and guiding the business are increasingly important.

How to implement advanced analytics

Analytics and adding value to your client

Mark Edmondson, CEO at Inflo software, discusses how data analytics adds value to compliance services, such as audit, and can be used to provide advisory services. The webinar also explores challenges and tips for a firm to consider when looking to implement analytics into their client service.

How to support your business to embrace digital

Preparing yourself and your organisation for the impact of disruptive digital technologies might feel like a daunting task, but this eLearning module introduces you to a three step approach that is designed to help businesses embrace this change within finance.

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Excel Community round up July 2021

Here are all the new Excel articles and webinars from the Excel Community in July 2021. Posts marked as public can be accessed by anyone; other articles are accessible to Excel Community & Tech Faculty subscribers and can be accessed by logging in to your ICAEW account.

Data visualisation – small multiples

With the introduction of many new chart types in Excel 2016 and later versions, Excel now has over a dozen main charts with lots of sub-types available. Good as Excel's charting capabilities might be, using Power BI to present the data from your Excel workbook opens up a whole new set of possibilities

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Finance in a digital world

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ICAEW training on analytics

Introduction to statistical data analysis and trend forecasting | Various dates

This one-day course from ICAEW introduces delegates to statistics and analysis and takes them through the six key concepts that underlie all statistical thinking and analysis: probability, risk, distribution, expectation, variance and correlation. The course shows delegates how to apply these concepts using Microsoft Excel.

How to leverage big data, AI and analytics in business | 25 Nov 2019

This day-long course introduces the topic of analytics and demonstrates how to apply it effectively in your business. The course is delivered by Bernard Marr, one of the world’s most respected experts on the topic, and author of best-selling books: Key Business Analytics and Big Data in Practice.

Bring the numbers to life with commercial insight | Various dates

Have you ever been challenged to be more commercial or to tell the story behind the numbers? Would you like to learn how to bring your data to life, to earn your seat around the table to influence the strategic agenda? Or would you like to inject some new life and soul into your monthly management reports, to grow your impact and gravitas?

Advanced storytelling | Various dates

Most influential business decisions are made through combining convincing data with an influential and persuasive background story. In this practical course you’ll learn how to transform your numbers into compelling narratives that inspire and motivate action.

Advanced data analytics: distribution, sampling, classification and regression | Various dates

Advanced analytics can help businesses predict outcomes and answer business questions such as “how much will a given customer spend on a particular product?” and “amongst our customers, who is more likely to respond positively to our new product?” The purpose of this day is to build or refresh the statistical skills of participants, with a particular focus on sampling and regression analysis.

Intermediate trend forecasting and analysis | Various dates

This one-day course introduces delegates to statistical forecasting. It is designed for anyone involved in business planning and performance analysis. The course uses a mixture of stimulating discussions and real-life case studies. Each concept will be carefully explained, its relevance to forecasting highlighted and show how the relevant calculations can be done in Excel.

More ICAEW support

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.

Data Analytics Community

As data analytics plays an increasingly pivotal role in supporting audit, assurance and business decision-making, this ICAEW community will help finance professionals develop the advanced data analytics and visualisation skills needed to succeed in this insight-driven era.

Tech Faculty

We can keep you up-to-date with tech issues and developments.

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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