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This event sought to bring together highly experienced figures from sport and business to discuss a the pursuit of excellence in increasingly competitive environments.

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Our MD Simon Bittlestone offers his perspective on the UK’s EU membership referendum and discusses how business leaders can best react to the result

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Andrew Mosely reports on the latest meeting of the London FP&A Board, where finance leaders from a variety of large organisations discussed rolling forecasting

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In the latest post in this series, Andrew Mosely looks at how better forecasting can help business leaders cope with market uncertainty

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Simon Bittlestone writes on our recent seminar, which focused on analysing the relationships between sales performance and financial outcomes

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Second post in this series: Andrew Mosely looks at how different data transformations can help companies face market uncertainty with greater confidence

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Rachel Russell explores how reporting can be reinvented,  to more effectively promote and maintain business performance.

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Rachel Russell writes on the recent Gartner BI and Analytics Summit, and how efficient data governance can facilitate effective analytics

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John Masters on a key theme of this week’s Gartner Business Intelligence and Analytics Summit: that of how IT can offer more useful insight to the business

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Rachel Russell reports from this week’s Gartner BI and Analytics Summit, on how analysis can focus more on tangible business outcomes

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Andrew Mosely looks at how business leaders can build a proactive approach to coping with market uncertainty

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Rachel Russell looks at recent developments in the use of Data Visualisation by FP&A teams.

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Andrew Mosely looks at recent data from the UK retail industry, and at how profitability analysis can help make the most of seasonal variations in demand.

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Rachel Russell, Head of Client Service, writes on industry

Following media discussion around the idea of a ‘sugar tax’ in the UK, Rachel Russell looks at how innovation can be managed in response to regulatory risk

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Andrew Mosely, Deputy Managing Director, writes on design and business analysis

As UK lenders grant more mortgages for longer than the usual 25 years, Andrew Mosely looks at how risk analysis can evolve to keep pace

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Rachel Russell, Head of Client Service, writes on industry

Rachel Russell looks at the aftermath of the festive season for the UK’s retailers, and the need for better demand forecasting in the industry

 

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Andrew Mosely, Deputy Managing Director, writes on design and business analysis

Andrew Mosely explores how business leaders at large organisations can build a framework for generating effective performance predictions.

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Simon Bittlestone, Managing Director, writes on markets and economics

Simon Bittlestone looks at how predictive analytics can be used to gain insight on the progress of industry trends and disruption

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Rachel Russell, Head of Client Service, writes on industry

Rachel Russell looks at the importance of scenario analysis in the energy sector, particularly in the context of potential regulatory change

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Andrew Mosely, Deputy Managing Director, writes on design and business analysis

Andrew Mosely looks at the recent Bank of England stress tests and how predictive analysis can afford companies in all industries a stress test of their own

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John Masters, Technology Director, writes on technology and innovation

Following Metapraxis’ inclusion in Gartner’s latest guide to corporate planning applications, John Masters takes a look at recent developments in this technology

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Rachel Russell, Head of Client Service, writes on industry

Rachel Russell looks at how automotive and other manufacturers can use strategic analytics to navigate disruptive trends in their industries

 

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John Masters, Technology Director, writes on innovation and technology

John Masters considers the FCA’s announcement that it will look at the use of big data in the insurance industry, and what that means for the sector’s use of analytics

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John Masters, Technology Director, at Gartner Symposium

John Masters looks back at some of the discussions around the future of ERP at this year’s Gartner Symposium, and what they mean for business leaders

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Rachel Russell, Head of Client Service, from Gartner Symposium

Rachel Russell reflects on discussions around the insurance industry at Gartner Symposium, and where the sector could make better use of existing technology

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Andrew Mosely, Deputy Managing Director, at Gartner Symposium

Andrew Mosely looks at some of the discussions taking place around business intelligence applications at Gartner Symposium Barcelona

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Simon Bittlestone, Managing Director, at Gartner Symposium

Simon Bittlestone takes stock of the excitement around algorithms at Gartner Symposium, and demystifies some of the hype and hearsay around the term

 

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Andrew Mosely, Deputy Managing Director, at Gartner Symposium

Andrew Mosely writes from Gartner Symposium, on achievable ways that IT leaders can help their business achieve its strategic goals

 

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John Masters, Technology Director, at Gartner Symposium

Writing from Gartner Symposium, Metapraxis’ John Masters looks at how established businesses can predict the impact of disruptive technologies

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Rachel Russell writes from Gartner Symposium, on the death of big data, and why that could hold the key if CIOs are to help tackle the most pressing challenges facing businesses today.

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Simon Bittlestone, Managing Director, at Gartner Symposium

Simon Bittlestone blogs from Gartner Symposium Barcelona, on the impact of emerging analytics technologies, and why finance-led principles offer a perfect foundation for this type of project

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Nicola Pastore, Commercial Manager, writes on finance and business planning

Nicola Pastore looks at recent research on the overseas experience of CEOs, and the challenges of managing local units of a multinational organisation

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Rachel Russell, Head of Client Service, writes on industry

Rachel Russell looks at recent UK and US industry data, and explores how order book and sales pipeline analysis can help businesses respond to market trends.

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Simon Bittlestone, Managing Director, writes on markets and economics

Simon Bittlestone looks at how processing industries can use simple predictive analytics to prepare themselves for cost changes in key raw materials.

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Andrew Mosely, Deputy Managing Director, writes on design and business analysis

Andrew Mosely looks at the impact of corporate inventories on the most recent US GDP figures, and explores a more objective approach to working capital management.

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Nicola Pastore, Commercial Manager, writes on finance and business planning

Ahead of next month’s Gartner Symposium/ITxpo Barcelona, Nicola Pastore looks at why analytics technology should be a key concern for business leaders in any industry.

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Simon Bittlestone, Managing Director, writes on markets and economics

Recent research shows the need for stronger partnerships between finance and the business. Here, Simon Bittlestone looks at one way this can be achieved.

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Rachel Russell, Head of Client Service, writes on industry

Rachel Russell outlines the challenges facing large banks, and looks at how they might respond to the changes taking place in the sector.

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Kate Laughrin, Head of Consulting Operations, writes on business enablement and transformation

Kate Laughrin looks at the qualities finance and technology graduates need, in order to be a productive part of a modern business

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Simon Bittlestone, Managing Director, writes on markets and economics

Simon Bittlestone writes on research on the make-up of boards at large banks, and the challenges of analysing business performance in financial services.

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Rachel Russell, Head of Client Service, writes on industry

Rachel Russell looks at the how supply chain risks can impact on the drivers of value for manufacturing businesses in fast-moving sectors.

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John Masters, Technology Director, writes on innovation and technology

In the wake of the European Court of Justice’s ruling on Safe Harbour, John Masters looks at some of the implications for affected businesses.

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Simon Bittlestone, Managing Director, writes on markets and economics

Simon Bittlestone discusses corporate attitudes to regulatory risk in the UK, and explores how business leaders can take a more methodical approach to assessing its impact.

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Justin Duffy, Consulting Director, writes on management and strategy

In light of recent comments from the Chair of the Low Pay Commission, on the new National Living Wage, Justin Duffy explores the potential effects on business performance.

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Rachel Russell, Head of Client Service, writes on industry

Our Head of Client Service looks at the proposed BEPS international tax initiative, and how affected organisations can tackle the wider implications for these changes.

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Simon Bittlestone, Managing Director, writes on markets and economics 

Our MD, Simon Bittlestone, examines how business leaders can make big decisions confidently, even in uncertain market conditions.

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Andrew Mosely, Deputy Managing Director, writes on design and business analysis

As always, the latest event in our Tomorrow’s CFO seminar series was packed full of interesting discussion. Andrew Mosely rounds up some of the highlights.

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John Masters, Technology Director, writes on technology and innovation

Analysis and data platforms with integrated collaboration tools can help senior leadership teams respond to rapidly-changing market conditions.

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Andrew Mosely, Deputy Managing Director, writes on design and business analysis

Corporate and individual risk, business and lending are inextricably bound up with each other, and moral hazard is an unavoidable by-product.

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Justin Duffy, Consulting Director, writes on management and strategy

How better analysis can help smaller banks prove good risk control to the regulator, even with smaller historical data sets.

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This graph entitled “What happens online in 60 seconds” was first published in November 2014 and has been widely redistributed on the internet. It is yet another example of an infographic designer misusing a statistical visualisation format so that it fails to communicate quantitative information accurately.

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An eagle-eyed colleague of mine spotted a couple of mistakes in this table, published on the BBC Sports website today

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GARTNER

In its latest Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms, Information technology research and advisory firm Gartner has identified a significant shift in

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Incorrect scaling

An infographic in the Raconteur supplement to the Times published on 11 November 2014 illustrates one of the classic pitfalls to avoid in plotting time series with incomplete data sets.

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Profitability

Here is another mis-scaled bar chart published in a Raconteur infographic called “The business case for transformation”.

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Premiership ownership

A client sent me an email this morning asking if I could explain the chart that was published in today’s edition of City AM.

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The Raconteur supplement in today’s Times newspaper contains another example of a bad practice.

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Here is a good example of a mis-scaled bar chart – it is from a recent Raconteur infographic called “Top 10 trusted countries for outsourcing legal work”.

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I’ve previously commented on a scatter plot that was part of an online demo of Microsoft’s Power BI product in the Data Visualization section.  I’ll now say a few words about one of the charts in the bottom of the dashboard.

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Readers of this blog will know that I frequently find fault with published infographics, but today it is the turn of Microsoft’s Power BI team to be the subject of my criticism.

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The infographic in the Raconteur supplement distributed with today’s Times includes a chart that aims to make quantitative comparisons through the use of circles of different areas.

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The media company Raconteur published a report on employee engagement this month, which contained an infographic.

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The infographic in today’s City AM (reporting the sales growth and market shares of the major UK supermarkets) has taken some positive evolutionary steps forward since I last noticed a similar graphic in the same newspaper last September.

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The supplement in today’s Times newspaper published by Raconteur contains a large centre spread infographic entitled “How UK compares to European rivals”.

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A colleague has drawn my attention to this infographic in today’s City AM concerning the cost and value of communications services in the UK.

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The graph at the top of this article appeared as part of an infographic published by a media company called Raconteur, which was distributed as a supplement to today’s copy of The Times.

 

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Yesterday’s blog post looked at an infographic that used an area chart with misleading scaling to emphasise the continued increase in total weekly hours worked, a measure of UK employment.  Today I’m looking at how we can improve on this.

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Infographics are generally designed to do a different job from the visualization of MI in business – their primary purpose is to engage or entertain through design-focused visuals rather than to provide actionable insight.  That said, visualization and infographics are on a continuum.

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