Insights Tagged: Single trends

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The scale for a graph axis can have significant impact on how an audience interprets a message and is an important part of optimising data visualisation.

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CEO, Simon Bittlestone features in this month’s CEO Today on the importance of analytics in the CEO onboarding process.

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The Times Raconteur – As insurers become increasingly reliant on data, specialists are in great demand to get the most out of a company’s databank

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Metapraxis partners with Genpact to deliver better data driven insights to finance functions

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Global Banking and Finance Review featuring CEO, Simon Bittlestone

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Movers and shakers – who’s switching jobs at Metapraxis, FTI Consulting and JLT Specialty?

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We’re delighted to welcome fintech heavyweight Nicole Anderson as Chair to our Board of Directors, helping us continue to capture the financial planning and analytics markets in both Europe and the United States.

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The Strategic Planning Application (SPA) is a fully integrated insurance analytics application for planning, forecasting, analysis, and reporting.

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CEO Simon Bittlestone discusses how we incorporated data and analytics into this year’s Varsity Match with Wareable.

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MD Simon Bittlestone discusses how analysing company data correctly can help build relationships between an organisation’s teams with FT Adviser.

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Metapraxis – official Analytics sponsors of the Varsity Match 2017 where we are partnering with Sportable Technologies to launch the first ever in-game scrum analytics technology.

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Our MD, Simon Bittlestone, discusses how effective analysis of financial data and scenario modelling can help insurance firms overcome the challenges of Solvency II

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M&A in the insurance sector is currently at a two-year low, leaving many insurers considering the sale books of their business as an alternative

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Our MD Simon Bittlestone discusses what CFOs need to know about planning for M&A in TheCSuiteUK.

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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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The latest edition highlights the rapid development of financial analytics technology, and the opportunities that exists for finance professionals to take advantage of this.

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We are pleased to announce that our Swedish partners, Eskadern, are deepening their relationship with us by entering into a franchise agreement and adopting

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Analyst house Megabuyte’s inaugural ‘Emerging Stars’ list named Metapraxis as the best performing company in the ‘Accounting and Enterprise’ category.

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Simon Bittlestone reflects on the Varsity Matches 2016, which saw brand new developments in the application of analytics to sport.

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Metapraxis is delighted to announce that it is the official analytics partner of the Varsity Match

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The theme for this year was ‘Surfing the Waves of Disruption’, and Metapraxis was very pleased to be chosen as one of the twelve companies thriving amidst rapid and unpredictable change in their sectors, and in business more generally.

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Simon Bittlestone looks ahead to the year’s Gartner Symposium Barcelona, and explores some developing views on the future of data and analytics.

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Simon Bittlestone on our recent seminar with WPP’s David Barker, and the application of analytics technology to global management challenges.

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Metapraxis MD Simon Bittlestone on what the WPP story can tell us about effective global management, and how analytics can drive sustainable growth

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Technology Director John Masters considers the implications of new research from Gartner, on current investment priorities for senior finance professionals.

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Chris Raymond reports from the London FP&A Board, where the most recent meeting focused on driver-based planning

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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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Simon Bittlestone, Managing Director, writes on markets and economics

Simon Bittlestone looks at how recruitment, including graduate recruitment, must evolve in order to find the business leaders of tomorrow

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Justin Duffy, Consulting Director, writes on management and strategy

Justin Duffy looks at how an effective strategic analytics approach depends for its success on appropriate performance metrics

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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 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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Rachel Russell, Head of Client Service, writes on industry

Following news that some major UK retailers will scale back Black Friday discounts, Rachel Russell looks at more effective approaches to short-term pricing

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

Following findings on the full impact of regulators’ sanctions, Nicola Pastore looks at different approaches to assessing regulatory compliance in banking

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Simon Bittlestone, Managing Director, from Gartner Symposium

Simon Bittlestone looks back at Gartner Symposium Barcelona, and picks out the topics of discussion most relevant to business leaders.

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

 

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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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Gartner announces the breakup of the Corporate Performance Management (CPM) market into two distinct segments: finance CPM and strategic CPM. Metapraxis delivers strategic CPM solutions using our Empower software suite.

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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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A company’s board of directors is collectively responsible for leading and directing its affairs in order to promote its success To fulfill this role,

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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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The meeting’s discussion was centered around how visualization enables FP&A professionals to better their businesses through increased consumption of their financial data.

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The Association for Financial Professionals (AFP) has published a new guide called “Data Visualization: How to Tell Number Stories with Pictures”.

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Information technology research and advisory firm Gartner has recently published its latest Market Guide for Specialty Budgeting, Planning and Forecasting (BP&F) Applications.

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The aspect ratio we choose for our graph has a significant effect on the perception of the data within it.

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

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A management information dashboard is an interactive device to enable the monitoring and comparison of performance.

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An absorbing and thought-provoking book by Hunter Whitney published in 2013, called “Data Insights: New Ways to Visualize and Make Sense of Data”, contains a useful framework setting out some of the primary roles for data visualization.

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The most important application of colour in visualization is to indicate different categories.

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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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A number of visualization techniques invite the reader to use angle judgments in order to decode the data.  The most common example of this is the pie chart.

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In 1834, the psychophysicist E. H. Weber formulated one of the most fundamental insights into human perception, known as Weber’s Law.

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Having defined and explained the fundamental dimensions of MI, we can develop a chart chooser for each of the seven categories.

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