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

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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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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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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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