A 02:00 am alarm call was how the Data Warriors from DataConsulting greeted Friday 29th November in preparation for the annual DataConsulting Data Day, which was held at at Grant Thornton offices in London!
As always with these types of events, the Data Day involved months of planning in advance, agreeing the venue, producing the presentations and arranging the invites, but this is the third time we have delivered an event like this independently and, judging by the feedback we’ve received, to date, it certainly brings confidence that we’re on the right track and meeting expectations.
Our speaker line-up this year included our very own Robin Clough, who delivered an interactive presentation, using Mentimeter, to try to gauge the overall impression of the audience and their experiences of using data analytics. From this, it was then a case of trying to seek out the most common pitfalls and provide details of the DataConsulting solution. This really gave a perfect start to the day and it was great to see so many people getting involved in answering questions such as:-“What are the advantages of of using data analytics?”
Next up was Robert Galetzka, on behalf of our partners dab:GmbH and his Data Analytics: One Step Beyond presentation on Process Mining, which delivered a useful insight into the the areas of procedures and controls. The importance of having a sound structure in place and the fact that, despite continuous checks and assurances, things may not always be as they seem!
The third speaker(s) of the day were Stephen Thompson and Timothy Clifton-Wright who delivered a fascinating presentation on AI, which really got the audience thinking about audit analytics in the future, the challenges they may face down the line and how this can all be integrated within their respective environments. Copies of the presentations are available upon request at firstname.lastname@example.org
All in all, it was a brilliant event, with over 40 delegates all eager to learn more about improving their own data analytics strategies, capabilities and techniques. It has certainly given us fresh impetus and inspiration too to really build on the success of this and do more with these types of events. I suppose the one thing we all took away from this is that we can all learn something from each other!
Our thanks to all who attended, some of whom we know had travelled overseas and, of course, to our magnificent presenters and hosts Grant Thornton UK LLP, who, once again, rose to the challenge! Thank you all for a great day!