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22 February 2019

Gettin’ Vizzy With It - Where to Start with Data & Analytics

By Will Dupre. Rewind about three years and I’d never heard of Tableau, or Alteryx, or for that matter, Power BI. A colleague dropped out of a data visualisation training course being run by PwC, and nominated me to go in his place. If I reflect on my where my career is now, I’d say this unintentional opportunity was the start to my own career disruption. This internal two day face-to-face training (and the six week “sprint” that followed) was a great experience, and I’ve not looked back. The course focused on Tableau and was in part delivered by Tableau consultants. Because of this training, my interest was very much piqued to begin to pursue work in the Data & Analytics field.

05 December 2018

Data specialists of the future

By Nainsi McKernan, PwC Data and Analytics Senior Associate Technology is extremely important to our rapidly changing business and the world we live in. Our clients’ needs are constantly changing with demand for deep technical expertise in Data and Analytics and Artificial Intelligence (AI). With this in mind, and in order to build the best workforce possible for the future, we’ve partnered with two Scottish Universities, the University of Edinburgh and the University of St Andrews, to build a new approach to University studying. In September, we welcomed our first Data Science Graduate Apprenticeship to help support client requirements and help develop the leading Data and AI specialists of the future.

05 June 2018

Financial crime: Four essential rules for effective transaction monitoring

By Jeremy Davey and Scott Samme Money launderers are, by definition, a devious bunch. They quickly learn the rules that banks set to detect suspicious transactions, and adapt. They are, in other words, dynamic – so transaction monitoring should be equally so. In our previous blog we talked about the problems with many legacy transaction monitoring (TM) systems, which tend to be rules-based. That’s not to say that rules-based systems are obsolete; but in the complex world of global finance, they’re not enough on their own. If banks are to efficiently root out complex illegal trades they need to know far more about the connections between parties to transactions. Fortunately, advanced technology and analytics allow us to do this.

29 May 2018

When automated pricing becomes collusion

By David Geere Machine learning systems are not unlike raising a particularly brilliant child – they could move ahead and gain knowledge at speed, but you need to give them guidance and an ethical framework or they could break through lines that adults wouldn’t cross. The possibility of automated collusion is one of those lines. As I’ve written previously, pricing is one of the most important issues for any business and Data and Analytics is bringing huge advantages to companies in making pricing decisions. Competition is tough in every sector, and companies are understandably keen to get the best prices for their goods and services

21 May 2018

Connecting with senior females in data

By Cathy Wilks For a long time we’ve thought about how do we really connect with more like-minded female technologists who all share the same passion for data, analytics and emerging technology. There are many events that we could, and often do attend, however, as senior females in data, we really want to understand how we can make a difference. As two of the female data leaders at PwC, last month we hosted the first gathering for ‘female leaders in data’ in our offices at Embankment Place. We recognise how important it is to form support networks, particularly with female peers, given there are fewer women in senior technology roles.

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