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Alteryx “the game changer” at PwC

Ahead of next Tuesday’s Dublin Alteryx User Group, The Information Lab Ireland sat down with guest speaker, Mark Curry from Pricewaterhouse Coopers to chat about his journey with PwC, his love of Data Visualisation and the many ways both he and and his team use Alteryx to gain fast, reliable and actionable insights.

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Mark Curry, Head of Tax Technology at PwC

You can register for Tuesday’s event here

Mark joined the Tax Technology team at PwC in 1999 supporting the tax practice and developing solutions around automating their work, making them more productive and giving them back valuable time.

Much of Mark’s time at PwC has seen him at the helm of development and change. In twenty years, he has seen it all and he is only too happy to pass on his knowledge.

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“I find these events great for sharing tips and tricks,” he says. “I have gotten some invaluable ideas from previous meetings.  I remember the Q1 meeting last year where Ian Baldwin from The Information Lab Ireland shared some excellent tips on documenting workflows and best practices. It was excellent.”

Why Alteryx?

The path to Alteryx started in 2016, when he and his team started working with Data Visualisation software.

“Things then started to move quickly,” he says. “Within a few months, we started training our tax users on data and analytics tools; helping them visualise their data to get actionable insights.”

As they got more involved, users began to feel the pain and frustration with the amount of work needed to get data into a clean format before it could be properly visualised.  
“Around the same time, there was a lot of talk in the PwC network about how Alteryx was solving these issues,” says Mark. “So the following year, our team embraced Alteryx and it became the real game changer. It allowed users do what they would have previously needed to go to specialist teams for.”

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“To be honest, I use Alteryx because it’s fun and interesting,” he says.  “Work I would have previously done in Visual Basic in Excel is now much easier and much quicker in Alteryx. At next week’s event, I will be talking about that digital transformation that is happening in PwC. I’ll explain how we are upskilling all our partners and staff in tools like Alteryx, to increase efficiency, improve accuracy and find additional insights, while at the same time, building a more engaged workforce. Alteryx really makes solving complicated data issues easy and that’s something worth talking about.”

Open Data Story

Mark will be joined on the day by The Information Lab Ireland’s Dave Pansegrouw and Kevin Lynch who will discuss the recently launched Open Data Story project and how the data community can help.

We look forward to seeing you on the day.

Dublin Alteryx User Group
The first Dublin Alteryx User Group of 2020 takes place at We Work on Charlemont Street

Please register for Tuesday’s event here

Who/What is…?

The Information Lab Ireland

The Information Lab (“TIL”) is a Gold resale partner of Tableau and Alteryx and offers related consulting and training across seven territories in Europe. TIL has offices in Ireland, the UK, Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands and Luxembourg.

Clients include Coca-Cola, Close Bros Bank, PepsiCo, Deloitte, UBS, Solar Turbines & Boston Consulting Group. The Information Lab has worked with Close Brothers Bank to support their use of Alteryx for compliance with IFRS 9.

The Information Lab Ireland is at the forefront of creating a data-driven culture in Ireland. As part of our vision, we regularly host free events throughout the country to show how being data-driven can improve decision making and lead to a better understanding of the world around us.

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