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Data Analytics: Implementation, Best Practices and Pilot Projects


Available Date(s)
Monday, November 23, 2020: 11:00AM EST

Cost Free
CPE Credits 1.0 hour
CE Credits 0.0 hours
Subject Area Information Technology
Course Level Basic
Instructional Method Group Internet Based
Prerequisites None
Advanced Preparation None
Course Description

Implementing a data analytics program: Why over 50% of implementations fail. Best practices in implementing a data analytics program to increase your chances of success.

Two pilot projects are demonstrated via a Data Analytics Workflow and using Power BI tools - Power Query, Power Pivot, and Power BI Desktop. Also discussed is “Agile Project Management” as the methodology to aid in your implementations

Course Objectives: 

  • Identify challenges and best practices in implementing data analytics

  • Recognize skills processes and tools needed for a data analytics implementation

  • Identify two pilot projects created using Power Query, Power Pivot, Power BI including visualizations


Virginia Collins

Data Accountant
Information Technology Consultant
(732) 763-3792


Virginia was formerly a quality reviewer for several medium-size CPA firms in the New York City area for the last twelve years of her 35 years career in public accounting. She continues to consult with small CPA firms in implementing new accounting standards including but not limited to revenue recognition. Virginia has advised clients across a broad spectrum of industries, including the following, real estate, not-for-profit, employee benefit plans, construction, wholesale, retail, health care, auto dealerships, and hospitality. Her experience extends to the planning of engagements, applying CAATS techniques, and IT control assessments. As part of her role in quality review she developed and presented training to the audit staff on the use of Excel, CAATS, data analytics, continuous auditing, and Active Data in their audits.

Virginia is a certified Informational Technology Professional (CITP) and a former committee member of the AICPA (CITP) credential committee. Virginia has been actively involved in increasing the use of computer-assisted auditing techniques (CAAT’s) by CPA’s as part of her role as a CITP committee member. She has delivered webinars and podcasts for the AICPA while a committee member including the following webinars- “Auditing In the Information Age”, “CAATS for All”, “ Business Intelligence- Managing Data as an Asset”, “Power Query- Get and Transform an ETL tool”. In 2019 Virginia was a speaker at the AICPA Engage conference in which she presented the following CPE session:  “Data Extraction and Analytics- Audit Data Analytics Implementations and Key Success Factors”

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About Our Presenter

Data Accountant’s mission is to provide “Information at Your Fingertips”. Data Accountant accomplishes its mission by working with small businesses to manage their most precious asset “THEIR DATA”. These data initiatives are managed with an “Agile” project methodology that allows the business to respond to change and focus on creating value quickly while allowing innovation to become part of their daily processes. Data Accountant uses Power BI Desktop to create dashboards with the information small businesses need to make timely decisions. Data Accountant works with QuickBooks Online and various applications that add to the functionality and integrate with Quick Books Online. Data Accountant has expertise in Excel, Dax, Power Query, Power BI Desktop, and Quick Books Online and applications that aid in producing information in a timely manner.