2021 Knowledge Cafe - Data visualization – What, why and how - Webcast
Who Should Attend

Skill sets are changing to accommodate a data-driven world. It is increasingly valuable for professionals to be able to use data to make decisions and use visuals to tell stories of when data informs the who, what, when, where, and how. Our offering is open to all industry professionals. If you find this topic fascinating, and appealing - most importantly – RELEVANT - we suggest that you connect, listen, participate, and actively incorporate the knowledge that you have learnt in your daily lives. Knowledge is power plus ACTION!


To remain relevant in the future, our membership will need to upskill and reskill themselves through ongoing development of their professional competence. This means striking a better balance between professional values and attitudes (ethics and lifelong learning), enabling competencies (such as decision-making, business, digital and relational acumens) as well as technical knowledge and skills to continue to demonstrate professional competence that is relevant to a member's evolving role. Our Knowledge sessions are aligned to SAICA's Pathways to Relevance – which uses business and its value creation process to address the professional competence needs of SAICA's members who work in a wide range of roles.


There is a saying ‘A picture is worth a thousand words', and with Big Data shifting to a higher gear, many professional industries are seeing the benefits of making data more understandable. Data visualization is powerfully prolific, an increasingly key tool to make sense of the trillions of rows of data generated every day. Join Annie Symington as she discusses how data visualization helps to tell stories, through curating data and highlighting trends and outliers.

08h30 to 09h30
Data visualization – What, why and how

Annie Symington
An information evangelist passionate in the art of story-telling and bringing data alive with simple, unique and customer friendly visualization techniques; a modern-day business storyteller. After finishing her degree in Social Science, Annie joined some friends for a working holiday in London which turned into 4 years abroad. With a natural aptitude for numbers, she worked in Finance in the music industry. On her return, she continued her career in Finance, but found herself getting closer and closer to the heart of the business .... the customer.

The last decade saw Annie leaving Finance and getting her hands dirty in the customer data where she embarked on the journey to implement big data solutions together with building several analytics teams from scratch. Passionate in the art of story-telling, she works with teams to unlock the story within the data and to make the information absorbable, regardless of the area of business clients are in.

Having achieved many successes and faced as many challenges, Annie embraces sharing insights or workshopping information and data topics with teams and organizations with a passion to unlock the power of their data. In the words of Stephen Few “Numbers have an important story to tell. They rely on you to give them a clear and convincing voice.”

Dates And Venues
Fri, 19 MarWebcastWebcastReserve a place

Complimentary to [CA(SA)/AGA(SA)/AT] and trainees - booking is essential

Non-member - R300 Incl. 15%VAT


SAICA's CPD policy has changed effective 1 January 2020 from an input measurement basis to an output measurement basis. Learning and the development of professional competence is unique to each member and should be aligned to your personal needs identified in your reflective learning plans. For further information and guidance, go to SAICA's CPD website.

As a result of the above, you will no longer be required to swipe your CPD card at events or to log hours with SAICA.

If you are required to log CPD hours (for instance if you are a SAICA Tax Practitioner or registered with other professional bodies or organisations such as the IOD, SAIPA, SAIT etc.), please note that this seminar affords you 1 of CPD hours.

The competencies being addressed in this seminar:

  • Business acumen: Business external/internal environment;
  • Decision-making acumen: Entrepreneurial Thinking;
  • Digital Acumen: Digital Impact; Digital Familiarity; Digital Affinity; Data analytics
How To Enrol

Reserve your place electronically, bookings will close a week prior to the date of each specific session. On receipt of your booking an email confirmation will be forwarded to you by the Eastern Region.
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Investment / Fee
SAICA members, associates [CA(SA)/AGA(SA)/AT] and trainees R 0,00
Non-member R 300,00
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