Grant Thornton’s Tax practice embraces Microsoft Power BI

New visualization capabilities turn tax data into business insights

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Grant Thornton LLP has equipped the 1,600 professionals in its Tax
practice with Microsoft Power BI – a data visualization tool. The move
demonstrates Grant Thornton’s commitment to innovative technologies that
benefit clients.

Using Power BI, Grant Thornton will be able to aggregate large amounts
of data into graphs and charts that tax professionals can instantly
understand – helping them go beyond the spreadsheets that they often
rely on.

“Making Microsoft Power BI available to all professionals at every level
of the tax practice reflects our belief that data is the future of tax
accounting and professional services,” said Jamie Fowler, national
managing partner of Tax Services at Grant Thornton.

Applying data visualization tools to tax data makes it easy for anyone
to understand a company’s tax position. Moreover, it can yield
unexpected business insights. “Because tax information touches almost
every aspect of a business from sales to compensation, performing data
visualizations as part of a tax engagement often provides revelations
that go beyond taxation,” added Fowler.

Power BI will complement Grant Thornton’s previous deployments of
data-visualization software – and also serve as the foundation for new
offerings. These include customized visualization sets for tax technical
specialties and industry needs, as well as individualized visualizations
to meet unique client needs.

All Grant Thornton Tax professionals are receiving extensive training in
Power BI and related efforts.

According to Oscar Osorio, Grant Thornton’s national Tax leader of
Innovation & Strategy, Power BI is one part of a wider strategy to
prepare the practice for the future. “We’re raising the collective
digital IQ of our practice with an ambitious digital experience learning
program,” he said.

For more information about Grant Thornton’s tax innovation offerings,
visit www.grantthornton.com/taxinnovation.

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