Data science has a high-tech connotation, yet it's a discipline that has slowly and subtly become central to the practice of accounting. It began in the biggest accounting firms, but now several midmarket players are relying on solutions or planning to implement them soon.
In the same way that other types of scientists study human cells or ancient bones, data scientists study information and information systems. Their goal is to identify patterns, trends, anomalies, and deviations. And in the process, they work to make accessing data more intuitive and flexible for all.