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SAP Data at Your Fingertips

The barriers to connecting to any ERP system are as much human as they are mechanical, but they are not insurmountable. Let’s start with the human aspect. Many IT departments are, understandably, fiercely protective of any 3rd party products connecting to an SAP® environment. The conc
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ACL Analytics: Beyond Audit

Hello ACL Community! As we continue to Transform Audit & Risk, let’s perform some tests that are outside of audit. Here’s one in particular that I’ve recently worked on that I found interesting: We used ACL to help the Fabrication Cost Accounting team of a large manufacturing orga
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The Year of the Snake Brings Effective Risk Management and Control

According to the Chinese Lunar Calendar, it’s now the Year of the Snake. There’s lots of prognosticating going on about this coming year – will it be a good one or will it have some bite!  One thing that drives me a bit “snakey” relates to work-related silos and a lack of collaboratio
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Outside of Audit: How the Procter & Gamble Finance Department used ACL Technology for Tax Authority Compliance

One of the things ACL values enormously is hearing directly from our customers on how they have used our technology to improve their business and advance their careers. This past autumn, ACL held our Global Sales Conference here in Vancouver. During this conference, we were delighted
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Notes from the field: MIS Audit Directors Symposium

I spoke at an excellent MIS Training Audit Directors Symposium in Boston earlier this week. My topic was the integration of data analytics into the audit and risk processes. My view is that well planned integration, which involves multiple aspects, is typically one of the prime factor
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Business Finance Excerpt: Making FCPA Compliance More Sustainable

Much has been written about the rising number of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcements during the past couple of years and the impact it’s having on the corporate compliance landscape. Many organizations already know that there is a pressing need to establish an FCPA
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Is the “Next Big Thing” Data Governance?

It’s funny how topics converge from time to time. For me it was one of those cases of things happening in 3’s. Just last week, I attended the MIS GRC conference in New York.  As with all of the events that Joel Kramer puts on, it was full of value to all who were in attendance.  I sat
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Auditing Across the Continuum with Help from ACL

Just the other week I had the pleasure of attending the Business Assurance Seminar in Seattle, Washington. We heard from Ross Wescott – Portand General Electric, Elizabeth Neumann – Boeing Corporation and Matt Marshall – Costco. Each of these ACL leaders shared with us case study exam
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When in Doubt, Print it Out?

You’ve GOT to be kidding!  That was my first reaction when I read this article from CFO.com on fraud detection.  I almost had kittens. In the opening sentence the author decries, “…technology’s negative effects on the detection, prevention, and resolution of accounting and finan
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ACL Connections 2010 – London

The first day of the ACL User Conference for Europe, Middle East and Africa was somewhat marred by a strike on the London Underground – making it difficult for some attendees to get to Marble Arch for the opening afternoon sessions and gala dinner.  Those of you who may have travelled
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