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Australia Post’s internal audit team making big business impact

“The team has embedded analytics into the audit processes, delivering more effective control assurance and quantification of commercial insights.” Congratulations to the Internal Audit team at Australia Post, winners of the ACL Impact Award for Business Impact this year! T
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ACL Launches ACL™ Analytics 10; Powerful Analysis Software Enables Data-Driven GRC Management

Software Tool Makes Big Data Analysis More Accessible to Users Across the Organization VANCOUVER, May 21, 2013 – ACL announced today the release of ACL™ Analytics version 10 (formerly known as ACL™ Desktop), a powerful, cost effective solution that can analyze any data source. I
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Spreadsheets: An inappropriate tool for audit and assurance professionals

According to Forbes, Microsoft’s Excel Might Be The Most Dangerous Software On The Planet. At last!  I no longer feel so all alone. Truth be told, I’m not alone and lots of others have been saying the same thing about spreadsheets for years – I say spreadsheets because I d
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Help your Internal Audit Department Safeguard your Organization: Increase use of Data Analytics

According to a new survey conducted by Deloitte UK, 47% of respondents said that the increased use of data analytics would most help IA providing assurance over the risk of fraud.  Who am I to argue about that!  You can find the survey report here. It’s a good read. This is a very int
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The importance of integrating analytics into audit and risk management processes

A few weeks ago I participated in the 26th World Continuous Auditing and Reporting Symposium at Rutgers Business School. I think it was about the 12th occasion at which I have presented at the Symposium. Initially, WCARS was heavily oriented towards academic research and technical pap
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Show Your Analytics Some Love

It’s the week of St. Valentine. Over the next few days, learn some special tricks to give your analytics and audit management programs the love and attention they truly deserve. Today we focus on Analytics. Do you need to spend some dedicated time with a technology that you are intere
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Providing Assurance for your Public Pension Plan

We recently ran a webinar entitled Public Pension Plan Assurance: Sustainability, Modernization and Control.  This webinar talked about some of the more challenging aspects of running modern government pension programs, where technology is playing an even greater role in pension admin
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Why I love Desktop 9.3

Recently, ACL hosted a webinar on our new product release, ACL Importer. During the question period, we received a nice compliment from one our longstanding customers, David Hermansen, Project Professional, Experis, ACDA, CISA (retired), stating that he “loves Desktop 9.3.” It’s alway
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Optimizing Script Performance: Part Two

The demand for automated solutions is increasing, especially with companies scrambling to interpret big data. ACL data analytics provides a great solution for automation with an easy-to-learn scripting language that can be applied to practically any data set. This series is aimed at p
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From Analytics to Workpapers

The other week I was lucky enough to talk with Rita Cochell, the Director of Internal Audit & SOX compliance at Logitech. Logitech is a really interesting company focused on innovation and quality. In their words, they design computer peripherals “to help people enjoy a better exp
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