NA: 1 (888) 669.4225
EUR: +44 (0) 1189 49 7434 | ASIA: (65) 6316 1481

Technology as a Capacity Multiplier

One of the things I like the most about the audit profession is its never-ending desire to share audit approaches, techniques, tips and knowledge.  Organizations like ISACA, ACUA, AHIA, ALGA and The IIA are excellent examples of what I’m talking about.  There is such a strong willingn
Continue Reading →

Data Analytics: Want it Done Right?

Then why not do it yourself?  Many organizations cite a lack of suitable resources or budget (or both) as impediments to getting starting with a data analytics program. They rely exclusively on external auditors or cost recovery firms to execute one-off programs where little is learne
Continue Reading →

Continuous auditing and continuous risk assessment: the need for dynamic thinking

Richard Chambers, President and CEO of the Institute of Internal Auditors recently blogged “There is no question that technology is making continuous auditing a powerful tool for both internal auditors and managers, alike. However, despite the growing popularity of continuous auditing
Continue Reading →

Big Data… Big Deal?

In a recent report, “Billions and billions: big data becomes a big deal,” our friends at Deloitte predict that in 2012, “Big Data” will likely experience accelerating growth and market penetration.  By the end of this calendar year – according to the report – more than 90% of the Fort
Continue Reading →

Excerpt from “Internal Auditor” August Issue: The Human Side of Analytics

An excerpt from the current issue of Internal Auditor by ACL’s John Verver. “Surveys of the internal audit profession repeatedly have ranked increased use of technology — specifically that for audit analytics, continuous auditing, continuous monitoring, and fraud detection
Continue Reading →

ACL Desktop 9.3: Faster, Stronger and Smarter, just in time for the Summer Olympics!

The recent announcement of ACL Desktop 9.3 is wonderful news.  There’s a lot to 9.3, be you a fraud fighter, script writer or all-round ACL aficionado.  The release has some really interesting enhancements including a new command (Fuzzy Duplicates) and 3 new functions: ISFUZZYDU
Continue Reading →

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
Continue Reading →

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
Continue Reading →

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
Continue Reading →

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
Continue Reading →