Business intelligence

Bringing analytics to life

The use of analytics has been recognized as a crucial part of any decision-making process in businesses. The explosion in transactional and nontransactional data that organizations have access to has made the need for new tools and technologies vital for organizational success.

How to prepare for auditing in a digital world of Big Data

Rapid changes in technology are a reality of the current business environment. In addition to affecting how business is done, these changes present new challenges to auditors. The internet, cloud computing, and the pervasive use of mobile devices enable auditors to practice in a globally connected environment. Technology can be

Five key trends worth watching

Demand for the services of CPAs is likely to intensify in the coming years. But in attempting to meet that demand, CPAs and the businesses they serve appear destined to face challenges in recruiting and retaining talent. These were some of the developments in a forecast for the accounting profession

Harnessing the power of the cloud

Cloud computing and increasingly powerful mobile devices are breaking down communication, data access, and market barriers for CPAs, but the breakthroughs also open the door to potential trouble. A panel of technology experts offers advice on how CPAs can make the most of technology while minimizing the risks.

Embracing the automated audit

Technology is changing the way audits are being performed, with greater access to data but also more data to sort through. Auditors can remain efficient and effective by employing applications designed to help automate some procedures.

Excel: The power of mapping

CPAs often have to produce recurring reports, such as quarterly balance sheets, from datasets, such as trial balances. The process can be tedious and prone to error, but an Excel technique called mapping can show the way to better results. Learn more in this Technology Workshop.

10 tips for implementing shared services

Shared services are being applied to an increasing number of functions. Human resources, IT, and finance were some of the first areas where shared services commonly were implemented. Now sales operations, supply chain operations, and marketing are taking advantage of shared-services platforms.

The top priorities for finance in 2014

Harnessing data for strategic planning, streamlining processes, and bracing for heightened regulatory concerns are the top priorities for CFOs and the finance function, according to a recent report.

Why accountants should own Big Data

Many organizations recognize the value in harvesting data, whether the information is about customers’ buying habits or employees’ performance measures. But some companies haven’t been able to tap into the full potential of business intelligence—that is, getting the right information from the data to make better business decisions. Donny Shimamoto,

Three reasons finance should focus more on business intelligence

Many organizations recognize the value in harvesting data, whether the information is about customers’ buying habits or workers’ performance measures. But some of those companies haven’t been able to tap into the full potential of business intelligence, i.e., getting the right information from the data to make better business decisions.

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In focus: Payroll

Providing payroll services that comply with ever-changing regulations and meet evolving employee and employer demands is no easy task. Paychex's Tom Hammond discusses common payroll considerations for CPA firms.

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A closer look at threats to CPA licensure

Legislation in states around the country could put CPA licensure in danger. This episode examines what practitioners need to know to help ensure the profession is protected.