Resources & Publications

July 2011
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Features

5 Barriers to BI Success and How to Overcome Them
By Steve Williams
When used properly, business intelligence (BI) allows companies to leverage the information they already collect to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the processes that drive increased profits. The trick is to integrate the data company-wide, across divisions, something a lot of firms continue to struggle with. In this article, an expert in BI identifies the roadblocks to success and, more critically, how to steer around them.


Turning Budgets into Business
By Jason Porter and Teresa Stephenson, CMA
This is the first in a three-part series that looks at ways to use an Excel-based budget to analyze a company’s performance. The focus here shifts from creating a budget to the tools you will need to convert the budget data into information useful in making policy and operating choices. Part 1 deals with creating a Contribution Margin Income Statement.


Closing the Loop on Closing the Books
By Jeff Adler, CPA
After delineating the essential elements required in closing the books, the author explains the pros and cons of using Excel for the process. It’s available, familiar, and flexible, but there are some problems with security and adding supporting documents, and there’s no automated notification process for workflow alerts. Then he compares the advantages of and obstacles to using integrated, automated applications designed for the close.


Carl Menconi Case Writing Competition
Cashing Out at the Top: Selling a Company with a Bill of Goods

By William F. Miller, CPA
The case study tells the story of a company in the process of being sold. While doing its due diligence, the purchaser comes across several months of weak figures and asks the owner for updated financial projections. To protect his selling price, the owner turns to his president and CFO and asks them to prepare figures that overstate expected revenues. He claims the process doesn’t legally bind him to strictly truthful forecasts. The two officers take different paths preparing their reports.


Columns

PERSPECTIVES
Developing a Strategic Plan


TOP LINE
IMA’s Strategic Plan: “Bold and Beautiful”


TAXES
Losses Can Be Tricky


ETHICS
Hedge Funds Must Follow Ethical Requirements


CAREERS
Take Charge of Your Online Brand


FINANCIAL REPORTING
Not-for-Profits not Forgotten


IMA LIFE
I Achieved My Goal

Departments

SF BULLETIN
• New Compensation Disclosures Coming
• Letters: Troubling Points
• Special IMA Conference Section


EXCEL
Frequency Distribution


ACCESS
Master Budget Project: Fixes


XBRL
Peer Review: An Internal Control for the XBRL SEC Tagging Mandate


TOOLS OF THE TRADE
3M Pocket Projector, HP TouchPad, Canon DR-2020U Scanner, Toshiba Camileo Camcorders


TECH FORUM
The Paperless Library


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