DataConsulting January 2013 Newsletter

2013-01-01

A slightly belated happy new year to you all. Welcome to our first newsletter of 2013 and it’s bursting with information on all that’s happening in the world of ACL. Just as a quick reminder DataConsulting is the UK channel partner of the Vancouver audit software firm ACL. We’re able to service your ACL needs whether it’s software, training or resource needs. Makes a change at the moment that it’s possibly colder and snowier in the UK than VC!

2013 sees ACL moving into and disrupting the audit working papers market with ACL Workpapers. Cloud based, usable on mobile devices, and easy to use, it represents a real viable alternative to the often expensive and difficult to use working paper solutions currently on offer on the market. Please make every effort to attend the webinar scheduled for the end of the month being run by ACL Workpapers creator Dan Zitting of ACL. Details on how to register are in the main body of the newsletter.

Wednesday 13th February sees the first ACL User Group meeting of 2013 with Ernst & Young kindly hosting the event in London. Unfortunately I’m away on leave that week but Ben will be there to say hi. The user group meetings are a great opportunity to meet other ACL users and find out how they are getting on with ACL technology.

We’re running our first batch of training courses for 2013 during the early part of February – check out the schedule. We’re also running some good software discounts during January so get in touch if you need us to quote you a price.

I hope you enjoy the newsletter!

All the best,

Robin

ACL January Discount Offer

Thinking of placing an order for ACL?

For the remainder of January, DataConsulting is offering 10% off ACL Desktop Edition, Network Edition, and AX Core, and 25% off ACL DirectLink. Conditions apply, so please get in touch for a quote, either directly, or through our contact form. If you are considering DirectLink or AX Core, then please contact us to discuss our support offering to allow for the short decision window.

Last chance to enrol on the February Open Enrolment courses

We have extended our closing date for our February Open Enrolment sessions by a further week. We are running courses appropriate for all level of users from Foundation to Advanced, including the opportunity to attain the internationally recognised ACL Certified Data Analyst (ACDA) designation. Our schedule is already designed to provide excellent value for money and we are offering further discounts for the upcoming courses. Get in touch ASAP if you would like to enrol; the final date for applications is Wednesday 30th January.

The schedule for our next round of courses in May are already confirmed, running in the week commencing 13th May 2013. We will again be running the ACL105 Foundations and the ACL 302 Advanced Scripting courses along with the ACDA examination.

ACL Workpapers is “disrupting” traditional audit management!

Free ACL Webinar

Introducing ACL Workpapers, a powerful, cloud-based audit management system, built by auditors for auditors. Join us to meet the creator of our exciting new audit management solution, and discover how we’re turning traditional audit management software on its head. Designed for the realities of today’s audit teams, ACL Workpapers is a simple, central and secure solution with an easy-to-use interface. See for yourself! Sign up to register for the live webinar.

ACL London User Group – Winter Meeting – 13th February 2013 @ 5.30pm EY London

The winter meeting of the London ACL User Group will be held on Wednesday 13th February at 5.30pm, at the Ernst & Young offices in London. This will be our first meeting since the ‘Olympics’ summer, so I look forward to seeing many of you.

Strengthening Controls in 2013

Order-to-Cash Cycle webcast

The order-to-cash cycle can be a complicated process to analyze, let alone understand. The potential for controls gaps and weaknesses can lead to heightened risk and revenue leakage for an organization. Many of the important controls (checks/balances) involve multiple applications, people, and date sequences. It can be inherently difficult to provide assurance through the cycle of managing customer information, order entry, pricing, discounting, invoicing, receipts, and collections to identify process efficiency opportunities and prevent revenue leakage.

Devil in the Details: Anti-fraud Data Analytics

“No need to visit us this year,” the head of a large and well-funded department told the internal auditor over the phone. “We’re in good shape.”

The auditor, unsurprised, hung up after quietly acknowledging this implied command to stay away. “Business as usual,” he thought in longstanding frustration. Regardless, his remaining workload was overwhelming. As the sole internal auditor in a state government agency serving more than 100,000 people in hundreds of locations on a budget greater than $1 billion, the auditor had many other departments within the agency to monitor for fraud, waste and abuse.

Coffee Corner

A review of 2012

2012 seemed to be one heck of a year. Can you remember what happened? The Independent ran a great quiz to test your memory.

Upcoming Events and ACL Open Enrolment Courses

ACL Webinar – ACL Workpapers is “disrupting” traditional audit management!, January 30, 2013 – Register

Strengthening Controls in 2013: Order-to-Cash Cycle webcast, January 31, 2013 – Register

ACL 105: Foundations of ACL – Concepts and Practices – London, February 04-05, 2013 – Get a quote

ACL 302: Advanced ACL Concepts and Techniques: Scripts – London, February 06-07, 2013 – Get a quote

ACL 901: ACL Certified Data Analyst (ACDA) Examination – London, February 08, 2013 – Get a quote

ACL London User Group – Winter Meeting – London, February 13, 2013 – Sign up

ACFE European Fraud Conference – Prague, March 17-19, 2013 – Register

ACL Connections 2013 – Atlanta, April 28-30, 2013 – Register

ACL 105: Foundations of ACL – Concepts and Practices – London, May 13-14, 2013 – Get a quote

ACL 302: Advanced ACL Concepts and Techniques: Scripts – London, May 15-16, 2013 – Get a quote

ACL 901: ACL Certified Data Analyst (ACDA) Examination – London, May 17, 2013 – Get a quote

 

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