3 Critical Components for Producing Exceptional Disclosures

Financial reporting is a practice that’s constantly evolving. Each year, companies have new regulatory standards to comply with, more data to report, and different market conditions to contend with. This post explores three components required to produce exceptional disclosures that are compliant and improve investor confidence.

4 Internal Reporting Challenges You Can Overcome Today

Internal reporting is the monthly consolidation of departmental results and is a process – and pain – shared by public and private companies alike. In this post, learn the top four challenges associated with internal reporting and how you can overcome them now.

Leading vs. Lagging Disclosure Intelligence Strategies

Competitive intelligence and business intelligence are two very broad concepts, and the world of disclosure has traditionally been separate. But where does the hard evidence come from? Financial reports contain the most accurate and telling information about a company. This is what we call disclosure intelligence. What makes for a leading disclosure intelligence strategy as opposed to a lagging one? Let’s explore the difference.

3 Ways to Boost Disclosure Effectiveness

As financial reporting professionals, we frequently ask ourselves how we can be better at what we do. That’s why it’s always a good time to adopt habits that will help us improve, for the benefit of both our organization and ourselves. One way to do this is to take a more individualistic approach to one of the recent overriding industry themes: disclosure effectiveness. One of the simplest ways you can be a more effective cog in your company’s Disclosure Management Cycle is to adopt these 3 simple, yet effective time management tips.

9 Times Public Filing Search Saved the Day

Companies new to disclosure research – also known as public filing search – often ask us: “How will it help me?” Over the years we’ve learned that regardless of industry, having access to a robust and reliable database of publicly filed documents is a game-changer for companies. It places directly in your hands the most relevant information in the least amount of time, making you look like a superstar in front of your bosses and colleagues. Read this article for real-world examples of how disclosure research saves the day.

XBRL Data Quality Rules Available for Comment

XBRL quality matters, and the XBRL US Data Quality Committee (DQC) is committed to improving quality of interactive data filings submitted to the SEC by providing guidance and rules that will detect and prevent inconsistencies in XBRL data. On June 30th, 2016, the DQC announced the start of its second public exposure period for proposed rules. The recently proposed rules consist of the following guidance.

Certent Acquires DisclosureNet

Last week Certent announced its acquisition of DisclosureNet, a provider of software-as-a-service solutions that improve the quality of external and internal reporting by enabling peer comparisons and analysis, access to accounting standards, and quantitative benchmarking. The acquisition of DisclosureNet further expands Certent’s current financial compliance capabilities which streamline the SEC and SEDAR reporting process, improve productivity, and strengthen controls and collaboration.

Why Agile Should Be Important to You

It’s no secret that most of today’s top technology companies follow an Agile development methodology. By definition, an agile approach means shorter sprints of software development and allows companies the ability to more quickly adjust and appropriate resources to stay ahead of the competition. It’s faster, more flexible, and better aligned to the needs of the client base. Read on to find our why this should be important to you.

Improved XBRL Data Quality

Last week the XBRL US Data Quality Committee announced that the implementation of new validation rules put forth by the committee resulted in a significant increase in the quality of XBRL data submitted to the SEC in the first quarter of 2016. The validation rules were put in effect for the purpose of helping companies detect inconsistencies in their XBRL data specifically around incorrect negative values, improper value relationships between elements, and incorrect dates– and it seems to have been successful. Read this blog to see the results.

Certent Summit: A Slideshow

Attendees are raving about Certent’s 5th annual user conference, the Certent Summit 2016. Held in San Francisco, California at the Hotel Nikko, hundreds of attendees came together to connect, collaborate, and learn. From an inspirational keynote given by Geoff Colvin to our charity networking event supporting Stop Hunger Now, the event exceeded expectations. We look forward to our annual user conference, and from the looks of the slideshow, so do our clients!

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