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.

Inline XBRL: What Does it Mean For Me?

Yesterday, the SEC announced the start of the Inline XBRL, or iXBRL, voluntary filing program which runs through March 2020. External reporting professionals have heard rumblings of Inline XBRL for a few years now, and this announcement marks the SEC’s official launch into a new era of interactive data-based public disclosures. But with updated regulation comes anxiety and fear – and you want to know what does Inline XBRL mean for me?

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!

How Do You Gather Competitor Data?

Data comparisons enable your financial reporting team to analyze and benchmark your company’s performance against peers and competitors. Being able to easily access competitive data will add instant value to any strategic decision-making processes. It is crucial for your board of directors to have a clear picture of how you stack up to your competitors. Consider your current workflow for gathering accurate financial data from the SEC. Are you confident in that process?

6 Questions Financial Reporting Professionals Should Ask Themselves

Company executives, boards, and investors are relying more and more on their financial reporting teams to provide the information and analysis necessary to make crucial corporate decisions and drive strategy. To get this data more quickly and accurately, financial reporting professionals need to ask these 6 questions about their processes.

XBRL: To Outsource or Not to Outsource

XBRL can be complicated, time consuming and time sensitive. A comprehensive disclosure management vendor will offer a range of service options from XBRL review and one-time tagging services to full XBRL outsourcing. Different models work for different teams, and as requirements change and team structures transform, so do your needs. Here are a few questions to ask yourself when evaluating the right service model for your company.

Three Steps to Choosing the Right Disclosure Management Solution

In order to stay compliant and maintain efficiency, public companies need to continually evaluate and improve their external reporting processes. Many times there are workflow changes that can make all the difference like scheduling a post-mortem of your recent filing or automating the flow of data to mitigate risk and improve quality. Other times, companies might see a need to re-assess their vendor relationships, software functionality, and level of service. Shopping for a new vendor can be tricky, but there are three things we suggest you do to make sure you head in the right direction.

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