Resources & Publications

January 2010
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Features

Business Tools: The Next Quantum Leap
By William M. Baker, CMA, and F. Douglas Roberts, CPA   
Twenty years ago, management accountants first encountered paperless transactions. Now it’s time for person-less transactions on the Semantic Web, where automated computer programs will do everything from purchase supplies at the best price to route a sick or injured patient’s medical records to the ER. This cutting-edge technology promises to change the way your organization will conduct business in the not-so-distant future. Here’s what you need to know today.


The Gatekeepers' Tools
By David Hurtt, CMA, CPA; Michael Robinson; and Martin Stuebs, CMA, CFM    
Many of the recent failures in external reporting environments should serve as sobering lessons for management accountants, who perform similar functions within internal reporting. They need to develop and nurture the qualities that make them ethical accountants as well as ethical leaders. By maintaining a culture of trust and limiting the possibility of costly reporting failures, management accountants can truly fulfill their essential role as informational gatekeepers within businesses.


More Financial Transparency, Please
By Ramona Dzinkowski   
James Kroecker, chief accountant of the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC), discusses the priorities of the Office of the Chief Accountant in the coming year, the role of the SEC in the global community, the effect that the U.S. economic crisis has had on how the business community views international standards, and the convergence of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and U.S. GAAP.


Navigating the 21st Century Job Search
By Karen Schuele, CPA, and Roland Madison, CPA  
The job search landscape has changed significantly over the last few years. Not only has the economy had an impact, but new websites and tools on the Internet have also altered the strategies and best practices for finding a job. Applicants must identify the value they can bring to an organization, demonstrate current expertise in their field, and expand their networking reach in person and online.

Columns

PERSPECTIVES
Leadership in Times of Change


TOP LINE
Enhancing Your Member Experience Is a Top Priority


ETHICS
Are We Experiencing an Ethics Bubble?


TAXES
Will Cash for Clunkers “Trickle Up”?


FINANCIAL REPORTING
Accounting for Financial Instruments: Post-Crisis Changes, Part 2


BEST PRACTICES
If I Had a Dollar...


ADVOCACY
Committees Spur New Advocacy Efforts


CAREERS
Getting Things Done


IMA LIFE
It’s a Wonderful Journey

Departments

SF BULLETIN
• Obama Administration Establishes Corporate Fraud Task Force
• FASB Reform Goes Down in Flames
• Audit Attestation for Smaller Companies Delayed Again
• Letters: Interesting and Useful
• Books: Driving a Culture of Performance


EXCEL
Year-Over-Year Analysis Using Excel


ACCESS
Text, Dates, and Functions


TOOLS OF THE TRADE
Canon P-150 Personal Scanner, Verbatim InSight™ Portable Hard Drive, TaxACT Business Tax Software, J.K. Lasser’s Tax Guide


TECH FORUM
Anno Liber

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