Resources & Publications

March 2010
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Creating Effective Dashboards 
By Brian Ballou, Dan L. Heitger, and Laura Donnell   
Dashboards can be valuable tools in helping companies monitor and mitigate risk. They present real-time pictures of key metrics, providing executives with the most relevant information they need to make informed business decisions. For a dashboard to be effective, however, executives must ensure that it identifies the metrics and information most critical to managing their company’s risk. The authors describe the challenges in implementing a dashboard and offer solutions to help tailor the dashboard to your specific company.


Excel-Based Budgeting for Production
By Teresa Stephenson, CMA, and Jason Porter  
Part 2 of the six-part series on creating an effective Excel-based Master Budget details the steps leading to the creation of the Production Budget, the Direct Materials Budget, the Schedule of Cash Payments, and the Direct Labor Budget. The information used in these budgets will help with production estimates, the quantities and costs of materials, timing of payments for materials, and the expected hours and costs of direct labor employees.


Preserving Control
By Ramona Dzinkowski   
A panel of corporate controllers recently talked about major issues that may require significant attention: downsizing and restructuring activities during the current economic environment, implementing and monitoring risk management efforts, SOX reporting, supply chain strategies, and the convergence of IFRS and U.S. GAAP.


Take Less—and Earn More
By Joseph M. Hargadon, CMA, CPA, and Lori R. Fuller, CPA  
Because of changes to the Certified Management Accountant (CMA®) and Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exams, it’s now possible for undergraduate students to pass both the CMA and CPA exams within six months after graduation. Accounting majors who have completed additional courses in finance can follow the nine-step process outlined here to take advantage of the timing of their coursework and maximize their chances of passing the exams—and begin their careers already on the path to success.

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PERSPECTIVES
Setting the Right Goals


TOP LINE
Join Us in Baltimore   


BEST PRACTICES
Wolverine vs. Superman: The Anger Debate


TAXES
Theft Loss Deductibility


ETHICS
Fight Against Corruption Escalates


FINANCIAL REPORTING
Another Step Along the Path to Transparency


CAREERS
Personalize Your Career Development Plan


ACADEMIC CORNER
Solving Self-Regulated Learner Issues


IMA LIFE
Publish or Perish?

Departments

SF BULLETIN
• Business Disputes Some Provisions of New Generally Lauded SEC Capitalization Leeway
• SEC Policy Statement on Cooperation by Corporate Officials
• Tips for Business Owners
• Corrections
• Letters: Add a Step in the Ethics Process, An Excellent Example, Learn from Haier’s Restructuring Efforts
• Books: Be a Better Leader 


EXCEL
Reporting a Count of Records by Geography


ACCESS
Using Forms, Queries, and Reports to Create Ad Hoc Reporting


TOOLS OF THE TRADE
Apple iPad, Plustek OpticFilm 7600i Ai, SanDisk slotRadio, ATX Tax Packages

TECH FORUM
The Digital Wars

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