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Anonymous, The Balanced Scorecard can be as 'skinny' or 'fat' as you want it to be, if you understand the intent of the framework. Essentially, if...
There is a post here that gives some background, but assurance includes both attestation and audit. Attestation services always report compliance to...
There is no delineation of report use or issuance for these company types. The report's relevance is tied almost solely to the purpose of the...
Yes, if the report issued is produced under SSAE 16, it should change. If you do not have an SSAE 16 report issued, keep the language reflective of...
Size doesn't matter here - what matters is the relevance of the service organization to the user's operating environment and, for SSAE 16, to the...
If the breach was relevant to a control assertion tested by the auditor, then the sample used to issue the report should be reviewed to see if...
It depends: the SSAE 16 focuses on control considerations for financial statement materiality, whereas that concept is not covered in the SOC 2 and 3...
SOC 2 reports are focused, generally, on the internal controls related to the operating environment of a service provider related to any combination...
Most teams will consist of: a CPA with a background in internal control assesments and internal audit and an IS auditor (CISA) with background in...
You can very likely get into it through different channels - we constantly see people looking to raise funds of various types and investment foci. I...
Michael, the difference is in the applicability to the financial statements. An attestation standard applies to agreed-upon procedures, SSAE 16, and...
Mark is exactly right. In addition, No: all SAS 70s are not created equal. A SAS 70 is comprised of a numbre of assertions that the company wants...
Depending on the size and scope of your company, I agree with you: there are somefunctions a BI product (such as Business Objects) can perform for...
NetSuite, SAP BusinessOne, and Intacct all support those requirements *generally*, though I would recommend listing out your detailed requirements (...
The Palladium Group has some terrific case studies and materials, though focused more on larger businesses. For a growing company, I recommend the...
Bryan BI is usually thought of as expensive, but the reality is that Excel 2010/SQL, SharePoint, SSRS (SQL Reporting Services), and Access 2010's...
Mark, You ask a good question - in my experience, it would not. The definition of, communication of, measurement of, and accountability to strategic...
Tim, it's a good observation that there is significant 'congestion' in the BI space. Business Intelligence is a very broad term, that can encompass...