By James A. Hall

Perfect for figuring out the accounting details platforms and similar applied sciences you will use on your enterprise occupation, Hall's ACCOUNTING details platforms, seventh variation comprises an emphasis on ethics, fraud, and the fashionable production atmosphere. The ebook makes a speciality of the wishes and tasks of accountants as finish clients of platforms, structures designers, and auditors. This version offers whole built-in assurance of Sarbanes-Oxley because it results inner controls and different proper themes suffering from this laws, in addition to reorganized dialogue of transaction cycles that make the stability among handbook- and computer-based structures extra obvious.

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Information must be no older than the time of the action it supports. For example, if a manager makes decisions daily to purchase inventory from a supplier based on an inventory status report, then the information in the report should be no more than a day old. ACCURACY. Information must be free from material errors. However, materiality is a difficult concept to quantify. It has no absolute value; it is a problem-specific concept. This means that, in some cases, information must be perfectly accurate.

This is a convenient way of representing, viewing, and understanding the relationships among subsystems. By decomposing a system, we can present the overall system as a hierarchy and view the relationships between subordinate and higher-level subsystems. Each subordinate subsystem performs one or more specific functions to help achieve the overall objective of the higher-level system. Figure 1-2 shows an automobile decomposed into four primary subsystems: the fuel subsystem, the propulsion subsystem, the electrical subsystem, and the braking subsystem.

For example, a particular customer’s name, address, and account balance is one occurrence (or record) within the AR class. To find a particular record within the database, we must be able to identify it uniquely. 1 This unique identifier attribute is the primary key. Because no natural attribute (such as customer name) can guarantee uniqueness, we typically assign artificial keys to records. The key for the AR records in Figure 1-6 is the customer account number. This is the only unique identifier in this record class.

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