Technical Disruption – Target Corp

Imagine — the busiest shopping day of the week and all of the systems to checkout customers are shutdown. Imagine you are one of the largest retailers nationwide.

Target Corporations experience an outage on Saturday of all stores nationwide due to a software outage. It seems the software outage was caused by routine maintenance — which obviously failed.

More from the Wall Street Journal at https://www.wsj.com/articles/target-stores-suffer-nationwide-outage-11560627812

Accounting and Football?

Love sports? Good at Data Analytics? There may be a new job for you.

The Southeast Conference (SEC) recently hired Deloitte to review their football officiating program. The firm is to review play by play reports and using a statistical analysis, determine if there are any outliers or exceptions. They are also to compare to other conferences to ensure quality standards are being met.

Hopefully between analysis, the auditors can watch a game or two.

https://www.accountingtoday.com/news/deloitte-hired-to-review-sec-football-officiating

New to Analytics? — Start here

Think you are new to analytics? You may have a start. Most of us in business, and especially accounting are quite adept in Excel. This makes the tool a perfect place to start. You cannot use the largest data sets, but with new Excel tools such as PowerPivot, that is constantly increasing.

Analyzing data in Excel helps you learn the process of determining which questions can be answered from the data and using an analytics technique to summarize. If you can do a Pivot Table in Excel, you are on the road to learning more about analytics.

For more information, see this article from Computerworld: https://www.computerworld.com/article/3315737/use-microsoft-excel-to-learn-about-data-analytics.html

The Journey Begins

Welcome to my blog.  This website is to provide resources to those teaching Accounting Information Systems and related courses.  It will provide some resources for instructors to use to get started as well as news items that apply to the world of accounting and information systems.

Thank you for joining me!

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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