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CECL and Finance: Managing interdependencies will be crucial to effective implementation

August 9, 2018

Many times, accounting standard implementation is an effort specific to finance, but the new Current Expected Credit Loss (CECL) standard is quite the opposite. It has many interdependencies across controllership, governance, modeling, credit analysis, production, and financial reporting. These interdependencies, combined with the fact that CECL is a principles-based standard, sets the stage for one of the most challenging accounting changes organizations have faced in recent times. How organizations manage these interdependencies can have a large impact on the effectiveness and efficiency of their CECL implementation programs.

Managing CECL interdependencies starts with defining the “targeted operating model,” or TOM. Defining the TOM early can provide a framework for institutions to effectively implement CECL.

CECL implementation efforts can be grouped into four major buckets:

  • Governance and oversight
  • Models and data
  • Technology and production
  • Controls, accounting, and reporting

To dive deeper into how your organization can manage CECL interdependencies and develop a framework based on these four major buckets, see our article: Managing interdependencies in CECL implementations.

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New lease accounting standard and effective date

June 26, 2018

In our January Dbriefs webcast, Lease accounting: Implementation enters the final stretch, panelists discussed the new guidance and provisions to the new accounting rules, implementation challenges companies may face, and other operational considerations as the new lease accounting rule's effective date of January 1, 2019 approaches.

Featuring special guests Todd Sears, vice president and assistant corporate controller, Walmart; James Barker, partner, Deloitte & Touche LLP; and Sean Torr, managing director, Deloitte & Touche LLP, participants heard insights into how companies can manage the implementation process, how the new guidance can simplify implementation, and tips to address challenges that many are facing or will face in the year ahead.

Read the full report to learn more: New lease accounting standard and effective date.

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Stepping outside the box: Elevating the role of the controller

June 21, 2018

Controllers who venture outside the box of the traditional controllership roles are often well-positioned to unlock the strategic value that their companies demand. Finding the courage and time to step out of this box is a battle that many controllers struggle to prioritize over completing day-to-day tasks. To better understand this conflict, and to uncover what controllers can do to gain strategic clout at an executive level, the IMA® (Institute of Management Accountants) and Deloitte explored the factors impacting how controllers are currently spending their time as opposed to where they should or would like to spend it.

The report offers insights into:

  • The four diverse and challenging controllership roles within an organization.
  • How those in the controllership function spend their time in these roles versus how they wish they were spending their time.
  • The difference between those spending relatively more time in strategist and catalyst roles versus those primarily doing more traditional controllership tasks.
  • Considerations on ways controllers can become more effective strategists and catalysts within their organizations.

Read the full report to learn more: Stepping outside the box: Elevating the role of the controller.

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Digital risk management and controllership: The three pillars

June 8, 2018

A blog post by Julie Velayo, principal, Deloitte & Touche LLP

The inception of digital transformation has prompted organizations to ask specific risk-related questions about emerging technologies. How does this software change my financial reporting processes? How does this impact my controls? How will I know if I've impacted my compliance obligations? How will I manage a digital workforce in my controller's organization?

When shifting to digital, many organizations move to implement new technologies swiftly without giving full consideration to the various risks involved or taking the time to ask the questions that arise with each new digital solution. Even as the introduction of new technology into organizational environments continues to bring new risks, controls to mitigate these risks should also continue to progress.

Proper digital risk management (DRM) can benefit those looking to answer specific risk-related questions and create an organized structure around the control of those risks, even as they expand and progress. DRM is a framework and strategy designed to help companies govern risk associated with the end-to-end life cycle of digital transformation involving advanced technologies. DRM can help organizations enhance controls while increasing ROI and protecting value.

The DRM framework consists of three main pillars—plan, enable, and monitor—and it lays out a structure of risk management that may assist controllers and finance professionals as they navigate ongoing digital transformation challenges.

Embracing a DRM strategy may also bring significant benefits, such as:

  • Improved compliance and governance that mirrors new technologies
  • More efficient oversight of financial processes
  • Potential cost reductions related to processing time and error resolution
  • Scalability as new technologies are implemented and utilized
  • Increase in automated controls
  • Reduction in testing hours associated with manual controls

Read the full report to learn more: Digital risk management and controllership: The three pillars.

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IFRS 17: Data management and process improvement

May 24, 2018

A blog post by Wallace Nuttycombe, principal, Deloitte & Touche LLP and Bryan Benjamin, senior manager, Deloitte & Touche LLP

Implementing International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) 17 will bring significant changes to an entity’s process and systems and will require significant coordination between many functions of the business–notably between finance and actuarial. These changes can also create a fundamental shift in the way data is collected, stored, and analyzed, and can significantly impact business operations, financial systems, and forecast methodologies as they adjust to the new standard...Continue reading

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Accounting automation and the future of controllership

May 10, 2018

A blog post by Beth Kaplan, managing director, Deloitte & Touche LLP

Our December Dbriefs webcast focused on accounting automation technologies and featured insights into the spectrum of robotics and process automation capabilities that drive initiatives to push the controllership function into the future...Continue reading

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IFRS 17, Insurance Contracts

January 23, 2018

A blog post by Wallace Nuttycombe, principal, Deloitte & Touche LLP and Bryan Benjamin, senior manager, Deloitte & Touche LLP

​It was 20 years in the making, but the new International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) insurance contracts accounting standard, IFRS 17, was published in 2017. This is a massive change for the insurance industry and one that we believe requires insurers to plan well in advance for implementation, and the clock is ticking...Continue reading

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Implementing the new revenue recognition standard

November 20, 2017

A blog post by Bryan Anderson, partner, Deloitte & Touche LLP, Deloitte Risk and Financial Advisory*

Get the roadmap to implement the new revenue recognition standard and learn the speed bumps you may encounter along the way...Continue reading

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Attracting talent in the digital age of controllership

November 3, 2017

A blog post by Beth Kaplan, managing director, Deloitte & Touche LLP*

The role of controllership is changing as it shifts into the modern era. Preparing for change by attracting the right professionals is essential to a smooth transition as companies adapt to a digital landscape and chart their controllership functions on a new course to success…Continue reading

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Preparing for the new credit loss standard: Model behavior is not enough

August 23, 2017

A blog post by Jonathan Prejean, managing director, Deloitte & Touche LLP

Models will be crucial to how banks implement the new current expected credit loss (CECL) standard, but models are not enough...Continue reading

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Beware of the never-ending contract

August 2, 2017

A blog post by Bryan Anderson, partner, Deloitte & Touche LLP

A number of complicating factors can come into play when automatically combining contracts and performing associated reallocations, resulting in the never-ending contract...Continue reading

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Corporate tax reform and ASC 606: Implications of the new revenue recognition standard

July 19, 2017

A blog post by Wendy Friese, senior manager, Deloitte Tax LLP

Understand the tax opportunities companies should consider when analyzing their revenue recognition method... Continue reading

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Implementation of the new revenue recognition standard: The auditor’s role

July 5, 2017

A blog post by Amy Steele, Audit & Assurance partner, Deloitte & Touche LLP, National Office Audit & Assurance Services

The auditor’s role is important for effective implementation of new accounting standards, including the new revenue recognition standard...Continue reading

New revenue recognition standard implementation strategy

June 21, 2017

A blog post by Amy Steele, Audit & Assurance partner, Deloitte & Touche LLP, National Office Audit & Assurance Services

Learn ways to help make audit a part of an effective implementation of the new revenue recognition standard...Continue reading

Demand for transparent IT shared services costs: Opening the allocation black box

June 7, 2017

A blog post by Colleen Whitmore, principal, Deloitte & Touche LLP

The “black box” of allocated shared services costs can cause many issues within organizations. As a result, business units may consider looking for alternatives to using internal IT services, which can end up costing the company more in total. Continue reading

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Cleaning up the mess under the bed: Why intercompany accounting is increasing corporate risk

May 12, 2017

A blog post by Kyle Cheney, partner, Deloitte & Touche LLP

When I was a teenager, I wasn’t exactly the neatest person on the planet. My father had a military background and this often surfaced in his parenting style, especially when he asked me to clean my room. I had an active sports and social life that left me with limited time for such a mundane task, so my strategy was to shove all my stuff under the bed before the weekly inspection and hope no one noticed. It worked for a while—until it didn’t…Continue reading

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Are you ready to administer the new lease accounting standards? (Video)

May 4, 2017

The FASB and IASB’s joint lease accounting standards, which were announced in 2016, have fundamentally changed the rules that govern accounting for substantially all leases. It’s expected that the standard will have far-reaching implications in accounting, finance and reporting, real estate, tax, technology, and other areas.

Is your organization overwhelmed by these changes? Are you struggling with where to begin? If so, you’re not alone.

View our video to learn how Deloitte can help your organization implement a lease accounting process that’s streamlined and efficient—and that can lead to significant transparency and insights.

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World-class controllership: Charting your course to success

April 18, 2017

To become world-class—and to meet the CFO’s evolving expectations—controllership must become more proficient, effective, and insightful. Where to begin?

Step 1: Evaluate your ability to deliver core responsibilities.

Step 2: Understand how to expand controllership’s scope to provide greater value to the CFO and the business.

To help support the CFO’s transition from the head of finance to a business leader, the controllership will need to shift from more traditional roles (stewards and operators) to catalysts and strategists. Read our report to learn more about the Four Faces of Controllership and Deloitte Risk and Financial Advisory’s proprietary Controllership Navigator framework.

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Implementing the new revenue standard (ASC 606 or IFRS 15)

April 4, 2017

A blog post by Mark Horn, principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP, and David Pierce, managing director, Deloitte Consulting LLP

In our conversations with clients about complying with the new revenue reporting standard, we’ve seen that many organizations tend to fall into three broad buckets… Continue reading

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Adopting the new revenue standard (a.k.a. the death of comparability)

March 24, 2017

A blog post by Bryan Anderson, partner, Deloitte Risk and Financial Advisory, Deloitte & Touche LLP

As they work through the adoption of the new revenue standard, more and more companies are seriously considering—or begrudgingly moving toward—a “modified retrospective” adoption decision... Continue reading


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