By James A. Hall
Perfect for knowing the accounting details platforms and similar applied sciences you will use on your enterprise profession, Hall's ACCOUNTING info structures, seventh version contains an emphasis on ethics, fraud, and the trendy production surroundings. The e-book makes a speciality of the desires and tasks of accountants as finish clients of platforms, structures designers, and auditors. This variation presents entire built-in assurance of Sarbanes-Oxley because it results inner controls and different proper subject matters 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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Before discussing the data sources portion of Figure 1-5, we must make an important distinction between the terms data and information. Data are facts, which may or may not be processed (edited, summarized, or refined) and have no direct effect on the user. By contrast, information causes the user to take an action that he or she otherwise could not, or would not, have taken. Information is often defined simply as processed data. This is an inadequate definition. Information is determined by the effect it has on the user, not by its physical form.
First, accounting captures and records the financial effects of the firm’s transactions. These include events such as the movement of raw materials from the warehouse into production, shipments of the finished products to customers, cash flows into the firm and deposits in the bank, the acquisition of inventory, and the discharge of financial obligations. Second, the accounting function distributes transaction information to operations personnel to coordinate many of their key tasks. Accounting activities that contribute directly to business operations include inventory control, cost accounting, payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable, billing, fixed asset accounting, and the general ledger.
Effective decisions require information that has a high degree of reliability. Accounting Independence Information reliability rests heavily on the concept of accounting independence. Simply stated, accounting activities must be separate and independent of the functional areas that maintain custody of physical 19 20 PART I Overview of Accounting Information Systems resources. For example, accounting monitors and records the movement of raw materials into production and the sale of finished goods to customers.
Accounting Information Systems, 7th Edition by James A. Hall