This blog relates to leveraging XBRL for accounting, reporting, auditing, and analysis in a digital environment. From big picture issues such as establishing your strategy in this age of disruption to the details of implementing accounting process automation using XBRL; hang out here to stay informed.

For a list of all blog posts, click here. For resources to learn about XBRL, click here. Examples, samples, and metadata on GitHub, click here.  Watch the popular video, How XBRL Works. To get the background to understand the changes that are occuring, read through Computer Empathy. Or, if you want to get everything in on place, check out Intelligent XBRL-based Digital Financial Reporting.

"If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas."

--- George Bernard Shaw

Digital financial reporting is the future of financial reporting. Just like blueprints went digital, maps went digital, and many other things have gone digital; so to are financial reports are going digital.  A recent AICPA News Update stated the following:

Technology has undoubtedly been the catalyst for change throughout history. But today, this change is happening faster than ever before. The world will look very different in a few years - and the accounting profession is no exception. Artificial intelligence, blockchain and other technologies are poised to reshape the accounting landscape, and we need to be ready.

The AICPA says, "The world will look very different in a few years" and " ready". So, how can you be ready?  This blog can help you be ready.  The July 2017 Journal of Accountancy published an article, Real talk about artificial intelligence and blockchain, which stated:

Technology is poised to transform the accounting profession. Artificial intelligence, robotics, and blockchain are on the verge of automating many traditional core CPA tasks. The profession is at a critical moment, one from which it will emerge in a far different form.

What traditional core tasks will be automated?  What will be the new "form" the profession will take?

So how exactly do you create a high-quality XBRL-based digital financial report? That is covered in the document Blueprint for Creating Zero-Defect XBRL-based Digital Financial Reports.

"Where there is no order there is confusion." Luca Pacioli

Digital financial reporting will change accounting work practices over the coming years.  Digital financial reporting is part of a broader trend.  Professional accountants can adapt to this change proactively or reactively, that is a choice.  But the change itself is not only inevitable, it is imminent.

Programmers and others developing software will find this site useful in creating and designing a user experience which works for the business professionals they serve.  It is the software which programmers create which will help business professionals harness the power enabled by the XBRL technical syntax.

This site is also useful to educators, students, and others who desire to learn to use XBRL for the exchange of financial and non-financial information.  Additionally, this site may be useful to technical people who are trying to understand what business users are trying to get from XBRL.

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Learning about XBRL-based Digital Financial Reporting (Self Study) 

Intelligent XBRL-based digital financial reporting will highly likely be in your future. This information will help you become a master craftsmen.  You can get started learning right now.  The following steps will get you started down the right path:

  1. Read the document Computer Empathy in order to get the background you need to understand the changes that are occurring. Without this foundational information you cannot understand the changes that are occurring.
  2. Read the blog post Need for Digital Alternative to General Purpose Financial Report.  That articulates the general vision.
  3. Read the Conceptual Overview of an XBRL-based, Structured Digital Financial Reporting. This helps you understand what an intelligent XBRL-based digital financial report is and how it works.
  4. Watch the six minute video, How XBRL Works. This is a quick way to get your head around the notion of structured information which is what makes digital financial reporting possible.
  5. Read the XBRL-based Digital Financial Reporting General Principles. This helps you understand WHAT you need to learn.
  6. Want more details about XBRL? Read XBRL for Dummies.  Chapter 1 is a must, it provides in about 20 pages a comprehensive explanation of XBRL.  Chapter 4 provides an XBRL Primer.  There is a lot there for both readers who are business professionals and information technology professionals.
  7. Need even more details? Read Intelligent Digital Financial Reporting. This is the best summary of information you need which exists.  This is an investment, but your investment will pay dividends.
  8. Follow this blog.  While the resources that this blog are updated, reorganized, synthesized, and otherwise simplified periodically; the blog itself generally contains the most current information if things are changing.
  9. Take the Mastering Intelligent Digital Financial Reporting or one of my other training sessions.  Contact me for more details.

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