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By James A. Hall

Excellent for figuring out the accounting details platforms and similar applied sciences you will use on your company profession, Hall's ACCOUNTING details structures, seventh variation contains an emphasis on ethics, fraud, and the trendy production atmosphere. The booklet makes a speciality of the desires and obligations of accountants as finish clients of structures, structures designers, and auditors. This variation presents 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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Database Management The organization’s database is its physical repository for financial and nonfinancial data. We use the term database in the generic sense. It can be a filing cabinet or a computer disk. Regardless of the database’s physical form, we can represent its contents in a logical hierarchy. The levels in the data hierarchy— attribute, record, and file—are illustrated in Figure 1-6. DATA ATTRIBUTE. The data attribute is the most elemental piece of potentially useful data in the database.

For example, adding a new supplier of raw materials to the list of valid suppliers is an event that may be processed by the enterprise’s information system as a transaction. Important as this information obviously is, it is not a financial transaction, and the firm has no legal obligation to process it correctly—or at all. Financial transactions and nonfinancial transactions are closely related and are often processed by the same physical system. For example, consider a financial portfolio management system that collects and tracks stock prices (nonfinancial transactions).

In addition, summarized information pertaining to operations and other activities flows upward to managers at all levels. Management uses this information to support its various planning and control functions. F I G U R E 1-1 INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL FLOWS OF INFORMATION Top Management ce an orm Inf Suppliers on ati Customers Operations Management Stakeholders rm rfo Pe Middle Management Bu d an get In dI ns form tru cti ation on s 4 Operations Personnel Day-to-Day Operations Information CHAPTER 1 The Information System: An Accountant’s Perspective A third flow of information depicted in Figure 1-1 represents exchanges between the organization and users in the external environment.

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