2010 Top Technology Initiatives Complete Listing 

    This document contains a list of all top technology initiatives along with the questions that were used in the 2010 survey.

    2010 Complete List of Top Initiatives

    1. Secure electronic collaboration with clients - Client portals
    2. Electronic banking / EDI transactions
    3. Security of data, code and communications / data security and document retention / security threats
    4. Laptop security/encryption
    5. Consolidation/organization of data (Sharepoint, etc.) / knowledge management
    6. Electronic evidence and discovery
    7. E-commerce
    8. Cost effective data processing for the small business
    9. User mobility / mobile computing / mobile devices
    10. Server virtualization and consolidation
    11. Backup solutions - Image-based software, and on-line storage/ replication/ disaster recovery/ business continuity
    12. Connectivity - Wireless access/ high speed internet connections/ voice and data / Small business software / Office 2010 / windows 7
    13. Tax software, electronic transmittals of tax forms  / modern E-file (MeF)
    14. Cloud services /  Software as a Solution  (SaaS) - Google Docs, Hosted Exchange, Skype, NetSuite, Intacct, QB Online/ Google Chrome OS
    15. Social media technology - LinkedIn, Facebook, etc.
    16. Technology to support training - WebEx, video conferencing, etc.
    17. Audit support software - audit engagement programs, CAAATS, continuous monitoring software, etc
    18. Communications technology - Instant Messenger, Meeting Wizard, etc.



    2010 Complete List of Survey Question

    1. Are we appropriately considering the IT risks associated with the organization in an initial planning of any audit or attest engagement?
    2. Are we capturing the appropriate control objectives during the initial planning of any audit or attest engagement to address the IT risks associated with the organization?
    3. Are we leveraging the efforts and results across the various compliance functions (example: combining SOX compliance into an integrated audit)?
    4. Are we integrating our Business Intelligence (BI) process throughout our organization or is it strictly an IT or a Business Function’s individual responsibility?
    5. Are we receiving the most relevant and current information from our reporting functions (business intelligence, dashboards, etc.) or are there areas for improvement?
    6. Are our current internal controls and IT governance policies and procedures effective?
    7. Are we considering/ implementing organizational security precautions even though we haven’t had a data breach or loss?
    8. Are we ensuring that our data and technology resources are protected against hacking, viruses, or other compromises?
    9. Are we vulnerable to wire fraud?  Are we taking any action to protect ourselves?
    10. Have we balanced the risk from eDiscovery (litigation) to the need to maintain the records for operational/ business use?
    11. Have we implemented a sound/ appropriate privacy policies and procedures in place within the organization and for our customers?
    12. What is the Impact of XBRL to our business?
    13. What is the Impact of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) to our business?
    14. Can cloud computing/ Software as a Service (SaaS) reduce our operating costs?
    15. Can our data remain safe if we utilize cloud computing/ Software as a Service (SaaS) services?
    16. Can we deliver on our service and product promises to our customers if we utilize cloud computing/ Software as a Service (SaaS) services?
    17. Can we, as a Small/ Medium Business (SMB), dictate to our vendors the types of controls and security they should have?
    18. Should we refresh our core and financial accounting software to leverage technology efficiencies every few years?
    19. Are you interested in receiving resources that relate to the recent choices presented as top topics to consider for the next 12-18 months?

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