Accounting IS Big Data Online Webinar Series

How Digitization of Business is Redefining Financial Reporting


Webinar Slides

Day & Time of Webinar:
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
2:00 PM EDT (11:00 am PDT)

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Webinar Description:

Artificial Intelligence – also referred to as cognitive technology – is increasingly being used in business to improve operational processes and support management decision making, including in financial reporting.   This session will explore some of the technological advancements, obtainable insights and key concerns that are part of an organization’s digital journey, including those relevant to successfully implement digital transformation in financial reporting.


Moderator: Susan Crosson, Director of the Center for Advancing Accounting Education

Presenters: Marc T. Macaulay is KPMG’s Cognitive Technology Audit Leader
Dr. Arvind Sathi is the Chief Architect for KPMG Watson Pla tform with IBM® and a faculty member with University of California.

CPE Information:

Field of Study: Computer Science
Credit: 1.2 Credit Hours
Instructional Delivery Method: Group Internet Based Program
Program Level: Overview

Learning Objectives

  • How digitization of business is impacting financial reporting
  • An overview of Cognitive technology and its benefits
  • The skillset needed to implement a digital transformation

Prerequisites/Additional Information

1) How Cognitive Tech is Revolutionizing the Audit (FEI Magazine reprint)
2) Harnessing the Power of Cognitive Technology to Transform the Audit white paper
3) Digital Innovation and How Cognitive Technology Can Enhance the Audit Quality fact sheet


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For more information regarding this webinar, please contact Susan Crosson,

Bios of the Presenters:

Marc T. Macaulay is KPMG’s Cognitive Technology Audit Leader. He is responsible for the development and implementation of a national cognitive technology strategy in support of the firm’s Audit practice. Marc’s background includes serving as the lead audit partner on a number of the firm’s most prominent global financial services clients. He is a SEC review partner, has headed the firm’s Western Area Financial Services Industry team and has served as member of KPMG’s Department of Professional Practice.

Dr. Arvind Sathi is the Chief Architect for KPMG Watson Platform with IBM® and a faculty member with University of California. Dr. Sathi received his Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence from Carnegie Mellon University and worked under Nobel Prize-winner Dr. Herbert A. Simon.  Dr. Sathi was a pioneer in developing AI solutions at Carnegie Group (a Carnegie Mellon startup), leading to its successful public offering as a profitable AI company. At KPMG / Bearingpoint, he led the practices for Intelligent Process Automation, Enterprise Integration, & Analytics. At IBM, Dr. Sathi has led several AI and Data Science programs involving a number of IBM products from IBM Watson, and Hybrid Cloud business units, and has provided technical oversight to IBM’s strategic accounts. He has published four books on analytics - Cognitive (Internet of) ThingsEngaging Customers Using Big DataBig Data Analytics, Customer Experience Analytics.  Arvind Sathi is a member of IBM’s Academy of Technology.

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