• Inaugural Conference:

    Accounting IS Big Data

    Our Mission: Engage academics, practicing accountants and technology leaders to explore the role of Big Data and analytics in all areas of the accounting profession and to identify the opportunities for accounting education and research.

Accounting IS Big Data Conference


Thursday, September 3, 2015





1:00-1:30   Welcome  

1:30 - 3:00 Overview of Big Data and Analytics

Transitions from Traditional Corporate Systems Suzanne Wilt, Senior Director, Services Industry and Product Solution Strategy,  Infor 
Structured Data
Kevin Sheetz, CEO & Co-Founder, Powerlytics
Fraud Detection
Patrick Taylor, CEO, Oversight Systems, Inc.
Analytics Kenneth P. Sanford, Ph.D. Principal Research Statistician-Analytics Evangelist, Research & Development, SAS Institute
The Internet of Things Daniel Barrett, Facilities Management Portfolio Marketing Leader IBM Analytics, IBM
 Visualization Ed Beaurain, Commercial Sales Manager, Tableau Software, Inc. 

3:30 - 4:00 What does it mean for the Accounting Profession?
Public Accounting Tim Ryan, Vice Chairman and Markets, Strategy and Stakeholders Leader, PwC
Corporate Accounting Scott Beck, Xavier University.  Formerly 84.51, a wholly-owned Kroger subsidiary

4:00 - 5:30 What are the possibilities? (Group Cases, Exploring how Big Data can Transform Accounting Processes)

  Brian Sommer, Founder, TechVentive

6:00 - 8:00  Reception Case Competition

Friday, September 4, 2015

8:00 - 9:00  Possibilities Revealed from Group Cases
9:00 - 11:30  Solving the Challenges of Big Data:  Exhibitor Approaches to Big Data and Analytics
Moderated exhibitor solutions KPMGPowerlytics, SAS Institute, Tableau, Knewton
Time for more in-depth discussions at exhibitor tables

11:30 - 12:30  What are the Research Opportunities?
How does big data change our research processes?
Emerging methodologies: fMRI
Bruce Crosson, Emory University
Panel: How does big data change what we research? Glen L. Gray, California State University - Northridge             
Diane J. Janvrin, Iowa State University
Roger O’Donnell, Global Head Data and Analytics, Audit, KPMG 
Daniel E. O'Leary, University of Southern California
Donald Warren, Jr., Marist College

12:30 - 1:30     Lunch
Lessons Learned from Workforce Retraining. How can we build opportunities for collaboration?

Roger O’Donnell, Global Head Data and Analytics, Audit, KPMG 
Traci Gusher, Director, Management Consulting - Data & Analytics of KPMG

1:30 - 2:30  What are the Teaching Opportunities?
How does big data change our pedagogy?
Emerging tools: adaptive learning
Jules Roazen, Vice President of Adaptive Learning, Knewton
How does big data change what we teach? Erela Amit, College of Management Academic Studies
Ann DzuraninNorthern Illinois University
Scott Prober, PwC
Scott Showalter, North Carolina State
Jürgen Sidgman, University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh 
Theophanis C. Stratopoulos, University of Waterloo

2:30 - 5:00  Developing a road map for the future?
  Research breakout room
  Education breakout room
  Building the Momentum

Note: The CPE Fields of Study curriculum is divided into twenty three subject matter areas. These fields represent the primary knowledge and skill areas needed by accounting licensees to perform professional services in all fields of employment. Sessions that offer CPE credit have the Field of Study and Credit Hours (CH) in red. Each Credit Hour is based on 50 minutes. The Program Level for each of these sessions is Basic, unless otherwise stated. Delivery Method: Group Live

American Accounting Association is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website:www.learningmarket.org.

To register for this course, visit the Web site and register online or contact (941)-921-7747. For more information regarding refund, complaint and program cancellation policies, please contact our offices at (941)-921-7747

Interview with Kari Olsen about being a PhD student. Kari is now an Associate Professor at Utah Valley University.