HOUSTON – August 8, 2017 – Audimation Services, Inc., the sole U.S. distributor of CaseWare IDEA® have selected Kathryn Horton, Audit Supervisor at Daszkal Bolton LLP, as the recipient of the 2017 U.S. IDEA® User of Excellence Award. She is being recognized for her innovative use of IDEA to streamline audit processes, identify fraudulent activity, analyze big data and expand the use of data analytics throughout the firm.
Daszkal Bolton is a prominent accounting and advisory firm based in South Florida. The firm provides tax, accounting, audit and a wide range of business consulting services to clients that range from multinational corporations to individuals. As a Supervisor in the firm’s Audit and Accounting Services Department, Horton plays an active role in implementing data analytics into 100 percent of audit engagements. When conducting a high-risk audit of an international corporation, Horton used IDEA to combine general ledger data from different countries to identify anomalies that indicated fraudulent activity. Horton has also earned the Certified IDEA Data Analyst (CIDA) credential, which has helped her advance in the firm and become the designated expert for high-risk audits.
“The use of IDEA in our work is a game changer for Daszkal Bolton,” said Horton. “You never want the data to be bigger than you are. IDEA helps us rein in big data sets to get a macro view of key areas for further analysis. It is at the forefront of audit processes and innovation, and I’m honored to be chosen as the recipient for this award.”
Michael Daszkal, Managing Partner of Daszkal Bolton, states, “We are so proud of Kathryn for winning the IDEA User of Excellence Award. She has been a true leader in the implementation and use of IDEA here at the firm and we have gotten great results from using it.”
Horton has used IDEA in resourceful ways to perform analysis on general ledgers, calculate depreciation expenses for fixed assets, reduce sample sizes for cumbersome audit areas, Employee Benefit Plan audits and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) projects. She has become proficient in using IDEA’s Visual Script feature to streamline the audit process for clients related to data integrity checks, recalculations and reconciliations. Horton has spearheaded an internal initiative to help staff incorporate data analytics into their work. She leads internal Continued Professional Education (CPE) courses to show how to apply IDEA to audits for private and non-profit organizations, and single audits.
“Auditors are using data analytics to enhance their curiosity and explore client data in new ways,” said Carolyn Newman, President, Audimation Services, Inc. “Young professionals like Kathryn Horton can transform audits of the future by helping others embrace technology. As the youngest recipient of this award, we look forward to watching her lead other professionals in their use of IDEA.”
Prior to joining Daszkal Bolton, Horton was the Production Control Assistant and Production Forecaster for an international manufacturing company. She earned a Master’s in Accounting from Florida Atlantic University, and Bachelor’s in Accounting from Florida International University and is a licensed CPA of both Florida and Georgia. She has also earned the distinction of Certified Management Accountant (CMA). Horton is an active member of several professional organizations including the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the Institute of Management Accountants. She is a graduate of Leadership Fort Lauderdale Class XXII and received the firm’s Rising Star Award for 2015. She also participates in local IDEA User Groups to help advance the use of data analytics techniques utilized in compliance matters and fraud detection.
About Audimation Services, Inc.
Founded in 1992, Audimation Services, Inc. is a leader in providing data analysis technology to help companies understand their data, assess risks, test controls, and fight fraud. As the sole U.S. distributor of IDEA® Data Analysis and SmartExporter for SAP®, we help our clients maximize their technology investments by providing support, training and other valuable resources. For more information about Audimation Services, visit www.audimation.com or call 888.641.2800.
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