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Back to Basics: Notes from Financial Reporting & XBRL

Posted on August 29th, 2008 by Sanjit Anand |Print This Post Print This Post |Email This Post Email This Post

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dgreybarrow-2What is XBRL (eXtensible Business Reporting Language) is:XBRL

This is an international market driven corporate reporting information format standard

  • XBRL is a freely available electronic language for business reporting.
  • A platform for corporate reporting standards
  • A tool that can enhance the quality and efficiency of business reporting
  • A way to enhance the analysis of information contained within business reports
  • An information standard designed specifically to enhance business information exchange
  • Good is that this is available on a royalty free basis
  • This is based on accepted reporting standards
  • A market reality with broad and accelerating regulatory adoption around the world
  • The key components of:
    • Technology = XML-based specification (information format)
    • Language / dictionary = (information)
    • Terms by jurisdiction (US, Germany,Ireland, Singapore,Japan,….)

dgreybarrow-2Why this is getting popular in accounting world

  • Because this provides a database-like structure, using text files
  • This defines a collection of financial facts for a specific report, industry, and jurisdiction (taxonomy)
  • Facilitates the data exchange between proprietary systems
  • Promotes the re-use of data with far less effort

You can download a copy of Deloitte's XBRL pod cast from here. You can also download a copy of their Technology Predictions 2008 Report from the same page and refer page 14 for XBLR Information.

High point of the documents is authorities are pushing to make XBRL mandatory for the submission of tax returns and financial reports. In the US the SEC already has 40+ big companies filing XBRL tagged reports.APAC countries like China and Singapore they already started.The UK Government plans to make XBRL mandatory by 2011.

dgreybarrow-2ERP Products -XBRL-enabled Products

  • ORACLE : Oracle EBS as GL FSG
  • PeopleSoft
  • SAP mySAP financials
  • Microsoft Business Solutions Navision

dgreybarrow-2The New is XBRL Specification 2.1 & Oracle General Ledger 11i/R12

XBRL Financial Reporting is supported in General Ledger (GL) through its Financial Statement Generator (FSG).

You can map XBRL Elements to FSG Row Sets.

Map XBRL Elements to FSG Row Sets

As per metalink note 602332.1, Oracle does not support XBRL 2.1.

Currently on version 2.0 of the taxonomy is supported by Oracle in FSG's. Lets hope XBRL 2.1 will be available by sometime early in 2009.

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dgreybarrow-2Suggested Reading

Improving XBRL Implementation & Interoperability
This white paper provides some technical insights into the improvements made to XBRL in the 2.1 version of the standard. It is primarily aimed at IT professionals that need to advise or make decisions about the use of XBRL. Download

dgreybarrow-2Reference notes

  • Note:239123.1 :XBRL Support in Oracle General Ledger
  • Note 277877.1 :Setup Checklist for eXtensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL) FSG reports
  • Note:297280.1 :FSG Reports Using XML Publisher

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  1. Techies Curious about XBRL? - Learn from these sessions Says:

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  2. Jimmy Lin Says:

    Nice, as I known, XBRL is very good tech, but if make it spread widely, It should need government to put it on. In china, in stock field, XBRL is adopted in publishing some financial information. it will be more larger market to spread out.

    thanks for your working.

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