XBRL US Conference Recap

Posted on September 12, 2014 by Dave Nitchman

The annual XBRL US Conference was held in Seattle this week and saw a wide range of talks on both the SEC mandate and developments in XBRL data consumption and analysis. Highlights included a keynote speech from John Connors, former Microsoft CFO and now Managing Partner at leading VC, Ignition Partners. Connors described the accelerating innovation that is impacting business and the central part that data, specifically structured data, now has to play. Taylor Hawes, long time senior Microsoft Executive and leading XBRL advocate lead a live demonstration of the way that his Finance team is able to combine unstructured data and XBRL data to provide his organisation with vital information about the current acquisition of Nokia.

A consistent theme of the conference was data quality and consistency and there were a number of interesting talks on this important issue, including updates on HR5405. The conference heard about developments at the SEC and the way that it is using XBRL data, as well as the way that the FASB is increasingly embedding XBRL into its process for developing standards. There were updates on the DATA Act and a very interesting set of sessions on a proposed “Construction, Energy and Transportation” taxonomy, to modernise the process of construction contract surety bonds. In addition, the first meeting of the new XBRL International Corporate Actions Working Group was kicked off successfully at the conference.

Keynote and Plenary Sessions Online

Taylor Hawes of Microsoft provided an update on trends in data consumption, including Microsoft’s use of XBRL data internally for competitive purposes. Watch a video of his interactive presentation. Also on the XBRL US YouTube Channel, keynotes from XII CEO John Turner and former NASDAQ Chair Alfred Berkeley. John Connors of Ignition Partners speaks on Big Data trends, how corporate financial data is being used and explores how XBRL and structured data is changing the dialogue between public companies and their stakeholders including shareholders, the media and regulators.

Other Posts


Would you like
to learn more?

Join our Newsletter mailing list to
stay plugged in to the latest
information about XBRL around the world.

By clicking submit you agree to the XBRL International privacy policy which can be found at xbrl.org/privacy