Recent Engagements


Industry 4.0 - Rising to the Challenge of Disruptive Technology

Audimation has provided a recording of our recent  webinar on disruptive technology. The objectives of this webinar were to explore Industry 4.0 and disruptive technology and to propose a GRC framework for the Industry 4.0 environment.

Airline Performance Measurement - Data Fusion with IDEA

IDEA Innovations Conference, September 18-21, 2018

Scott Jones discussed the use of IDEA data analytic software to import data from two disparate databases, perform data fusion, and then join the two databases into one. Scott  also showed how the new database was used to create a new metric of airline performance and to perform additional analyses. 

Implementing Disruptive Technology - Data Analytics

IIA Fort Worth Chapter, May 2018  

Although auditors, at all levels, recognize the benefits data analytics bring to the audit process, many audit departments have not fully committed to their journey with analytics. Discomfort with disruptive technologies and process or staff constraints are common obstacles. It is not difficult to acquire data analytics software, but many organizations find implementation of a data analytics practice challenging.

This session describe the challenges of implementing disruptive technologies, including the importance of addressing process and people. As an example, the speaker will describe a process for data analytics implementation, with examples of leading practices of companies who are using data analytics today.

Data Analytics & Disruptive Technology


Demonstration of Data Analytic Software

ASQ Dallas Six Sigma Special Interest Group, April 10, 2018

Scott Jones will perform a real time demonstration of the capabilities of data analytic software. This will be an operational application of data analytics demonstrating how to perform data fusion and the join operation to create a single database from two disparate databases. 

Creating New Insights by Joining Data from Disparate Databases with Data Analytics

ASQ Collaboration on Quality in the Space & Defense Industries, March 12-13, 2018

Data Analytics provides valuable tools for data fusion and for joining large, disparate databases. Scott Jones will show how data analytics software was used to join the population from the  NTSB Aviation Accident Database to the population from the DOT Airline On-Time Statistics and Delay Causes database to generate analytical and measurement insights into airline performance that could not be obtained from either database alone. He will also show how data fusion was performed using fuzzy logic and other data analytics unit operations to standardize a poorly controlled text field and to create a key field to enable the Join operation.

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Accelerating Quality Insights with Data Analytics

American Society for Quality - Dallas Chapter, February 22, 2018

Scott Jones described Quality 4.0 and the relationship of data analytics within the Quality 4.0 framework. He then discussed the benefits of incorporating data analytics into measurement and analysis processes, and  presented a 3-step process for initiating the use of data analytics objectives. Finally, Scott showed several examples of the use of data analytics software to accelerate analytical insights.  

Disruptive Technology - Fort Worth CAE Roundtable

On February 13, 2018 Scott Jones led a discussion for the Fort Worth CAE Roundtable of Industry 4.0 and the impact of disruptive technologies on Governance, Risk Management, Controls, Process, and People.

ASQ Audit SIG - May 2017

Scott Jones delivered a presentation at the May DFW ASQ Audit Special Interest Group meeting entitled “Accelerating Your Time to Audit Insights with Data Analytics” by Scott Jones, CIA, CRMA, of Key Performance Initiatives, Inc. The objectives of the presentation were to answer the following questions: 

  • What is Internal Audit?
  • Why do we use data analytics?
  • How do you begin a data analytics audit?
  • What will data analytic software do for me?

Hot on the Trail - Six Sigma Forum Magazine

Software-aided audit method helps detect accounting fraud

This article was published in the November 2017 issue of Six Sigma Forum. It demonstrates the use of IDEA for data analytics and its value as a new tool for Six Sigma Black Belts. The paper emphasizes the value of working with large data populations in situations where the exceptions may be the significant events.

Finding the Right Data in 3 Easy Steps

You've got your audit objective in hand and are ready to go with your data analytics tool. Unfortunately, like many auditors, you can't get your hands on the data you need to get started.  In this webinar, presenter Scott Jones, CIA, CRMA, will show you how to identify, obtain and verify the data you need to achieve your audit objectives in just three steps.  During this webinar you will learn: 

  • Where can you find the right data 
  • How to develop a data request 
  • How to verify the integrity of the data 

Accelerating Time to Insights

IIA International Conference July 2016


A random sample may not provide sufficient information to find indicators of fraud, noncompliance, or other exceptional events. Data analytics, powered by modern software, can accelerate the auditor’s time to insight into the exceptional events hidden in audit data. By combining simple unit operations, the auditor can develop procedures that will highlight the red flag indicators of fraud, allowing the auditor to focus resources on the high risk transactions. 

Fort Worth IIA Seminar October 2016


This was a half day seminar that expanded the concepts presented in July at the IIA International Conference. Part 1 of the seminar demonstrated the basic analytical tools in IDEA and how to use them to identify "red flag" indicators of fraud in a fictional case study. Part 2 demonstrated how IDEA integrates efficiently with Minicab to perform advanced statistical techniques to gain additional insight into the population of data.

Dallas IDEA Users Group December 2016


Demonstration of the use of the tools provided by IDEA for identifying red flags of fraud in a fictional case study. Shows how use of the entire population enables the user to find multiple indicators that point to high risk vendors for further investigation.

Other Presentations

Alias Smith & Jones - Unmasking the Outlaws with IDEA


IIA Dallas/UT Dallas Fraud Summit 2012

 This presentation demonstrated the the value of Computer Aided Audit Techniques, introduced the concept of unit operations in data analytics, and demonstrated the power and efficiency of IDEA for data analytics. Co-presented with Scott Smith of Audimation. 

Partnering in a Global Organization


Conference on Quality in the Space & Defense Industries - 2007

This presentation was part of a panel discussion on "The Global Element" in space and defense. It describes how EFW and its parent, Elbit Systems, Ltd. work together across national boundaries to bring innovative electronic solutions to the aerospace and defense sectors. 

Performance Excellence and the Malcolm Baldrige Criteria


APICS - 2003 & 2005

This presentation which was presented to both the Dallas and Fort Worth APICS chapters is an an overview of the Texas Award for Performance Excellence and the role it can play in improvement of business systems.It recommends the Texas Award for Performance Excellence as a first step toward the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

Earlier Publications

Hazardous Materials

Cargo New? Here’s What to Do,  Marine Safety Newsletter, United States Coast Guard, Houston, TX, (undated, ca. 1985), p. 1.    

What Constitutes an Inert Atmosphere?, Proceedings of the Marine Safety Council, CG-129, vol. 38, no. 9, December 1981, pp. 240 – 241.  

Chemical Engineering

Determination of a Mean Particle Size for Noncatalytic Diffusion-Reaction Modeling, AIChE Annual Meeting, November, 1981.   

Noncatalytic Fluid-Solid Reaction in an Agitated Slurry of Polydisperse Particles, Chemical Engineering Science, v. 36, pp. 1841-1848, 1981.

A Solution Technique for Noncatalytic Diffusion-Reaction Models, Chemical Engineering Science, v. 34, pp. 1387-1392, 1979.  

Federal Rulemaking

Safety Rules for Self-Propelled Vessels Carrying Hazardous Liquids and Bulk Liquefied Gases, NPRM CGD 81-052, 46 CFR, Parts 1, 153, 154. Federal Register, vol. 47, no. 90, Monday, May 10, 1982, pp. 20084 – 20089. 


Hold Up There!, The Flying Physician, vol. 31, no. 2, June 1988, pp.3 – 7.