Getting Started with XBRL Global Ledger

You need to integrate two different ERP systems. Where do you start? How does the Global Ledger (XBRL GL) fit in? How do you map to and from XBRL GL? What software do you use? How much will it cost to get started and on an ongoing basis? In this page you will find a set of resources that will help you get started. We will be adding new materials and documentation, so check back frequently. IPHIX


The implementation of XBRL GL as a first step (and the enabler) of an overall standards-based approach does not require its implementation in proprietary software and applications.

The creation of the conceptual mapping between one or more source applications and XBRL GL requires a deep understanding of both data models, but it is technically straightforward, and little or no investment in software is required.   IPHIX mapping demo provides an example of how it can be done.

Best Practices

GaLaPaGoS is a repository of reference materials on how to build the mappings to represent different types of detailed information (entries, documents, ledgers, trial balances) with XBRL GL.

Next Steps

Once you have mapped your data to XBRL GL, you can view, validate, process, analyze and report them using low-cost, standards-based approaches. This consolidation demo is an example of viewing and transforming the standardized data using simple style sheets and a browser, and Project Nunavut is an example of accessing the data with a “de facto” market standard for search engines, Google. The Convergence Assistant is a web application that, in three easy steps, lets you upload your trial balance and automatically generate XBRL-formatted Balance Sheet and Income Statement in your local GAAP and IFRS, leveraging the power of XBRL GL to automatically drill back down from one to the other and reconcile them.

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