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About the Webinar

The gulf between digital-first businesses and those still mired in legacy technology has never been more apparent than it is today.  With widespread business disruption, companies with digital maturity have accelerated through the chaos of 2020, while others have struggled to keep up.  But what is digitalization really, and what impact does it have on Internal Audit? 

For many Audit functions, digitalization starts with RPA - a technology that has left the wings and entered center stage. In addition to leveraging RPA to realize efficiency gains, cost savings, and improved visibility, Internal Audit functions must consider the impact of RPA on controls and business processes. From an audit perspective, there are changes in process risk definitions post automation, changes to job roles and access security, application change management considerations, strategy, and governance of the RPA environment, etc. 

In this webinar, leading experts from Focal Point and Auxis discussed the key trends in digitalization, the role Internal Audit can play, and how to get started on the path to RPA. Viewers will learn:

  • The role Internal Audit should play in governing the use of RPA enterprise-wide
  • Key strategies to employ before rolling-out automation tools
  • Risk and control considerations auditors need to be aware of as RPA is introduced into key financial and business processes
  • How leading Internal Audit functions are using automation tools to improve audit efficiency and visibility
  • A look-ahead at other emerging automation technologies (machine learning, artificial intelligence)

Meet the Speakers



Larry Burke, Vice President, Risk Consulting

Focal Point Data Risk

Larry manages Focal Point’s South Florida practice, based in Miami, and leads some of Focal Point’s largest SOX compliance and internal audit engagements for global clients, including Fortune 500 companies.

He has more than 24 years of internal audit and accounting experience. He is a licensed CPA in the state of Florida. Prior to joining Focal Point, Larry held a number of accounting positions at various companies and was the CFO of a national healthcare services firm.



David Graff, Vice President, Risk Consulting

Focal Point Data Risk

David Graff is a Vice President in Focal Point’s Risk Consulting practice, specializing in Integrated Risk Management. He brings more than 20 years of experience with audit, risk management, internal control frameworks, strategic governance, and financial and operational processes within both industry and professional services roles. Prior to Focal Point, David was a Director of Internal Audit and Enterprise Risk with KPMG. His varied industry experience includes serving as the Chief Audit Executive for the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility. David is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA).



Eduardo Diquez, Intelligent Automation Consulting Director


Eduardo is the Consulting Director of the Intelligent Automation & RPA Practice at Auxis, including the ongoing management of its IA Center of Excellence in Costa Rica. With over 10 years of experience in process improvement and finance transformation, Eduardo has a proven track record working with CFOs in the design and implementation of back office optimization initiatives, with a deep focus on implementing long-term, scalable Automation Programs. Eduardo has successfully delivered over 200 robots to more than 30 different organizations across multiple industries including retail, financial services, hospitality, healthcare, and manufacturing. Some of Eduardo’s recent clients include Baptist Health, Revlon Cosmetics, Pandora Jewelry, Melia Hotels, and Amerant Bank.



Rene Herrera, IT Audit Director

Office Depot

Rene is the IT Audit Director at Office Depot. He leads a team of auditors to conduct IT and Operational audit projects and IT SOX testing. He is responsible for innovation initiatives including Data Analytics, RPA and GRC implementation. He was invited as speaker on the 2019 MISTI and ISACA Florida conferences to talk about RPA. Prior to Office Depot, Rene worked for Verizon for 16 years in Internal Audit, International Operations and Lean Six-Sigma Process Improvement. He led internal audit projects in Verizon International companies in Latin America, Europe and Asia. Rene serves on the Board of Directors of the non-profit organization HISPA, he launched the HISPA role model program for schools in South Florida. He also serves on the Palm Beach Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

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