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Monthly Archive: December 2011

Deloitte: Recognized For Broad Approach To Business Continuity Management

Ethan Strassfield, Big4.com Staff Reporter

Forrester Research Inc., an independent technology and market research company has recognized Deloitte member firms (Deloitte) for their holistic approach to business continuity management.

The report Market Overview: Global Business Continuity Consultancies, Q3 2011 notes Deloitte’s strong testing, certification, and staff expertise as well as acknowledging the firm’s  capabilities in program reporting, dashboarding, and metrics [...]


Deloitte: Travel Purchases Digitally Influenced

Ethan Strassfield, Big4.com Staff Reporter

Deloitte’s latest multichannel research, published in the business advisory firm’s Consumer Review, ‘Digitally influenced’ has some interesting findings including 86% of foreign and 91% of domestic travel transactions are now digitally influenced.

Multichannel consumers are spending the most at the point of transaction too, with direct only (ie where the entire transaction has occurred online) consumers [...]


PwC: Tourism Stalls And Productivity Slips

Rob Starr, Big4.com Staff Reporter

According to the PwC Productivity Scorecard released recently, national labour productivity grew 0.3 per cent in the past 12 months, but actually fell 0.2 per cent compared to the June quarter.

Economist and PwC partner Jeremy Thorpe, notes the trend has emerged with productivity falling in five of the past eight quarters.

“While the labour [...]


PwC: Three Brandon Hall Excellence Awards

Rob Starr, Big4.com Staff Reporter

PwC‘s triple recognition this year follows the gold Brandon Hall Excellence in Learning Award it received in 2010, when the firm’s Advisory University (AU) was honored in the “Best Use of Blended Learning” category. PwC US helps organizations and individuals create the value they’re looking for. They are a member of the PwC network [...]


PwC: Several Reasons Why Canadian Capital Markets Did Well in 2011

Rob Starr, Big4.com Staff Reporter

PwC’s December Capital Markets Flash report www.pwc.com/ca/cmf sets out reasons why Canadian markets did well in 2011. Some of these include:

Radian6, a New Brunswick-based social media start-up acquired by US cloud computing giant salesforce.com for $326 million.
 There was a 140% increase in Canada’s lumber exports to China year to date  in  2011and the #2 [...]


KPMG: Entrepreneurs In Ivey Entrepreneurs Index Willing To Increase Workforce

Kenneth Guillame, Big4.com Staff Reporter  

Each year QuantumShift, co-founded by Richard Ivey School of Business and KPMG Enterprise, brings together 40 top Canadian entrepreneurs for a week-long leadership and executive development program.

The Ivey Entrepreneurs Index is based on a short survey of questions distributed to Fellows of QuantumShift™. The graduates of this leadership development program are high growth entrepreneurs [...]


KPMG: Companies Consider Upgraded Technology To Improve Data Analysis

Kenneth Guillame, Big4.com Staff Reporter

A KPMG survey conducted during the 2011 Oracle Open World conference in San Francisco this past fall revealed nearly half (49 percent) of corporate executives recognized their organization was overwhelmed with data, making the decision-making process difficult. While 59 percent of respondents said consideration of a cloud strategy will present future data-management challenges, 56 percent [...]


Ernst & Young: Strong Growth Expected For India’s Media and Entertainment Sector

Erica deVry, Big4.com Staff Reporter

A recent study by Ernst & Young shows that growing digital media consumption and favorable demographics are key drivers for the future growth of the media and entertainment industry in India.

According to Ernst & Young’s report, Spotlight on India’s Entertainment Economy’ the Indian media and entertainment (M&E) industry registered revenues of US$16.3 billion in 2010, [...]


Ernst & Young: Australian Banking Sector Forecast: Choppy Water With Continuing Swell

Erica deVry, Big4.com Staff Reporter

Analysing the full-year results of Australia’s largest banks for 2011, Ernst & Young has found that while the banking sector remains strong, earnings and revenue growth options are likely to become more challenging over the next year.

While acknowledging there are “some sizeable challenges to navigate in the coming months,” Paul Siviour, Ernst & Young’s Oceania [...]


Deloitte Expects Car Sales to Increase in India Through 2012

By Kalen Smith, Big4.com Blogger

Car sales in India this past year. Annual car sales have grown 16% for the past 10 years, but declined 2-3% this past year. Car sales grew 30% in fiscal year 2011, only to face a significant slump in the last three quarters. However, a new report from Deloitte India found that the car industry will [...]


PwC: Economic Crime Still An Issue In SA

Rob Starr, Big4.com Staff Reporter

A new report issued by Professional Services Firm PwC finds that South African companies have reported a significant increase in tax fraud and market fraud and to a lesser extent, insider trading as well.

The Global Economic Crime Survey, which is carried out every two years, was conducted among 3, 877 senior representatives from more than [...]


PwC: Emerging Trends Ranks Singapore

Rob Starr, Big4.com Staff Reporter

According to Emerging Trends in Real Estate® Asia Pacific 2012, a real estate forecast jointly published by the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), commercial real estate investment and development in the Asia Pacific region will be best served by Singapore in 2012.

At the same time, the report points out that economic woes in [...]


PwC: Well-Prepared Dealmakers Drive Second Half Of 2011 M&A

Rob Starr, Big4.com Staff Reporter

According to PwC’s Year-End US M&A Outlook, sellers are looking for both speed and deal certainty, while simultaneously pursuing various alternative options and scenarios through the full deal timeline to maximize the value of the asset.  With sellers in the driver’s seat, buyers must remain poised and ready when deal negotiations continue for a prolonged [...]


Ernst & Young: Growth On The Agenda For Oil and Gas Industry Over Next 12 Months

Erica deVry, Big4.com Staff Reporter

Investing remains the number one area of focus on the capital agenda over the next year for oil and gas companies responding to Ernst & Young‘s 5th capital confidence survey.

Ernst & Young’s Global Capital Confidence Barometer is a bi-annual survey of senior executives from large companies around the world conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit [...]


Ernst & Young: App Helps International Business Travellers Deal With Tax Issues

Erica deVry, Big4.com Staff Reporter

A new Ernst & Young smart phone application called “Tracer” helps international business executives and their employees avoid unintentional tax violations while simplifying their travel at the same time.

Ernst & Young’s Human Capital practice released the software which helps employers accurately count work days, comparing this data against local tax laws and configurable business rules [...]