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By Andrew Sobel, Big4 Guest Blogger

An extraordinary shift has occurred in the music business, and it holds an important lesson for us.

Over the last decade, sales of recorded music have steadily declined. This includes all types of music in all formats—CDs, digital downloads, and so on.

At the same time, concert ticket revenue for live [...]

Former Big4 Auditor stresses attitude and expertise

Joe Auer

 By Rob Starr, Content Manager

The middle of 2007 was when all of Joe Auer’s hard work started to come together. Just before that, he’d interned with KPMG for 10 weeks in the Charlotte office and then went to work there full-time since the experience had been both beneficial and pleasant. He got a solid career foundation by polishing up [...]

COSO Engages PwC to update Enterprise Risk Management Integrated Framework

Robert B. Hirth

By Rob Starr, Content Manager

The Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO) is a voluntary private sector organization dedicated to improving organizational performance and governance through effective internal control, enterprise risk management and fraud deterrence. Their widely accepted framework hadn’t been revised since 2004. Robert B. Hirth, Jr., COSO Chair, answered some questions for about the [...]

Here’s a few keys to Big4 success from a former managing director at Korn Ferry International

Jaime Peretz

By Rob Starr, Content Manager

Jamie Peretz is currently the founder of 2MyCareer, but her credentials to shell out advice on career development in the Big4 go back to her stops at global leader in executive recruitment and talent consulting, Korn Ferry International, and executive positions in investment banking at Credit Suisse and JP Morgan. She’s also been an attorney with [...]

Venture capitalists lead overall swing back to economic health with $9.9 billion in 1,023 deals in the third quarter of 2014

Mark McCaffrey

By Rob Starr, Content Manager

“At first glance you notice that we’re down from Q2,” Mark McCaffrey, global software leader and technology partner at PwC said by way of starting our conversation on the latest installment of The MoneyTree™ Report by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association based on data from Thomson Reuters, “but the reality is Q2 was [...]

New US Recruiting Leader Has 20 Years With PwC And Several Senior Human Capital Roles To His Credit

Rod Adams

By Rob Starr, Content Manager

Rod Adams will lead the hiring of more than 15,000 full-time professionals and interns over the next year.

“My experience on the human capital side and being part of the team that creates our people strategy translates into my being able to work with our recruiting team and translate those strategies into messages that resonate with [...]

Fair-Weather Friends?

Andrew Sobel New Headshot 2014

By Andrew Sobel, Big4 Guest Blogger

A few weeks ago I interviewed a major British industrialist about “building relationships from the client’s side of the desk.” He had been the CEO of a leading British company for many years, and worked with many outside service providers and advisors during his career. I interviewed him in front of a large group of [...]

5 common and fool-hardy mistakes people make with LinkedIn publisher

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Are you making one of these common mistakes on LinkedIn?  Heather Townsend, co-author of How To Make Partner And Still Have A Life and The Go-To Expert, reveals all…

As the quote goes “everyone has a good book in them”, it seems like that everyone now on LinkedIn has the opportunity to have an article on LinkedIn. Publishing on [...]

Accenture’s new mobile Navy maintenance system will enable real-time collaboration for ship-shape readiness

Vince Vlasho

By Rob Starr, Content Manager


A new maintenance system being developed by Accenture Federal Services for the U.S. Navy will incorporate real-time collaboration between workers and supervisors/engineers so U.S. Department of the Navy’s shipyard maintenance operations can increase efficiency. The electronic Technical Work Documents (eTWD) system is based on tablets containing up-to-date information and instructions for performing and documenting maintenance [...]

Former PwC Director connects the dots between success, advancement and health with business venture and book

Emmanuelle Galland

By Rob Starr, Content Manager

Emmanuelle Galland successfully climbed some of the largest rungs on the Big4 ladder before turning her attention to being an entrepreneur, and her corporate success had a distinctively international flair.

“I was born and raised in France,” she told recently. “I got my MBA and started with

Emmanuelle Galland

PwC in Sweden and then I [...]

Industrial Internet Strategy Must Urgently Embrace Big Data Analytics: New Survey from GE and Accenture

Matt Reilly

By Rob Starr, Content Manager

Eighty-eight percent of executives polled call big data analytics a top priority while less than one-third of companies have predictive analytics at their disposal. Matt Reilly, Senior Managing Director, Accenture Strategy, helps us understand the bigger takeaways from the recent  Industrial Internet Insights for 2015 survey.


Although it’s obvious from the report that big data is [...]

PwC’s “Gut & gigabytes: Capitalising on the art & science in decision making,” highlights the Moneyball approach

Dan DiFilippo

By Rob Starr Content Manager

It’s not very often you can draw a line from a popular movie about America’s favorite pastime that pits instinct and experience against data and analytics to a PwC survey seeking to uncover the importance of modern innovations in executive’s decision making processes.

So when the latest work from PwC in collaboration with The Economist Intelligence [...]

EY’s Managing operational tax risk report looks at the people, processes and technologies companies are using to manage tax risks

Gary Paice

By Rob Starr, Content Manager

Operational tax risk can be controlled internally within any business and yet taxes continue to be the most prevalent cause of US GAAP failures since 2005. As well, SEC filings show more than half of the material weaknesses reported in America are driven by poor personal and/or process execution and lack of review.

Gary Paice, Americas [...]

CFOs Express Most Positive Outlook in Several Years According To Deloitte CFO Signals™ Survey

Greg  Dickinson

By Rob Starr, Content Manager

However, they remain wary of external risks and Greg Dickinson, director, Deloitte LLP, who leads the North American CFO Signals survey, walked through the highpoints.

What’s behind the high year end expectation levels?    

I think the findings indicate CFOs are becoming more confident in the recovery of the global economy – especially of the [...]

Majority of IT budget allocated to Testing and Quality Assurance is now being spent on expanding IT landscapes: Capgemini World Quality Report

Michelle Walker

By Rob Starr, Content Manager

Capgemini’s six annual World Quality Report finds, among other things, CIOs are increasingly prioritizing transformational initiatives over simply keeping existing systems running. Michelle Walker, Testing Practice Lead, Capgemini North America, helped us to understand the report’s big takeaways via email.     

What’s behind the shift in corporate IT budgets earmarked for testing and quality assurance [...]