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Accenture reports billions pumped into disrupting postal delivery services

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager

Driven by the continued swell of e-commerce and increased hyper-local, start-up delivery models, venture-capital funding has pumped billions into the post and parcel industry in the last twenty four months. This from a new Accenture report.The New Delivery Reality: Achieving High Performance in the Post and Parcel Industry, has  supply chain and logistics start-ups […]


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Boards Need The Winds of Courage and Strategy At Their Backs

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager

The title of the 8th annual Directors’ Alert from Deloitte, Courage under fire: Embracing disruption, echoes the unique times we live in and the challenges facing boards as they grapple with a constantly changing sea of expectations.

Political events at home and abroad, the strong current of technological disruption and the constant specter of cyber […]


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Greater Houston Area To See About $190 Million in Direct Spending From Super Bowl

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager

PwC US reports that while the greater Houston area could see an approximate 40 percent increase in direct spending over the time they hosted the event in 2004, Super Bowl LI’s  direct spending will be lower than $200 million for the first time in four years. Adam Jones — director, sports and tourism sector, PwC US, […]


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Deloitte’s new blockchain lab in New York anticipating make-or-break year

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager

Deloitte is building a blockchain solution on Wall Street. The company’s new lab in NYC will include a team of over 20 blockchain developers and designers, and plans to focus on developing strategic capabilities and proofs of concept, molding each into functioning prototypes.

Eric Piscini, a principal with Deloitte Consulting LLP, leads the consultancy’s digital transformation […]


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What really needs to go into your business case for partnership?

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How many times have I been asked if I can share a sample business case for partnership?  When you are asked to submit one, it’s understandable if you over do it initially. It’s such an important document – where to start?  . . .  must make sure you include every little piece of evidence . . .  and the stack […]


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PwC’s new Global Enterprise Tax Solutions team includes former GE Tax Group

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager

When we talked with PwC Vice Chairman and Managing Partner Mark Mendola recently about the announcement on that firm’s innovative agreement with GE to provide an integrated tax service globally, the conversation sparked on the common business need for constant change and reinvention.

“GE and PwC have been in talks for over a year now,” Mendola […]


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What data does your business case for partnership need?

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A great business case is full of data which can be verified and validated. In this blog post I will show you exactly what data your business case requires.

What is your evidence of being able to win business?

Some Magic Circle and Big 4 firms don’t expect you to have a partner-sized portfolio before making partner, but they do expect you […]


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Conducting the Globalization Orchestra

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager

There’s a constant in any business and a theme you’ll hear more often than not no matter who you talk to and which industry they work in. Change is constant and even after years of moving toward a world wide economy by working the levers of globalization, professionals who understand the concepts are saying the […]


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Deloitte’s 20th Annual CFO Vision™Conference: Expect Slow Global Economic Growth

Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager

Seventy-one percent of CFOs polled say they expect slow global economic growth over the next four years and these same executives  appear to be taking a ‘wait-and-see’ approach to  trade and the implications of expected tax policy. This according to the latest poll from Deloitte’s 20th Annual CFO Vision™ conference. Dr. Patricia Buckley, managing director, economic policy […]


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CFO Signals Survey: All Eyes on Next US Administration

By Rob Starr, Big4.com, Content Manager

Deloitte’s fourth quarter (4Q 2016) CFO Signals survey, finds CFOs generally are seeing big policy changes ahead in the next four years in  taxes, repatriation of cash to the U.S., infrastructure investments, immigration and health care. Greg Dickinson, managing director, Deloitte LLP, who leads the North American CFO Signals survey, answered some questions for […]


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Writing your business case for partner – can it really be done in a weekend?

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Although you’ve had your eye on partnership for years, sometimes it happens that when the opportunity arises, you are not ready.  More than one of our clients – Big 4 included – have had a request for a partnership business plan sprung on them at short notice.  There is no need to worry – in this article, I give you […]


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Why organizations need a legal lighthouse to guide them through choppy cyber insurance waters

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager

If you stop and look at what’s become the vast cybersecurity ocean for a moment, it shouldn’t be a surprise that the insurance industry is stepping up to try and quell the collective organizational anxiety about the consequences of a data breach.

The waves that can arise from corporate, nation state or even individual hack and/or […]


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Mistakes consultants make in their business case for partnership

Many of my clients are consultants, and thus I see a lot of business cases for partnership in the Big 4 firms as well as the large consultancy firms.  I have noticed that the same mistakes are repeated, but they are so easy to fix. In this article, I share what these common mistakes are, and how you can avoid them […]


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Accenture FedPulse survey looks for ways to engage veterans

BY Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager

 With more than 200,000 individuals leaving the U.S. armed forces each year and transitioning to civilian life in mind,  the latest Accenture Federal Services’ FedPulse survey asked about the types of digital tools the federal government could provide to help facilitate the move. Shawn D. Roman,  Managing Director and Client Account Lead, U.S. Department of […]


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PwC to take holiday break

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager

PwC has implemented its own version of a holiday miracle as the firm shuts down for 10 days between Christmas and the new year so staff can spend time with family and reignite the creativity their clients expect. This respect for everyone involved is what landed the firm as #1  on Fortune’s Great […]