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KPMG Survey Finds Fragmented GBS Puzzle Needs To Align

Cliff Justice

By Rob Starr, Content Manager

A single global business services (GBS) organization is the end goal of most global business services looking to centralize their shared services and outsourcing operations within the next three years, according to the 2nd Quarter 2014 KPMG Sourcing Advisory Global Pulse Survey. However, this new focus doesn’t always have a corresponding plan with one executive [...]

Latest Deloitte CFO Insights report prompts executives to take advantage of current energy renaissance.

John McCue

By Rob Starr, Content Manager

Like a lot of other financial research that has come out in these uncertain times, the current Deloitte CFO Insights report, Energy & water: A market reality, strikes both an optimistic and cautionary note simultaneously. The ability to unlock ample reserves of oil and natural gas through horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing have created what’s [...]

Accenture’s Talent Growth Initiative (TGI) Aims To Put Thousands Back To Work



By Rob Starr, Content Manager

This new initative launched by Accenture and Ashoka provides skills training to unemployed and underemployed individuals and helps place them in jobs. In 2015 alone, there are plans to help 3,500 people looking for work. Through its Skills to Succeed corporate citizenship initiative, Accenture is equipping more than 700,000 people around the world with the skills to get [...]

Your definitive guide to creating a cast-iron business case for partnership

Career Ladder

In this article Heather Townsend, co-author of How To Make Partner And Still Have A Life and The Go-To Expert, brings together all of her collective wisdom on how to create a cast0iron business case for partnership…

Creating a powerful and successful business case for partnership in an accounting or consulting firm  is probably the most difficult part of [...]

Asking the right interview questions is as important as answering them.

Marvis Meyers

By Rob Starr, Content Manager

It stands to reason that when you want to understand how to climb the career ladder in any Big4 firm, you’ll take advice from the experts who understand what it takes to start and/or further your development.

Both a rich history and ability to be forward thinking are the attributes in firms that have made names [...]

Real time insights are the key to managing data: EY

Scott  H Schlesinger

By Rob Starr, Content Manager

The drive toward real time data insights traverses all modern industries and it’s one of the priorities of today’s successful business leaders. IT Advisory principal Scott Schlesinger of Ernst & Young LLP , took some time to guide us through the piece he wrote for EY’s Performance journal aptly titled: “Why an integrated platform [...]

Supplying Imagery For Interview Success.

Saundra Lee

By Rob Starr, Big4. com Content Manager

As the President and Founder of Dubin & Lee, a corporate accounting & finance executive search firm, Saundra Lee is a welcome addition to our series of career development interviews. She’s spent 15 years headhunting talent within corporate accounting and finance and has worked with a $12 billion corporation on building its accounting [...]

Megadeals and Numbers In The Billions Mark Q4 MoneyTree Report

Mark McCaffrey

By Rob Starr, Content Manager

According to The MoneyTree™ Report by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association based on data from Thomson Reuters, the highest level of Internet-specific investments since 2000 was just one of the noteworthy high-water marks for Q4 2014 with a 29% rise in Biotechnology investment and fourteen of the 17 industry categories experiencing increases in [...]

How One Extraordinary Woman—and her powerful empathy—Shaped the Modern Middle East

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By Andrew Sobel, Big4 Guest Blogger

In September of 1921, Gertrude Bell received an urgent message. It was from  King Faisal—the first ruler of modern Iraq—who had been appointed ruler of Mesopotamia, now Iraq, only a few weeks earlier on August 23. Bell, who had been the principal architect of the British government’s reconstitution of Iraq after World War I, had [...]

KPMG Survey Documents Community Bank Transformation Checklist

John Depman

By Rob Starr, Content Manager

KPMG LLP’s annual Community Banking Outlook survey was recently released and noted, among other things, that community banks are walking the tightrope of business growth with escalating costs to comply with new regulations and the need to transform their businesses on either side. This year’s survey “Seeking Strategic Advantage” also highlighted the fact these [...]

PwC CareerAdvisor provides interactive customizable tool to refine your online career search

Rod Adams

By Rob Starr, Content Manager

The next generation of business leaders is getting a helping hand from PwC in the form of a new interactive and customizable platform of tools that will enable students and others to define and underline their unique interests and professional goals as they create their own career paths.

CareerAdvisor is available online and through any mobile [...]

Follow this simple process to build a crisp, clear and powerful business case for partner in your Big 4 firm

Are you wondering how to build a business case for partnership with impact and no waffle? Heather Townsend, co-author of How To Make Partner And Still Have A Life and The Go-To Expert, reveals all…

Lately, I have been talking to a lawyer who is being put up for partner in a few weeks’ time. This is unexpected and she is [...]

Improving Federal Innovation Subject of New Accenture Study

Thomas Greiner

By Rob Starr, Content Manager

Accenture Federal Services and the Government Business Council have identified steps federal agencies can take to become more innovative and a report on the research, “Is Government Making Inroads to Innovation?”, covers federal defense and civilian agency executive’s input regarding their agencies support of innovation. Tom Greiner, Accenture Federal Services [...]

New WeiserMazars’ Not-for-Profit Partner Brings Bird’s Eye View To Practice

Ethan Kahn

By Rob Starr, Content Manager

WeiserMazars’ recent addition of Ethan Kahn as a Partner in the Not-for-Profit Practice strengthens the firm for several good reasons including the fact Kahn is an accomplished CPA who testified in front of the NY State Senate for the Non-Profit Revitalization Bill. His nonprofit consulting expertise includes joint training with the mayor’s office and program [...]

Back to the Future: The Platform for the Next Era of IT

Alan Radding

Alan Radding, guest blogger

Your own book is the best way to build a consulting practice; ask me about ghostwriting your book

You already know what the next era of IT will look like: mobile, cloud, big data, and IoT. It has been shaping up like a tsunami rolling toward a distant shore and slowly [...]