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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 [...]

Accenture’s State and Local Government Practice Bolstered With The Addition Of Gary Glickman

Gary Glickman

By Rob Starr, Content Manager


 Having spent the last four years working in the U.S. federal government, Glickman is credited with working on innovative practices for financing public programs including social impact bonds and ‘pay for success’ initiatives. At the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) within the Executive Office of the President, he advanced the use of data [...]

If You’ve Ever Wondered What Big4 Managers Have In Common With Mother Theresa—Read This

Jay Jessup

By Rob Starr, Content Manager

Jay Jessup has the ability to wear several hats to our discussion on career advancement in the Big4. He’s spent time with KPMG and, as well as having written Fame 101: Powerful Personal Branding and Publicity for Amazing Career Success, he’s also the founder and lead of Elite Lawyer Management and Platform Strategy, two firms [...]

The Wisdom of Maimonides: Relationships With a Transcendent Purpose

Andrew Sobel New Headshot 2014

By Andrew Sobel, Big4 Guest Blogger

At the wedding of a dear friend’s daughter this summer, Rabbi Ira J. Schiffer performed a moving ceremony. Rabbi Schiffer, who is an associate chaplain at Middlebury College, based his talk on Maimonides writings. Maimonides was a medieval Jewish philosopher whose is considered one of the leading rabbinical thinkers in history.

The scene before [...]

EY’s Capital Confidence Barometer rosy on M&A, the economy, and boardroom priorities.

Richard Jeanneret

By Rob Starr, Content Manager

The semiannual survey of more than 1,600 senior executives has 81% of US executives expecting the US M&A market to improve over the next year. Rich Jeanneret, Americas Vice Chair, Transaction Advisory Services, EY, filled us in on the rest of the positive news.

Why is the US market ahead of the curve?

Over 80% of survey [...]

EY’s Higher Ed Team Adds Former Director of Global Business Compliance at Harvard University

Robert Lammey

By Rob Starr, Content Manager

Bob Lammey, former Sr. Director of Higher Education at Radius (formerly High Street Partners) and Director of Global Business Compliance at Harvard University, has joined the Higher Education practice as a partner in EY’s Exempt Organization (EO) Tax Services group. We asked him a few questions recently via email.

What experience will you bring to your [...]

Deloitte’s senior U.S. economist filters Janet Yellen’s latest press conference through the lens of statistical variance

Daniel Bachman

By Rob Starr, Content Manager

Chief Financial Officers were paying special attention to the recent press conference by Janet L. Yellen, Chair of the Federal Reserve, which covered, among other things, the Fed’s assessment of the labor market and the strength of the American economy today. Deloitte’s senior U.S. economist, Daniel Bachman, filtered the results through a CFO lens in [...]

5 tried and tested ways of increasing your odds of making it through partnership track


Getting through the partnership admissions process is a competitive process. Read this article to gain five tested tips to make sure you become a dead cert for partnership.

In this article, Heather Townsend, co-author of How To Make Partner And Still Have A Life and The Go-To Expertshares 5 tips based on her recent experiences of helping her client successfully [...]

The Vice President, Supply Chain Management Capgemini Consulting, answers a few questions about the 19th Annual Third Party (3PL) Logistics Study

Shanton Wilcox

By Rob Starr, Content Manager,

Shanton Wilcox discusses several findings, including how the latest worldwide report that’s in collaboration with Penske Logistics, Penn State University and Korn/Ferry International shows omni-channel retailing is driving significant 3PL opportunities: 

How are retailers increasingly investing in technology to provide a seamless experience across all retail sales channels? How does this affect 3PLs?

Retailers are [...]

Capgemini’s Digital Shopper Relevancy Report Provides Insights Into Omni-Channel Retailing

Kees Jacobs

By Rob Starr, Content Manager

Kees Jacobs, Global Digital Proposition Lead, Capgemini Digital Customer Experience, helps us understand the changing nature of shoppers’ retail habits and their preferences.

Why is social media declining in importance as a channel that consumers rely on?

Kees Jacobs

Compared to other channels, social media adds little incremental value to the shopping journey, particularly when it [...]

“Technology is Everyone’s Business” – Career Management and Technology

Larry Boyer

Understanding a variety of technologies is critical for career development

How many friends do you have? How often do you tweet? What apps do you use? These were some of the questions Artie Decker was asked after he was fired in one of the opening scenes of the 2012 movie Parental Guidance. Billy Crystal’s character, Artie Decker, is a long [...]