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Protiviti’s 2014 IT Security and Privacy Survey Reports IT Professionals Lack Confidence In “Technology Wall” Concept

Cal Slemp

By Rob Starr, Content Manager.

According to findings from Protiviti’s 2014 IT Security and Privacy Survey , organizations still struggle to manage data securely, prepare for possible crisis scenarios, and defend against hacking and other cyber threats. Cal Slemp, managing director and global leader, security and privacy solutions, Protiviti, walked through the survey’s highpoints.


Why do organizations lack confidence [...]

Deloitte Consumer Spending Index Picks Up In August

Daniel Bachman

By Rob Starr, Content Manager

In what might be a sign of better things to come in the future, The Deloitte Consumer Spending Index recuperated in August with a notable decrease in initial unemployment insurance claims as one of the drivers. Daniel Bachman, Deloitte’s senior U.S. economist, answered some questions about what the uptick means.


  What are the factors that [...]

Structured and formal self analysis as the path to career success

Dennis O'Neill

By Rob Starr, Content Manager,  

With a doctorate from Columbia University in Adult Learning and thirty years experience applying behavioral sciences to both individuals and organizations, Dr. Dennis J. O’Neill is different than the average executive coach. 

PwC sees customized privacy strategy as central to enhancing Big Data applications

David Burg

By Rob Starr, Content Manger.

PwC’s latest thought leadership piece : “Big Data: Big benefits and  imperiled privacy; How data analytics is transforming how we live and work—and impacting personal privacy,” took a detailed look at the security and privacy aspects of two recent White House studies on this topic to understand strategic steps organizations need to take and Big Data’s impacts on privacy and cybersecurity as well [...]

Accenture Study Shows Businesses Flag Big Data As Important For Digital Transformation

Vince Dell'Anno

By Rob Starr, Content Manager

Vince Dell’Anno, managing director and global information management lead, Accenture Analytics, part of Accenture Digital, leads us through the highpoints of the  survey of chief information officers, chief operating officers, chief data officers, chief analytics officers, chief marketing officers, chief financial officers and other senior technology, data and analytics leaders from companies in 19 countries [...]

Follow the Person, Not the Position

Andrew Sobel New Headshot 2014

By Andrew Sobel, Big 4 Guest Blogger

A client of mine was promoted to a very senior position in a large, Fortune-100 company. She had been the deputy in her area, and was now at the top. She told me that the day her promotion was announced in the newspapers, she got dozens of calls from suppliers wanting to do [...]

Louis Liebhaber MBA joins WeiserMazars’ Health Care Group as a Director

weiser mazars

By Rob Starr, Content Manager

With over 35 years of experience in C-level positions at health care organizations, including major hospitals in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, the addition of Liebhaber will be instrumental in expanding the strategic planning, operations improvement and turnaround services practice. He recently took the time to answer a few questions for via email.


How will [...]

Principal with Ernst & Young LLP Appointed To USO Board of Governors

Orlan Boston

By Rob Starr, Content Manager

Orlan Boston, a Principal with Ernst & Young Transaction Advisory Services (EY), has been invited to serve on the USO Board of Governors. He is an experienced mergers & acquisitions consultant for EY and has served on several diversity boards throughout his career.

1.  How will your previous work experience help you with your new position at the [...]

What Leadership Development Lessons Can We Learn From 9/11?

What leadership development lessons can we learn from how leaders at all levels responded on 911

On the morning of 9/11/2001 leaders at all levels around the world needed to respond to a situation unlike any before

On the morning of September 11, 2001 and the days that followed leaders at all levels of business and government faced a situation unlike anything experienced before. During a crisis people turn to their leaders, formal and informal, [...]

EY Customer Practise Experts Preview The “DNA Of The CSO and CMO” Ahead Of New September Survey

Kristen Vennum

By Rob Starr, Content Manager,

EY Principals  Woody Driggs and Kristen Vennum recently returned from The CRM Evolution Conference held in New York last month where they shared on subjects like the benefits of consolidating sales and marketing responsibilities under a single leader and the ways companies can navigate the road to customer-centricity in today’s markets.

Both also took the time [...]

Is the Western domination of the global economy waning? A recent Deloitte survey raises some questions.

Eamonn Kelly

By Rob Starr, Content Manager

Deloitte’s recently released Business Trends 2014 Report, a collection of nine trends that are shaping the future of business, says  the next wave of globalization is here and reports  the tables are turning and economic might is shifting.  Eamonn Kelly, a director with Deloitte Consulting LLP in the US strategy service line Monitor Deloitte, [...]

Capgemini’s New inPACE Solution helps eCommerce companies connect all their multichannel touch point dots.

Vikrant Karnik

By Rob Starr, Content Manager

Seamless purchasing processes that are supported by a cloud-based infrastructure and promise quick response to market and customer demands. In a nutshell, that’s the premise behind Capgemini’s new inPACE solution that also leverages NetSuite’s SuiteCloud Development Platform. Vikrant Karnik, Senior Vice President and Head of Sales, Enterprise Cloud Services, Capgemini North America, recently helped us [...]

Kurt Johnson tells us how his Big4 expertise helped him to follow a dream.

By Rob Starr, Content Manager  

For many people, starting out to pursue a career with the Big4 is a jumping off point to different paths that are both planned moves and serendipitous opportunities that can’t be ignored. Regardless of their final destination, [...]

Your Business Has Only One Purpose—Are You Focused on it?

Andrew Sobel New Headshot 2014

By Andrew Sobel, Big4 Guest Blogger

Peter Drucker had an unparalleled ability to capture the essence of what’s important in management. In 1973, he wrote: “Because the purpose of business is to create and keep a customer, the business enterprise has two–and only two–basic functions: marketing and innovation. Marketing and innovation produce results; all the rest are costs.”

We all know, of [...]

Accenture To Manage Two Contracts For U.S. Army’s General Fund Financial System

Joe Chenelle

By Rob Starr, Content Manager,

Joe Chenelle, who leads Accenture’s defense and intelligence agency business, answers a few questions for about the two contracts with a combined value of $53.1 million that will provide continued maintenance and operations support to one of the largest enterprise resource planning systems in the world, the General Fund Enterprise Business [...]