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KPMG Strategy formed to address growing demand in the marketplace for integrated, end-to-end transformation solutions.

Lynne Doughtie

By Rob Starr, Content Manager.

Lynne Doughtie, KPMG LLP vice chair, Advisory, discusses the takeaways with us about the new approach that uses data and analytics to develop and execute new strategies.


How did KPMG Strategy come about? What’s the brief history?

When we think broadly about transformation and the emerging needs of our clients, it’s become more and more critical [...]

Deloitte Consumer Spending Index works through October dip

Daniel Bachman

By Rob Starr, Content Manager

After two months of consecutive increases, the Deloitte Consumer Spending Index dipped slightly in October.  Daniel Bachman, Deloitte’s senior U.S. economist, shared some email responses to our questions about the large and small picture.

How important is the decrease in the index this month in relation to the overall picture?

The downward movement in the October Index [...]

Class-Action Litigation Law Firm Taking On KPMG Gender Discrimination Case Talks With

Katherine M. Kimpel

By Rob Starr,, Content Manager

Sanford Heisler LLP is a public interest class-action litigation law firm with offices in New York, Washington, D.C., and San Francisco. They’ve become involved in a class action gender discrimination case against KPMG with claims related to pay, promotion and pregnancy discrimination.

The action is in the 120 notice period now where approximately 9,000 women will [...]

Accenture survey of 4,000 consumers in the U.S. and Canada shows mobile payments increasing

Matthew Friend

By Rob Starr, Content Manager.

Matthew Friend, managing director and head of Accenture Payment Services in North America, discusses the findings that include expectations that cash transactions will decline by 12 percentage points by 2020.


  According to the recent survey, how are digital payment technologies maturing?

Advancements in payments and mobile technology have resulted in new payment form factors, functionalities [...]

The Powerful Tension Between Relationship Virtues and Commercial Virtues

Andrew Sobel New Headshot 2014

By Andrew Sobel, Big4 Guest Blogger

I recently attended a conference where New York Times columnist David Brooks was the keynote speaker. One of the main themes of his speech was the tension between “resume virtues” and “eulogy virtues.” In our success-driven culture, he explained, we strive for resume virtues: achievement, recognition, wealth, and other material accomplishments that are admired [...]

PwC’s Rob Fisher Discusses The Business Model Shift At The Heart Of Global Technology IPOs in Q3

Rob Fisher

By Rob Starr, Content Manager

The third quarter 2014 issue of PwC’s Global Technology IPO Review highlighted some interesting trends with China and Chinese exchanges making a strong showing and eighteen technology companies from six different countries completing their IPOs.

“It’s a pretty exciting period for the industry. There’s a lot going on with the underlying technologies and the ways they’re [...]

Experienced veteran of the retained executive search business shares career development insights

Stephen Konstans

By Rob Starr, Content Manager

Stephen P. Konstans leads the accounting and finance practice and is the Vice President at Pearson Partners International, a global retained executive search firm, specializing in securing top talent for some of the most challenging positions, from CEOs and CFOs to CAOs, board members and senior executives. He has spent more than 25 years helping [...]

Accenture Research Shows U.S. Companies Expect Their Demand for Middle-Skills Jobs to Spike

David Smith

By Rob Starr, Content Manager

New Accenture research shows seventy three percent of U.S. companies expect an increase in their demand for “middle-skills” jobs that generally require more than a high school diploma but less than a four-year degree. The demand is expected to rise over the next few years and 56 percent polled are struggling to find people to [...]

The Virtual Company is Capgemini’s new scalable cloud-based BPO solution

Carole Murphy

By Rob Starr, Content Manager

Carole Murphy, Vice President and Head of BPO Business Transformation Services at Capgemini, recently took the time to answer a few questions about the complete outsourced service that enables companies to run their end-to-end accounting and finance processes through a BPO model while leveraging NetSuite’s unified cloud-based business management suite.


       What does The Virtual Company [...]

Military Health Community Better Served With Accenture’s Expansion of Army Financial System

William Loftus

By Rob Starr, Content Manager.


Accenture Federal Services latest integrated enterprise resource planning system will aid the National Capitol Region Medical Directorate (NCR MD) manage healthcare services for one of the largest military markets in the nation. This  part of the Defense Health Agency is the first organization outside of the U.S. Army to fully integrate into the

COSO Looks To PwC For Enterprise Risk Management – Integrated Framework For Updates: Interviews Consulting Leader and Director Involved

Dennis Chesley

By Rob Starr, Content Manager

Enterprise risk management, fraud deterrence and effective internal control are factors that hold a position of importance with any organization looking to get to the top of their intended marketplace and stay there. Understanding that need, The Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO) published in 2004 a framework for enterprise risk management [...]

Cloud Security Creates Multi-Dimensional Opportunity for Consultants

Alan Radding

Alan Radding, guest blogger

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You can get a sense of the cloud security complexity challenge in the Deloitte Cloud Computing Risk Intelligence Map. In its own survey of CISO’s IBM found 86% of those surveyed say [...]

Former Senior Tax Manager At KPMG And Deloitte Puts Some Pieces Of The Career Development Puzzle Together

Dave Matthews

By Rob Starr Content Manager

Dave Matthews, CPA, has been involved in the investment management industry for 20 years and his experience cuts a broad swath through finance, operations, compliance and tax. He’s worked with both KPMG and Deloitte and recently shared some of his knowledge on career development in the Big4 firms.

“At KPMG I started and finished as a [...]

More Career Development Advice From Academia’s Cyberspace Halls

Tim Gagnon

By Rob Starr, Content Manager

Timothy A. Gagnon is the Professor/Faculty Director MST and MSA On-line Programs at Northeastern University and Attorney at Timothy A. Gagnon, Attorney at Law. This is his second career development interview with

When you talk to anyone with the education and experience to have a valued opinion about what constitutes a career in the Big4, [...]

Reputation risk is a top strategic business issue: 2014 Reputation at Risk survey conducted by Forbes Insights on behalf of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited (DTTL)

Henry J. Ristuccia

By Rob Starr, Content Manager.

Henry Ristuccia, Global Governance, Risk and Compliance leader, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited, helps us understand the disconnect between professed confidence in reputation and lack of confidence in the ability to protect it. 


 Why does overall confidence decline when it comes to protecting against and responding to reputation risks?

In terms of protecting against reputation risks, many companies particularly [...]