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Technology disruption drives record dealmaking in 2Q15

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager

 According to  EY’s Global technology M&A update: April-June 2015,  technology disruption continues to accelerate as corporate technology buyers seeking broader solutions pushed 2Q15 deals to a record US$127.2b. While the report finds that all categories of buyers contributed to record growth in 2Q15, megadeals by corporate technology buyers fueled the biggest increase.  Jeff Liu, Global Sector Head, […]


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EY gets Capitol Hill experience for its legislative group in Washington, D.C.

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager  

Amy Jensen Cunniffe’s new job as a Principal for EY’s legislative group in Washington, D.C. will take her out of her most recent endeavor as an independent consultant to focus on health care for the Big Four firm’s clients. She has a strong background in health policy as well as tax, labor, Social Security and […]


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EY acquires Mycroft, a provider of cloud-based IDaaS and IAM solutions

By Rob Starr, Big4.com content manager

The Mycroft team, a leading provider of cloud-based identity-as-a-service (IDaaS) and identity and access management (IAM) services, recently  joined Ernst & Young LLP in the US.  With EY announcing the acquisition of Mycroft, the Big Four firm has made another in a series  of EY cybersecurity investments, with $20 million earmarked for the firms recently launched Managed Security Operations […]


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Venture Capital Investing Surpasses $17 Billion and Software Companies Capture Record Breaking Quarterly Amount In Q2.

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager  

The MoneyTree™ Report by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association based on data from Thomson Reuters highlighted a significant uptick in total investing in Q2, with the overall Venture Capture Investing eclipsing anything seen since Q4 2000 and Software capturing $7.3 billion.

Adding to the increasing momentum, there were 26 mega deals of $100 million […]


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New Accenture Insights Platform Offers An Analytics-as-a-Service Solution By The Drink

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager

Never being an organization that rests on its laurels, Accenture recently unveiled the Accenture Insights Platform, a cloud-based, end-to-end analytics solution that simplifies analytics and delivers real-time, actionable insights that make a decided difference for today’s competitive businesses.

The platform has a preconfigured, industrialized end-to-end architecture that typically can be

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Focus on Career Advancement: Former Co-CEO of Primerica stresses the greatest ability is likeability

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager 

John Addison’s portfolio would have you believe he was groomed from an early age for corporate business success and that he’d enjoyed climbing up a ladder adorned with garlands from only the best Ivy League schools. However, what makes his stellar career trajectory all the more interesting is the fact it starts with the […]


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Deloitte’s (Q2) “CFO Signals™” survey highlights lower domestic expectations

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager.

Deloitte released its Q2 CFO Signal survey recently and the findings told a tale of positive and negative sentiment. While  CFOs’ long-term outlook for the North American economy remains strong, their confidence in some metrics like revenue growth, earnings, and domestic hiring seemed to be heading in the other direction. In fact, the percentage of CFOs […]


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Deloitte Busy Unmasking Insider Threats In The Virtual Space

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager

 

Dr. Michael Gelles is a psychologist and director at Deloitte Consulting LLP who specializes in insider threat, security process, secure workforce, asset loss, and national security, as well as other topics. Gelles recently co-authored a report for Deloitte’s CFO Insights titled Unmasking Insider Threats that outlines action items for corporate leaders to consider when […]


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Capgemini maps a path for traditional insurance providers to leverage Big Data analytics

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager.

Fixing the Insurance Industry: How Big Data can Transform Customer Satisfaction is a new report from Capgemini detailing how traditional insurance companies can better use Big Data analytics. The  research reveals that less than a third of customers globally feel satisfied by their insurance providers – and that despite this, only 12 per cent of […]


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Planning for a smooth executive maternity leave

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager

Getting and staying ahead of the curve has always been an excellent recipe for success for any top performing executives. For those women who have reached the apex of their careers, understanding what needs to be done before, during and after they have a child is an extra ingredient that has the potential to jog […]


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Capgemini announces collaboration to bring scattered silos together

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager

Recent Capgemini research shows companies cutting across departments and adopting a centralized structure for Big Data and analytics have higher levels of success than their peers with decentralized models. In spite of this finding,  79% of organizations have not completely integrated their data sources. As a step toward a viable solution,  Capgemini has announced a collaboration with SAP, Cloudera and Intel to develop […]


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Are You and Your Clients Ready for the API Economy?

Alan Radding, Big4.com guest blogger

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

Notice what has happened to the lowly application programming interface (API)? Once considered just one of many components of a SOA effort, the API has been elevated to a strategic tool, the […]


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The no-fluff guide to REALLY making your LinkedIn profile pay its way

Is your LinkedIn profile doing you justice? Is it getting you the new business and opportunities you deserve? This article, by Heather Townsend, looks at how to get your LinkedIn profile to earn its keep.

Given the amount of contrasting advice on the internet about what needs to go in your LinkedIn summary, it is any wonder that so many people get […]


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Accenture launches seven advanced analytics applications for the financial services industry

By Rob Starr, Content Manager, Big4.com

Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has come out with seven advanced analytics applications designed for the financial services industry. They include offerings for the  banking and insurance companies and are designed to  simplify analytics decision-making . Edwin Van der Ouderaa, managing director, Financial Services — EALA, Accenture Digital, provided an overview of the new products that are configured through The Accenture […]


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Accenture Technology Vision 2015 Identifies Five Emerging Trends

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager

Social, mobile, analytics, cloud (SMAC) and other technologies are the drivers behind the breakneck evolution of digital businesses and governments and the corresponding important implications for federal IT.  Tom Greiner, who leads Accenture Federal Services Technology business took a few moments to expand on some of the salient points from his company’s Accenture Technology Vision 2015
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