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EY’s New Pension Risk Practice Lead Opens Up

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager

Brad Howard recently joined EY to help lead their pension risk practice. He has over fifteen years of experience consulting with retirement plan sponsors and insurance providers. Brad advises clients’ CFOs, CHROs, and Market Innovation functions regarding different human capital and related finance matters. These include actuarial services, pension funding and risk strategies, plan terminations, […]


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Merger further expands Capgemini’s footprint in North America

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager

When Capgemini recently announced they had entered into a definitive merger agreement to acquire IGATE for a cash consideration of $48 per share, North America effectively became the largest region by revenue for the Paris Headquartered, IT services organization. IGATE is a prominent US-listed technology and services company headquartered in New Jersey with 2014 revenues […]


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Business ecosystems fuelling fundamental transition: Deloitte

By Rob Starr, Big4.com, Content Manager

Aptly titled, Deloitte’s latest Business Trends Report: Business Ecosystems Come of Age, underscores the fact that most aspects of the modern business are under continual pressure to evolve in an ever changing global network to survive, coexist and compete. Mike Canning, National Managing Director of Deloitte Consulting LLP’s Strategy & Operations practice, and Eamonn […]


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PwC Breaks Down Financial Stress By Generation

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager

PwC’s Employee Financial Wellness Survey took a look at the financial and retirement wellbeing of working U.S. adults by looking at the responses from more than 1,700 full-time employees. The survey found, among other things, financial stress and retirement readiness concerns linger and that each working generation had a particular subset of concerns. Kent Allison, […]


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We Talk With WeiserMazars’ New Health Care Practice Leader

 

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager.

WeiserMazars LLP announced recently that as part of its ongoing national expansion of the Health Care Practice it has named Principal Debra Bornstein as the new leader of the Health Care Practice replacing Ken Fischer. We were able to ask her a few questions via email about her new role and where WeiserMazars’ Health Care […]


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EY’s Q1 technology M&A report shows the more things change, the less they stay the same

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager       

As soon as Jeff Liu, Global Sector Head, Technology – Transaction Advisory Services for EY, starts talking about the results and trends from his firm’s Q1 technology M&A report, old axioms like  the famous one from Alphonse Karr start falling away at the hands of new catchphrases like disruptive technologies.

First, he offers a perspective for […]


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Protiviti Announces Latest Version Of Its Governance Portal That Helps Companies Drive Governance, Risk and Compliance Productivity

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager

 

Protiviti’s Governance Portal 4.3 has been designed to increase the efficiency with which organizations accomplish governance, risk and compliance (GRC) tasks across multiple business units and projects. As well, this latest offering has also been updated to help customers better align their controls with the COSO (Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission) […]


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Federal Student Aid Programs Get Further Accenture Help

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded Accenture Federal Services a decade long, $966 million contract. This continuation centers around operations and maintenance of the federal financial aid system that helps make college a reality for millions of students and their families. Accenture has been working with the department on the […]


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EY Center for Board Matters 2015 proxy season insights tackles shareholder activism

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager.

The EY Center for Board Matters recently conversed with 50 institutional investors, investor associations and advisors on their corporate governance views and priorities. They also  gained insights from investors, directors and other stakeholders through proxy season dialogue dinners. The recent surge in shareholder activism continues to keep boards on alert heading into the 2015 […]


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Federal Agencies See Benefits of Digital Tools But Still Have Concerns: Accenture

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager

According to survey research conducted by  Accenture Federal Services and Government Business Council, federal agencies report positive outcomes from digital services, but remain concerned over budget constraints and implementation costs. Chris Zinner, who leads Accenture’s digital work with federal agencies, supplied some answers to our questions recently.

What was the impetus for Delivering […]


To Advance In Your Job Think And Work Beyond Your Job Description

By Michael VanBruaene, Big4.com Guest Blogger

Too much concern and focus on our job title and description, along with its compensation, can limit our professional and personal growth, and compensation.  How we go about our work should be grounded in what motivates us, who we are and want to be, how we are fulfilled.  With this perspective, job descriptions and compensation become […]


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Deloitte’s CFO survey optimistic despite currency exposure, equity markets and global economic concerns

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager. 

Deloitte released its first quarter 2015 CFO Signals survey recently highlighting a ninth-straight quarter of north American optimism  despite some rising uncertainties. Greg Dickinson is the leader of Deloitte LLP’s CFO Signals™, a quarterly survey of CFOs from many of North America’s largest and most influential companies. He answered some of our questions about the […]


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How Much Are You Willing to Pay for a Bottle of Mineral Water?

By Andrew Sobel, Big4 Guest Blogger.

I was at a concert the other night at Avery Fisher Hall at New York City’s Lincoln Center, and decided to buy a bottle of mineral water at the bar. An 18-ounce, medium bottle was $4.00. I really didn’t think twice about the price (hey, this is New York!), although my wife suggested that the […]


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Internal Audit Transformation Accelerated With Analytics Platform From Deloitte.

By Rob Starr, Big4.com, Content Manager. 

Neil White, IA analytics leader at Deloitte, starts our conversation about the Deloitte Analytics Platform (DAP), one of the latest fraud analysis and analytics solutions on the market today, by sharing the response he noticed when it was first introduced to the intended market of internal auditors recently.

“ I was down at the Institute of […]


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Five essential elements to your partnership track plan

Heather Townsend, co-author of How to make partner and still have a life gives tips and techniques to keep focused on what you need to do to make it successfully through partner track.

When you are the partnership track, there can be an inordinate number of demands upon your time and attention. It can be easy to lose focus on […]


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