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Deloitte’s 20th Annual CFO Vision™Conference: Expect Slow Global Economic Growth

Patricia Buckley

Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager

Seventy-one percent of CFOs polled say they expect slow global economic growth over the next four years and these same executives  appear to be taking a ‘wait-and-see’ approach to  trade and the implications of expected tax policy. This according to the latest poll from Deloitte’s 20th Annual CFO Vision™ conference. Dr. Patricia Buckley, managing director, economic policy […]


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CFO Signals Survey: All Eyes on Next US Administration

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By Rob Starr, Big4.com, Content Manager

Deloitte’s fourth quarter (4Q 2016) CFO Signals survey, finds CFOs generally are seeing big policy changes ahead in the next four years in  taxes, repatriation of cash to the U.S., infrastructure investments, immigration and health care. Greg Dickinson, managing director, Deloitte LLP, who leads the North American CFO Signals survey, answered some questions for […]


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Writing your business case for partner – can it really be done in a weekend?

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Although you’ve had your eye on partnership for years, sometimes it happens that when the opportunity arises, you are not ready.  More than one of our clients – Big 4 included – have had a request for a partnership business plan sprung on them at short notice.  There is no need to worry – in this article, I give you […]


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Why organizations need a legal lighthouse to guide them through choppy cyber insurance waters

Katherine Dawson Varholak

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager

If you stop and look at what’s become the vast cybersecurity ocean for a moment, it shouldn’t be a surprise that the insurance industry is stepping up to try and quell the collective organizational anxiety about the consequences of a data breach.

The waves that can arise from corporate, nation state or even individual hack and/or […]


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Mistakes consultants make in their business case for partnership

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Many of my clients are consultants, and thus I see a lot of business cases for partnership in the Big 4 firms as well as the large consultancy firms.  I have noticed that the same mistakes are repeated, but they are so easy to fix. In this article, I share what these common mistakes are, and how you can avoid them […]


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Accenture FedPulse survey looks for ways to engage veterans

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BY Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager

 With more than 200,000 individuals leaving the U.S. armed forces each year and transitioning to civilian life in mind,  the latest Accenture Federal Services’ FedPulse survey asked about the types of digital tools the federal government could provide to help facilitate the move. Shawn D. Roman,  Managing Director and Client Account Lead, U.S. Department of […]


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PwC to take holiday break

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By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager

PwC has implemented its own version of a holiday miracle as the firm shuts down for 10 days between Christmas and the new year so staff can spend time with family and reignite the creativity their clients expect. This respect for everyone involved is what landed the firm as #1  on Fortune’s Great […]


Another blockbuster quarter for global technology M&A value

Jeffrey Liu

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager

EY’s latest Q3 technology M&A report finds both tech and non-tech organizations being disrupted by innovative digital technologies looking to M&A to keep abreast of digital transformations. The result was another  blockbuster quarter for global technology M&A value.

High water marks include  deals focusing on smart mobility, advertising and marketing technologies. These  quadrupled YOY in disclosed […]


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Why Truth is Still Stranger Than Fiction in Today’s Business World

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By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager

Next time you’re talking to any politically motivated friends you might ask them if they know about that old axiom that truth is stranger than fiction. Chances are most of them will have heard of it and the ones that haven’t will see where it fits in nevertheless with the current American political climate.

And the […]


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Cybersecurity’s Real-Time Pivot

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By Rob Starr, Content Manager Big4.com

 

More than half of the respondents to a recent PwC survey say they actively monitor and analyze threat intelligence, but don’t understand how to pivot toward the kind of  integrated platform for real-time information sharing that works in today’s environment.

This is one of the biggest takeaways from PwC’s new analysis, Toward new possibilities in […]


Why Innovation Still Matters

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By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager

It doesn’t really matter who you ask, there’s a general feeling out there that we’re heading into uncharted waters with a new administration. Some pundits and business experts say there’s a shift toward a business-centric focus with Donald Trump and that’s a positive thing. Others bemoan what they are sure will be the end of […]


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Emerging Technologies Ferment In Public Domain

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By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager

A  new Accenture report looking at the immersion of emerging technologies in public sector agencies finds the needle moving forward at an interested, albeit sometimes cautious pace. The report, Emerging Technologies in Public Service, finds that while some of the innovations like advanced analytics coupled with predictive modeling have made clear inroads, awareness of […]


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Factoring in the climate change clout on business

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By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager

Regardless of which side of the fence you’re on, there’s no denying climate change is having an effect on the way business does business. Consider recent reports that have all-important Atlantic Ocean currents collapsing in the future or the Washington Post piece on the fact a crack in the Antarctic ice shelf just grew by […]


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State NOL Insight Latest In Data Analytics Solutions

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By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager

Deloitte has recently released a tax data analytics and visualization solution enabling organizations to address tax planning and compliance needs related to state net operating losses (“NOLs”) across multiple entities and state jurisdictions.

State NOL Insight includes several features like a calculation engine to analyze utilization, limitation and expiration based upon state-specific NOL rules, data […]


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The 3 main types of Partner in a Big 4 firm

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When you play to your strengths you become much more successful. Typically there are three different types of partner. When you know your key strengths you can work towards becoming the right type of partner for your talents and strengths. In this blog post Heather Townsend shares an exclusive extract from the 2nd edition of ‘How to make partner […]