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Fair-Weather Friends?

By Andrew Sobel, Big4 Guest Blogger

A few weeks ago I interviewed a major British industrialist about “building relationships from the client’s side of the desk.” He had been the CEO of a leading British company for many years, and worked with many outside service providers and advisors during his career. I interviewed him in front of a large group of […]


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5 common and fool-hardy mistakes people make with LinkedIn publisher

Are you making one of these common mistakes on LinkedIn?  Heather Townsend, co-author of How To Make Partner And Still Have A Life and The Go-To Expert, reveals all…

As the quote goes “everyone has a good book in them”, it seems like that everyone now on LinkedIn has the opportunity to have an article on LinkedIn. Publishing on […]


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Accenture’s new mobile Navy maintenance system will enable real-time collaboration for ship-shape readiness

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager

 

A new maintenance system being developed by Accenture Federal Services for the U.S. Navy will incorporate real-time collaboration between workers and supervisors/engineers so U.S. Department of the Navy’s shipyard maintenance operations can increase efficiency. The electronic Technical Work Documents (eTWD) system is based on tablets containing up-to-date information and instructions for performing and documenting maintenance […]


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Former PwC Director connects the dots between success, advancement and health with business venture and book

By Rob Starr, Big.com Content Manager

Emmanuelle Galland successfully climbed some of the largest rungs on the Big4 ladder before turning her attention to being an entrepreneur, and her corporate success had a distinctively international flair.

“I was born and raised in France,” she told Big4.com recently. “I got my MBA and started with

Emmanuelle Galland

PwC in Sweden and then I […]


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Industrial Internet Strategy Must Urgently Embrace Big Data Analytics: New Survey from GE and Accenture

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager

Eighty-eight percent of executives polled call big data analytics a top priority while less than one-third of companies have predictive analytics at their disposal. Matt Reilly, Senior Managing Director, Accenture Strategy, helps us understand the bigger takeaways from the recent  Industrial Internet Insights for 2015 survey.

 

Although it’s obvious from the report that big data is […]


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PwC’s “Gut & gigabytes: Capitalising on the art & science in decision making,” highlights the Moneyball approach

By Rob Starr Big4.com Content Manager

It’s not very often you can draw a line from a popular movie about America’s favorite pastime that pits instinct and experience against data and analytics to a PwC survey seeking to uncover the importance of modern innovations in executive’s decision making processes.

So when the latest work from PwC in collaboration with The Economist Intelligence […]


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EY’s Managing operational tax risk report looks at the people, processes and technologies companies are using to manage tax risks

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager

Operational tax risk can be controlled internally within any business and yet taxes continue to be the most prevalent cause of US GAAP failures since 2005. As well, SEC filings show more than half of the material weaknesses reported in America are driven by poor personal and/or process execution and lack of review.

Gary Paice, Americas […]


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CFOs Express Most Positive Outlook in Several Years According To Deloitte CFO Signals™ Survey

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager

However, they remain wary of external risks and Greg Dickinson, director, Deloitte LLP, who leads the North American CFO Signals survey, walked Big4.com through the highpoints.

What’s behind the high year end expectation levels?    

I think the findings indicate CFOs are becoming more confident in the recovery of the global economy – especially of the […]


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Majority of IT budget allocated to Testing and Quality Assurance is now being spent on expanding IT landscapes: Capgemini World Quality Report

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager

Capgemini’s six annual World Quality Report finds, among other things, CIOs are increasingly prioritizing transformational initiatives over simply keeping existing systems running. Michelle Walker, Testing Practice Lead, Capgemini North America, helped us to understand the report’s big takeaways via email.     

What’s behind the shift in corporate IT budgets earmarked for testing and quality assurance […]


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Accenture’s State and Local Government Practice Bolstered With The Addition Of Gary Glickman

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager

 

 Having spent the last four years working in the U.S. federal government, Glickman is credited with working on innovative practices for financing public programs including social impact bonds and ‘pay for success’ initiatives. At the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) within the Executive Office of the President, he advanced the use of data […]


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If You’ve Ever Wondered What Big4 Managers Have In Common With Mother Theresa—Read This

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager

Jay Jessup has the ability to wear several hats to our discussion on career advancement in the Big4. He’s spent time with KPMG and, as well as having written Fame 101: Powerful Personal Branding and Publicity for Amazing Career Success, he’s also the founder and lead of Elite Lawyer Management and Platform Strategy, two firms […]


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The Wisdom of Maimonides: Relationships With a Transcendent Purpose

By Andrew Sobel, Big4 Guest Blogger

At the wedding of a dear friend’s daughter this summer, Rabbi Ira J. Schiffer performed a moving ceremony. Rabbi Schiffer, who is an associate chaplain at Middlebury College, based his talk on Maimonides writings. Maimonides was a medieval Jewish philosopher whose is considered one of the leading rabbinical thinkers in history.

The scene before […]


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EY’s Capital Confidence Barometer rosy on M&A, the economy, and boardroom priorities.

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager

The semiannual survey of more than 1,600 senior executives has 81% of US executives expecting the US M&A market to improve over the next year. Rich Jeanneret, Americas Vice Chair, Transaction Advisory Services, EY, filled us in on the rest of the positive news.

Why is the US market ahead of the curve?


Over 80% of survey […]


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EY’s Higher Ed Team Adds Former Director of Global Business Compliance at Harvard University

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager

Bob Lammey, former Sr. Director of Higher Education at Radius (formerly High Street Partners) and Director of Global Business Compliance at Harvard University, has joined the Higher Education practice as a partner in EY’s Exempt Organization (EO) Tax Services group. We asked him a few questions recently via email.

What experience will you bring to your […]


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Deloitte’s senior U.S. economist filters Janet Yellen’s latest press conference through the lens of statistical variance

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager

Chief Financial Officers were paying special attention to the recent press conference by Janet L. Yellen, Chair of the Federal Reserve, which covered, among other things, the Fed’s assessment of the labor market and the strength of the American economy today. Deloitte’s senior U.S. economist, Daniel Bachman, filtered the results through a CFO lens in […]


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