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PwC’s Work-life 3.0: Understanding How We’ll Work Next

Justin Sturrock

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager

To understand the future of work, PwC looked at the shifting dynamics and the state of jobs presently as well as where they appear to be going. Work-life 3.0: Understanding How We’ll Work Next also looked at the ways employers can get the most from tomorrow’s workforce. Justin Sturrock, partner, people & organization leader, PwC, […]


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How to build rapport with a prospect during the sales process

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Rapport is a key ingredient to succeeding in making a sale. It’s not something you can force, but it certainly can be nurtured. In this article, I explain how you can develop rapport with potential clients.

To start with: What is rapport?

You are ‘in rapport’ with someone when the relationship between you is harmonious and understanding.  It starts to develop when […]


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Biggest Obstacle To Going Public Is Timing The Market: Deloitte Poll

Heather Gates

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager

A new poll from Deloitte  reports over  one-third of companies see timing the market as the largest issue  when considering an initial public offering (IPO). Conducted during a “Deloitte Dbriefs” webcast zeroing in on today’s market and legislative environment for IPOs, the poll  queried 3,000 executives across a variety of industries. Mohana Dissanayake, partner and […]


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Not Just Another Brick In The Wall

Paul C Palmer

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager.

Every successful company has more than a few pieces to the completed puzzle and the people are always an invaluable part of their good fortunes. The folks they bring on often have a wealth of life experiences that help to shape their professional lives and quite often it’s these personal backstories that have fueled professional […]


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#AFSFedPulse compiles wish list for govt apps and mobile services

Kathy Conrad

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager

Governments are investing in digital and deploying interactive, analytic and mobile capabilities to better engage people. But do priorities align with citizen expectations? What’s more important to the average person: cutting costs or being on the cutting edge? Kathy Conrad, Director of Digital Government at Accenture Federal Services, helped us understand the findings from a […]


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EY gets conversational

David Nichols

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager

EY is preparing for conversational commerce – intelligent, conversational messaging experiences for customer self-service . The technology enables transactions through conversations on messaging and voice interfaces. It resolves common requests and allows for self-service with a combination of machine learning and automation. The platforms better service consumers and reduce costs. David Nichols, EY […]


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Leaving U.S. “Bubble” Rekindles Democratic Spirit For Entrepreneur

Dana Buchawiecki

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager

Like a lot of other interesting and novel ideas, the impetus for the innovative website 4US.com sprung from an unusual source.

“Being  a part of Hurricane Katrina lit the fuse for something bigger,” founder and CEO  Dana Buchawiecki says from Dubai where he’s currently  the Director Middle East and Africa MV Global Transport Logistics.

“The fire […]


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Organizations Need To Help Men Feel Comfortable Taking Parental Leave

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By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager

In an online poll of 1,000 employed American adults with employer benefits, Deloitte found  fewer than half of the respondents feel they work in an environment in which men are comfortable taking parental leave. As well,  64 percent of those surveyed say companies should offer men and women equal amounts of parental leave. Deepa Purushothaman, […]


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COSO Chair Talks About Update to its Enterprise Risk Management – Integrated Framework

Bob Hirth

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager

Originally formed in 1985, the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO) is a voluntary private sector organization dedicated to  fraud deterrence, effective internal control and enterprise risk management. Recently,  they unveiled an update to its Enterprise Risk Management – Integrated Framework and are looking for  public comments on the  COSO website through […]


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COSO Looking For Public Comment On Enterprise Risk Management – Integrated Framework Update

Dennis Chesley

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager

Because risk management has grown more complex over the last decade, the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO) is looking for public comment on the latest update to   Enterprise Risk Management – Integrated Framework.

Enterprise Risk Management — Aligning Risk with Strategy and Performance, will look at  organizational requirements to  improve both new […]


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Accenture Helps Fill Empty Seats in Classrooms

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By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager.

The annual Public Sector Innovation Award, under the auspices of the Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard and sponsored by Accenture, is providing $10,000 to help advance a new online platform  that’s tapping unused capacity – empty seats – in higher education and vocational classrooms. ALEX (Anyone’s Learning Experience) has begun building partnerships with […]


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Big Data Projects Struggling To Be Profitable

Steve Jones

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager

Capgemini and Informatica have released new joint research and it finds that currently less than 1/3 of big data projects are profitable, with the majority of organizations still having significant work to do in order to make the most of their investment.

Ownership of big data projects is also gradually shifting away from IT to different […]


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When is the right time to specialise?

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My advice for any accountant, lawyer, or consultant is to develop themselves as a specialist. Being known as The Go-To Expert will build your reputation, and your career, far faster and more successfully than being known as a Jack or Jill Of All Trades.  However, getting the timing right can be tricky. Specialise too soon, and you miss out on […]


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Deloitte Looks At Business Confidence

Jonathan Copulsky

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager

Deloitte recently released a major survey on the topic of Business Confidence. The Business Confidence Report examines the confidence level of CXOs (C-suite executives) and CXOWs (C-suite executives-in-waiting) on key business issues, including innovation, leadership, and priorities for investment. Jonathan Copulsky CMO, Deloitte Consulting and Global Insights Leader, Deloitte,  supplied some email […]


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KPMG Book Looks At Managing Modern Risk (Part 2)

Timothy P. Hedley

What can you say specifically about off-shore tax evasion?

Girgenti: The recent release of the Panama Papers has placed a spotlight on the issue of off-shore tax evasion. Every country has anti-bribery laws, and every country has anti- money laundering laws. Most countries have laws dealing with tax evasion. It seems that despite all of

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this, there may have […]


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