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Who do you need in your support team when you are on Partner Track?

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Getting to partner is not a sprint. It’s much more like a marathon, and like any top level endurance athlete, you will need a top level support team behind you.  This article is taken from my new book Poised for Partnership, and it sets out why a support team is so important, and who the key members need to […]


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Global Economic Crime Crests On Cyber Wave

Didier Lavion

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager

Over one third of American organizations have been victimized by an economic crime in the last 24 months and over half of those are expecting a breach from cyberspace in the same time frame, according to PwC’s Global Economic Crime Survey 2016 US Results.

While the survey has a few focus areas like the continuing […]


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Capgemini Expands Blockchain Practice for Fintech

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By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager

Seeking to further the similar solutions across retail banking, commercial banking, global markets and the insurance industry they already have in place,  Capgemini is growing their blockchain-related technology specialist team to provide a broad range of consulting and technology services  in that arena including : feasibility studies, business case assessments, operating model design, advisory services […]


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Q1 affirms investor’s faith in the venture capital ecosystem

Tom Ciccolella

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager

 

The MoneyTree™ Report by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association based on data from Thomson Reuters was recently released for  the first quarter. While it marked the ninth consecutive quarter with more than $10 billion in venture capital invested in a single quarter and a continuation of trends seen in  both 2014 and 2015, […]


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Why your brand needs to get twisted

Julie Cottineau

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager

Julie Cottineau, author of Twist: How Fresh Perspectives Build Breakthrough Brands (Panoma Press), is founder and CEO of BrandTwist, a brand consultancy, and creator of Brand School Online, a premier learning program that teaches small business owners, entrepreneurs and non-profits how to create more distinctive and powerful brands that break-through crowded markets. […]


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American Workers Stressed Over Finances: PwC

Kent Allison

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager

Kent Allison, National Leader of PwC’s Employee Financial Wellness Practice, supplies  several different explanations for the  less than rosy picture of the American worker’s financial picture his company has put together through their PwC Employee Financial Wellness Survey.

“We’ve been doing this for a number of years now and while the numbers always had inherent issues […]


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Next President’s Top Economic Priority? Social Security According To AICPA Poll

Sean Stein Smith

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager

A new telephone survey of 1,005 U.S. adults conducted in March by Harris Poll on behalf of the American Institute of CPAs  (AICPA), finds almost two-in-three (64 percent) U.S. adults cited Social Security as the top economic issue for the next U.S. President to tackle. Although the percentages increased as they aged, the majority […]


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Prudent Networking Advice From Prudential

Kenneth Ashe

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager

Kenneth Ashe CPA, PMP, is the Finance Manager at Prudential Financial and an EY alum with experience in Fortune 500  companies. As a project management professional, he had some interesting insights about what goes into a successful networking campaign.

How important is networking in general to a career in the Big Four […]


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New EY-Adobe alliance responds to tide of digital disruption

Norman Lonergan

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager

A new strategic alliance with Adobe that will expand EY’s digital experience and web content services to help clients with their digital transformations was announced recently.  The alliance will help EY clients to implement large-scale digital services and integrate insights from Adobe Analytics into Adobe Experience Manager (AEM). Norman Lonergan, EY Global Vice Chair, Advisory, […]


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Blending The Science Behind Color Into The Interview

Monica Romero

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager.

Monica Romeo is a Corporate Recruitment Consultant with over 10 years experience in employment coaching and recruitment and selection. She’s also an Image Consultant who can help with interview attire incorporating  the psychology of color to appear more credible and trustworthy. She also provides tips on how to use body language to advantage during […]


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Recently Appointed CFOs Get Deloitte Transition Lab Help

Michael Aronesty

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager.

Deloitte CFO Programs  have delivered over 1,000 CFO Transition Lab™ sessions in more than 25 countries  and Michael Aronesty, CFO Transition Lab Leader, CFO Program, Deloitte & Touche, LLP, supplied Big4.com with an email primer on how they  manage aspects of the transition newly appointed CFOs undertake. The labs are built on  “

New CPA Exam increases testing time, assessment of cognitive skills

Richard Gallagher

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager

The next version of the Uniform CPA Examination will debut April 2017 and include new exam blueprints containing about 600 representative tasks, a two hour bump in testing time and a host of task based simulations as well as other features like increased assessments of analytical, problem solving and cognitive abilities.  The American Institute of […]


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Big Data in The Back Office: Capgemini Discusses The Evolution of Analytics

Steve G. Jones

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager

Like the title suggests, Going Big: Why Organizations Need to Focus on Operations Analytics.  underlines the importance of the new movement toward operational analytics initiatives and how refocusing  efforts to the backend helps to hasten competitive advantage.

Steve Jones, Capgemini’s Global Vice President – Big Data,  says this latest report is the culmination of some […]


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Deloitte CFO Signals™ Survey Sees Positive Sentiment Shaken

Greg  Dickinson

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager

 The first quarter of 2016 has chief financial officers’ (CFOs) outlooks dipping due to poor global economic performance and equity market valuations, according to The Deloitte CFO Signals™ survey for that time frame.  In fact,  expectations for revenue, earnings, capital spending and domestic hiring, metrics that were  tracked for 24 consecutive quarters, all declined […]


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Accenture Research Finds One Size Doesn’t Fit All When It Comes To Innovation

Adi Alon

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager.

 

Adi Alon is a Partner and Managing Director at Accenture Strategy. As such, he understands the background behind the latest research from his company that finds U.S. companies have been struggling with innovation for the last three years. We spoke with him recently and he touched on several reasons for the shortcomings whereby 60% of […]


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