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Deloitte Consumer Spending Index works through October dip

Daniel Bachman

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager

After two months of consecutive increases, the Deloitte Consumer Spending Index dipped slightly in October.  Daniel Bachman, Deloitte’s senior U.S. economist, shared some email responses to our questions about the large and small picture.

How important is the decrease in the index this month in relation to the overall picture?

The downward movement in the October Index [...]


Your Most Powerful Differentiator –The Live Performance

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By Andrew Sobel, Big4 Guest Blogger

An extraordinary shift has occurred in the music business, and it holds an important lesson for us.

Over the last decade, sales of recorded music have steadily declined. This includes all types of music in all formats—CDs, digital downloads, and so on.

At the same time, concert ticket revenue for live [...]


Fair-Weather Friends?

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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 [...]


“Technology is Everyone’s Business” – Career Management and Technology

Larry Boyer

Understanding a variety of technologies is critical for career development

How many friends do you have? How often do you tweet? What apps do you use? These were some of the questions Artie Decker was asked after he was fired in one of the opening scenes of the 2012 movie Parental Guidance. Billy Crystal’s character, Artie Decker, is a long [...]


What Leadership Development Lessons Can We Learn From 9/11?

What leadership development lessons can we learn from how leaders at all levels responded on 911

On the morning of 9/11/2001 leaders at all levels around the world needed to respond to a situation unlike any before

On the morning of September 11, 2001 and the days that followed leaders at all levels of business and government faced a situation unlike anything experienced before. During a crisis people turn to their leaders, formal and informal, [...]


Labor Day’s Relevance For Today’s Professionals – Leadership Development Challenge.

Larry Boyer

By Larry Boyer, Guest Blogger

In today’s white collar world of professional services the struggle of the labor movement over a century ago may seem like a distant echo with little relevance to your world today. For most of us in the U.S., today’s Labor Day holiday is just another day off, summer’s last [...]


Accenture Releases Enhanced Human Services Software for Government Agencies

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Supports caseworker efficiency and single citizen applications for multiple assistance programs

 

ARLINGTON, Va; August 26, 2014 – Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has released version 6.1 of its Human Services Software Suite, enhancing its capabilities to support state agencies’ modernization of eligibility systems, integration across programs and compliance with federal requirements including the [...]


BREAKING NEWS: Accenture Selected as Lead Texas Medicaid Vendor

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Signs three-year contract with state for claims processing

AUSTIN, Texas; July 31, 2014 – The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) has selected Accenture  (NYSE:ACN) to serve as lead Medicaid vendor upon the termination of the current prime contractor on August 1, 2014. The contract has a three-year base period, with two one-year extension [...]


Top 5 Lasting Career Benefits of Big 4 Experience

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By Larry Boyer, Guest Blogger

Larry Boyer unites data science and leadership development to help organizations and individuals be successful in an increasingly complex and volatile business climate.

Firms around the world seek out employees with Big 4 experience. And it’s not just for people with accounting and finance experience. While employers see the value of the Big 4 experience, [...]


WEISERMAZARS LLP EXPANDS WATER & UTILITIES PRACTICE WITH ADDITION OF PARTNER ROBERT K. WILSON

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Edison, NJ (July 24, 2014) – WeiserMazars LLP, a leading accounting, tax and advisory services firm, today announced that as of July 14th, Robert K. Wilson has joined as a Partner in the growing Water & Utilities Practice.  Based in New Jersey, he will primarily focus on delivering audit and consulting services in this important [...]


What consultants fear most about getting healthy

Shelley Churchill

If you are a career consultant with a large firm you know that work-life balance doesn’t really describe the situation.

Your context is much more complex, it’s something I call work-work-life balance. As a consultant you really have two jobs: your client work, which always takes top priority, and your company duties, which take priority on demand from the company – at [...]


EY reports strongest 1Q for aggregate deal value in 14 years at US$66.6b.

Joe Steger

By Rob Starr, Big4.com, Content Manager

EY’s Global technology M&A update: January– March 2014, highlights the sector’s still accelerating pace of change in which multiple big-ticket deals and one megadeal reinforced long term strategic bets in Q1 2014. Joe Steger, Global Technology Industry – Transaction Advisory Services Leader at EY, took the time to respond to some written questions and shed [...]


MoneyTree report sees Q1 dollars in software companies reaching $4 billion for the first time since Q4 2000

Mark McCaffrey

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager

Mark McCaffrey, global software leader and technology partner at PwC, walks us through  the MoneyTree™ Report from PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), based on data provided by Thomson Reuters.

1. What’s behind the great numbers for the software industry?

The Software industry continued to get the most funding with $4 billion [...]


“Materiality: What Is It Costing You?”

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Beth Berk

By Beth A. Berk, CPA, CGMA, Independent Recruiter

For those of us who were trained while working for a public accounting firm (and for those still in public accounting), does the word “materiality” ring a bell? Is it just me or are YOU also experiencing the same in terms of the materiality of mistakes that are made these [...]