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Making the Tough Information Technology Decision – 5 Key Criteria

By Timothy E. Reed, Big4.com Guest Blogger    

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Making the Tough Information Technology Decision – 5 Key Criteria

Making the best decision when faced with today’s diverse and rapidly changing IT marketplace is tough.  Everyone struggles with picking out the right tool or capability, hoping that they will not regret their decision.   You can easily take a wrong turn,  [...]


Big 4 Satire on Amazon!

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Check out this Big 4 satire on Amazon (Kindle available, too). Click “look inside the book” for Big 4 plot set-up.

http://www.amazon.com/Ex-Why-Bob-Sinnott/dp/146360677X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1329317643&sr=1-1


THE CAREER BUCKET LIST

It’s the most elementary form of goal setting, and yet so often neglected. Your career bucket list is your dream list of professional things experienced and milestones achieved. When you’re done, at whatever age that might be, what list of things will help you to feel meaningfully fulfilled?

Your list represents your highest aspirations. If you’re in the [...]


Deloitte: New Managing Partner in Darwin

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The Darwin office of Deloitte has appointed a new Managing Partner, Hendri Mentz.   This announcement coincides with Francis Thomas’ (Deloitte’s Managing Partner in Darwin from 2007-2013) decision to relocate to Timor Leste where Deloitte’s Northern Territory office has been building a strong presence.

Deloitte recently launched a Northern Territory Blueprint for Optimum Growth Survey. The survey of almost 100 businesses [...]


Big 4 Guest Blogger Releases Ebook

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Gerard Uijtendaal is the former Talent Leader of Deloitte CIS.  He’s recently put together a members-only on-line learning community entitled The High Performer and released an e-book that  is the 1st module  covering Change. The other 2 modules, to be released later, will be titled  Collaborate and Choose. [...]


PwC: North American Power & Utilities M&A Activity Up

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According to PwC US’ quarterly deals snapshot – North American Power & Utilities Deals: Q3 2013, Merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in the North American power and utilities industry increased in the third quarter of 2013 on both a year-over-year and sequential quarter basis as dealmakers in the industry continue to consider opportunistic M&A to achieve strategic [...]


Accenture : Blanket Purchase Agreement with U.S. Social Security Administration

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The Social Security Administration (SSA) has selected Accenture Federal Services as one of three prime contractors to provide specialized advisory and assistance support services. Accenture also supports the SSA under the Information Technology Support Services Contract (ITSSC), implementing emerging technology solutions and applications designed to improve the SSA’s service delivery capabilities to current and future beneficiaries.

The BPA [...]


EY: Threat to billions worth of investment in renewables

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EY in its recently released Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Indices (RECAI)  says Intensified political point-scoring surrounding the energy sector leaves renewables investors in a state of heightened uncertainty, hindering high levels of announced investment from turning into reality,

In the last three months alone the Labour party pledged to freeze energy prices for 20 months post 2015, the Conservative party [...]


PwC: Security threats looming

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PwC’s Global State of Information Security Survey 2014 reports despite forecasting a 51 per cent increase in investment in 2013 and significant improvements in technology safeguards, processes and strategies, organisations globally are failing to keep pace with information security threats.

Of the industries represented in the survey, the pharmaceutical sector (20%) was among the highest reporting losses of $10 [...]


KPMG: New IASB standard welcomed

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KPMG welcomes the IASB’s new hedge accounting standard, which will result in a closer alignment of hedge accounting and risk management.  The company welcomes the International Accounting Standards Board’s new general hedge accounting standard – IFRS 9 Financial Instruments (2013) – that was issued yesterday.

The new standard also removes the rigid ‘bright line’ for assessing hedge effectiveness, which will [...]


PwC: Donations Made To Five Philadelphia-based Non-Profits

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Through grants from the PwC Charitable Foundation,  PwC US  announced that its Philadelphia office will donate $200,000 to five Philadelphia-based non-profit organizations.

In conjunction with these donations, PwC volunteered with the Junior Achievement of Delaware Valley for its JA-in-a-Day program, an intensive one-day initiative that took place on November 1st.  Approximately 350 volunteers from the local PwC Philadelphia office [...]


PwC: Engineering & Construction Firms Play Vital Role

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According to a new PwC US report released recently entitled, Shale Gas: New conventions for unconventional development for the engineering and construction industry, Engineering and construction firms have come to the forefront in the efforts of the U.S. oil and gas industry to optimize and accelerate shale development and delivery.

According to the report, the first step in [...]


PwC: Access to transit a crucial consideration for CDN real estate developers

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According to the Emerging Trends in Real Estate report, released by PwC and the Urban Land Institute (ULI) today, live/work/play development offerings along or near mass transit lines will be essential.

The report also states that condominium developments in major urban centres have not hindered the market for rental apartments—in fact, rental apartments are considered a very [...]


Cyber-crime is the new big threat to business

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The biggest threat to business as we inch our way out of the Great Recession doesn’t come from the developing nations and that side of the economic world that is still fresh and relatively young. The biggest concern for North American industry isn’t globalization either—at least not in a traditional sense where we face stiffer competition from abroad.

The biggest threat [...]


KPMG: New investment fund created

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KPMG International today announced the formation of KPMG Capital, a new investment fund created to accelerate innovation in data and analytics (D&A) that will help clients of member firms unlock tangible value of their ‘big data’.

KPMG Capital will work to develop solutions that will focus on growth sectors such as healthcare, financial services, energy and telecommunications.

Michael Andrew, Chairman [...]