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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 [...]


First-Ever Select USA Investment Summit From Deloitte

First-Ever SelectUSA Investment Summit Sponsored By Deloitte

Sponsored  by Deloitte and hosted by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration, the first-annual SelectUSA 2013 Investment Summit brought together  worldwide organizations with governors, mayors and local stakeholders, federal agencies, and state and local economic development organizations to discuss the benefits of investing and expanding in the U.S. on Oct 31.

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EY Day in Las Vegas/ Award for KPMG

A decade in Las Vegas for EY

Ernst & Young LLP’s Las Vegas office celebrated a decade milestone recently. The company opened in Las Vegas in 2003, and now has become America’s largest fully integrated gaming and hospitality practice. The Mayor, Carolyn Goodman, even declared Nov. 4, 2013 “EY Day” in the city.

Tom Roche, the EY Global Director of Gaming Services [...]


NEWS BRIEFS

PwC Drops Canadian Cyclist 

Although the Team PwC program is still committed to supporting Canadian athletes, the company has decided not to renew their sponsorship agreement with Ryder Hesjedal after it was revealed the cyclist used performance enhancing drugs.

PwC Retail Survey Sees Cost As King

A recent PwC survey finds retailers in the grocery, apparel and specialty categories see high overhead costs [...]


IT Failures Seem To Be Everywhere: Is This Part of The New Normal?

When Kathleen Sebelius recently fell on the sword for the miserable rollout of the Affordable Healthcare Act’s website, the event sparked some other serious considerations about the way IT in general and software specifically has woven itself into the lives of the average American generally and business specifically.

Granted,  there are glitches to be [...]


Is emerging market even the right term anymore?

A recent article in the Times Colonist from Victoria, BC brings up a few interesting notions. It points out that Building a Sustainable Future: Strategies for Growth, a new report from PwC, tells Canadian businesses they need to be looking beyond their own borders for investment opportunities and that both China and the United States are ready to turn [...]


See your career as a ‘Tour of Duty’

The idea of ‘Tours of Duty’ was coined by Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn. It was published in his book The Start-Up of You (2012) and in an HBR article together with Ben Casnocha and Chris Yeh (June 2013). The main ideas are:

Establish a ‘Tour of Duty’ of 2-4 years, rather than the ‘lie’ of lifelong employment and loyalty;
Encourage employees [...]


CommmentCorner: Deloitte sees the future, even if it sounds funny.

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By Rob Starr, Content Manager Big 4.com

Not one of the Big Four denies that IT is fast becoming ( or has already become) the mother-of-all-game changers, but it’s always interesting to note what aspect different studies/reports focus on. For some of the learned pundits who watch these things, The Cloud is the biggest thing since moveable type. A quick pause [...]


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 Big4.com is proud to offer a special deal on Insight Information’s Transfer Pricing 2013 Conference as a marketing partner. Don’t miss out on the latest transfer pricing updates and best practices in planning, implementation, audit management and documentation at The Old Mill in Toronto.

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WEISERMAZARS LLP NAMES NEW EQUITY PARTNERS

WeiserMazars LLP is pleased to announce that Bridget Day, William Mellon, Lisa Minniti, Charles Abraham and  Nicolas Quairel were promoted to Equity Partners. Bridget Day, CPA, who is based in the New Jersey office, has worked extensively with clients in the financial services, insurance, and banking industries on complex accounting and reporting issues.

William Mellon, CPA, based in WeiserMazars’ Pennsylvania and [...]


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Financial Consolidation Software – Corporate Performance Management – Evaluation

By Tim Reed, Big4.com Guest Blogger    

Financial Consolidation Software – Corporate Performance Management – Evaluation

The winds of technical change and opportunity are in full force today… just look at what is going on in the area of Corporate Performance Management (CPM) and the new suites of tools and capabilities.  The legacy toolsets used for financial consolidation and financial reporting [...]


Personal Issues & How They May Be Impacting Your Job Search

Hello Fellow/Fella Professionals!

As a new contributor here, I would like to say “hi” and let you know I welcome your input/feedback. Speaking of which, feedback in terms of

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seeking a new job! How many actually have received some good feedback lately? If so, do share!

As an ex-Big 8/Big 4 twice in my career, I think when we come across [...]