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Deloitte: Receives Two SAP® North America Partner Excellence Awards 2013

Deloitte  announced it is the recipient of two SAP® North America Partner Excellence Awards for 2013 in the categories “Top Support Services – Technical Quality” and “Top Services Partner – Strategic Industries.”  Awards were presented by SAP Americas (NYSE: SAP) during the SAP North America Field Kick-Off Meeting (FKOM) 2013, held Jan. 22-24 in Las Vegas, to the top-performing […]

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Deloitte Report Uncovers Seven Crucial Leadership Conversations

Success in most organizations depends on the commitment and talent of its workforce. According to Deloitte’s third annual Human Capital Trends report, Leading Indicators, C-level executives need to take a critical look at how their company’s talent is driving its business and address seven specific issues in order to remain successful over the next 18 to 24 months.

The following […]

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PwC: Cautiously optimistic – words to live by for miners in 2013

By Rob Starr, Content Manager,

After a slow and cautious 2012, mining M&A activity is expected to continue at a moderate and cautious pace in 2013 as metal prices stabilize and companies bet on a continued rise in commodity demand from countries such as China, according to the latest Mining Deals report by […]

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Capgemini: Unveils its new ‘human’ website

In line with its 100% digital brand strategy, Capgemini has completely renewed its website. This project involved not only the global corporate website,, but also the 28 other Capgemini and Capgemini Consulting local sites which have been simultaneously revamped.

Capgemini has chosen to design its site as an area for human dialogue, which invites users to talk to its […]

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Accenture: Consumers Taking Control of Their Entertainment Ecosystems

Consumers are increasingly taking control of their entertainment experience, multitasking while watching television, integrating second screen devices into their viewing experience, and viewing more Internet-based content, according to a new survey released by Accenture.

The survey revealed that multitasking has grown substantially in the past year across all devices. In fact, more than three-quarters (77 percent) of all respondents reported […]

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Accenture: Communications Service Providers Compelled to Adopt New Technologies

Accenture Report

Faced with ongoing economic challenges, declining voice and text revenues, and the need to address customers’ quality of service expectations on data-intensive networks, communications service providers (CSPs) are being compelled to consider revamping their operating models and adopting new transformational technologies to survive and thrive, according to a survey from Accenture.

The overwhelming majority (93 percent) of CSP […]

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Deloitte: Organizations Seek to Align Shared Services Centers

Organizations continue to view Shared Services Centers (SCCs) as a value driver and are increasingly eager to develop new value processes, according to the results of Deloitte’s 2013 Global Shared Services Survey, which revealed that almost 100 percent of respondents (95 percent) believe that SCCs will continue to provide critical and high-value processes for their organizations.

The majority of survey […]

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Deloitte: New leader to drive Western Sydney growth strategy

Deloitte Announcement

Deloitte announced recently that the leadership of the Western Sydney office will transition to senior partner and leader of Deloitte’s national Motor Industry Services group, Danny Rezek.
Previously, Mr Rezek took his deep automotive experience to Horwarth Motor Industry Services where he continued to build his reputation around strong client service and understanding of the local, national, Asia Pacific […]

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PwC: Global Mining Deals: 2012 Review, 2013 Outlook

After a slow and cautious 2012, mining M&A activity is expected to continue at a moderate and equally cautious pace in 2013 as metal prices stabilise and companies bet on a continued rise in commodity demand from countries such as China, according to the latest Mining Deals report by PwC.

There were 1,803 transactions in 2012 – the lowest level […]

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PwC: Consumer ratings becoming a matter of dollars and cents on Healthcare’s bottom line

PwC report

As more Americans spend their own money on healthcare, consumers are searching for reviews and ratings to guide their decision-making – but are not yet finding what they need, according to a new report released by PwC’s Health Research Institute (HRI). The analysis, titled Scoring Healthcare: Navigating customer experience ratings, finds companies that translate consumer feedback into improved […]

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PwC: Calls for a new contract between business and the state

Business is facing a world of volatility and uncertainty, which affects short-and long-term confidence and businesses’ willingness to invest and create jobs. Uncertainty over economic growth continues to be the main concern of CEOs with the majority of them saying they had some concern regarding economic conditions, according to the findings of a new report released by professional services firm […]

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PwC: Singapore remains Asia’s leading city

For the second year in a row, Singapore is Asia’s leading city as reported in the Fifth Edition of PwC’s Cities of Opportunity study. Singapore climbed two places to 7th position out of 27 cities surveyed, ranking first in ease of doing business, and transportation and infrastructure.
City gateway is a new category, which measures a city’s global connections and […]

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Misconceptions about Using Questions in Sales

By Andrew Sobel, Big4 guest blogger

Advice abounds on “asking good questions” during the sales process. I believe much of it is confusing or even misleading.

My clients and readers have enjoyed Power Questions, but have asked for more detailed guidance about the use of questions specifically in sales and business development. In response, I have just published a short ebook entitled Power […]

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PwC: Fund managers one step closer to tougher bonus rules

By Rob Starr, Content Manager,

PwC commentary

The European Parliament’s Monetary Affairs Committee (ECON)  voted on the remuneration rules to apply to asset managers who manage UCITS funds recently and PwC comments:

“If the final rules are even close to what has been agreed today, then this will fundamentally change the way asset managers are paid. […]

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Huron: Click Portal Software for COI and Grants Submission Processes Selected

By Rob Starr, Content Manager,

Huron Consulting Group (NASDAQ: HURN), a leading provider of business consulting services, today announced that Tufts Medical Center (Tufts MC) has selected its Click® Portal software to automate administration and management of financial conflict of interest (COI) disclosures and pre-award grants processes required […]

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