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Heads Roll at Consulting Giant in Wake of SEC Investigation
Recent findings by the SEC prompted global management consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP to dismiss a number of its consultants, including five partners

sec softeval  Giant in Wake of SEC Investigation Heads Roll at Consulting Giant in Wake of SEC Investigation S. McVey - January 17th, 2000 Event Summary In a document filed on January 6, the Securities and Exchange Commission reported that global audit and consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP violated auditor independence rules and engaged in improper professional conduct. Independence rules prohibit tax and audit firms from making direct investments in companies they audit. The findings were made by Jess Read More...
Meiosis, Mitosis: Cap Gemini''s Mating with Ernst & Young
Ernst & Young is on the verge of splitting its consultancy heritage (meiosis) and mating it with France''s Cap Gemini''s (mitosis). It is a leap of faith that

sec softeval  the malady known as SEC rules on conflict of interest. Its auditing wing can never quite be distinguishable from its interests in management consulting wing. The SEC has threatened legal action against at least one of the major consulting firms if the practice doesn''t stop.. The SEC is also upset that some partners have (un)wittingly invested in companies that other partners are contractually engaged with. It is perhaps ironic when you consider the origins of the major management consulting practices Read More...
Extensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL) Back in the News Again
Visiting the Securities and Exchange Commission''s (SEC''s) web site, I came across this 143-page PDF file, which deals with XBRL. As a gung-ho proponent of

sec softeval  the head of the SEC (Mr. Christopher Cox) and I are on the same wavelength when it comes to promoting cost saving automations. Here is some interesting stuff from the PDF, together with my comments. The Christopher Cox modernization commission proposes that companies provide their financial statements to the Commission and on their corporate Web sites in interactive data format using the eXtensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL). A statement on Page 29 of the PDF states that the decision about this Read More...
IBM’s “Shark” Eaten by EMC’s “BASS”
EMC announced its latest high-end Symmetrix models, capable of scaling up to 19.2 terabytes of disk space. Perhaps they should name it the BASS (Big-Advanced

sec softeval  bus speed ), from 700 MS/sec to a whopping 1.4 GB/sec, far surpassing IBM''s 800 MB/sec. EMC''s most serious competition currently comes from IBM, but Jim Rothnie, EMC''s senior vice president of product management, has stated That will be the closest time when our competitor will catch up to were we are now. Our lead has been extended to three years. As if falling behind in the capacity race was not bad enough, IBM recently announced that basic Fibre Channel connectivity and data replication software Read More...
Implications and Attitudes As the Andersen''s Split under the ICC Ruling: Consulting To Go for a Name Change
Andersen Consulting has had a running battle with Arthur Andersen and Andersen Worldwide over Arthur Andersen''s encroachment on the management and technology

sec softeval  internal divisions after the SEC ruled on findings that PwC employees had investments in their client businesses. Arthur Andersen may have some explaining to do with the SEC as to how it intends to operate its arms independently. It seems Arthur Andersen partners don''t get the difference nor understand today''s business models - i.e., having a technology-partner where you need one and sticking to your core business where you are good. Over the years Arthur Andersen has attempted to obtain skill sets Read More...
ERP for Green Supply Chain Management in Manufacturing
Manufacturers are facing pressure from regulators and customers to document their impact on the environment, including not only the simple carbon footprint, but

sec softeval  manufacturers—primarily from the private sector. Major manufacturers are asking their upstream supply chain partners to document its environmental impact as part of green supply chain initiatives. Green supply chain programs may be initiated in order to help manufacturers position themselves to its own customers or investors, or to facilitate environmental compliance. This focus on green extends well beyond the simple carbon footprint, which in and of itself can be a challenge to track given that Read More...
Thou Shalt Comply (and More), or Else: Looking at Sarbanes-Oxley
Compliance with the US Sarbanes-Oxley Act (and a slew of other regulations) is crucial for all businesses, as failure to comply with the law’s strict standards

sec softeval  every region or vertical sector they are targeting. Thus, regulatory compliance and the management of a multiplicity of prospective risks have lately pervaded the minds of most executives and upper managers. Indeed, no single chief executive officer (CEO) would—with a sound mind—like to be apprehended for embezzlement and placed in handcuffs in front of sensation-hungry TV cameras. Neither is any manager eager to face the severe consequences (penalties, lawsuits, brand erosion, tainted reputation, Read More...
New Vendor Acquisition Strategies in the Enterprise Applications Field
The latest acquisitions of SSA Global indicate a new phase in the vendor''s acquisition strategy and development cycle, and are furthering its goal to be number

sec softeval  and deregistered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Unlike many earlier SSA Global acquisitions, Epiphany certainly cannot be categorized as providing an outdated product. In fact, the embattled CRM vendor, which now prefers to drop the dot from its official name, was famed for trying to put the e (the electronic business moniker) into CRM, and was a big name during the dot-com era. Its CRM analytics were (and arguably still are) an important part of e-commerce and e-business development. Read More...
Making Gramm-Leach-Bliley Security Compliance Fast and Easy
Designed to improve consumer financial services, the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA) includes security provisions for protecting confidential electronic financial

sec softeval  Gramm-Leach-Bliley Security Compliance Fast and Easy Making Gramm-Leach-Bliley Security Compliance Fast & Easy If you receive errors when attempting to view this white paper, please install the latest version of Adobe Reader. Qualys® is headquartered in Redwood Shores, California, with offices in France, Germany, the U.K., Japan and Hong Kong, and has partners worldwide. Source : Qualys Resources Related to Security Compliance : Regulatory Compliance (Wikipedia) Making Gramm-Leach-Bliley Read More...
Not Just Words: Enforce Your E-mail and Web Acceptable Usage Policies
Unmanaged employee use of e-mail and the Web can subject your organization to costly risks including litigation, regulatory investigations, and public

sec softeval  the messaging and web security market. Source : MessageLabs Resources Related to Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) : Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) (Wikipedia) Not Just Words: Enforce Your Email and Web Acceptable Usage Policies Acceptable Use Policy is also known as : Acceptable Use Policy , AUP , Acceptable Usage , Net Acceptable Use Policy , Acceptable Usage Policy , IT Policy Templates , Information Technology , Acceptable Use Computer , Department AUP , The Policy , Public School Internet Acceptable Use Poli Read More...
Fourth Shift''s evolution Within SoftBrands'' DemandStream
With a set of seemingly complementary products and via a strategy of focusing on customers, astute acquisitions of more complementary software companies and a

sec softeval  fictitious revenues, the ensuing Security & Exchange Commission (SEC) investigation, a shareholders'' lawsuit, and the company''s consequent bankruptcy filling, became a harbinger of an Enron-like trend. Amid the turmoil, a part of AremisSoft spun off from the old corporation with its clean books, and renamed itself into SoftBrands Inc . group ( www.softbrands.com ), which has been operating as a privately held holding company and has since taken over the responsibility of its products and customer base, Read More...
Vendors Harness Excel (and Office) to Win the Lower-end of Business Intelligence Market
Small and medium businesses wanting the benefits of business intelligence (BI) without having to implement a large enterprise system may find a viable option in

sec softeval  modeling support, workflow, and security capabilities. These will further facilitate the Web-based, collaborative nature of this periodical, time-consuming budgeting and planning process that involves the input of several departments. The version is planned for release in the third quarter of 2005 and will be completely based on Microsoft .NET managed code. Microsoft Forecaster 8.0 is scheduled for launch in the second half of 2006, which will further expand current human resources (HR) management, Read More...
Enterprise Intelligence Tools Tame Business Knowledge Glut
Skila, Inc. is applying advanced eKnowedge tools to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device industries. It’s the kind of offering every knowledge

sec softeval  sources such as the SEC, the FDA and the Patent Office, proprietary news from licensed sources like Lexis-Nexus and Dialog, and pay-per-view and subscription sources like Medline. They also have a technology called Intelligration that combines and synthesizes all of these external data, as well as relevant data from the company''s own databases. This synthesis produces a database, called the Intellibase, that provides concise views of actionable data. Finally, underlying both of these is a carefully Read More...
The Renewed Finance Function: Extending Performance Management Beyond Finance
The role of the finance team has changed recently, due to increased oversight from regulators, more active investors, and company-specific changes in business

sec softeval  compliance require- ments (e.g., SEC regulations, privacy, security, environ- mental, trade, labor, and other regulations) had a dra- matic impact on their companies'' business activities in the last two years. Although we are now five years beyond the passage of Sarbanes-Oxley, and most com- panies have concluded their initial investments and internal controls assessments, the stringent audit requirements of Sarbanes-Oxley still draw finance teams away from activities that support decision making and p Read More...

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