In a time of heightened risk and increased scrutiny over regulatory compliance, a dedicated Ethics and Compliance function can be an asset to tech companies, while supporting their strategic agendas. By empowering an Ethics and Compliance function, and a proactive approach, technology companies can promote collaboration and integration, boost process efficiency, reduce gaps and redundancies, and proactively deal with the compliance implications inherent in new products, new geographies, and other business changes.
Corporate leaders experienced in mergers and acquisitions are well aware of the risks that come with transactions of all sizes. Many have honed deal-related processes and playbooks that serve them well when executing relatively small to midsized deals. However, we have observed that megadeals in the technology sector pose a unique set of challenges. They thus create barriers to success that are often unfamiliar even to executives with significant acquisition and integration experience.
We invite you to watch a replay of our recorded quarterly webcast designed to address technical accounting issues impacting technology companies. In this webcast, PwC Technology and National Office practitioners discuss revenue recognition, stock compensation hot topics and spin-off / carve out hot topics.
The first quarter maintained the momentum seen over the past several years, albeit a decline from the peaks witnessed at the end of 2014. With a clear return toward the middle market, deal volumes were prominent but megadeals were scarce, resulting in a noticeable decline in total value.
Through consumer surveys, conversations with influencers, interviews with business executives and social listening, PwC's research presents a holistic view of what's unfolding across business and consumer landscapes.
Watch a recording of this quarterly webcast designed to address technical accounting issues impacting technology companies. In this presentation, we share with you the latest developments and provide insight and observations on corporate governance, technology spin-off trends and carve-out hot topics, and income income tax updates.
Watch this recorded webcast and to learn of the evolution of NoSQL and other database technologies, and the strategies leading companies use to improve the customer experience with tools crafted to handle Big Data.
With 2014 noted for a series of record-setting and transformative deals, momentum is expected to carry over into 2015 as deal-makers continue to invest in cloud, mobile and security and seek out emerging technologies such as Internet of Things (IoT).
Which technologies are companies investing in this year? The top-three bets in our 2015 Digital IQ Survey preview are important, but they may not distinguish you from the competition. Instead, look to a trio of picks we believe have extraordinary potential, despite being off the radar screen of many businesses.
Our webcast provides insight into the impact FASB’s new consolidation standard will have on commercial and industrial companies in the automotive, communications, entertainment & media, energy, healthcare, industrial products, pharmaceuticals, retail & consumer, transportation, technology, and utility industries. Watch a replay or participate in the on demand (CPE-eligible) version of this webcast.
Companies striving to become agile must think in terms of three kinds of drivers of change: the “operating environment” that might radically reshape their business environment; “strategic responsiveness” or the soft levers they can pull in response; and the “organizational flexibility” that invariably affects their capacity to respond quickly. PwC has identified four key attributes for executives to consider when becoming an agile enterprise.
The performance of software development teams is an area of high interest for Technology executives—especially with the increasing impact of software on the usability and functionality of high-tech products. PwC’s Software Measurement Study was designed to analyze the current state of measurement and practices in software development environments. The study compared measurement practices to industry leading practices to provide an assessment of software measurement.
As year-end rapidly approaches, it is time once again to plan for your annual filing. PwC's technology industry publication, Stay informed, 2014 SEC comment letter trends, provides a comprehensive analysis of recent SEC staff comments to assist you in understanding some of the key trends that are relevant to companies in the technology sector.
As part of our webcast series on the new Revenue Recognition standard, we invite you to watch this webcast discussing the specific impacts the new standard will have on software companies. While the new standard will impact companies broadly, there are particular implications to software companies that deserve focus as companies plan for implementation.
While momentum continues apace with slightly fewer but larger deals, the third quarter experienced an unprecedented series of spin off announcements from technology titans that signal fundamental competitive shifts. Healthy valuations, built-up cash reserves and the ability to leverage equity enabled strategic buyers to lead the way, while private equity remained active on both the buy and sell side.
Being aware of risks is one thing; taking specific action to address them head on is another. Many companies have tended to look at risk management as something they should react to, rather than something that they should build into the company culture.
Starting to prepare for your year-end filings? PwC's Technology Institute publication, Stay informed: 2014 technology financial reporting trends, provides information on key disclosures made by companies in the technology sector. We invite you to read our benchmarking study to gain useful and thought-provoking insights that will aid you in the preparation of your upcoming filings.
Technology companies are in a unique position when it comes to digital. Not only should they invest and innovate to transform their own businesses, but their customers are looking to them for help in getting a digital edge. Find out how the Tech industry rates when it comes to Digital IQ—their ability to understand and weave technology throughout the business—and what they can do to reap more value.
Extending the positive momentum from the second half of 2013, equity markets set new highs, IPO markets reached activity levels not seen in years, VC investments harkened back to 2000 levels, and economic outlooks remained modestly optimistic across sectors. Private equity (PE) continued to play an active role in technology, though challenged by strategic buyers who are able to leverage healthy valuations and substantial amounts of cash on hand.
The FASB and IASB have issued their long-awaited converged standard on revenue recognition. How will you be affected? This industry-specific supplement to our In depth publication highlights some of the areas that could create the most significant challenges for technology companies as they transition to the new standard.
The deliberation is over: On May 28, 2014, the FASB and the IASB released their new standard for revenue recognition, to take effect in 2017 for public companies. The new guidance may constitute the biggest accounting change the world has seen in over a decade, because revenue recognition informs a wide array of business decisions. Technology companies that start preparing for the change now will be in the best position to seize the opportunities that will come with the change—while also surmounting the challenges.
Join us for an expanded discussion on the specific impacts the new revenue recognition standard will have on the Technology industry. While the new standard will impact companies broadly, there are particular implications to Technology companies that deserve focus as companies plan for implementation.
Our benchmarking of some of the largest companies' conflict minerals filings provides insight into industry trends. We looked at 10 filings for each of the following industries: Aerospace & defense, Automotive, Industrial products, Retail, and Technology.
Software revenue recognition has not gotten easier. However, one of the keys to success is having the right tools. Our guide to software revenue recognition reflects the trends and challenges as of March 31, 2009, along with a chapter dedicated to Software-as-a-Service.